Updated August 25, 2016
Strollers at Disneyland……yes or no? Let’s discuss.
You basically have three options when considering bringing a stroller into Disneyland. Bring your own from home, rent one on-site or rent one off-site. All three options have advantages and disadvantages.
(Regardless of where you get your stroller, it must be no larger than 36″ x 52″. You can find more details like this from Disneyland’s FAQ.)
Let’s compare all of your options.
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Disneyland Stroller Rentals
Disneyland provides single stroller rentals with competitive pricing compared to off-site options. You can rent your stroller for entry into Disneyland and California Adventure at the store located to the right of the DLR entrance, near the Kennel.
A few notes:
- These strollers may not be removed from DLR, DCA, or the esplanade in between.
- You may not take your DLR-rented stroller to Downtown Disney.
- Disneyland does NOT rent double strollers.
On-site rentals are convenient because you leave your stroller at the park upon departure, with no need to check it back in.
Off-Site Stroller Rentals
If you did not bring your own stroller and don’t want to rent one from Disneyland, you have other options. Check out the different companies who rent strollers at Disneyland.
- Most strollers are high end, name brand and similar to what you likely use at home.
- Delivery to your hotel and pick up, too.
- These strollers can be taken off-site, to your hotel, out to dinner, etc, etc.
- I can’t stress enough how critical this part is. You won’t want to wake a sleeping baby upon leaving Disneyland to walk to your hotel. Off-site strollers allow you to cruise in peace all the way to your room. See that pic of the two sleeping toddlers? Let those babies sleep. Don’t wake them upon leaving only to hear them fuss or cry all the way back to your room.
Should You Take a Stroller?
I’m asked this question often and the answer 99/100 times will be YES. Disneyland is hard work, friends. Hard work for little legs. Hard work for little ones in general. Babies and toddlers both need strollers at the parks.
A stroller provides so many things: quick maneuvering through the park, a place for kids to escape the crowds, a mobile nap spot, a seat for parades and shows, a place to hold all of your gear, etc, etc. Bring the stroller. Trust me.
And, I’m often asked if you should bring the “good” stroller. Meaning, should you bring the big side-by-side double stroller instead of the sit-and-stand? The answer is that you should bring the “good” stroller. Make your kids (and you) as comfortable as possible. I pushed a side-by-side double stroller…..a Bumbleride Indie Twin……through the park for years. It’s rather large. And, it was totally possible to push through the parks. Ignore people that tell you not to bring the “good” stroller. They’re a bunch of haters. (Not really.)
Strollers are great for any and all children at Disneyland and I encourage you to bring one, too, for children with special needs or sensory issues. Disneyland can be overwhelming for many children and having that safe haven will make your trip run more smoothly. Take a look at lots of other tips, too.
Seriously consider the insurance if you are renting a stroller off-site. High end strollers have been reported as stolen more and more these days. Rental insurance will give you peace of mind. And if you’re bringing your own, think about buying a lock if you plan to leave your stroller unattended for a long period of time.
Regardless of whether you bring your own, rent off-site or rent on-site, be sure to label your stroller. Rental companies will provide paper or tags for this.
If nothing else, tie a ribbon or bandanna if you don’t have a noticeable diaper bag attached that would alert someone else to your ownership. Making your stroller stand out will help you find it upon exiting each ride. A balloon works well, too!
Strollers are not allowed in table service restaurants. Because of this, I recommend bringing your travel system if you have a young baby and he or she cannot sit up in a high chair. Having the removable carrier (cradle) will allow the baby to be comfortable with you and will leave your hands free for dining.
I also encourage you to bring any sort of baby wearing option you have – Ergo, Baby Bjorn, etc….they’re all great for the parks.
Managing Your Bags
If you are bringing a stroller, I suggest packing two bags for your visit to Disneyland:
Bag #1: Pack one with valuables (camera, wallet, tickets, phone) that is easy to carry on rides. I keep these items in a backpack or cross body bag that I wear throughout the day. No need to fumble around for everything upon getting in line. Have it all ready to go in your backpack.
Bag #2: Pack this bag with non-essentials, in case it were to get lost or stolen. For me, this bag contained sweaters, glow sticks, snacks, wipes, diapers, ponchos, blanket (for the parade) and more. Anything bulky and heavy was left at the stroller.
**I’ve never had anything stolen at Disneyland, but you just never know. Bring pricey items with you. For me, that also included princess dresses and Mickey ears that I would not want to replace.
Diaper Bag Recommendations
I owned more diaper bags than I did strollers during my baby years and that’s quite an accomplishment if you knew my stroller count. I tried Petunia Pickle Bottom, North Face backpacks, Skip Hop, Sparks, Two Red Hens and more. I tried them all.
Here is what I recommend for Disneyland:
- This Skip Hop bag has lots of features and has the super important buckles, called “shuttle clips” built into the bag that attach directly to your stroller handle bar. After balancing other bags for a while, I switched to an option with the built in buckles. Loved it at $34.95 shipped with Amazon Prime.
- This Skip Hop Dual Double Deluxe is a bag designed for 2 babies’ gear and I used it when I had 2 children in diapers. It stretches to accommodate a side-by-side stroller and includes the easy to attach “shuttle clips”, too. I loved this bag. So much room for everything. It costs $79.98 shipped with Amazon Prime.
- Regardless of whether or not you own a Petunia Pickle Bottom bag, you can still own the stroller clips, which I highly recommend. They are made to attach the Petunia bag to your stroller, but I used them well past the use of that bag and instead attached shopping bags and other items I didn’t want to carry or stuff in the under carriage storage area. They strap on with velcro and then you can use the hooks for all sorts of things, including Disneyland bags filled with souvenirs. The clips are $18.00 shipped with Amazon Prime.
- This Mommy Hook looks good, too, and holds several bags at once. I like the idea of the Petunia version better because you could add one to each side of your stroller to balance out, but if you are planning on just a bag or two, this Mommy Hook might work just fine. It sells for $6.00 with Amazon Prime.
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