Vote of the week: Bring the stroller, or rent one?
Written by Robert Niles
This time of year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the seasonal theme parks are closed and even the year-round parks are welcoming fewer out-of-town visitors than at most any other time of the year. So these are days devoted to planning the next Big Theme Park Trip.Tweet
This week's vote is for the parents, planning a family theme park vacation - especially the ones with toddlers (or whose children were toddlers not all that long ago).
When you're thinking about how you're going to get your toddlers around the park (or how you did, back in the day), will you plan to bring your own stroller, or rent one at the park?
The pros of renting the stroller: You don't have to lug it with you in the car (or on the plane!) If you someone grabs it in the park - or your child fouls it beyond your capacity to stand it any longer - you just get a replacement. Park strollers also tend to be larger and sturdier that then folding "umbrella" strollers many families bring to the parks, making it easier for schlepping kids and gear.
The pros of bringing your own: You've got your own stroller for getting your child to and from your car (or hotel room). You've two fewer lines to wait in, at the beginning and end of your day. And, of course, you save on the rental fee.
I should note that some parents choose a third option, especially ones flying to a family vacation, such as at Walt Disney World. They leave their stroller at home, but buy a cheap folding one at their destination, and bring it to the park. That saves the hassle of checking and transporting a stroller, but allows for the benefits of having one's own at the parks. Buying a stroller can cost less than daily rentals on a multi-day theme park trip, too.
So, what will it be? If you're one of those third-choice parents, who buys a stroller at your destination, pick the "bring your own" option, since it is, technically, your stroller that you bring into the parks. And if you don't have kids, just sit this one out.
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