1. It carries all our park stuff which believe it or not was far less this year than it was last!
2. Our bling helps me more easily find our stroller in the sea of strollers outside of rides and shows. It is not uncommon for Cast Members to move strollers around the stroller parking areas as they are constantly trying to condense and make room for new strollers. Here’s a pic I took a number of years back of 1 stroller parking area. You can see why it’s good to have an easily recognizable stroller!!
3. Oh yah, it carries my little princess all over! We fondly refer to her stroller as her chariot as she rolls through the parks. Even though she’s 3 I’m guessing we’ll take her stroller to Disney for at least 1 more year and possibly 2. They say it’s not unusual to walk 10-12 miles a day at Disney and I really believe that’s true! Having this with us means many less steps that mommy is carrying an exhausted little girl in her arms. That still happens sometimes and I’m happy to do it but it’s great to let the stroller handle the bulk of the transportation. It’s also great for keeping us together as we exit the parks with thousands of other people. I guess that’s 4 things it does as it provides safety too!
So, without further adieu I give you Hannah and Mommy’s Disney stroller!
It looks crazy busy but to fold it up I only needed to pull out the backpack and the rest stayed right where it was. When I look at it now and consider the ‘stuff’ I realized the things noted above we used numerous times each and every day!
Here are some links to where I found some of the items on our stroller:
- Rain ponchos – Dollar store
- Stroller Rain Cover
- Sippy cup strap
- Cup holder/Carrying Case
- Stroller Hooks
- Net side sling bag
- Walking straps – Made these by taking strips of cotton cloth and creating loops at each hand. They were a great way for Hannah to walk with the stroller but not the challenge of running over her little toes.
- I found making laminated cards of our daily activities and reservations to be a big help. On these cards were our park of the day (if it was decided for sure), Dining Reservations, anticipated crowd levels at each park based on information from TouringPlans.com and special notes (ie. Spending the day with Nicole, Kevvie and kiddos)
- Even if your child is older (4, 5, 6 or older) consider taking/renting a stroller. There is A LOT of walking at Disney. If your child is one that might want to be carried or will find walking long distances a challenge, take a stroller. If you don’t need it you can leave it in your room but you just may use it. My experience with my niece was: At 5 yo she used the stroller every day. At 6 she used it a couple of evenings. At 7 there was no need for a stroller.
- Consider how easily it pushes and the height of the handles. Yes, an umbrella stroller is light and small to fold up but if the wheels don’t move easily and/or you’re at all hunched over when you push it it might not be your best option.
- How much stuff do you plan to take to the parks each day compared to the size of the basket. As you can tell I’m an over packer. My motto is that I’d rather have it and not need it then to need it and not have it. Because of this I needed a stroller with a large basket.
- How sturdy is your stroller when your child is not in it? Once your child is old enough to hop in and out it will happen many times during your trip. Consider the stability of your stroller when this happens.
- How easy is it to fold up? If you’re using Disney transportation strollers must be folded up on the buses and some other forms of transportation too. This is almost a mute point these days as folding strollers is normally pretty easy but I wanted to mention it as it is something that will happen often.
- Is your baby/child comfortable sleeping in their stroller? Some people go back to their resorts for a rest time each day. That’s not the way we choose to do Disney so I needed to take a stroller Hannah was comfortable sleeping in.
- Is your front bar/tray detachable? Last year we needed the front bar on the stroller due to Hannah’s age but this year it was a huge help leaving that bar at home which offered her the freedom to get in and out as she wanted. We discussed on the very first day that for safety reasons I needed her to ask before getting out of the stroller if I was pushing it so that she didn’t get run over and that tactic worked wonderfully for us. I must say that it was easy to do a trip with Hannah on my own with her at age 3 1/2. At 2 1/2 or younger I couldn’t have done it and still enjoyed myself. 3 1/2 is a great age!!
- Take your own stroller or rent a stroller? I preferred to take our own as not only was I familiar with it but it also saved me the cost of renting. Until this trip it was also nice to use in the airport. That’s not part of the equation for us any longer as we don’t need it for normal everyday stuff.
- If you choose to rent do you want to rent from Disney or from a local stroller rental company? My personal preference if I was considering this would be to rent from a local outside company for many reasons. They bring the stroller to your resort and you have use of it until the end of your trip. If you rent from Disney a stroller is picked up at each park and must be returned before leaving that park. Hannah was often asleep before we reached our room at night and it would have been a challenge to carry my sleeping little girl to our room each evening. Rental strollers recline. Disney strollers are hard plastic and do not recline. Strollers from an outside company are often less expensive to rent too. A couple of things in favour of Disney strollers are that they push like a dream, work great for older children and also save you the challenge of carrying them on the bus.