Don’t Rent a Stroller at Disneyland

Before we left for our trip to Disneyland a few months ago my friend told me “Don’t rent a stroller, buy or borrow a jogging one if you don’t already have one”.

I thought she was nuts, why would my 3 1/2 year old need a stroller anyway? Then we got to Disneyland and realized that I should have listened to my friend and brought a stroller.

Disneyland Hotel - Abby Not Happy

The classic Abby look of “WHAT? You expect me to WALK to Disneyland? from the hotel?”

My 3 1/2 year-old Abby is normally a very outgoing gal and very active.  However once we got to Disneyland she was a mess and I think she was just overwhelmed by EVERYTHING and wanted to be carried. 

She’s way to heavy to carry around so we broke down and rented a stroller. At first she was happy that she didn’t have to walk. Disneyland Stroller Rental

Then later in the day she said that she didn’t like the stroller, it hurt her body and she was hot.

Looking back at the pictures she actually looks like she is too big for the stroller and I can see how she may have not been comfortable.

Not having that snack tray in front of her left her no place to put her arms, I think she felt awkward in it too.

Disneyland Stroller Rental

Thinking about renting a stroller?

So you are thinking about renting a stroller from Disneyland? The good news is you don’t need to carry your kid around the park BUT here is the really bad news, are you ready? It doesn’t fold up – well at least I couldn’t get it to fold up.  What does that mean? It means you can’t fold it up and go on the monorail or the Disneyland train and get off at a different stop.

You can however leave your stroller anywhere in the park and go get another one but that is a pain.  Not being able to ride the monorail was a GIANT bummer for us, that was going to be our shortcut into the park.

Disneyland Stroller

Lastly, since you’ve rented it from Disneyland guess where it needs to stay? That’s right IN the Disneyland Resort (behind the Security Point).

The last point makes sense but imagine the feeling when you get to the last possible point you can take the stroller and you have to leave the stroller and carry your tired toddler to the Disneyland Hotel through the crowds in Downtown Disney. Not only is your toddler exhausted but so are you.

I’ve done it before and it’s NOT pretty.

*You can park hop with the stroller from Disneyland to Disney California Adventure; you just can’t leave past the security checkpoint with the stroller.

What is the solution?

I suggest a few things:

#1 – Bring your own stroller, even if it is just an umbrella stroller, this will at least come in handy when you need it and it is easy to carry once folded up.  Remember that little ones can’t walk as much as we can and need to rest their tiny feet so don’t be surprised when your kiddos poop out early in the day.  That is why it is a good idea to bring a stroller with you.

#2 – Buy one from Target, it is very close to Disneyland.  We actually didn’t have a stroller back home any longer so we decided to pick up a Jogging Stroller.  The stroller rental is $15.00 per day.

#3 – Rent one from City Stroller Rentals. Your stroller will be delivered the morning of your arrival at the bell services or the concierge area of your hotel. Check out their Facebook page here for pictures of the strollers in action –https://www.facebook.com/CityStrollerRentals  You can also order add-ons like a case of water with your stroller delivery.

Take advantage of a 10% discount at City Stroller Rental by using the code “Smores”. There is a minimum 3-night rental, expires 12/31/2017.

Abby was SO much happier in the new stroller because it was a lot more comfortable, it had a snack tray for her, drink holders for us and it was also easier to ‘drive’.  Lastly, it also folded up very easily.  Needless to say we were all happy and have used it a few times since we’ve been home.

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About Dawn

Dawn is a social influencer and has been writing about her nerdy side since 2004. She enjoys writing about Entertainment, Travel, Disney, Star Wars and life with two little girls. Her advice is to keep on dreaming, do what you love and life will lead you a path to your happiness. Dawn also writes for 5 Minutes for Mom.

Comments

  1. Wanted to clarify something, I was able to fold up our rented stroller from Disneyland. The same green one that you have pictured. There are hook straps things on the sides that you have to unbutton and then a thing on the seat itself that you just pull up and it folds right in half, super easy. If you can’t figure it out ask a cast member. But you are correct in that you cannot take it to downtown Disney but you are able to take it across to the CA Adventure park.

    • Janelle – I had NO idea that it folded up, I’ve never seen anyone do it – thank you for letting me know. I will edit that in my blog post. Yes you are correct you can park hop with the stroller.

      Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day!

  2. My biggest complaint was trying to find OUR stroller in the overwhelming sea of strollers in stroller parking outside the rides. I only rented one once and never again. Now, I’m just grateful that at 10, my son hasn’t needed one in years!

  3. That’s beautiful. Thank you, Dawn

    • What stroller was it that you ended up renting? My daughter is also 3.5 and we are going to DL next week. We got rid of her strollers a while back because she was too tall for her Bob jogging stroller but I know we need one to do that much walking at DL.

  4. Bought a $20 traveller pram from Kmart today so glad after reading your informative blog – thanks, he’s too heavy these days !!

  5. Did you get insurance with your stroller rental?

  6. Super light weight. Perfect fit the Subway.

  7. I bought this stroller because I have two joggers that are just bulky to haul around. I needed something smaller to throw in the van and to use for short daily errands.

  8. I have an Abby too, and we just reserved a stroller with your code for our trip in May! Thank yoU!

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