It’s a brand new year and there are some brand new rules coming out for Walt Disney World guests! The biggest change is the new rules against smoking and e-cigarretess (No smoking in any of the Disney parks. At All!) and the new Disney stroller regulations! Can you take your own stroller into Disney World? Yes, you can take your own stroller to Disney instead of renting one, but it must be less than 31 inches (78.74cm) wide and 52 inches (132.08cm) long.
You might be wondering, What size strollers are allowed at Disney World? Strollers larger than 31 inches WIDE and 52 inches LONG will not be permitted inside Walt Disney World Parks. Which is 78.74cm wide and 132.08cm long.
I know everyone is breaking out the tape measure and flipping out right now. The point of this policy change is to help ease guest flow and congestion. With the opening of Star Wars Land coming and the opening of Toy Story Land last year, the parks are only going to get more crowded in the years to come. I’m not super happy about it, but I understand Disney’s reasoning behind this.
Should I bring a stroller to Disney?
Well this depends, are you going with kids? Are your kids used to walking 1-3 miles a day? Do you hike often? If your child is under 8 – most mothers bring a stroller.
I know this is controversial. We all know about the latest Snookie controversy – when she brought a double stroller into Disneyland for her 4 and 6 year old. The internet when insane with judgement. But honestly, have you ever tried to drag a 4 and 6 year old around a giant Disney park for 12 hours? It’s more exhausting than a triathlon – for them AND you!
I will go on record saying I totally support anyone who still puts their kid in a stroller. It helps you navigate the parks, go from one location to the next much quicker, and prevents the ‘exhaustion meltdowns’ that will inevitably ensue!
So it in short, yes, you should probably bring a stroller to Disney. Unless your stroller is old and heavy, then maybe you should rent one when you get there!
Should I rent a stroller in Disney?
If your stroller is super expensive, you might not want to risk letting it sit by itself in the park. There are many reports of stroller theft – even with cast members watching.
If your stroller is heavy and bulky, you might not want to be lugging it around from your garage to the airport, on the bus and throughout the parks!
The next best solution is to rent a stroller! There are a million companies that rent strollers to the public around Disney World and Disneyland. They also rent out stroller inside the parks!
The price to rent straight from Disney Guest Services is $15/day for a single stroller and $31/day for a double. Unless you are renting for multiple days, then the price drops a bit to $13/day for single and $27/day for double strollers. Check out the options for stroller rentals with Disney and Disney partnered companies HERE.
Examples of Strollers that are too big
The standard fire coded door is 30 inches wide. Most single strollers will be within the new guidelines and you will not have any issues. The issues come with the double strollers! The average double stroller jogger with seats “side by side” is 31.2 inches wide or more! The average double stroller length is 36-53 inches.
The very popular and expensive “City Select Baby Jogger Stroller” is too long for Disney standards! This is the stroller that the majority of my friends have!
Alternative Double and Triple strollers that follow the new rules.
The best stroller that fits the Disney policy dimension for strollers is the City Mini GT Double. This troller is less than 31 inches wide and it’s not long at all. I hear the 4 wheels make is super easy to turn and whip around corners. This might be the best option!
If you are looking for a cheaper option, check out the one that is carried in most every Walmart, Target & Amazon.com! This is the Kolocraft which has very similar dimensions, but this one comes with underneath storage and tray tables. I hear its not as easy to navigate as the Mini GT, but it’s still great!
My personal favorite will always be the Chicco Cortina. It was always the most reliable and affordable stroller I ever used. I sold it, bought other strollers and always ended up back with this one! My kids could sleep in it, it was easy to maneuver, it took the beating of countless disney trips and pushing it around the city everyday. It had enough storage underneath for grocery trips and two cupholders (1 for my coffee and 1 for my phone!) with a small compartment in the center for my keys and wallet. I can’t tell you how much I loved this stroller!
Bottom line, maybe it’s time for the kids to walk. Do some daily training before your Disney trip. Take walks around the block and local hikes to condition your little one to have more endurance for the long Disney days.
HUGE MOM TIP: I always suggest going back to the hotel after lunch and taking a nap. Even for the adults. It’s the hottest part of the day and a recharged kid is more valuable than a full open-to-close day at Disney!
Reasons to take your little ones to Disney
Disney Parks are the one place where families can be families and unity is encouraged. I am so grateful to Disney for all the magical memories they have brought to me and my children.
There is nothing that compares with the feeling of reliving the magic through the eyes of your child in Disney. It’s just the best. So I encourage you not to wait until your kids are older to experience Disney. I think 6 months and up is the perfect age to visit.
And remember that kids under 3 get in free to Disney Parks all over the world. That’s an even better reason to come visit!
If you are planning a trip to Disney with your little ones, be sure to check out a few of my other articles. Can I bring food into Disney World? Where can I change my Babies diaper? The Baby Care Center and all things baby inside Disney. Disney World Rides and Attractions for Toddlers
Have a magical day!