Spending all day in a Walt Disney World theme park can be one of the most fun and exciting things to do. However, if you are not properly prepared, it can become one of the most stressful occasions. When we purchased our annual passes our children were ages 6, 4, 3 and 2. A trip to Walt Disney World with strollers was a necessity. Our strollers ride around in the back of our vehicle at all times, and since we live close to Disney, we simply bring our own into the parks. However, if you are flying into Orlando and bringing your own stroller is not an option, we have compiled 8 things you need to know about stroller rentals at Walt Disney World.
8. Strollers cannot be removed from the park
Walt Disney World strollers cannot be taken outside of the park gates. This means if your little ones are already asleep after a long night at the Magic Kingdom, you still need to return your stroller before exiting through the tunnel. Children will then need to walk or be carried to your bus, ferry or monorail to your final destination. Strollers may not be taken to the Transportation and Ticket Center or parking lot. Strollers may be rented inside the gates of any of the four Walt Disney World theme parks. They may also be rented at Disney Springs with a $100 credit card refundable deposit.
7. Disney World strollers can only be rented in person
Strollers rented through Walt Disney World cannot be reserved or rented online or by phone. They must be rented in person. Since these strollers cannot be removed from the park this means you will need to plan ahead. You might want to arrive at the park a little early, especially if you plan to arrive at park opening. Stroller rental lines form quickly at rope drop. Each minute that ticks by means less park time for you as other guests are quickly making their way to headline attractions. While Disney has tons of strollers, on rare occasions during peak times, its possible they may not have any available.
6. Name Cards
Upon renting in person you will be given a name card to take with you. This is to be slipped in the designated sleeve on the handle of your stroller. Upon arriving to any attraction or dining location you will need to park your stroller in the stroller parking area which is usually close by. Because all Disney strollers are alike, this will help you and others identify which one belongs to you when exiting. You may also take your name card and receipt when park hopping without having to pay again at another park on the same day.
5. Railroad Swap
Only folded strollers may be taken on the train with you. Since Disneys rented strollers do not fold, Disney has come up with an alternative. Simply leave your rented stroller at the designated location near the platform. Make sure you remove all of your belongings, including your name card and take it with you. When you arrive at your new destination, there will be a group of unclaimed strollers at the end of the platform. Place your name card in the new stroller of your choice and off you go!
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4. Length of Stay Discount
Renting a stroller directly through Walt Disney World may be convenient, but it is not usually your cheapest option. However, you can save a small amount of money by renting for multiple days with a length of stay discount. If you plan on renting for more than one day, let the Cast Member know how many days you would like to rent for. You will be charged upfront for the total number of days. From there, just show your receipt at any rental location and you will be provided with a stroller upon request.
3. The Necessity
While scrolling through this list you might have stopped to consider if your child even needs a stroller during your stay. Perhaps your children are getting a little older and you don’t use one on a regular basis. Its not uncommon that guests could walk upwards of ten or more miles per day. Factor in Floridas heat and humidity, and those little legs simply cannot keep up. If you are unsure of whether you will need a stroller or not, we suggest to plan on renting one if you are not able to bring your own.
2. The Comfort Factor
One item for consideration when renting a stroller from Disney is the comfort factor. In this case, however, you might call it the lack of comfort factor. One of the worst kept secrets is while Disney offers the convenience of renting inside the park, these strollers are made out of hard plastic without any type of cushioning, do not recline, provide little to no shade, and offer no cup holders and no storage. The double strollers have no type of divider which means two hot and sweaty children can easily get irritated with each other complicating everything. So if you cannot bring your own stroller, what alternative is there? That leads us to number one!
1. Disney’s Featured Providers
Outside of bringing your own stroller, one of the most popular options is using one of Disney’s featured providers. While there are many stroller rental companies in the Orlando area, Disney has given the green light to three specific companies to allow official business. These are the only three vendors who have made arrangements to drop off and pick up strollers with the bell services at Disney resorts. This is a big convenience factor, as guests do not have to be present since arrangements are made previous to arrival. In addition to convenience and comfort, one of the top reasons guests choose to rent from a featured provider is the significant financial savings. Guests will find much more reasonable prices, especially when renting for multiple days. Be sure to do your research ahead of time for added convenience, increased comfort, and to save money.
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