HINT: It might not be where you think.
As someone who travels frequently with two young children, finding ways to pack less is akin to finding ways to keep my sanity. I remember what my first trip traveling with our 6-month old daughter was like, before my wife and I learned how to pack with kids. The pile of stuff loaded on the cart was so high that things kept falling off. Thank goodness my daughter was too young to understand the words coming out of my mouth.
I’ve learned a lot since then. You don’t have to pack 7 of everything when traveling with young kids, even though my wife still has the
obsession habit to do so.
We’ve picked up a bunch of packing tips since then and are much more efficient packers. One of the things we folded into our routine was renting a stroller for certain trips instead of hauling one. Additionally, we don’t own a double stroller, and one can come in very handy when trying to tackle long days at Disney with young kids. So, where should you rent a stroller from?
Let’s start with the worst choice. Disney World will rent you a stroller, and it’s a complete rip-off:
- A single stroller will cost you $15 a day ($13 for multi-day rentals).
- A double stroller will cost you $31 a day ($27 for multi-day rentals).
- The strollers are hard shell plastic, not very comfortable.
We’ve rented strollers on a couple of previous trips and found two companies that both provided us with good service and clean strollers.
The first is Magic Strollers. They’re approved by Disney, which means the bell stand at Disney World Resorts can accept delivery on your behalf and you can drop them back off at the bell stand as well. They rent City Mini strollers, which are very functional. They’ll lay flat for a nap and fold up easily. Fees:
- A single stroller is $25 for the first day, then $6.50 each additional day.
- A double stroller is $40 for the first day, then $7.50 each additional day.
- You can pay a $25 fee to cover damage and theft, which relieves you of any obligations should something happen to the stroller. This is a safe bet given how many strollers are at Disney World.
Their drop-off time at resorts is 10am, pick-up at 2pm. This means you can essentially get 4 days for the price of 3 (or 5 for the price of 4, etc), if you don’t need the stroller before 10am on the first day you rent or after 2pm on the day you return (safe bets if you’re flying to Orlando). For example, pick up a double stroller on Tuesday, drop it off on Saturday, and your fee would be $62.50.
The other provider we used was Apple Stroller. They rent the same strollers as Magic Stroller in single and double. Their pricing model is a bit different. All rentals are “free”, however:
- You pay $5 a day for insurance on a single stroller.
- You pay $7 a day for insurance on a double stroller.
- You pay a $5 delivery fee and a $5 pick-up fee.
Their website looks a bit suspect when you first visit, especially given the “free” price. But, we’ve rented from them successfully in the past. They offer delivery and pick-up service to many of the properties in the Disney area, not just the Disney World Resorts. They do appear to have a smaller inventory than Magic Strollers, as we’ve tried to book in the past and found Apple sold out.
Don’t rent a stroller directly from Disney. The prices are way too high for an uncomfortable stroller. We’ve had good experiences with both Magic Strollers and Apple Strollers. The City Mini strollers can take a beating and you can’t underestimate the impact a stroller can have on a tired child. It won’t help your legs feel better, but it will help keep your kids from getting overly cranky. It can’t solve a screaming kid when you tell them you’re not buying them a $20 Mickey balloon, but isn’t that the fun of parenting?
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