Comparing stroller options for Disney World trips

by Shannon Albert 75 comments Like the Facebook page

strolleroptionssquareimageWith an average of about 50 miles of walking during a 1 week Disney World trip, it makes sense to consider strollers for many kids, even some who have outgrown using them at home.

Below, I've compared several different options so you can see what makes the most sense for you.

Let's get started...


Bring your own stroller

Cost: Free (even if you're flying as airlines allow you to check your stroller at the gate and don't charge it as checked baggage)
Pros: Familiarity, will always have it with you (even on the long walks through the airports)
Cons: If you don't want to lug it around at the airport, hotels, etc., it could be a problem (you will have to fold it up when riding Disney buses). Strollers also get a lot of wear and tear on Disney World trips due to the amount of use but also the inability to take them inside while in the parks (bring a rain cover to help protect your stroller).

Buy a stroller in Orlando

Often times it's much cheaper to actually buy a stroller than rent one, even if you're just going to leave it at the end of your trip.

If you have a car, it's easy to run to a nearby Target or Walmart and pick up a stroller there.

Many of the gift shops in the Disney World resorts sell an umbrella stroller that's a bit nicer than the lowest-end umbrella strollers. These strollers cost $60 and include a cup holder and the ability to recline.

You can also choose to buy a stroller online and have it delivered to your hotel.

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Rent a stroller

If you don't want to bring or buy a stroller, you can always rent from 1 of many sources. Just keep in mind that if you have a stroller with you at all times that you'll end up having to fold and unfold it to ride Disney buses.

Here's a comparison of some of the most popular stroller rental companies.

Disney World strollers

Cost:

  • $15/day for a single stroller ($13/day if you pre-pay for multiple days)
  • $31/day for a double stroller ($27/day if you prep-pay for multiple days)

Pros:

  • Sturdy enough to accommodate larger kids (double strollers accommodate up to 100 pounds which could be good for 1 older child)
  • Don't have to be lugged around outside of the parks

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Unavailable outside of the parks
  • Hard plastic isn't very comfortable
  • Not suitable for babies
  • No storage

Also available:

  • Wheelchairs and electric scooters (ECVs) - availability is limited

Kingdom Strollers

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Cost:

  • For single strollers: $40-45 (total) for 1-3 nights, $60-65 (total) for 4-7 nights, $80-85 (total) for 8-10 nights and $100-105 (total) for 11-14 nights
  • For double strollers: $50-65 (total) for 1-3 nights, $70-85 (total) for 4-7 nights, $90-105 (total) for 8-10 nights and $110-125 (total) for 11-14 nights

Pros:

  • As 1 of Disney's preferred providers, Kingdom Strollers is able to deliver to your on-site Disney World resort (they also deliver to most Orlando-area hotels and vacation homes)
  • Rain covers and parent consoles are included
  • They offer a coupon for free grocery delivery (value of $14, minimum order of $40)
  • Free cooler attachments for strollers available
  • Options available for kids up to 75 pounds

Cons:

  • Insurance not included but available to purchase for $25

Also available:

  • Liberty Special Needs Stroller for kids up to 5' tall and 100 pounds, wooden cribs

Magic Strollers

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Cost:


  • For single strollers, it's $25 for the first day and $6.50/day for every day after that
  • For double strollers, it's $40 for the first day and $7.50/day  for every day after that

Pros:

  • As 1 of Disney's preferred providers, Magic Strollers is able to deliver to your on-site Disney World resort (they also deliver to most Orlando-area hotels and vacation homes)
  • Rain covers and parent consoles included

Cons:

  • Insurance not provided but can be purchased for $25
  • Only 1 style of stroller available (City Mini)

Orlando Stroller Rentals

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Cost:

  • For single strollers: $40-50 total for 1-3 nights, $60-70 total for 4-7 nights, $80-90 total for 8-10 nights, $100-110 total for 11-14 nights
  • For double strollers: $55-70 total for 1-3 nights, $75-90 total for 4-7 nights, $95-110 total for 8-10 nights, $115-130 total for 11-14 nights

Pros:

  • 1 of Disney's preferred providers, Orlando Stroller Rentals is able to deliver to your on-site Disney World resort (they also deliver to most Orlando-area hotels and vacation homes)
  • Rain covers and parent consoles included
  • Strollers can hold kids up to 75 pounds in regular strollers, up to 100 pounds in special needs stroller
  • A free cooler is given with each rental with is yours to keep
  • Can go to their location to pick out a stroller, if you'd like

Cons:

  • Insurance not provided but available to purchase for $20 per stroller

Also available:

  • Special needs Liberty Pushchair to hold a child up to 100 pounds is available, glider boards available to attach to strollers

Apple Stroller

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Cost:

  • Singles are $5 per day, doubles are $7 per day (but there is a $10 delivery fee so factor that in to the price as well)

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Can be delivered to all Disney resorts and left with bell services (delivery also available to other area hotels and vacation homes)

Cons:

  • Only 1 style of stroller available
  • A $5 delivery fee and a $5 pickup fee is charged for every rental

Also available:

  • Electric scooters (ECVs) and wheelchairs

Baby Wheels Orlando

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Cost:

  • Singles are around $30-40 for 1 night and then $5 for each additional day
  • Doubles are $40-50 for 1 night and $5 for each additional day

Pros:

  • Rain cover and parent console included

Cons:

  • Insurance not included but can be purchased for $15
  • Free delivery but you must meet them in person to receive the delivery (they can't leave items with bell services)

Also available:

  • Infant car seat for child up to 30 pounds (part of the Britax travel system that includes a stroller), bottled water, glider board to add to GT strollers

A Baby's Best Friend

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Cost:

  • Single strollers are $30 for 1-2 days, $45 for 3-7 days and then $6 for each night after that
  • Double strollers are $40 for 1-2 days, $60 for 3-7 days and then $7 for each night after that

Pros:

  • Rain cover and parent console included
  • Extensive list of other baby accessories also available to rent (see list below)
  • Sit and stand stroller option available

Cons:

  • If staying at a Disney resort, you must meet them in person to accept delivery (they can't leave items with bell services to be picked up later)

Also available:

  • Sit and stand stroller, full size cribs and mattresses, Pack-N-Play, toddler beds, cots, bassinettes, bouncer seats, adult rocking chairs, gates, bed rails, white noise fans, humidifiers, DVD/VCR combos, CD player, crib tent, car seats, booster seats, rain ponchos, soft-side coolers, bottled water and other drinks, high chairs, dining booster seats, step stools, microwaves, refrigerators, various baby play equipment, BBQ grill and pool toys

 Simple Stroller Rental

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Cost:

  • Single strollers are $25-30 for 1 day and then $5 for each additional day
  • Double strollers are $35-40 for 1 day and $5 for each additional day

Pros:

  • Parent console included
  • Options for children up to 70 pounds

Cons:

  • Rain covers not included but available for $10
  • Insurance not included but damage waiver available for $20 per stroller
  • Must meet in person to receive delivery at Disney World resorts (they can't leave items with bell services)

Also available:

  • Triple stroller, glider boards and car seat adapters

Get the data

Here's the data from all of the stroller rental companies if you'd like to analyze it to see which one makes the most sense for you.

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My recommendation

Having trouble deciding which option makes sense for you? Here are my thoughts:

  • If you have an infant who will need a lot of gear, rent whatever you need (including a stroller) from a place like A Baby's Best Friend so you have everything you need during your trip.
  • If you have bigger kids who don't use a stroller at home but will be really tired from walking miles each day, rent one of the bigger strollers from Disney or 1 of the rental companies like Kingdom Strollers who have bigger strollers available.
  • If you want a stroller to take everywhere during your trip (including the airport) but won't need much else in terms of baby gear, bring your own stroller.

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What are you planning to do for your trip? Or do you have questions about which option makes the most sense for you?

Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.