Strollers at Disney: Rent or Not?

Renting a stroller at Disney WorldWhen heading to Disney’s theme parks with a child under the age of 3, a stroller is a necessity. The stroller that you use at home will usually work for your vacation as long as it has 1) A sunshade to keep your child covered, 2) Storage to hold your diaper bag and other necessities, and 3) it reclines for easy naps.

If you don’t use a stroller at home, or don’t want to haul it to Florida, consider renting a stroller. Several local companies offer strollers for rent, and will deliver and pick up from most hotels and resorts free of charge. All of the rental companies offer the Baby Jogger City Mini Series strollers in singles or doubles, which seem to be the most popular models in the parks. In the list below, I’ve noted the additional stroller models that these companies offer. Pricing, accessories, and pick up and delivery times vary per company.

Baby Wheels Orlando: Also carries Britax strollers, and BOB Motion strollers

Kingdom Strollers: Also carries Baby Jogger City Elite and Summit strollers, BOB strollers, and special needs strollers

Simple Stroller Rental: Also carries BOB strollers, and Joovy Double and Triple Sit ‘n Stand strollers

Orlando Stroller Rentals: Also carries Baby Jogger City Elite and Summit strollers, and special needs strollers

Apple Stroller and Magic Strollers: No additional strollers offered.

Lastly, you can rent a stroller at any of the Disney theme parks (they are not available at the water parks) or Downtown Disney. Disney rental strollers are basic molded plastic with a sun canopy, and can only be used within the theme parks. They aren’t designed for infants or toddlers and I don’t recommend them for kids under age 3. However, Disney stroller rentals retail for $15 per day for a single stroller and $31 per day for a double stroller. A discount is given if you rent for a number of days at a time and prepay the cost.

Disney Rental Strollers

Be sure to read on for more stroller tips. If you do decide to rent, Simple Stroller Rental has provided Disney Under 3 readers with a 10% discount code: disneyunder3.

Should you bring your car seat on your Disney vacation?

carseatIf you are flying to Walt Disney World, the question may come up or whether or not you need to haul your car seat to Florida.

When should you leave your car seat at home?

You are flying to Disney with your child in your lap on the plane, and taking the Magical Express shuttle service from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to your Disney resort. You will then be using Disney’s transportation for your entire stay. Actually, you will find that Disney will not allow car seats on any transportation.

When should you bring your car seat?

You will be renting a car during your Disney vacation. While many car rental agencies offer car seats for rental cars, I strongly feel children are more comfortable in their normal car seat, plus you know that it has been well taken care of.

You have purchased a seat on the plane for your child and have an FAA Approved car seat.

Are taxis available with car seats?

If you need a car seat during a taxi ride, simply request that one be sent in your taxi. You may have to wait a little longer, but your child is safer in a car seat.

Where else can I get a car seat during my Florida vacation?

In the event that you need a car seat during your trip, car seats are available for rent from several, local companies such as Derenter or A Baby’s Best Friend.

What car seat alternatives are available for the plane trip?

If you have a longer flight and don’t care to bring your car seat, the only FAA Approved device is called CARES. CARES is a travel harness that fits around the airplane seat and is designed to fit children 12 months and up to 40″. Your child will need their own seat on the plane to use the CARES harness. It is available at online retailers, and Amazon.com generally has it for around $75.

Don’t forget, if you plan to check your car seat on the plane, I recommend using an old suitcase, large duffel bag, or car seat bag to help protect it from damage during travel.