Everything You Need to Know About Using Strollers at Disney World
Here are 6 things you should know about stroller requirements and rentals at Disney World.
Even if your FastPass+ plans are booked and hotel reservations are set, you’re not quite ready for the Magic Kingdom until you know how you’ll get around. Deciding which stroller to buy or rent for a Walt Disney World vacation requires preparation, and with recent updates to Disney’s stroller policy, it’s more important than ever to plan ahead.
If you’re debating whether to bring your own from home or tackle Disney stroller rentals once you make it to "The Most Magical Place on Earth," this guide will answer every question you’ve ever had about Disney World stroller rentals, from how to save money to what you must know before arriving.
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Check the stroller size requirements before leaving.
If you’re planning to bring your own stroller, be sure to check Disney’s guidelines as they’ve recently changed. Strollers must be no larger than 31” (79 cm) wide and 52” (132cm) long, and stroller wagons are no longer allowed at Walt Disney World.
Strollers are not required to collapse for use within the parks but using a collapsible stroller is recommended, particularly if you plan to use Walt Disney World transportation. Strollers must be in a folded position on Walt Disney World resort buses — which is how most guests travel between their hotels and the parks — as well as aboard parking lot trams.
Strollers may remain open on the Walt Disney World Skyliner gondola system as well as the Walt Disney World monorail, which connects Magic Kingdom to EPCOT, the Ticket and Transportation Center, and nearby hotels. (For Disney’s Magical Express, the complimentary transportation between Orlando International Airport and Walt Disney World hotels, strollers may be placed in storage underneath the coach bus.)
You can rent a stroller directly from Disney.
Disney offers stroller rentals at all four parks as well as Disney Springs. Rental locations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Magic Kingdom are all just inside the park on the right-hand side; Epcot operates Disney stroller rental locations at the main entrance and the International Gateway, which is located within the World Showcase. Head to Sundries for a Disney stroller rental at Disney Springs; the small shop is located across from the Walt Disney World bus transportation pick-up loop.
A single stroller, which is recommended for children under fifty pounds, costs $15 per day, and a double stroller, intended for children 100 pounds or less, costs $31 each day. Be mindful of multi-day Disney stroller rental discounts as well, which can save you a few bucks. By prepaying for the entire length of your stay, Walt Disney World will discount the prices by a few dollars, charging $13 per day for single stroller and $27 per day for double stroller multi-day rentals. (Disney stroller rentals from the Disney Springs location require a $100 credit card deposit; all other locations do not require a deposit.)
If you’re planning to use a stroller on Walt Disney World transportation, keep in mind that Disney stroller rentals cannot be taken outside the theme parks. Guests must return their stroller upon exiting and display their receipt at the next destination to pick up a rental stroller. (It goes without saying to keep that Disney stroller rental receipt somewhere safe!)
Strollers can also be rented from third-party companies.
Disney stroller rentals are offered by many local providers. Walt Disney World only has a partnership with one, ScooterBug, a Florida-based company whose Disney World stroller rentals can often be cheaper than those from the parks. Another perk is that ScooterBug’s Disney stroller rentals can be delivered directly to your Disney hotel room, whether or not you are there, while other popular providers like Kingdom Stroller, Magic Strollers, Best Price Scooters and Strollers, and Orlando Stroller Rentals now require a guest be present for stroller delivery.
There’s even a Disney stroller rental fit for a princess.
If you’re looking for a Disney World stroller rental that’ll make your vacation a step above the rest, we recommend Fantasy Strollers. Known for their Cinderella Carriage stroller, Fantasy Strollers have re-invented the stunning chariot to be collapsible, making it easier than ever to live like royalty in the parks and be whisked back to the hotel without complication, all for prices comparable to Disney World stroller rentals. Kids more into Star Wars than Disney princesses? Their spaceship double stroller puts your little Leia or young Luke in their very own wheeled spacecraft, ideal for a day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Ensure your stroller is as prepared as you are.
Guests tend to bring items like clip-on fans and other accessories to keep their little ones comfortable, while Undercover Tourist recommends packing a spare towel and poncho inside your stroller to keep it safe it from Florida’s notorious afternoon rain.
There is ample stroller parking throughout each of the four parks, but be aware that Disney employees may move your stroller to a slightly different location while you’re in line for attractions. That’s why it can be immensely helpful, especially if using a Disney stroller rental, to bring a sign, ribbon or other distinguishing feature to identify your stroller from others, as since Disney World strollers are identical.
If you’re on the fence, you’ll probably want to rent one.
Even if your child doesn’t require a stroller back home, you may find yourself utilizing a stroller rental during the trip. The parks are massive — as is the entire resort — and little ones who are typically full of energy can find themselves waning later in the day. It’s not necessary for all, but remember that the option is there if you need it.