If you are heading to Disneyland or Disney World with a toddler or pre-schooler, a compact travel stroller is a great idea to bring with you or hire once there. A pushchair or stroller can give a welcome respite for tired little legs walking miles around the parks.
This guide answers all your Disney stroller questions, including Should I bring a stroller to Disney? and the sizes permitted into the parks. It also compares renting a stroller at Disney to elsewhere and the prices of renting versus buying a travel stroller as well as pictures of the single and double strollers at Disney.
WHAT TYPE IS THE BEST STROLLER FOR DISNEY? Do I Need One, Should I Rent or Buy?
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Do I need a stroller for Disney?
You know your child best, however circumstances may mean a pushchair could be useful even if they haven’t used one for a while.
Strollers can be a great place to escape the sun whilst walking around, a convenient option for a nap, as well as a handy place to store all the bits you inevitably bring with you!
You may even want to consider using a lightweight stroller for an older child, especially if you are intending on visiting the parks after a long flight and have jet lag plus the heat to contend with.
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Quick Hint: BEST STROLLER FOR DISNEY WORLD! Here’s a quick overview of the best strollers for Disney World, with more details further below.
Best overall stroller for being lightweight, compact and comfortable: This Summer Infant 3D Lite stroller is great because it is lightweight, nearly flat position and mid way budget.
BabyJogger City Minicomes highly recommended, it folds down easily, nippy and light. The seat tilts back to flat, perfect for nap time.
Best budget stroller: Baby Joy, inexpensive, comes with a sturdy bag and meets most airline cabin baggage rules .
Yes – most likely. However, that doesn’t mean you should automatically bring your normal stroller or hire the biggest one. The Disney Parks have new stroller size regulations (since May 2019), and with crowds to contend with plus shuttle buses and the monorail, you will need a stroller which is lightweight, compact as well as functional.
What are the Disney Strollers rules? Can I Bring a Wagon?
Disney Stroller Policy: “Strollers that are greater than 31″ (79cm) in width and 52″ (132cm) in length. Stroller wagons are also prohibited” The ONLY exception is if it is for medical purposes -eg you have medical equipment to carry around.
So should I bring a stroller to Disney?
That’s a subjective question and brings opposing opinions, but even the most energetic child can be exhausted from walking around the miles of Disney parks. Adults can often walk 20,000 steps in a day, and factor in the heat and jet lag and even a child that hasn’t used a stroller for a long time may want a break.
If you are have plenty of time to visit the parks and intend to just do half days at a time, you can likely get away without one for your 4 year old, but if you intend to stay all day, plus see the fireworks and parades, then having a stroller could come in very useful indeed.
Karen from Mini Travellers took her twins (4) and eldest daughter (5) and highly recommends taking a stroller. However Cerys, from Rainy Day Mum, offered a different view with her 4 and 5 year olds.
We used one for our 7 and 4 year old, and again for subsequent trips, with the eldest still enjoying a quick respite in it at 9!
Best Single Strollers For Disney
There are plenty of compact travel stroller options whether you have a baby, toddler or pre-schooler. The lighter ones do generally have less functions than the more robust pushchairs. (Some even fit on as cabin size luggage or as your carry on allowance.)
However, they make up for this by being easy to transport whether by plane to get to Florida (Disney World) or California (Disneyland) or if you are using the monorail or the hotel shuttle buses. You may find a travel stroller bag useful to keep it clean and to help lug it around.
The updated version of the popular G-Lite is now reclinable and even lighter at 11lbs. It has lost the function to stand up by itself - but for the lightness that's not a huge inconvenience.
The seat has a breathable mesh and the basket is very reasonably sized for an umbrella stroller. The large UPF canopy is an improvement with an additional pop out sun visor. Some readers have said it doesn't offer enough support for a younger baby.
A cup holder comes as standard. The price is also very reasonable for all the functions making it one of the best umbrella strollers. For more information and latest price for the UPPABaby G-Lite, see here.
This is another stroller which meets most airlines cabin baggage allowances and joins the ranks of the few strollers that fit in the overhead bin. It is not as light as the original GB Pockit for plane travel - but it weighs in at a very light 13lbs/6.2kg. - the same as the GB Pockit Plus, in the 6+ version, 6.6 kg (14.5 lbs) with the newborn pack or 8.1 kg (17.8 lbs) with the bassinet.
The BabyZen YoYo is consistently rated highly as a contender for the best lightweight travel stroller due many of its specifications and additional features.
These include a storage bag and a shoulder strap so you can easily carry the BabyZen on board a plane. It's narrow enough to fit in most airplane aisles and will easily fit into the hat rack. The folded dimensions are (52 x 44 x 18 cm / 20.5 x 17.3 x 7.1 in)
Out and about, this compact travel stroller feels sturdy and is often used as a daily stroller because of all the practical feature; including multi recline, a sun canopy, rain cover and generous under seat storage. Basket supports up to 5 kg (11 lbs).
Although the pushchair is on the pricey end of the market - it just may your most used bit of baby kit. Particularly if it is used daily and used for travel, then it may save you from buying a separate travel buggy. These airplane strollers are also quite popular in Europe because they fit through narrow doorways.
Weight: 6.2 kg (13.6 lbs) in the 6+ version, 6.6 kg (14.5 lbs) with the newborn pack or 8.1 kg (17.8 lbs) with the bassinet.
Dimensions when folded: 52 x 44 x 18 cm / 20.5 x 17.3 x 7.1 in
Recline: Yes Need newborn insert for infants available separately.
Storage Basket: Yes
Travel Bag: Yes
Sun Canopy: Yes,
Max Weight Capacity: 22 kg (48.5 lbs)
Compatible with Infant Car Seat: Yes, including CYBEX
This travel stroller is suitable for babies aged over 6 months, but you can buy a newborn pack as an additional feature. This pushchair can be used in parent-facing mode from birth and front facing from 6+ months up until 18kgs.
For more information on the BabyZen YoYo 2 please see here.
Easy to fold and unfold
UPF 50+ sun protection canopy
There are some instances of stroller theft and this is an expensive stroller. Whilst you cannot lock a stroller to any structure at Disney, a bike lock around the wheels and an AirTag hidden within it, might give you some reassurance?
The Baby Joy is a great option if you are looking for a cabin size stroller and comes with a sturdy bag for convenient carrying, making it a backpack pushchair. It doesn't recline but comes at a 115 degree tilt and a 13" width seat - great for older babies and toddlers but not for young babies.
The Baby Joy is so small in measurements that it meets most airline cabin baggage rules when folded.
Weight: 14 lbs/6.3kg
Folded 31cm x 31cm x 16.5 cm (12.5" x 12.5" x 6.5")
The Mountain Buggy Nano consistently crops up as one of the best strollers for travelling.
At 13lbs, this lightweight stroller has a full-size, padded seat with an adjustable leg rest and multi-position recline.
The seat can almost go into a lie-flat mode, making it one of the best reclining strollers for travel and perfect for an afternoon siesta at Disney. However there is a newborn cocoon available as an extra, if you need.
Like the BabyZen YoYo Plus, this stroller comes with a carry handle and carry strap plus a travel bag - useful for getting on and off the hotel busses and the Disney mono rail.
The rain cover does need to be bought separately. It cannot fold one handed but feels sturdy.
What other readers Say:
"We would be lost without our Mountain Buggy Nano. It has been on almost 50 flights in 18 months and is still in the best condition. Great recline too."
The narrow frame is good for narrow streets and doorways.
Can be pushed one-handed easily.
Fits into overhead storage compartments (if permitted.)
Cannot be folded with one hand.
Can be a bit tricky down a set of steps due to the small wheels.
The GB Pockit + All Terrain is an upgrade from the original GB Pockit and tweaks have it made it stronger, more robust, and even more practical for travel.
This newer version benefits from a recline function, a UV50 sun canopy whilst still folding up incredibly compactly, making it a fully collapsible stroller
It folds down in 2 simple steps and can be carried via the attached handle. It is considerably heavier at 12.3lbs/5.6kgs than its predecessor, but it is still a very lightweight travel stroller, which can be moved with one hand.
Although there is no travel bag or straps with the compact stroller, some people have bought backpack straps and carabiners to attach to the stroller and wear it as a backpack, as it is so lightweight.
The adjustable recline feature makes it possible for older babies and toddlers to sleep in but it does not go completely flat.
Included are adapters to click onto a CYBEX infant car seat.
Really compact, perfect for immigration queues or day trips with a baby
It may be hard at times on cobblestones in Europe
Canopy could be better
What other readers of Flying With A Baby Say:
"So useful for plane travel. We can fit it in our backpack as carryon"
Dimensions when folded: 11.8 in x 7.1 in x 13.8 in
Storage Basket: Yes
Travel Bag: No
Sun Canopy: Yes,
Max Weight Capacity: 55lbs
Age: 6 months up to approx. 4 years
Compatible with Infant Car Seat: Yes - gb and CYBEX
This great day to day use stroller was highly recommended in a Disney Facebook group I am in. It's travel-friendly - folds down super easily, isnippy and light- but feels much more solid and comfortable for the little ones as you wander around the parks.
Light - weighs 18.4 lbs
Can fold with one hand.
Easy to manoeuvre.
Seat tilts back to flat for nap time on the go.
I can’t think of any!
Best Double Strollers For Disney
If you are visiting Disney with twins or a toddler and pre-schooler, a double stroller is probably on your essential list! Double strollers are also allowed into Disney, as long as they meet the rules mentioned above. The good news is most double jogging strollers fall into these measurements. Including:
Like it's popular single stroller model, the seats recline to near flat position and the adjustable canopy hoods offer peek through flaps.
This travel buggy is slightly heavier at 28lbs but can still be folded single handedly and is a good option if you are looking for a lightweight stroller for toddlers and older children at Disney which has lots of functionality.
Where can I find the cheapest strollers to buy for Disney?
Alternatively, many Disney visitors buy a cheap stroller from Walmart when they arrive and just leave it for the next guest. You can either visit Walmart yourself or order online and have the umbrella stroller delivered to you hotel. The cheapest strollers offer no sun protection, and are usually priced around $30 after tax.
WALT DISNEY WORLD STROLLER RENTAL
CONSIDERING RENTING A DOUBLE STROLLER AT DISNEY?
Yes, you can rent strollers in the Parks. They have a mesh covering all around the sides and top, with a thicker canvas canopy in red. There are a couple of small pockets near the handle but otherwise no storage or recline.
How much are stroller rentals at Disney?
Single Strollers (for children 50lbs or less) cost $15 daily or for Multi- Day (length of stay) $13 per day.
Double Strollers (recommended for children 100lbs or less) cost $31 daily or for Multi- Day (length of stay) $27
A $100 USD credit card deposit is required for strollers rented at Disney Springs.
At Disney World, strollers can be rented at Disney Springs and within the Parks but they cannot be taken out of the area. When you move park to park, or to Disney Springs, you hand your receipt in exchange for a stroller. More details can be found on the Official Disney site.
RENTING STROLLERS FOR DISNEY
Other options are to rent a stroller from a stroller rental company in Orlando. This is usually a cheaper option than renting strollers from Disney World, particularly if you need one for a few days or more.
The stroller companies can deliver directly to you hotel and collect. As a rough guide expect to pay about $120 for 2 weeks for a rental stroller.
Disney now requires their resort guests to meet with the delivery driver for stroller or scooter rentals. All deliveries and pick ups will need to made face to face with a representative of the company.
We booked the BOB stroller from Kingdom Strollers and found it really useful. Our nearly 8 year old used it as well as our 4 year old. It was a bit bulky to fold up for the packed Disney buses to the parks, but it was certainly manageable and we were glad to have brought it with the combination of jet-lag and Florida heat.
Consistently recommended companies for renting strollers for Disney are: