Published: December 3, 2010 at 1:10 AMThe ones that should be left at home are the "Jogging" strollers. They are way too big and cannot be easily folded. I remember way back when you could not bring your own in to Disney. You were forced to rent their uncomfortable, un-maneuverable monstrosities. I think the only ones that are made for the parks are the umbrella strollers. Might just be me, but they seem the most manageable. I know that many families use their strollers as gigantic shopping carts, more power to them, but sometimes it gets ridiculous.
Published: December 3, 2010 at 6:04 AMThe uber big strollers should be left at home if you want one of those. Its aggravating for everybody on the planes and on busses! Just rent one if you want one that size. A nice, compact and small stroller irritates less people.
Published: December 3, 2010 at 7:18 AMWe brought one when my oldest child was little, but since that first time, we've always rented one (been back 4 times in 6 years). The umbrella stroller was never an option either since my little ones typically fell asleep at some point, and I hate looking at them all hunched over. We decided that with all the drama of lugging our Graco stroller back and forth, it's just a whole lot easier getting one at the park and using an umbrella stroller for times outside the park (dinner, visit to the store, airport, etc.). I say rent it and save yourself the aggravation.
Published: December 3, 2010 at 7:40 AMwe bring from home. size depends on age of child. small folding does not work well with infant, yes we bring infants. also need from home for outside the parks. not sure which one we are taking to Dollywood end of month.
Published: December 3, 2010 at 8:22 AMSo far, we've always brought either our running or umbrella stroller from home. We really don't use them that much (occasional naps, the need to get somewhere fast or if we end up in the park late and need a place to crash)to justify the rental cost. If we're planning a long park day and need to nap in the park, we'll bring the running stroller since it's way more comfortable. If we're able to get back to the room in the afternoon, the umbrella will do just fine. I don't think we'll ever rent a stroller. It's too easy to bring one from home and eventually the only time we'll use it will be if we're in the park late and don't want to carry a tired little one to the bus. In fact, there are days we go to the park with no stroller - our two year old is way more interested in walking and it's a great way to expend some energy.
Published: December 3, 2010 at 8:25 AMRobert said, " And if you don't have kids, just sit this one out."
No! You can't make me! I don't WANNA sit this one out!!!
Published: December 3, 2010 at 8:27 AMIt's a pain to fold up on the buses at WDW. But, there is a lot of up side.
1. I already paid for the thing - why pay the astronomical prices at the park?
2. Use in the airport, Downtown Disney, outlets malls where there aren't necessarily rentals available.
3. I don't have to wait in yet another line for the park's stroller.
4. Did I mention the astronomical prices?
Now, if every place were like Holiday World where you can rent a wagon for $7 or double stroller for $10 ($31 at WDW), I'd leave my gear at home.
Published: December 3, 2010 at 9:15 AMWe always brought ours since we could load it up with our bags, snacks, drinks ... however a frugal friend of mine had a different approach when her youngest was little. Since they didn't have a need for a stroller until later in the day when the little one was too tired to walk herself they would go by the return area and "acquire" one. So many people just abandon them nearby and don't stand in the line to return them that she could always get one. Always worked for her.
Published: December 3, 2010 at 9:57 AMWe did it both ways back in the day, but which ever way you go, rent or use own, bring a light weight bike chain lock and lock your stroller to a rail in the park while you are away. I learned that lesson the hard way at Disneyland many years ago.
Published: December 3, 2010 at 11:01 AMWe've always used an umbrella stroller. We bought a Chicco that's small but has a nice basket underneath for ponchos, etc. It folds quickly and the seat moves back a bit for naps. MUCH cheaper than renting and keeps a child strapped in for places like the airport. We also bought cup holders that easily attach for the parks.
Published: December 3, 2010 at 12:35 PMI ultimately decided that bringing our own was our best option. My daughter is 1 year old and frequents Disneyland. I need something she can nap in and a snack tray. Storage helps too. Since the strollers cost as much as parking, it's cost effective for me to bring my own stroller. There is always a huge line for the elevators upon leaving the park, so that's one downside, unless you want to take the baby out of the stroller and hike it up the escalator, which is what we typically do. Also, if your stroller doesn't fold tightly, you need to ride in the back of the tram, which takes 1 - 2 tram waits longer than usual, but we're not typically in a hurry. I have a compact jogger type that's easy to push, but I'm looking for an umbrella stroller with a good snack tray that folds better exclusively for Disneyland.
Published: December 3, 2010 at 6:22 PMIt's more convenient to rent a stroller than to carry one.
Published: December 3, 2010 at 6:47 PMWe just buy a stroller on the property. It is a lot cheaper than renting, and we then don't have to worry about carrying it on the plane (except on the way home). Our boys were really lazy on our last trip in September to Walt Disney World. They took turns riding either in the stroller or on their father's shoulders.
Published: December 3, 2010 at 7:26 PMCheap umbrella stroller - light, easier to roll in compact areas, and folds quickly.
But...if you choose a popular model, especially from a discount retailer such as Walmart or Target, you'll want to find a way to personalize it. Years ago we had to figure out which of three Winnie-the-Pooh umbrella strollers were ours (the strollers had been organized and put into rows). We nearly walked off with someone else's and their small souvenir bag before we snapped.
We chose bright purple duct tape on the handles. Worked like a charm.
Published: December 3, 2010 at 8:44 PMAnother crafty option: people who frequent the DisBoards (massively huge message boards for Disney fanatics) arrange "stroller swaps"- you post when you're arriving, and hook up with someone who's leaving that day and take their stroller (which they received from a family who left the day they arrived). You do the same for your departure date, it passes from family to family, and there's no cost involved. At some point, when a stroller is worn out, a bunch of people will chip in just a couple of dollars each, and get a new stroller to start the swap all over, to keep the "pixie dust" going. I'm not sure how they arrange the logistics of drop off & pick up, but they seem to have it down to a science- it's been going on for years.
Published: December 4, 2010 at 8:09 AMThis is why I don't have kids. They add cost to everything (pay to rent a stroller or pay to buy one?)...... lol. I feel for you guys that do though. I love kids, but they are expensive!
I'd say just go ahead and buy the stroller. Your gonna need it more than once anyway.
Published: December 4, 2010 at 8:22 AMIf you rent then someone, less fortunate, will walk away with your rental. It will be next to impossible to find it.
If you have your own, well, it's unlikely that will be stolen.
Published: December 6, 2010 at 11:15 AMLets see. I have had a rental stolen from me at disneyland. Ive also had a cheap umbrella one stolen from me at sea world. Which it was my daughters favorite. So at 2 1/2 i had to deal with that on drive home. So since we live 3 miles from disneyland and always go later in the day. We just grab one near the ticket booths on way in. So we have had a different family name a bunch of times. lol
Published: December 8, 2010 at 12:04 AMMy daughter is now 5 and in the past we have brought her Graco to both Land and World for a total of 6 trips. (This will be our 8th this weekend)The 7th (as we will on the 8th) we rented. I like them both, but for us our daughter dictated. She was an infant on our first trip and in the infant carrier it was easier to attach to the graco. (WAY BETTER safety) After that, we continued with the graco because she is an AWESOME sleeper and will lay down and sleep where ever and whenever the need arises. She was very comfortable in her Graco and right up until our last trip with it, she would take 3 hour naps in it AT the parks, why mess with a good thing. At 4 (as she was in our last trip.) she was begining to get a little too big for the graco (40in) so since our last Jan. trip was a whirlwind, tag along on daddy's business trip, we decided to leave the graco behind and rent since we wouldn't be gone long. It worked like a charm! She still napped (though not as long) and she was PLENTY comfortable with room to spare. This upcoming trip will be 4 days and we will rent again, as I have officially retired the graco. She JUST turned 5 and is still to small to make it all day and umbrella strollers are NOT an option for us, she is too tall and my husband and I are too tall to push them (talk about a backache).
Published: December 8, 2010 at 12:23 PMIt all depends on the situation. On our first trip to WDW, the boy was 3, we took my parents, and we stayed for 7 days. We brought our high-end umbrella stroller from home. It reclined a little, and had room to put stuff. We were glad to have it in the airport, at the resort and between the gate and the bus, but my parents were available to help push it.