Disneyland Stroller Rentals

Disney 145We often get questions from families about whether or not to rent a stroller at Disneyland.

On our trip to Disneyland in May 2009 I carefully observed the other families in the park to see if the Disney strollers were really the best answer.

Here are some pictures of the custom Disney strollers that were available for rent. They were like a modified Jogging Stroller with 4 wheels in total. The seats did not recline and there was a small basket underneath the seat.

I saw everyone from babies to toddlers to school age kids in these strollers.

The problem with a Disneyland stroller rental (aside from the lack of features on these basic strollers) is that you cannot take the strollers outside of the park….like across the way to Disney’s California Adventure Park.

We brought our own compact strollers with us for the twins. We decided to do that because we needed a way to get the kids back and forth to the hotel (about 1.5 miles one way). Our strollers folded up easily (to easily get on and off the Monorail), reclined, and had a decent canopy to protect the kids from the sun.

My recommendation would be to bring your own stroller or make arrangements with a Baby Equipment Rental company (www.baby-equipment-rental.com) to have better stroller waiting for you at your hotel!Disney 135

Big Blue Buggys

We get lots of calls from parents who are traveling to Walt Disney World. The great stroller debate has been on for years. Do you bring your own stroller or rent one a the theme park?

Up until recently I have always encouraged parents to rent a stroller from Disney: it won’t get damaged on route, they are always available, and who wouldn’t love to drive a big blue plastic buggy?

Well, in true Disney fashion, they realized they have a hold on this market. Stroller rental prices have skyrocketed in the last couple of months to the tune of $31 for a double http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdw/common/guestServicesDetail?id=GuestServicesStrollerRentalsDetailPage.

Can’t you get a compact car rental for around $30/day? www.budget.ca

Disney’s Mom Panel

I love websites that include customer feedback, testimonials, forums (see www.Tripadvisor.com, www.frommers.com, www.babiesrus.com ). I always want the ‘behind the scenes details’, the real ‘dirt’ on a product or service. Companies are realizing the need to include experiential data as well. The latest company I found that has jumped on this trend is Disney.

Disney of course does it a little different. Why just sit back and wait for reviews, why not pay for them (well sort of). Disney’s mompanel (http://disneyworldforum.disney.go.com/home.aspx) uses advice from 12 moms (actually 11 moms and one dad) to help trip planners really get to know a family’s experience at any of Walt Disney’s Resorts and Theme Parks. Disney calls them ‘independent contractors’ but never mentions if they are actually paid or not.

For me it doesn’t really matter. If I am on the Disney website I am already convinced that I want to take a Disney vacation. The moms on the panel seem to give real hands-on advice. I was so pleased to see them answering questions about whether or not guests should bring their own stroller or rent a Disney stroller on site. I get this question a lot from my customers and I think the panel gave some great advice.

Check it out for yourself and see what you think!