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:
Have you found a great stroller to use while in the parks?
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Be sure to check out our Theme Park Essentials: Top Portable Fans post!