Disney World Stroller Rentals
You’ll have several choices when it comes to strollers at Disney World. You can either:
- Bring your own stroller from home.
- Buy a stroller on Disney property or in an Orlando area store like Wal-Mart.
- Rent a stroller from Disney World (only available to rent and use in the four main parks and in Disney Springs).
Strollers are not available for rent in the water parks, but you can bring your own in.
Bringing your own stroller to Disney World, or buying one from an outside rental will allow you to use it at your resort, in all the parks and recreation areas, in the park parking lots, and getting to and from Disney transportation. We highly recommend this.
We’ll cover renting from Disney World, renting from an outside non-Disney company, and buying a stroller on Disney property or in the Orlando area. We’ll also cover the ins-and outs of using a stroller at Walt Disney World, including strollers used as wheelchairs.
The strollers for rent at the four main parks and at Disney Springs can not be used outside those areas. The majority of the Disney rental strollers are appropriate for toddlers and children up to approximately 6-7 years old, and are NOT appropriate for infants. There are a limited number of infant strollers available at the parks, which are smaller than the regular single strollers. You can rent them in the four main parks, as well as in Disney Springs (they’re only for use there).
The strollers are heavy and don’t fold, but there’s no place that you’ll need to carry them inside the parks or in Disney Springs. There’s a very small pocket for storage and an awning for shade. They don’t lie back, but judging by the number of children who I’ve see sleeping in them, that doesn’t seem to be a problem.
Tip: Bring a soft blanket or thick towel to make the hard stroller more comfortable for your child.
Tip: The Disney strollers offer very little storage space, making them impractical if you have a lot to carry. Consider renting a double stroller for the extra space.
The toddler rental strollers that Disney offers are the hard plastic type with four wheels. They’re set in a fixed position with the child sitting up, and they have a canopy.
The infant rental strollers available in the parks are similar in size to the regular single strollers rented at Disney, but they’re designed for newborn to one year. They’re available on request, and they’re not normally visible with the regular strollers outside the stroller locations. Again, they usually have a limited number, so if you want to be sure to have a stroller, it’s a great idea to either bring your own, buy one once you’re in Orlando, or rent one from a non-Disney company (see below).
For infants you may prefer to use other types of baby carriers like slings and backpacks, but consider the amount of walking you’ll be doing. You may want the option of having a stroller to use as well. If you’re visiting in warm weather, the shared body heat you’ll experience using these types of carriers can cause both of your body temperatures to rise. This can be miserable and even dangerous for your infant. Again, a stroller may be best. On the flip side, if the weather is cool, a sling or backpack can be warming.
The small folding umbrella strollers tend to be easier to handle than other kinds, and having your own stroller or an outside rental will allow you to use it at your resort, in all the parks and recreation areas, in the park parking lots, and getting to and from Disney transportation.
Cost & Locations for Renting a Stroller at Disney World Parks & Disney Springs
Strollers can be rented close to the entrance of each of the four main parks. They can also be rented in Disney Springs in the Marketplace at Wonderful World of Memories.
Single strollers cost at this writing is $15 per day, and multi-day length of stay rentals (2 or more days) are $13 per day (length of stay rentals may not available during peak crowd times). Double strollers are available for $31 for single day rental, and the multi-day length of stay price is $27 per day. At Disney Springs you can only get single strollers, and you’ll need to leave a $100 deposit which is refundable when the stroller is returned on the same day.
For multi-day rentals, you’ll pre-pay and show your receipt at the rental location to get a stroller. This allows you to bypass the queue which can shorten your wait time considerably! Strollers are given on a first come first serve basis, and though it’s not typical it is possible for them to run out.
Park Hopping with a Disney Stroller Rental
If you’re leaving the park and going to another one, you’ll leave your stroller and bring your receipt to the stroller rental location in the next park. As long as they haven’t run out of strollers, they’ll give you one.
Leaving a Park and Returning Later with a Disney Stroller Rental
If you’re leaving the park, but plan to come back to the same park later in the day, you can leave your stroller outside an attraction with the other strollers. Be sure to leave something on it that helps it stand out, such as ribbon or a balloon. When you return, you’ll have your stroller without having to go through the stroller rental process again.
Disney World Transportation and Strollers
Any folding stroller can be brought on the buses, trams, trains, monorails and most boats. Some of the larger ones may be too big to hold on the trams or boats, so the small umbrella strollers may be more convenient. Strollers must be folded on the buses. Depending on how busy it is, you may be able to keep a stroller open for children to sit in on the monorails and larger boats like the ferry boats.
Using Strollers in the Disney World Parks
Guests are not permitted to take strollers inside ride queues and on rides. There are exceptions for those who get permission with a Disability Access Card (See below). Outside each ride there’s an area for ‘stroller parking’ and it will usually be crowded. The cast members will write your name on a card that attaches to the handle of the stroller.
Tip: Sometimes Disney staff will move the strollers around. You might come out of an attraction and discover that your stroller is not where you left it. Don’t panic — look. If all else fails, talk to the nearest cast member. Although a card with your name on it is attached to the handle of the stroller when you rent it, it’s helpful to leave something on the stroller that will more easily identify it as yours. Make sure it’s something you don’t mind losing. If your rented stroller is missing (it does happen by accident since they look alike, and there is the occasional theft) you can just show your receipt and get another.
Tip: If it rains the stroller and your child will get wet. Some of the stroller parking areas are uncovered. You may wish to bring a stroller rain shield or cover. These are available all over including Walmart and Toys R Us.
Tip: Always make sure that you don’t leave anything valuable in your stroller when you part from it. If you can’t afford to lose it, don’t leave it.
Tip: You can lock a stroller to itself with a cable or bicycle lock through the wheels and/or the frame. This will allow a cast member to re-position the stroller if they need to. If you lock it to anything fixed such as a tree or fence, the lock or cable will be cut and it will be moved.
Tip: If you park in a stroller parking area, normally if your stroller is moved it will only be a few feet away so that the rows and spaces remain neatly filled in. However if you park away from a stroller parking area, it will be moved to a stroller parking area somewhere; how far away it will be moved will depend on how the cast member feels at the time! So park only in stroller parking areas to make it easier on yourself.
Tip: Though strollers are not permitted in the Disney restaurants, we’ve seen them permit a stroller with a sleeping child in it. There’s no guarantee though, and this is entirely up to the cast members at the restaurant.
Other Stroller Buying and Rental Options
At Disney you’ll have the option of purchasing an Umbrella Kolcraft stroller, available in many of the resort and park stores as well as in each parks’ stroller rental area. It’s currently $49.95.
If you have a car, another option that may be less expensive is to purchase a stroller once you get to the Orlando area at a nearby Walmart or Target. When you’re done with it, if you don’t want to take it home with you, you can always offer it to another family!
If you want a stroller throughout your stay that’s more substantial than an umbrella stroller, consider using an outside non-Disney stroller rental company. That way you can use the stroller wherever you are, including your resort. It’s also usually less expensive.
Disney has what they call Featured Providers. These places are permitted to drop off and pick up your stroller at the resort without you being there. For any other business you must be there to receive and give back the stroller. Here’s Disney’s stroller page, and the Featured Providers are at the bottom:
For your convenience here are Disney’s Featured Providers:
- Magic Strollers: (866) 866-6177
- Orlando Stroller Rentals: (800) 281-0884
- Kingdom Strollers: (407) 271-5301
Here are some rental companies that are not Featured Providers, but may have some additional types of strollers and child care products. Please keep in mind that we’re not endorsing them, but only giving you information for your research purposes:
Orlando Stroller Rentals, LLC. This company has a variety of stroller types including the Liberty Special Needs PushChair and double strollers. Toll free phone 1-800-281-0884, www.OrlandoStrollerRentals.com
A Baby’s Best Friend. They also rent a wide variety of child care products. www.abbf.com, 407-891-2241 (Orlando area and outside the United States), Toll Free: 1-888-461-2229 (in the United States only)
All-About-Kids.com. They also provide childcare and rent a variety of child care products. www.all-about-kids.com, Phone 407-812-9300
Strollers used as wheelchairs in the Disney World Parks
Strollers can be given the same status as a wheelchair by Guest Relations, if needed. Check out our article here: Strollers Used as Wheelchairs in the Disney World Parks.
Stroller Recycling, Swapping and Sharing
There’s a group on Facebook that allows members to share their strollers. You may be able to use a stroller that was passed on by someone who just left Disney. You can check out the group here for all the rules and to join.
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