If you are traveling with a child under 5, a stroller while visiting Disney World is a must! Here are a tips of why strollers are great for your child during the trip:
- The days of walking around the theme parks are typically long and exhaustive. When my son was young enough for a stroller, he always loved getting in the stroller midday so he could get a nap. It never failed that at some point during the day, he got sleepy and fell asleep while in the stroller. If you believe your children will also need a nap, you should consider bringing a stroller that reclines.
- Here is a stroller for sale that features Mickey Mouse. The stroller is under $20 and weighs about 8 pounds. However, it does not recline. So, if reclining is important, this one will not work.
- Remember comforts when a child will be sitting in a stroller for a large portion of a trip. Here is a photo of Disney’s strollers that can be rented:
- While the stroller was likely well cleaned by Disney because the plasticiseasilycleanable, it does not offer ANY comforts. That hard plastic gets uncomfortable quickly! If you plan to rent a stroller, perhaps grab a blanket to help pad the seat.
- Think of how you will load and handle a stroller if you bring one along. If you yourself will be the sole traveler with a little one, you need to remember that the child may go to sleep at the end of the evening and you alone be responsible for both a sleeping child and a stroller to fold and carry. If you are planning on using the bus, you will also need to be able to stand with a sleeping child while manning a stroller (do not assume you will get to sit down on the bus.) This can be quite challenging and exhaustive after a full day and night in the parks. Of course, if you have a vehicle, handling the stroller will not be nearly as difficult.
- Remember the weather when packing a stroller. If it is hot outside, think about bringing a fan along to help cool off the child. Or, remember to bring along blankets or a rain cover for your stroller. I have NEVER be to Orlando on vacation without it raining a day while visiting!
- Think, when packing or purchasing a stroller, of the items you will need to bring along with you for your day in Disney. If you are planning to bring a larger bag and want to hang it on the stroller, be sure that your stroller is sufficient to hold the bag.
My stroller, pictured above, was a Maclaren Quest Stroller. The stroller was perfect because it would hold a child weighing up to 55 pounds and my son really loved riding in a stroller even when he was nearly 6 years old! The stroller made about 20 trips to Disney and held up perfectly. I most loved its ability to hold the items I needed it to and the ability to fold easily and be thrown over my shoulder so I could easily carry it.
Have a great trip with your child and be sure to take several photos of them while hanging out in the stroller during their Disney vacation. The photo will likely become one of the child’s most loved souvenirs!