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What should Disneyland do about its swarm of strollers?

March 23, 2017, 6:27 PM · In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, an alien visiting Earth decides to blend in by naming himself "Ford Prefect," mistaking automobiles for the dominant life form on our planet. The joke worked in author Douglas Adams' native UK, where the Prefect was a relatively popular car, even if it pretty much failed in the US, where Ford barely sold any of the model.

So if Disney ever wants to reboot its 2005 Hitchhiker's movie with a theme park version where the main character visits Disneyland, perhaps Ford Prefect can be renamed "Graco Fastaction," since strollers seem to crowding out actual human visitors in many sections of the park these days.

With more attractions crammed into much less space than Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom — the other theme park in America that's become a "must visit" for families with little kids — Disneyland is the undisputed stroller swarm capital of the United States. Cast members often struggle to keep pathways clear around the entrances to Tomorrowland, Toontown (next to It's a Small World), and Pirates of the Caribbean clear as parents abandon their strollers in packs throughout the day.

In my Orange County Register column this week, I look at the situation in Tomorrowland, where strollers often span the gaps between the old PeopleMover support columns, and sometime spill out to narrow the already tight paths in front of Star Tours and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.

Mostly, I'm using the stroller situation as a straw man to back into an argument that Disney's best business decision for better crowd management in Tomorrowland is to reopen the PeopleMover. But I think it's an interesting question to ask what else Disneyland might do to alleviate the stroller jams throughout the park.

Given that Disney hasn't got the room to swap Disneyland for a larger, Magic Kingdom-sized replacement in Anaheim, relief is going to come only from reducing the size and/or number of strollers in the park. So how might Disney do that?

The easiest logistical solution is to try to reduce the number of little kids in the park by raising prices on them. Eliminate the child's discount and make everyone — including children under age three — pay the regular, "adult" price. That might keep some parents from hauling their kids to the resort before they turn 10 — long past their stroller years. But Disney doesn't offer a kids' discount on annual passes, and with hundreds of thousands of local AP holders crowding the park throughout the year, the elimination of children's tickets probably wouldn't take a significant number of strollers off the pathways. Maybe requiring tickets for babies would help a bit, but it won't solve the problem.

That's because, ultimately, the problem isn't the number of children in Disneyland. It's the size of those darned strollers these days. Perhaps Disneyland could divert some of Walt Disney World's "NextGen" money into designing and developing the next generation of smaller, stronger, more durable strollers, which Disney could rent in place of its current, somewhat bulky models.

Of course, that wouldn't do anything to address the much larger, SUV-sized rolling roadblocks that many parents are bringing into the park. To do that, Disney would have to get really devious and start emulating... the airline industry.

Wanna bring a stroller into the park? Like checking a bag on a flight, you're gonna have to pay. Let's make the daily stroller admission fee equal to the daily stroller rental fee. That way, people are paying the same whether they bring their own or use Disney's (in our ideal world) smaller strollers.

Must use your own? Then you might have to pay an oversized stroller penalty on top of the stroller admission fee, just as you would for an overweight checked bag on an airline trip.

Why do people bring in such big strollers, anyway? Because for many families, the issue isn't a place to stash the kid. It's having a place to stash their stuff. People need the big strollers to accommodate the diaper bag, backpacks, snack bags, and whatever else they're hauling into the park like they were preparing to climb Mount Everest.

And here's where Disney goes full Spirit Airlines... and starts charging people who bring in oversized bags, not just strollers. Install a "personal item" 9x10x17-inch frame at each front gate lane and tell people they'll have to pay a fee if their bags don't fit in it. Heck, Disney could earn a few extra million on top of those fees by selling the streaming rights to the inevitable front-gate confrontations to World Star.

Now that we're talking about starting a fight, let's put this to a vote:

Replies (41)

March 23, 2017 at 7:43 PM · Gotta be honest, I'm one of those people bringing in a colossal double wide Britax stroller to Magic Kingdom. I hate the thing, but I'm going to blame my wife on this one. Were it my decision I'd just go with two umbrella strollers.

Kind of tangential here, but I often read online that strollers are almost non-existent in the Japanese and Chinese Disney parks? Can anyone enlighten me as to why there's such a big difference?

March 23, 2017 at 7:59 PM · It would be silly to charge people to bring a stroller in the park, they want people coming in with lots of kids. Families are Disney's core business and more kids = more money spent on food, merch, etc. Anything to make the park less attractive to families with small children is not going to happen and it would be stupid.

Florida has been widening the paths in the parks the past few years to accommodate more strollers and wheelchairs. DLR doesn't have much space so it's probably going "deal with it."

March 23, 2017 at 7:59 PM · It would be silly to charge people to bring a stroller in the park, they want people coming in with lots of kids. Families are Disney's core business and more kids = more money spent on food, merch, etc. Anything to make the park less attractive to families with small children is not going to happen and it would be stupid.

Florida has been widening the paths in the parks the past few years to accommodate more strollers and wheelchairs. DLR doesn't have much space so it's probably going "deal with it."

March 23, 2017 at 8:05 PM · Parents with kids, let alone strollers, are basically non existent at the Japanese parks. You see it much less as the parks cater mostly to teenagers and young adults. It's just different demographics that visit.
March 23, 2017 at 8:09 PM · I admit to take advantage of free kids admission up to age 3. I abuse by using it beyond 4 years. Perhaps lower the kids pricing to one year so growing kids are harder to fool. Only infants get in free. The point of kids admission is the family package. The whole family going is just more profitable than a mere couple or single. My kid eventually grew out of the stroller at 5.5 years. The thing is a family can have kids of all ages especially with people delaying children.

Disneyland can do a lot of infrastructure changes to free up the walkways for stroller parking. Removing the People Mover will remove the wide footers and the central platform. Remove the many planters on Main St and the hub. The lack of big restrooms is another problem.

March 23, 2017 at 8:33 PM · What about the motor scooters? I was just there for spring break and saw tow twenty something women rent motor scooters from our hotel and laughing as they tried to drive them into the park. I'm assuming they were faking disabilities to get assistance passes.
March 23, 2017 at 8:55 PM · I'm not a fan of charging a fee for strollers, because it will not deter people from bringing them in, and Disneyland will just pocket more money with no (direct) benefit to the public. Today I dropped $450 to get my family of 3 into the park (3 Socal 3-day passes), and non-resident and/or larger families spent even more. If I had to pay an additional $15 or $20 to have the convenience of my small stroller to push my toddler through the stampede, I'd pay it- and so would everyone else. But I agree it's a huge problem, which is really part of the bigger problem- there's just too many people at Disneyland anymore.
March 23, 2017 at 10:14 PM · There is a problem with Strollers at Disneyland. But I think its inaccurate to blame the strollers when the real issue is the type of people bringing them.

I hate to say it, but I think the "Monthly Payment Plans" is tied into this mess. While the intention was initially to raise prices but still make Annual Passes "feel" financially justifiable. The crowds that a monthly payment plan has attracted is the same crowds that brings coolers and stuffs their SUV stroller compartments with rotisserie chickens and possibly smuggling in two more children.

Now dont get me wrong. This isn't judgement, this is an observation. And its one that I was guilty of because when I had first started bringing a stroller to the park then it started out with just diaper bags and spare clothes. But it did soon turn into bottles of Gatorade and chips. So IF we're going to look for solutions in reducing a "need" for stroller then you can say "Restrict bringing in your stuff" OR you can say "Make in-park food/amenities more affordable so cheap-o's like me dont have to bring in our stuff".

March 23, 2017 at 10:41 PM · While I don't like the idea of a blanket stroller charge, I would definitely be in support of a fee for strollers that exceed certain dimensions. Disneyland's rental strollers are a good guideline...anything that takes up significantly more real estate than that carries an oversize charge comparable to the rental fee. It would also be simple to verify this...paint a box on the ground, and if the wheels don't fit inside the box the stroller must be tagged to show the fee has been paid before it may be brought into the park.

My other idea would be to eliminate stroller parking in favor of stroller checks spread throughout the park. Have a stroller check stand in each land (possibly two in the larger lands), and require guests who are not using their stroller to check it at the stand. That way, it can be stored folded and out of the way without taking up valuable real estate on the pathways, plus their is no risk of having it stolen. For baggage, allow one reasonably-sized bag per stroller to be stored at the check, and everything else the family has to stash in a locker if they don't want to carry it.

March 23, 2017 at 10:42 PM · The problem with charging for strollers is that people will decide not to take them, and simply walk their kids around the park. This will lead to many more overtired kids getting more and more difficult to control. It may seem like a good idea, but will likely end in tears.

One issue beyond the stroller is the bags of merchandise and crap people hand off the side of them, sometimes doubling their width. Arranging for merchandise bought in the park to get picked up at the front gate may help, but as Anton said, better infrastructure for parking and encouraging smaller strollers would help.

March 23, 2017 at 11:06 PM · Somehow in the 50's - 80's people came to Disneyland, MK etc. without huge strollers. In fact many young children (gasp) WALKED! Now in FL it's not only the strollers we have to contend with, it's the adult toddlers with their ECV's. If you can't walk your way around the park on your own, do what people have done for over a century, use a wheelchair. Don't get me wrong, I fully support ECV use for disabled people that need it, it's the huge amount of folks that don't need one, but use one simply because they don't feel like walking on their own, and a wheelchair is just too Inconvenient for them.
It's the crazy, bigger is better, me first attitudes of many families in the 21st century that is causing the problem. Simple, ban strollers that are bigger than what we had in the 70's/80's. Old curmudgeon out!
March 24, 2017 at 3:38 AM · Part of the problem is the older kids in strollers, making it like a WALL-E attraction. When your 10 and able to walk, they shouldn't be in a stroller
March 24, 2017 at 5:50 AM · No, it's not just the size of the strollers, it's the parents bringing more babies and toddlers into the park.
Charge for tickets for everyone alive, babies up.
Charge for strollers in park.
Kids under 5 in the parks is stupid anyway. Wait til your kids can walk, enjoy and remember their experience.
March 24, 2017 at 7:00 AM · Most people bringing a $400-600 Bob stroller to the parks aren't going to even blink at a charge to get it past the gate. Also, if I'm the guy pushing the thing around the parks, I'd rather be pushing one with independent gas suspension and knobby tires over the tracks on main street than one with tiny plastic wheels. It's down to park management, human kindness, and consciousness. All of which are lacking on any given day.
March 24, 2017 at 8:42 AM · If you look at old pics of Disneyland - those from the '50s and '60s - you see very few strollers. People just did not bring infants and toddlers to a huge park where you will spend long hours walking and standing in line. They either got a sitter or simply waited until the kids were old enough - at least 5 or 6, maybe 4 at minimum - to actually enjoy the park and tolerate the lines, the restaurants, and the walking without needing to be carried or hauled the whole time and did not need the whole house brought with them for food, clothes, toys, etc.

Today, though, parents want to live exactly as they did before they had their kids and expect to make no adjustments for them. It would be unthinkable to postpone a trip to a Disney park just because that might be better, and far less stressful, to wait until your very young child can actually enjoy the trip.

I'll say it again: If your child is so young that you have to bring a whole load of food, clothes, and toys - TOYS - to care for it at a Disney park, because it's too young to eat in a restaurant and too young to be entertained by a DISNEY PARK, that child is too young to be put through the trip.

I was just at WDW a couple of months ago and the strollers were absolutely ridiculous. Huge strollers piled high with supplies packed Main Street and made it impossible to enjoy the atmosphere, much less operate any of the Main Street vehicles - I did not see any of them.

Not to mention the masses of screaming infants and toddlers who have no idea what's going on and are not enjoying the endless hours in the heat and lines of a huge theme park.

Yes, charge full price for any child over one year of age. Charge for oversize strollers - maybe for ANY strollers. Do whatever it takes to arrange parking areas outside of the rides so that the strollers don't block the walkways.

The massive stroller jam really is ruining the atmosphere of the parks, and it will only get worse before it gets better.

March 24, 2017 at 9:21 AM · We have been AP's for a decade now and we noticed this year how many strollers there are lately. It's Strollerland. The Adventureland area in front of Jungle Cruise is out of control. POTC is awful also. The CM's are very skilled at keeping them tucked in so we can still walk around. My biggest issue is trying to walk while strollers are in transit. So many parents have run over our feet or rammed into the back of our legs. I used to think the scooters were the biggest danger, but it is 100% strollers now. I had one lady push her stroller right in front of me and i took a nose dive over her child and landed face first on the pavement. And I have to agree there is a massive increase in the demographic that packs a freaking picnic in their bags, like they're coming to camp overnight. I understand it's expensive to eat at the parks, but can we have some decorum.
March 24, 2017 at 10:15 AM · I voted charge for oversized. On our recent trip we brought a stroller for my 4 year old but opted for the "umbrella stroller" instead of our "jogging stroller". We did the same thing last time when my son was only 2 as well. Not just out of courtesy but out of ease of use. Why would you want to navigate the beast in such a crowded area. I'll tell you part of the problem, parents are overdoing it with there kids. They think the kid needs everything. I saw some pretty big kids in some pretty big strollers there.
March 24, 2017 at 10:28 AM · People will mow you down with them, bash your heels, hog the isle, have their fat over-weight 7 year old ridding in them. Half the time the kids are passed out asleep and don't seem to be having fun....Leave the tot's at home with grandma and grandpa and enjoy the parks. (same goes for people packing back packs that are two feet thick and slap you in the face every time they turn to look at something....
March 24, 2017 at 10:34 AM · @184
That same argument can be made for charging for parking, yet all theme parks do.
March 24, 2017 at 11:05 AM · I think it's not the size of the strollers so much as the idiots using them. I had some woman run over the back of my heels 3 times last Saturday at Sea World within 5 minutes. Okay once was an accident, the second time I gave her a dirty look and the third time I turned around and said "do you mind?? you have hit me 3 times in the last few minutes!". She got all huffy and offended that I dare say anything about her complete lack of courtesy and how dare I not move out of the way of her precious 5 year old.

I would literally pay double the price to have a day in the parks with no strollers or ECV's. Those ECV's are a menace.

March 24, 2017 at 1:23 PM · I agree with some of the opinions that some of the children are just to young to be at the park. We never took our son until he could walk on his own. It costs so much to go to the parks and you see so many crying young overtired children and cranky frustated parents that I wonder how they can even say they had a memorable "magical" vacation.
March 24, 2017 at 2:02 PM · I don't think it's the strollers that are the problem, but simply the fact that more people want to go to Disneyland than ever before (more people= more strollers). I'm only 30 and even in my lifetime I've noticed a HUGE increase in attendance that truly affects how you can enjoy your vacation. As population increases, this will only worsen. Let's face it, Disney parks are the kings of nostalgia, so prices be damned, we'll pay it and bring our children and our grandchildren (I've already brought my son and will bring my future children). If everyone does the same thing, there will come a point when there aren't any off seasons and it will just always be miserable (and I'll still keep going because I sold my soul to Disney years ago).
March 24, 2017 at 2:57 PM · Increasing the number of exits from the park would help, Disneyland is like a heart with only one route for all the life blood of guests traveling in and out along Main Street (Which parades act like a cork). Two good potential exit locations exist, one in New Orleans that crossed over to the Downtown Disney (Star Wars Land traffic will add to this pressure). The other potential exit route partially exists on the eastern backside of Main Street (of course it will be a decade+ before Tomorrowland gets updated, but a good time for Fantasy Land and Main Street to gain territory). With the two additional exits when it gets too crowded people will more easily decide to visit DCA or Downtown Disney.

I like many of the stroller solutions (stroller checks, fees, ticket prices), but those small changes won't alter large structural problems.

-RP

March 24, 2017 at 3:25 PM · Im for banning oversized prams. Sole purpose is for young children (not 8 year olds) to be able to rest their tired feet and let the adults still have a good time. Prams are not for carrying anything other than a diaper bag around. Shopping should be stored or sent to hotels.I have been to a theme park where they make you fold up your pram before parking it. Eliminates people packing those things so full. They're not mules, they're little people carriers.
March 24, 2017 at 3:36 PM · The biggest part of this problem are those folks that rent strollers? from off property vendors?. Not only do they not know how to push them, folding them makes everyone wait to get on the bus. Forbid any but umbrella strollers? on the bus will get rid of a bunch of strollers? in the park.
March 24, 2017 at 4:07 PM · I took my 3 year old niece to Disneyland and she walked around all day...... it's DISNEYLAND, kids should be exploring not sitting in strollers. I was so frustrated last time I was there with all of the strollers and also the able bodied people in electric wheel chairs!!!!! GRRRRR. I saw a row of 20 somethings driving along at a rapid pace with children on their knees and when they got to the attraction they wanted they parked, jumped out and went up to the attraction without any aid.
March 24, 2017 at 4:24 PM · Reading "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and I couldn't stop reading.
Regarding the stroller debacle, just don't rent them out anymore and don't allow them in the park and the problem is solved.
As soon as the younglings can walk and join the family it would be a great time to visit the parks. The amount of sleeping kids in strollers pushed around is just sad.
March 24, 2017 at 5:26 PM · Japanese people are wiser to not bring babies and toddler to the parks. Children 6 or more are suitable to enjoy the parks at his fullest.
March 24, 2017 at 8:05 PM · They're so many good points here. I have felt for years (over a decade, really) that people have no business bringing infants (or toddlers, really) to a theme park. During the fireworks, I see so many cranky, exhausted children who should have been in bed hours ago. And I have watched the stroller nightmare explode before my eyes. My poor (grown) daughter seems to have a target painted on the back of her legs. Some ideas: yes, charge for everyone. I can't tell you how many people I've seen lying about their kids' ages (that kid is 3, really?). Refuse to allow personal strollers, unless medically necessary. Charge a nominal fee for park strollers that are appropriately sized for small children (not 7-year-olds), foldable, and lacking storage for everything you own. Find space in the Esplanade, backstage, whatever, for more lockers. LOTS more lockers. And again, charge a nominal fee. Disney doesn't need the money gained from charging $10- $15/day for lockers large enough to hold coats, bags, etc. If we want to eliminate the headache caused by families bringing their entire wardrobes and food for an army, we have to make it possible and affordable for them to stash stuff at a reasonable price. Something must be done; the massive number of rolling homesteads and the real estate they occupy is destroying the park.
March 24, 2017 at 9:36 PM · The only thing that will work to eliminate this is not to allow guest to bring Strollers in.I know I know but hear me out Disneyland used to provide guest with a small single seat stroller they YES they still do rent Strollers but these are bigger. Not as far as area to part those strollers they need to look at where they set up there Outdoor Vending micellaneous carts and souvenirs stands. There is just to much stuff on stage with the number of guests. Disneyland just doesn't have the space on stage. And or eliminate Fasspass area and make the available through the app.use that area to breathe. I'm a past 25 year cast member I've seen many changes.
March 25, 2017 at 3:34 AM · Full Support too 73.42.53.204

Give People an Discount when they bring an same day PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Ticket (Bus 460) Use the Space that got free doing so (less Cars..) for a MANDATORY Stroller Parking outside the Park and PROVIDE FREE BABY TOWELS with that you can carry your Baby near to your Body. Kids LOVE that!

Problem Solved. No Strollers more in the Park

March 25, 2017 at 9:07 AM · Don't really have a problem with strollers. We had one umbrella stroller for 2 kids years ago. And can’t see charging extra for them. The airlines keep decreasing the size of luggage and carryons, so why not institute a policy of umbrella strollers only or whatever size they choose to enforce? And make it well known so no one is surprised at the park entrance.
March 25, 2017 at 12:13 PM · There are valid points to be made, but the people saying not to bring smaller children to the park or at a certain age is not the answer. First of all, not all kids are the same at the same ages and not all children of the same age act the same. Secondly, if I waited to bring my toddler to the parks until he was "old enough" my other older kids (13 year difference) would have been penalized. Let me say this, my son has been going to Disney as long as he could talk and he definitely was at the age to enjoy it and did so. I have also taken him and my niece together with the boys and had an awesome time. We even stay at Disney Resorts and used their transportation which brings me to my next point. I did have the "luxury" stroller for my son but I DID NOT bring it to the parks. I bought a thin shaded small stroller that even had a back strap on it to be able to carry on my shoulder and popped up/down with one easy click, and was still able to carry my child off and on busses. When I took my niece, I did the same thing. I bought a double/twin thin light stroller with the strap (same brand even), and moved about all 4 Disney parks with ease and comfort for me and the kids. Did I pay more for these strollers? Absolutely! But it made life very easy for me and everyone else around me. Did I bring in a change of clothes for them? Absolutely! My baby bag was a backpack that had many pockets to have everything neeed but compact enough that I stored it under the seat of the strollers, so it did not take up any space. And when I put the stroller down, you guessed it, it was on my back and the stroller on my side and I got on/off busses, boats, and the likes. Contrary to what's posted on here, my son/niece loved to walk around the park as toddlers and the stroller was only used when they got tired or needed a nap. As for the running over people with strollers remarks, again that is a people issue and not the issue of the object being presented. The same way that I now encounter rude non mannered people at the parks and my son is now 15 and my nice 15.5, is what happens with or without strollers. People walk on the back of my shoes, flip flops, get so close on my back in line that I can smell their stinky breath. You name it, "certain" people do it, and that's without a stroller. I have always been very cautious when traveling with my children to be respectful of others, so I was always careful not to get too close to scrape someone with my stroller, or if my kids were fussy, to take them out of the situation so as not to disturb others. On airplanes I have always provided media with headphones, coloring/books/puzzles to keep them quiet, respectful, and in their seats, and the biggest (my pet peeve), never to put their feet on the backs of the seats of those in front of them. I just went to the Publix in Boca Raton and a woman in her 60's (I'm guessing her age) rear ended my poor heel with her cart, but I didn't go to the manager of Publix and tell them to ban seniors from using carts or charge them extra if the want to shop with a cart! All this to say, people are the problem with the things you are complaining about at Disneyland. People and the lack of space. Parents are the ones who buy the strollers, drive them, stuff them, and over indulge with them, as well as they are the ones who should be in control of their kids, pets, etc. The parks are always going to be crowded, strollers or not, and you most certainly will always encounter rude, inconsiderate people who give the ones who do properly prepare and are thinking of others a bad name. I voted deal with it! Hold the inconsiderate people accountable right there in the moment, just like you would if some person jumped in line in front of you! P.S. Disney caters to people with small children, example...all the changing tables in the restrooms, toddler sinks, cartoon characters...need I go on? If they can constantly come up with ways to make the DisneyWorld experience better and use all sorts of technology to make these rides and cartoons magical, then maybe they should be the ones to blame for the pile-up at Disneyland. Maybe they should spend more time and effort on updating Disneyland to make it more enjoyable for everyone, especially the consumers with kids!
March 25, 2017 at 1:59 PM · I scared one stroller mom at WDW. after she hit me with stroller I lost balance because of a weak knee and fell backward into her stroller. just looked at her and said watch who you hit with stroller as they could fall on your child as I just did. thank goodness it was an older child not an infant. she was upset and the CM she called over said same thing I did when I told him I had been hit from behind by her stroller


March 25, 2017 at 3:56 PM · What about making a certain number of days each month 'no stroller' days?
March 26, 2017 at 12:51 AM · I agree with AJ. Charging for strollers that exceed specific dimensions is an excellent idea.
I know people have mentioned that it will deter people from the park, I doubt it. It's Disneyland! They might not be thrilled about getting charged for bringing their U-Haul size strollers, but people will pay. It's not like there's another Disneyland nearby to lose visitors to. As great as the other theme parks are, Disney is hard to compete with.
If anything, it may convince people that want to save a buck to bring a smaller stroller! I'm an admitted cheapskate (I call it thrifty lol) and when the airlines started charging for carryons almost as much as the bag I already had to check, I figured ways to fit everything I wanted to bring on the plane in my handbag.
People will figure it out.
March 27, 2017 at 6:47 AM · I have a very simple solution. Ban all strollers in the park - except for those situations where there is a disability and mobility is not possible. Ban all oversized backpacks - period. If mom and dad don't want to carry junior around the park in some kind of front or back carrier, why should the rest of us have to have our visit ruined by the stroller mafia?

The whole problem is that the parents are basically inconsiderate of their children and other people. Bring your children to the park when they are ready and not a day sooner. And try to remember that going to a theme park is a privilege and not a right, and the other people in the park paid their hard earned dollars to enjoy the experience, and your "me first" behavior is degrading the experience for everyone.

March 27, 2017 at 9:07 AM · You skipped the real solution: eliminate annual passes. Let the SoCal locals pay full price once or twice a year like the rest of us. Problem solved!
March 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM · I have to agree with a few of you, 204 above had a good write up. My son is 4 and has been to disneyland twice. I didn't go until I was 10 when I was a kid, and to tell you the truth my parents were smart that they waited until I could manage myself. Now I am not saying 10 is the age but old enough to handle the whole day.

This is what I would have done. But when your wife grew up going starting as a baby and going every year almost, it's tough to convince here to wait until he is older. And to my surprise he did enjoy himself. So when it comes to strollers and the age I see both points of view. I mean on my last trip the strollers where pretty ridiculous, especially in Tomorrowland. But younger kids can still enjoy it the park.

March 27, 2017 at 9:43 PM · We grew up around the corner so every time a distant relative was in town, off to Disneyland. And every single time we were told, "The second you whine about walking, we're going home." Amazing how one sentence can give you the energy to stay on your feet all day!

But then even at 5, we were able to go all day without a nap. Most kids aren't. What gets me about bringing a stroller to carry your stuff and so your kid can nap, is that there's usually an older sibling who is getting less out of Disneyland because it's time to change the baby or the baby is being fussy or we need to feed the baby or we need to go sit in the shade... and so on. I remember going one year and we rode FIVE rides, because we went with a stupid toddler. If ONE of your kids needs a lot of attention, it's not fair to the other kids. Don't bring them until everyone can go all day.

March 28, 2017 at 9:23 AM · I think the key is forcing guests to fold their strollers in staging areas. If guests know they have to fold the stroller, they'll be less inclined to bring big bulky ones along with all of the associated bags and widgets. Disneyland can keep their existing stroller parking locations, but turn them into valets to maximize space, putting management of that space to specially trained Disney Cast Members. Also, Disney needs to be more aggressive with guests that abandon their strollers in random areas around the park. Those strollers, if left unattended for more than 5 minutes, should be swept up and taken to lost and found.

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