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If you have kids and are considering taking a trip to a Disney theme park, it’s impossible not to consider using a stroller. The decision to do so really depends on each family’s needs.
In my post about the pros and cons of using a stroller at Disney, I go into much more detail to help make your decision. However, if you do plan to use a stroller, focus shifts to contemplating qualities that make the best stroller for Disney (updated March 18, 2021).
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How to Choose the Best Stroller for Disney
Now that you’ve decided to use a stroller at Disney, the question turns to choosing the right one. There are several qualities which are important when it comes to the selection of the best stroller for Disney World.
All of these factors apply whether you are renting a stroller (try Kingdom Strollers, they’re my favorite!) or bringing your own.
This is perhaps one of the most important considerations when choosing your stroller for Disney. I think we all know how crowded Disney World and Disneyland can become. You want a stroller which will allow you to traverse those crowds with as much ease as possible.
All strollers are not created equal when it comes to maneuverability. It is for this reason you will note that all of my double stroller recommendations are for side by side doubles, not the front to back style double.
This was based largely on my own experiences with our front to back style double. I thought it would be so much easier to use than those wide load strollers, but I was so wrong. The extra length makes it more difficult to turn and maneuver through tight places. Ironically, I never had this problem with the side by side doubles.
2. Easy to Close, Open, and Carry
A very close second to maneuverability is being able to easily close, open, and carry your stroller. In the day to day use of a stroller this might not be a huge deal, but when using Disney transportation, this suddenly becomes hugely important.
While there are some times you are able to just roll your stroller onto a boat or monorail, you will be required to empty out, fold up, and carry your stroller every single time you get on a bus.
Let’s face it, there are some strollers which are a nightmare to close and carry around. My front to back double stroller was one such stroller. There was just no easy way to cart that thing around, and man it weighed a ton.
3. Storage Basket
A storage basket, even a smaller sized one, can be a real life saver during those long days in the Disney parks. It’s just nice to have another place to keep all of the stuff that seems necessary to bring to the park.
Clearly, you want the basket to be as generous as possible, as well as easily accessible. Once again, my nightmare double stroller fails at this. Can you tell I really regret that purchase?
Honestly, the lack of a storage basket to carry stuff in is what I miss most now that my kids are too old to use a stroller at Disney.
4. A Canopy for Shade
In terms of general health and wellness, this one is actually #1 on this list. The Florida sun can be incredibly bright and hot. A generous stroller canopy can mean the difference between a great trip and horrible sunburn.
If the stroller has a particularly large canopy, this also comes in handy if your child takes a nap in the stroller. It simply helps to create a cozier environment for sleeping.
5. Reclining Seats
If you have younger children, or those who you want to nap during part of the day in the parks, this becomes very important. Anything that contributes to the comfort of a sleeping child is essential in my book!
Why Do I Suggest These as the Best Strollers for Disney?
These stroller suggestions are based on a combination of personal experience and scouring the reviews to identify the best stroller options for a trip to Disney World. Clearly, if you are spending a lot of money on a stroller, make sure it is one you can use a lot in your every day life as well.
I am confident that all these strollers fit that bill.
I’ve tried to include a variety of price points and styles to showcase the best of the different types of strollers. Not surprisingly, many of the best double strollers are simply the double version of the top rated single strollers. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
All of the products listed here have great reviews on Amazon.
The Disney World Stroller Policy
Before getting into the recommended best strollers for Disney, it’s important to understand the Disney World Stroller policy. It would be very unfortunate if you are unable to take your stroller into the park.
The main changes have to do with size of the stroller, as well as prohibiting all stroller wagons.
Disney Stroller Dimensions
All strollers must be no larger than 31 inches wide and 52 inches long. Even if your stroller is only slightly larger than this, I don’t think I would risk it.
Word on the street is there are now 52″x31″ size rectangles on the ground near security. If you wheel your stroller onto that square and it doesn’t fit, you are left at the discretion of the security guard whether you will be turned away or not.
No More Stroller Wagons
A couple of years ago, Keenz stroller wagons had become very popular for use at Disney World. They were able to get around the “no wagons” rule by the simple fact they have handles like a stroller you push in front of you, not pull behind you.
Well, Disney put the kibosh on having any sort of stroller wagon. I don’t know the reasoning why, but my assumption with both of these changes has to do with trying to declutter spaces as much as possible before the huge crowds descend for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Note: When I was at Disney in January 2021, I did see some stroller wagons in the parks. I also didn’t notice any rectangles for measuring strollers. Honestly, I think Disney has other things to worry about right now than measuring strollers. However, I still don’t think it’s a risk I’d be willing to take.
Best Stroller for Disney World
First, let’s take a look at the standard single child stroller.
This is the most popular stroller at Disney World, by far. The Citi Mini GT ticks all the boxes for maneuverability, good storage, reclining seats, a generous canopy, and easy to open and close.
It has a weight capacity rated for 65lbs. The stroller itself weighs 22lbs. There is also a smaller version, the Citi Mini.
The Kolcraft Cloud Plus is a good, basic stroller that provides a lot of features. The parent console and large storage basket are great. It has a child tray as well, which is great for younger babies and toddlers.
It weighs only 11lbs, making it easy to carry around. The seat reclines, but does not lay flat. The stroller can hold kids up to 50lbs. This stroller is a great budget option for a Disney trip.
If you prefer umbrella strollers for travel, the Summer Infant 3D Lite+ is the best umbrella stroller for Disney. It weighs only 14lbs but holds kids up to 50lbs.
You will sacrifice some storage space compared to the other strollers above, but it’s still generously sized for an umbrella stroller. Also, the newer model has a HUGE canopy.
And then there’s this utterly adorable Disney themed stroller. It comes in a choice of either Minnie Mouse or Mickey Mouse.
The basket underneath is actually a good size for a smaller, umbrella style stroller.
And the addition of the hood helps provide that all important protection from the sun.
It’s not going to provide the smoothest ride, and won’t be as easily maneuverable as some others, but it’s a good compromise if you want a smaller, lightweight stroller for Disney.
Best Double Stroller for Disney World
For any of us with more than one kid, a double stroller is part of our reality. So, let’s take a look at some of the best double strollers for Disney.
Weighing in at only 19lbs, this double stroller is a serious lightweight. Each seat is rated to hold up to 50lbs. The canopies are large, with a storage basket to match.
There are 4 cupholders and the seats recline almost flat. It has a very quick one-hand fold, and folds pretty darn flat, making it ideal for Disney transportation.
It even fits in the overhead bin on airplanes! This truly just might be the best double stroller for Disney. I really wish I had discovered this stroller while my kids still needed one. This is vastly superior to my awful one…
I have personally used this at Disney many times and love it. This stroller has great maneuverability, despite it’s size. The canopies are huge and the storage basket is also.
It opens, folds, and locks easily, but is heavy (32lbs) and a little bulky on the buses. Even with this factor, it is still easy to use in and around Disney properties.
The company website even specifically states: meets Disney’s size requirements. The GT is the larger version rated for heavier/taller kids. If you want a slightly smaller (and cheaper) version, there is also the Citi Mini Double.
The Kolcraft Cloud Plus is a great budget option double stroller. It is very lightweight (only 23lbs), but only holds up to 40lbs each seat.
It comes loaded with storage options for parents and kids. It has a very easy folding system and folds pretty flat. As a bonus, when it’s folded it will stand on its own.
The canopies are a decent size and will give adequate protection. The seats do not recline as far as many of the other strollers listed here.
I’m not sold on the double umbrella stroller for Disney, but I know others are, so here is my pick. This stroller weighs just 26lbs but will hold a combined 100lbs.
It folds very flat and even has a shoulder strap to make it easy to carry. It has a surprising amount of storage for an umbrella stroller, though the bottom basket is on the small side, so larger bags will not fit.
Best Sit and Stand Stroller for Disney
If you have kids of a certain age, the sit and stand style stroller is definitely a tempting idea. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I didn’t have the greatest experience with mine, but that doesn’t mean they are all bad. So, let’s take a look at some options for the best sit and stand stroller for Disney.
There is one major reason I’m even putting this stroller on the list: it’s been updated since the older model that I had.
My biggest problem with it was the weight, it was so heavy. By changing the metal used to graphite, the weight of the stroller dropped considerably (only 28.5lbs)
The canopy also provides slightly more coverage for both passengers, which is a nice upgrade.
It doesn’t have a parent organizer, so you’d have to add that accessory. And I’m warning you, that storage is hard to access. But the changes they’ve made to the design get the Joovy Caboose on this list.
If choosing between these two options now, I’d probably go with this one, solely for the extra cupholders and parent tray.
The Baby Trend Sit n Stand Ultra stroller has many of the same features of the Joovy Caboose, with more storage and a smaller price tag.
The full seat is also cushier than on the Joovy, though the canopy is smaller. You’ll run into the same problem with accessing the storage basket underneath.
This stroller is a good compromise in being able to cart around 2 children with a smaller, lighter (27lbs) stroller.
If You Just Want an Inexpensive Disney Umbrella Stroller…
What if you don’t want to spend a fortune on a new stroller just for your Disney trip, and you don’t want to rent one? You will likely end up making some sacrifices in terms of maneuverability and canopy size, but it’s possible to find an inexpensive Disney umbrella stroller.
Of course, we can all find those ultra cheap umbrella strollers at Walmart, but I would caution against them. Those do not have a basket or a canopy, as well as very poor maneuverability on uneven surfaces. Trust me, you want at least one out of those three options to have a good experience.
And what if you could get an inexpensive stroller that also has some Disney spirit?
While I wouldn’t consider this the best umbrella stroller for Disney, this umbrella stroller is a decent option.
It combines a low price tag with a small storage basket and canopy. And the canopy has Mickey ears! This is rated for children up to 40lbs.
The small size and weight make this an easy stroller to cart through airports and on Disney transportation.
This stroller actually comes in a few different designs featuring either Mickey or Minnie Mouse.
Renting a Stroller vs. Bringing Your Own
This is another common question that comes up frequently when contemplating using a stroller at Disney World. The good news is, there’s really no wrong answer here. It’s all a matter of personal preference.
If you’re driving to Disney and have room for a stroller, definitely bring your own. Your kids are already comfortable with it, you know how to use it, it just simplifies things.
However, if you’re flying, I highly recommend looking into renting a stroller. There are scads of stroller rental companies in Orlando. However, I recommend using Kingdom Strollers.
They are competitively priced and give you multiple style options, including some I mention on this list of best strollers for Disney. You can rest assured that any stroller offered fits all of Disney World’s stroller rules.
On top of that, you can schedule your delivery and pick up time, and they’ll meet you right at your resort.
Best Stroller Accessories for Disney
Sometimes, there are some accessories you can add to your stroller that give some added functionality and ease of use. I’ve included a list of stroller accessories that will make you days in the parks a little easier and more comfortable for everyone.
This is Florida, after all, you never know when it might rain. Help protect your child, and your stroller while it’s parked.
If your stroller has a custom rain cover, look into the price of that one.
This rain cover is a great price and comes with a mosquito net.
My favorite feature is the zipper flap to get your child in and out without having to remove the cover.
A stroller fan can be great, especially if you are at Disney during the hot summer months.
This one has between 6-40 hours of run time, depending on fan speed. That will get you through the hottest part of the day, hopefully more.
Most other fans don’t last as long. Make sure you check run time before choosing one!
Personally, I’m a big fan of having a stroller at Disney. The amount of walking done in a single park day is crazy. I recently walked just shy of 15 miles in one day at Disney! And my legs can handle it a whole lot more than little kid legs.
However, making sure you have the right stroller for Disney is just as important as the decision whether or not to even bring one. The wrong stroller can really detract from your trip by making things more difficult than they need to be.
Rent a Stroller for Disney
If you don’t want to bring your own stroller to Disney World, there is always the option to rent a stroller from an Orlando based stroller rental company. There are many reputable companies who will deliver the rented stroller directly to your resort and pick it up at the end of your trip.
I no way, shape, or form, do I recommend renting the horrible plastic strollers from the Disney parks. They are hard, uncomfortable, and unwieldy. They will also end up costing you a whole lot more money than a rental (and potentially even more than buying a brand new stroller).
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Is your favorite stroller on this list? Do you have a horror story about any of these strollers? If you do, make sure to let us know in the comments.