Theme Park Essentials: Strollers

disney stroller

Theme Park Essentials

We’ve all seen it:  the sea of strollers parked at Magic Kingdom.  While they can be a burden, they are a necessity when traveling with young kids to the Disney parks.  To ensure a stress-free trip, it’s best to know which kind of stroller will work for your needs. That’s why this installment of our Theme Park Essentials is covering Strollers.  The parks get crowded and hot  so you’ll want to make sure you have the right stroller for your trip.

1) Umbrella Stroller

We highly suggest a simple umbrella stroller.  There a few reasons these are great.  First, they easily fold up – which is huge especially when travelling to Walt Disney World.  At some point during your trip you will probably take a tram or a bus to your destination and you’ll need to fold up your stroller quickly and easily.  Second, umbrella strollers are typically cheaper than a more deluxe stroller.  Third, these strollers are easier to transport if you are flying.  Many people opt to rent strollers rather than bring their own when flying – which is a great option – but having a great umbrella stroller that you can just check for your flight and then have for your whole trip could save you money.

Here is one we highly suggest based on how easily it folds up.  Plus it only weighs 9 pounds!  If you are flying to Disney, you could either use this as a carry-on or pack it in a checked bag!  The only downside is the wheels are not as great as a jogging stroller.  However, the convenience of this stroller definitely makes up for it!  The link to Amazon below has all of the details plus check out the video below of the stroller folding up!

If you’d rather go for something less expensive, something that will just help get from point A to point B, this adorable Disney stroller is a great example of an easy to close stroller that will keep your little one from tiring out too quickly!

2) Deluxe Stroller

These types of strollers are obviously going to give you more for your money.  You get more storage, a comfortable seat, better handling, and better shading.  These are all factors that can improve your child’s and your experience in the park. If you’re going to bring a deluxe stroller, you want to keep in mind that you’ll need it to close easily.  These strollers are also great because they allow you to easily navigate the parks, even when it’s crowded.  These strollers allow you to take turns or get up and down curbs with minimal effort.  That’s important when you’re trying to squeeze through a crowd of people on Main Street U.S.A.

I can tell you from personal experience, I recently used this stroller for a day at Disney with my 8-year-old niece.  This stroller held up perfectly even though she’s older, the handling was beautiful, and she was able to have a morning at Epcot and an evening at Magic Kingdom with no meltdowns!  We even made it to fireworks after a long, hot day!  This stroller was a life-saver, so don’t overlook this option even for your older kids.  You’ll get more out of your day!

3) Double Strollers

When you’re traveling with multiple kids, double strollers are a great idea.  There are some great options for double strollers out there – we suggest using something of higher quality so your back isn’t killing you by the end of the day.  We also need to put a note of caution regarding triple strollers – don’t do it!  Double strollers are still somewhat easy to navigate through the parks but once you get into triple and beyond, the struggle begins.  Triple strollers that are three wide (side by side) get too wide to be able to easily get around the parks and crowds.  Triple strollers that are three long (one in front of the other) are just a disaster in the parks.  Most of them are not able to turn easily and just create frustration and sore muscles for the parent!

4) Stroller Accessories

No matter which stroller you choose to bring, we cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your child cool and out of the sun.  Orlando summers are HOT.  There are plenty of great accessories out there to enhance your stroller such as stroller fans, covers, and cooling pads.  Below are a few examples:

Stroller Sun Cover – click picture for more info!
Stroller Fan – click picture for more info!
Stroller Liner to keep cool – click picture for more info!

Have you found a great stroller to use while in the parks?  
Tell us about it below!

Be sure to check out our Theme Park Essentials:  Top Portable Fans post!


Universal Orlando Announces New Dining Experience at CityWalk

Universal Orlando

It was announced today on Universal Orlando’s official blog that there will be a new dining experience coming to Universal’s CityWalk.  Replacing the now-closed NBA City restaurant will be the Toothsome Chocolate Factory.  According to the blog, the theme of the restaurant will be a 19th century Steampunk chocolate factory.

A full menu will be offered including burgers, sandwiches, salads, and an all-day brunch.  The main feature, however, appears to be the desserts they will offer.  There will be a variety of unique milkshakes and ice cream sundaes to choose from.

An exact opening date for the restaurant has not been announced yet, but Universal has stated the restaurant is due to open later this year.

You can read the full blog post from Universal Orlando here.

Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on the latest news about this new project!



Jimmy Fallon Ride Replacing Twister at Universal Orlando | Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon Ride to Open

It has been announced on Universal Orlando’s official blog that Jimmy Fallon will get his own ride at Universal Studios Florida. It was also discussed by Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show on Tuesday night.

There had been rumors swirling around the closing of the attraction, Twister, which has been a low-attended attraction for many years.  Additionally, an attraction involving Jimmy Fallon, was discussed among theme park enthusiasts.  The discussion made sense because Fallon is connected to Universal through NBC.

It has now been made official that the new Jimmy Fallon ride will replace Twister, confirming those previous rumors.

Jimmy Fallon “Race Through New York”

The new attraction is set to open sometime in 2017.  It will feature a comedic journey of Jimmy Fallon racing through the streets of his beloved New York City.  This premise will fit in perfectly with the city theme of the attraction’s surrounding area.

This attraction should draw visitors.  Jimmy Fallon has gained a large amount of popularity after taking over the Tonight Show in 2014.

Excited Jimmy Fallon Discusses New Ride

Jimmy Fallon provided viewers Tuesday night with some details about the new ride, saying that the ride will be a 3-D attraction.  He compared the new ride to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction and stated, “It’s like that except instead of Harry Potter, it’s me.”

Twister Closing

It has also been announced that Twister will close on November 2, 2015.  The attraction opened on May 4, 1998 and had a nice run in the park considering the movie it was based on is almost 20 years old.

Click here to see Universal Orlando’s official announcement about the new Jimmy Fallon Ride.

Want to learn more about other Universal Orlando rides?  Check out our Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure pages!

What are your thoughts?  Are you excited for a new Jimmy Fallon ride?


Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando | best time to visit Universal Orlando

Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando

Are you planning a trip to the Universal Orlando Resort?  If you are flexible on your dates and want to avoid large crowds, here is a list of the best time to visit Universal Orlando and the worst time to visit Universal Orlando:

Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando:

September through Early November – especially during the week after Labor Day.  Walking around the parks and hotels, it’s amazing how low the crowds are.  You may deal with some crowd during the weekends for Halloween Horror Nights, but for the most part you’ll be able to walk onto almost all of the popular rides.  The weather during September can be hot, but not as hot as July.  When you get into mid-October, the weather is glorious.

Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando
Universal’s Portofino Bay Hotel empty on a day in September

January through February – After everyone has overloaded on holiday trips to the parks, the crowds tend to slow down during these months.  You will have no problem riding your favorite rides multiple times without a line.  The downfall to visiting during these months:  it can get pretty cold, even for northerners.

May – Again, after everyone has taken their spring break trip to Orlando the parks tend to clear out in May.  Most people are back home focusing on finishing up the school year before summer begins or people are saving their vacation until summer.  The nice thing about the parks being in Orlando, it’ll already be hot in May, so you’ll feel like you’re already on a summer vacation trip.  In our book, this really is the best time to visit Universal Orlando.

The list above shows you the best time to visit Universal Orlando.  Keep reading to see the worst times to learn when to avoid the parks if possible.

Worst Time to Visit Universal Orlando:

June through August – We think it’s pretty common knowledge that the parks get busy during summer break.  Add the insane Florida heat to the mix and you’ve got a pretty rough combo.  We understand that for some this is the only time they can travel to the resort, but if you are able to visit during another time we highly suggest you do so.

Thanksgiving Week through New Year’s Day – For the same reasons above, people are off and so they take the time to head to the parks.  The holidays obviously draw people to the parks and we do recommend checking the parks out during this time because the decorations are great, but don’t expect to get on a bunch of rides.

March through April – This is Spring Break time and again you must avoid if possible.  The weather is still bearable at this point but if you can hold off until May, you’ll be able to experience all of the attractions without the hassle of crowds.

*Side Note:  While some of this can apply to the Walt Disney World Resort as well, the “off season” has become more limited at WDW due to its ever-growing popularity and Disney’s seasonal offerings such as Food & Wine Festival, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Flower and Garden Festival, etc.

Is the best time to visit Universal Orlando during your favorite time to visit?

What is your favorite month to visit the Universal Orlando Resort?  Comment below!