The Great Disney Stroller Debate

Written by Jessica Ma'ilo. Posted in Disney, Disney Parks, Features, Park Wise

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Published on August 08, 2013 at 1:00 am with 100 Comments

You see it over and over again on Disney forums across the internet.  The dreaded s-word.  STROLLERS!!!  It strikes fear in the hearts (and ankles) of pedestrians all over the theme parks.  But are they so bad?  I know we were sad to see ours stay home, but something tells me the eight year-old wouldn’t go for it.

Strollers: convenient parental aid or vicious battering ram?  You decide!

Pros

Let me start by saying that having our own stroller on the first couple of trips with the kiddos was invaluable.  My boy could fall asleep anywhere, and we were definitely able to stretch some park days because he was happy as a clam catching a few ZZZs in his Peg Perego (with full recline!).  Our stroller also happened to have a footboard on the back so my niece could hitch a ride, as well.  Definitely made better time heading to Toy Story Mania without having to hold back for short legs.

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At that age, the kids also had a couple of costume changes during the day, and it was nice to have a place to store my niece’s glitter covered princess dresses when the itch factor got to be too much on a warm Magic Kingdom afternoon.  The storage also came in handy for a small cooler packed with water and juice boxes.  We saved lots on bottled beverages during the stroller years.

Cons

Transportation was pretty hit and miss.  While it was nice to roll onto the monorail and some boats, having to unpack and fold up the strollers to hop a bus or parking lot tram was kind of  pain especially when the kid was still sleeping in it.  Much harder to fold that way. ;)   We did get a little system going, but it was a chore.

Stroller parking.  I appreciate the stroller parking, I really do, but the constant reorganizing of some of the busier areas (which I completely understand) could mean a slightly panicked few minutes trying to find your stroller in a sea of P3s and Jeep Doubles.

The ridiculous amount of things hanging from our stroller made it easy to spot!

The ridiculous amount of things hanging from our stroller made it easy to spot!

 

ŸGet Park Wise: Do something to make your stroller stand out from the crowd.  Flashing lights, hot pink zebra duct tape, your very own Jolly Roger.  Something that lets you know “Hey, that’s my ride!” when you’re scanning Fantasyland for your buggy.

To Bring or to Rent?

We always brought our own stroller for several reasons.  First of all, I already paid for it.  I didn’t want to shell out the cost of a new stroller when I already owned one (or three…I was a stroller addict even though my little walker didn’t use one often past the age of about 18 months).  It was also a great convenience having our stroller at the airport.  We could hang our carry-ons off the back, throw one kid in the seat, a niece on the footboard, and off we went to our connecting flight.  Finally, it was great at the end of a long park day not to have to carry the dead weight of a sleeping child back to the room.

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However, if you have older kiddos, renting may be the way to go.  They may or may not even be into catching a ride once they hit the parks.  If you don’t already have one and they won’t be using one at home, grabbing a stroller once you get to Disney is probably smart.  I hear the strollers are very comfortable for the kids (well, to be honest, I’ve even seen some dads in them while waiting for parades), and they have a great big shade to keep them cool in the afternoons.

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ŸGet Park Wise: If you do decide to rent a stroller, ask about a length-of-stay rental from the parks or consider a local stroller rental company.

Stroller Etiquette

Stroller drivers, do not use your stroller as a weapon.  Lots, maybe even the majority, of us park-goers have kids.  Having one in a stroller does not make you king of the road.  “Lady with a baby!” may get you special treatment at some locales, but Disney is not one of them.  Even if you’re not intentionally bruising ankles, keep an eye out for those around you.  And, remember when I said folding and unfolding strollers for transportation was kind of lame?  Well, just suck it up and get it done before it’s time to load.  Don’t make the entire tram/train/bus wait for you to pack up your stroller right before it’s time to board.  And when it’s time to get off, move out of the way before you snap that bad boy open and start loading.

Non-stroller friends, please watch where you’re going, too.  Stepping out in front of a stroller more or less guarantees a smack in the shin because those things don’t stop on a dime.  Those of you cheaters who smoke outside of designated smoking areas, your ashes are right at eye level of stroller bound babies, so please be cautious.  When waiting for the parade or fireworks, a stroller that you don’t own is not a spot to set your drink or something to lean against.

Let’s just all practice being aware of our surroundings, and strollers and walkers can all live in magical harmony.

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What are your stroller sentiments?  Have you used one at the parks?  Do you run screaming in the other direction when one’s coming at you?

About Jessica Ma'ilo

Jessica is a special education teacher by day and blogger and Fairy Godmother Travel agent by evening. When not supervising play dates or sleepovers, she can be found creating, sewing or singing. She loves hitting the Disney Parks, and she and her family escape to the World and Land as often as they can. She can be contacted at [email protected], and you can also check out her family blog, Magic, Memories, Mayhem.

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  1. I think eliminating the (3 and under) free entry would cut down on the sore ankles. I see lots of parents with BIG babies skipping the main gate lines an children ticket fees.

    • I have to say I’ve never noticed this, but we definitely enjoyed my little guy’s first trip for “free.” Don’t know if that would cut down on the stroller aggression, though, if they were to do away with the policy.

    • My son is 5 and 50 inches tall, 65 pounds. The size of an average 9 year old. After he turned two I used to get hassled entering the parks with him in a stroller.. Two older cast members, both about 5 feet tall and elderly were the worst. One was very confrontational. It got to the point I carried my son’s birth certificate. He was the size of a 5 year old, but ANYONE that looked at his face and heard him speak could tell his age, but not those two older guys.

      • That’s not cool at all! Maybe they were just jealous of the height. ;) I was always big for my age, too. I was 5’10 before middle school. People always thought I was older than I was. Sometimes it works for you, sometimes against you.

  2. It’s interesting when you look at old pictures from the 50s and 60s of Disneyland and see crowds flowing uninhibited because of the lack of strollers and wheelchairs. I guess you didn’t go to Disneyland back then if you couldn’t walk.

    • I agree. I don’t recall stroller blight way back when. What did they do with them, before?

      • I seem to remember Disney rental strollers from the mid-sixties when I was a child. If I remember correctly, they were uncomfortable-looking hard blue chairs with yellow wires.

      • There wasn’t a million APs back then.

    • Interesting thought. I’ll have to peruse some of my childhood pics from the early 80s and see what the “streets” of Disneyland looked like as far as strollers. I do have a picture of me in a metal death trap in front of the castle, but I’ll have to notice the background.

  3. I definitely see the advantage to parents with small children. When I was younger (way back in the 70s) it was far more common for parents to wait until their children were ambulatory before jetting-off to Disney World (around the age of 5 or 6). I recall stroller rentals available but few people used them and I’m pretty sure you were not allowed to bring your own stroller.

    • The world is so different. I don’t remember too many people hitting Disneyland or World when I was younger, and I really don’t recall people making yearly (or more frequent) trips per year. Now every time I turn around, one of my students is headed to the World for a week or one of the moms is calling me to book. Since some demographics are going more often, they don’t necessarily feel the need to wait until the kids are older.

      Thanks for sharing. Got me thinking!

      • I was born in 1955 and grew up in Orange County. Made three or more trips to Disneyland every year after 1960. Never had a stroller, but I can’t remember what was done with my younger brother. I think we waited until my brother (born in 1957) could walk for an entire family visit. Grandparents and toddlers walk at the same pace, and when one could separate tickets from entry, there were great activities for them with just the cost of admission.

  4. I only have two problems with strollers — the fact that there are now so many of them in the park that they need stroller parking areas, and the number of them I see containing overweight kids who are more than old enough to be walking. I think Johnny made a good point above, it used to be that you didn’t go to a Disney park until you were old enough to walk.

    Tokyo Disneyland is a great example. While there are some strollers, you don’t see anyone old enough to walk in one. If you need to carry things (like the extra dress), take a backpack, not a stroller. The park is a mess from the seas of stroller parking that have popped up all over.

    • I can definitely say I used the stroller as a bag carrier, too. It was convenient and nice on a warm day not to have a backpack on my back. I do agree that there are lots of strollers around the parks these days, though.

  5. As a parent of an 18 month old who has recently traveled to Walt Disney World and learned much from this experience – and has also felt the pain of bruised ankles from other peoples’ strollers more than once – my thoughts:

    * If you are flying to Orlando, check with your airline to see what you are allowed to bring for the child – ie., stroller, car seat, etc. My son flew free as a lap infant on Jet Blue. He was allowed to bring, with no additional charge, a stroller and a car seat. Renting a car in Orlando? If you own a stroller where the car seat snaps into the stroller, stick the car seat base underneath the stroller and, when you board, take the car seat out and, if the child is going to sit in your lap, snap the base back into the car seat and the flight attendants will take care of the stroller and the seat/base for you – they will be ready for you the moment you exit the plane, no need to check either in. You do NOT want to rent a car seat with your car! The seats are expensive to rent, they are typically lower quality seats than the one you probably have, you already know how to snap your base into a car, you won’t have to sit in a parking garage for 15 minutes trying to figure out how exactly to adjust this thing without a manual, AND you can be sure that they rarely clean those infant rental car seats.

    * As far as bringing your own stroller versus renting, bringing your own stroller wins every time. Renting from OrlandoStrollerRentals.com was a good experience for us – the stroller was a clean, high-quality Citi Mini, and they dropped off and picked up directly from our WDW resort – but very expensive. (Though, I couldn’t easily figure out the straps on the thing – sensing a pattern? ;-) The price of renting was the equivalent of purchasing a new stroller on Amazon and, with our Prime membership including shipping, having a smaller stroller shipped directly to our resort in time for our stay. I checked with Disney (Caribbean Beach) and they confirmed that they can accept a shipment for us and hold it. You can similarly have food, diapers, water, and other essentials shipped for your visit – this can be a great way to beat the airlines on their luggage weight restrictions, too!

    * BUY THIS THING: http://www.amazon.com/Dreambaby-Stroller-Fan-White-Blue/dp/B0043IS18I/ …This little handy-dandy fan costs just $8 and was a LIFE SAVER! It clips onto the stroller and is made of soft rubber felt – the same type those Disney spray water bottles are made of so it is safe to touch when it is on. In fact, it is essentially the same fan, just extended off of a clip for the stroller. We have taken this fan with us to no less than four parks now and get constantly stopped and asked where we bought it. A few tips: keep a small screwdriver handy for battery replacement, bring plenty of AA batteries (one set lasted us a day and a half of very frequent use), and, though the fan is safe to touch, keep the fan out of reach of the child. Kids seem to be drawn to ripping the little blades off the fan and that seems to be where most of the lower-starred reviews on Amazon are coming from. Keeping the fan out of reach from on something as small as an umbrella stroller will be difficult, but should not be a problem if you are bringing a jogging stroller.

    * As Jessica mentioned, stroller size is key! A Citi Mini is great for storing lots of necessities underneath, but you will curse the thing when you need to fold it up and hold it on every bus, every tram and the Magic Kingdom Railroad. One solution to this problem is, if you have a rental car and are traveling with another adult, drop everyone off at the entrance with the stroller, go park the car, and meet them in the park. (And, simply, skip riding the Magic Kingdom Railroad unless you plan to take a roundtrip.) In fact, I saw a lot of people get away with just an umbrella stroller and a small, breathable mesh backpack (http://www.amazon.com/ASICS-ZR450-Mesh-Backpack-Black/dp/B00066TWMU) for kiddie essentials, which I think is a good idea. Traveling as lightly as possible is always smart, and if there is something you wish you had brought that you left behind to save space, the parks frequently have what you need anyway. Oh, and lets not forget one of the most overlooked benefits of staying at a WDW resort: you can have your purchases at any park sent to your resort for pickup the next day! No need to hang on to souvenirs all day long or have them hanging off the back of your stroller, adding dangerous weight that can tip your child over.

    * As far as the ankle bruises are concerned, its gonna happen by accident – mostly. Walking through a crowded post-parade Main Street, several walking people cut in front of my Citi Mini and I bumped them by accident. I didn’t mean it, I felt bad, but I feel like, if you don’t want to be bumped in the ankles by a stroller, don’t cut ahead to walk in front of one!

    In closing, spending time at a Disney Park with an infant or small child should be a more leisurely experience than it is with older kids; since many of the attractions are off limits to your little one, you’re not spending the majority of your time in lines and racing from one E-Ticket to another. Considering this, ease your mind, let the rushed crowd flow around you – that should save a few of your fellow Disney Park dwellers’ ankles! Stop to smell the roses, appreciate the theming which is so often overlooked, take time to shop, find hidden Mickeys, hunt down characters for picture opportunities, and the like. Your child will again never be this young, will not be afraid of suited characters forever, and will never look around at all the goings-on in Its a Small World the same way when he/she is old enough to make a funny face at the picture opportunity on Splash Mountain. It is a beautiful experience, a memory that belongs to you, not your child. I’ve heard of many parents not wishing to bring their children to Walt Disney World until they are older because “they won’t remember it.” I can tell you from personal experience, visiting a Disney Park with your children when they still believe magic is real, is an opportunity solely for you that you do not want to miss.

  6. I love watching stroller versus wheelchair and stroller versus mobility chair accidents. No, your stroller may need extra room to stop, but it is nothing compared to the distance that a power wheelchair needs. Pushing your stroller in front of a power chair will have a bad outcome. (and pushing one into the back of my legs will get you a very pointed lecture)

    And no, baby on board does not (in any universe except stroller pushers) grant unlimited right of way.

    I also enjoy folks who try to convince cast members that they should be able to drag their stroller onto a ride because it is (red, folding, holds a sleeping baby, holds six cranky children, etc). Yelling at the cast member won’t get your stroller exempted from park rules. Of course, it does provide a source of amusement for those of us without strollers.

    • i often am bemused by the situations as well.

    • Yikes! Thankfully I’ve never witnessed a stroller/chair accident! Does NOT sound good.

      Really, though, there’s no excuse for yelling at a cast member doing his or her job (I have seen some really rude CMs, too, but that’s a different story). I hate to see that no matter what the issue, strollers or otherwise. Some people are just jerks. And some of those jerks happen to be stroller drivers.

  7. We took my girlfriend’s goddaughter on her first Disneyland trip for her 4th Birthday a couple weeks ago. Got there at 8am, left at 8:30pm. No stroller.

    Kid didn’t cry, didn’t whine, nothing. She walked with us all day. Of course, with her little feet, it took longer than usual to get from place to place, but no biggie at all. I think she mentioned once being tired, so we saw a 3D movie. I realize every kid is different, but in my experience, a stroller simply wasn’t needed. She had a great day, and went straight to sleep around 8:15pm. Of course, she may just be some kind of super kid, she got on Tower of Terror and laughed her heart out when it was done! ::shrugs::

    • Was this a one day trip? I imagine it makes a difference for some. Sally could be happily skipping along through Fantasyland on day one but ready for a little chauffeur action mid-week.

      And heck yeah to Tower of Terror! My kinda girl!!

    • Ditto for my kid, except the Tower of Terror. Brave kid!

    • You are to be commended GREAT JOB,I wish more people were like you,BUT Most parents are lazy and that is why we see so many strollers they dont want the RESPONSIBILITY of taking care of the child and making that over weight over sized child WALK! that is why he/she is probably so big. And lets not forget the ones that are over the age of use of a stroller, and mommy and daddy are too wimpy to tell the child to to WALK! it IS SAD HOW SOCIETY has changed so much, that is why back in the day, as some of you are saying you didn’t see that many strollers in the past. its because our parents MADE US WALK AT THE RIGHT AGE, or didn’t take us till we could walk,And now most of these strollers also have so much junk in and on them they look like homeless shopping carts, its pathetic how much people pamper their kids beyond reality.

  8. When I was a kid, I can remember the little tiny folding stroller that my parents used. It had one wheel in the front and one under each handle in the back. It literally took up no more space than I did. Though I can’t remember if Disneyland allowed you to bring your own stroller in the park or if you had to use one of theirs (also quite small).

    These days, strollers are the size of cars and have changed the dynamic of crowd flow. While I’m getting good at dodging the stroller derby, it’s in packed conditions before/after fireworks and Fantasmic that the situation is at its worst.

    I don’t blame the parents pushing the stroller either. Just think how hard it is for YOU to move around at such times. Now imagine doing it while pushing a stroller and trying to keep your family together.

    But I do think that our stroller usage in this country has gotten a bit out of hand. We are using bigger and bigger strollers more and more often.

    Some good friends of ours now use what is essentially a baby backpack so they actually carry the baby on them. And other friends of ours have their toddler in a stroller, but it’s the smallest stroller I’ve ever seen and folds up into a little carrying case. Neat. These are folks who are aware of their impact on others and are being conscientious of their impact on the community at large. I realize that isn’t always possible, but it sure is a pleasure to be around these folks.

    Disneyland isn’t the typical crowd. There often isn’t extra room to maneuver. I do think that Disney needs to set some stroller standards and if a stroller doesn’t comply, the family should have to return the stroller to their car and use one of Disney’s strollers in the parks. The park is just too small for SUV sized strollers.

    • Great comment!

    • You can already test the size of your stroller when you try to bring it on the tram. I have a full-sized stroller that barely fitted into the tram. Come to think of it, the leg rest is tiny for a tall guy. If you can’t get it into the tram, it is too big. However, all you have to do is visit the strollers on sale at Walmart or Target. They aren’t that big. And they are not bigger than the wheelchairs out there.

    • I have a picture of myself in a “baby backpack” on my grandpa’s back when I was a baby in Disneyland. I do see a lot of baby wearers around the parks (mostly slings), but it tends to be infants.

      I’m not sure there is an answer here. Disney wants the guests, the guests bring the strollers. I would be interested to see if they were ever able to institute some kind of size rule about strollers, though.

    • I totally agree. There are too many unnecessary and gigantic strollers. Not only do they take up space in the park, but in the buses too. Even when the giant strollers are folded they take enough standing room for at least 2 people. Not to mention they block the doors. I have to say though the look of dread on some dad’s faces is pretty funny when the buses pull up.

    • I have a SUV size stroller well it fits two kids but I have two that use it. I certainly try hard to not bump people but I too have been bumped and my kids have been shoved and cut of in lines before some people are just rude! I’m pretty sure Disney likes strollers they make a lot $$ with all the little kids there.

  9. I couldn’t agree more with Jessica’s comment on making your stroller stand out from the crowd. We had a very scary experience when we parked our stroller at POTC at Disney World and it was gone when we returned. Someone with the exact same model had taken ours by mistake. Security could not have been nicer and they even provided an “any ride” fast pass for the rest of the family to use while I submitted my missing stroller report. It all turned out okay, as the other family finally realized their mistake and brought our stroller back for theirs (why they did not notice that the stuff under the stroller seat did not match their stuff for close to 2 hours I still don’t understand). So make sure you have something easy to see that marks your stroller to save some heartache!

    • No fun! Glad you were able to get your stroller returned. We had lots of fun playing with ours when we took it. Had little lights for the Christmas season, skull and crossbones duct tape for Halloween, etc.

  10. Honestly, I can’t see the point of taking an infant or toddler to Disneyland. They are too small to get anything out of it, and don’t do well being cooped up in a stroller for 10 hours. Ever get tired of listening to the screams of an overstimulated, cranky baby at 4 pm? And the comments about the SUV-sized strollers are spot-on. My daughter and I have annual passports, and have commented to each other often on the steady proliferation of strollers. They take up a shocking amount of real estate, requiring not only their own parking lots in the park, but cast members whose only job is to corral and rearrange strollers.

    I’ve read numerous comments on forums, and bounced ideas back and forth with my daughter. The locker fees need to be slashed so families on a budget (aren’t we all?) can afford to use them, and more lockers need to be added. (And by the way, keep the $&^&^%$ strollers OUT of the locker area.) If people use lockers for all the things needed during the day, a giant moving locker won’t be needed. Seriously, Disney, $10 a day is a bit high, especially for a multi-day trip.

    Limit stroller size, or cut rental fees (see locker suggestion) and require use of park strollers. Provide a small variety of park strollers such as doubles, sit-and-stand – and make them foldable (they currently don’t fold). Exceptions would have to be made for families with disabled children who need special strollers, of course.

    And people, keep in mind that it’s not a bad idea to wait until your kids are old enough to walk to plan a trip to a Disney park. Less hassle for you, better experience for them. They will actually remember it. And yeah, I think that if your kid is old enough to walk without help, he/she is old enough to not need a stroller. I do see many overweight kids in strollers who could benefit from the exercise.

    • As I said in a comment below – my first time a Disneyland was when I was 2 in 1959.
      –” I can’t see the point of taking an infant or toddler to Disneyland” – SERIOUSLY you say???
      My daughter’s first time was at 6 weeks old – it was certainly our memories, not hers for sure. I even took her to a media event for the opening of Nemo subs at the age of 6 months – and they gave her an actual media credential to wear!

      It’s a joy for parents to watch their toddlers see Mickey for the first time, wonder at the Tiki Room birds, etc…. So please don’t go there as it has nothing to do with strollers.

      Keep in mind that YEARS AGO we all didn’t lug around cell phones, snacks, and even water bottles as we do today, so strollers also serve as roll-able storage – right or wrong.
      Also keep in mind, way back most people used baby carriages for infants which were not easily folded up.

      • I can understand the advice to not bring an infant to Disneyland. I didn’t do it myself. I waited until 1.5 years old and didn’t go back until she was 3 and then 4 years old. However, what if you have many kids? Why not have the whole go together?

        As for lockers, that’s what strollers are for. I used them to store my stuff, although they are not high value items. Nobody ought to use an locker for ANYTHING. They do cost a lot because they are a service.

      • Very valid points. I hadn’t even made the connection of all the stuff we carry around now as opposed to even when I was a child.

    • You must not have kids. I’ve taken both of my kids to the park since they were less than 6 months old. It’s not only for them. Honestly, it’s more for us. To see their eye sparkle and see their enjoyment of everything makes it well worth the trip. There are plenty of rides for small children to ride on and enjoy. We have gone every year since my daughter was born. My kids are 5 and 3 now and it’s all they talk about. We will be there again in November, with the double-wide stroller, so watch your ankles.

      • “To see their eye sparkle and see their enjoyment of everything makes it well worth the trip.”

        Yes. :) I wouldn’t trade those first few years of Disney experiences where my little guy was SURE each character he met was the real deal for anything. Except maybe a bigger stroller. ;)

    • I’ll echo the other comments regarding taking little ones to Disney. If we were to subscribe to the idea that we shouldn’t take them because they “don’t get anything out of it,” what’s the point of doing anything before they can “get something out of it?” I’ve seen parents moved to tears after a kiss from Mickey for their precious baby. Disney isn’t just about what we can do for the kids but for the parents, too. I loved it as a kid, I love it as a solo, but I get so much joy out of watching our little mouseketeers interact with characters and gaze wide-eyed at the parks no matter what their ages.

      While it would be convenient for guests to have other locker location choices (similar to the water parks at Disney World), it just isn’t a great plan for those with diaper/nursing/bottle-fed kids in strollers. I’d hate to carry my baby with a blow out to our locker to get the diaper bag when I could just clip it on a stroller.

  11. We have been considering renting a double wide stroller since we have a 5 year old and 1 year old. But to be honest He would barely use it and i tried to drive one through a fair one time and it was terrible. I think we will bring the tiny folding stroller for the 1 year old that takes up very little room. You are all welcome. hahaha

    • I got a great deal on a Jeep double when we were getting ready for the kids’ first Disney World trip. Took it to the state fair here and sold it the following weekend (at a profit, actually…haha!). I HATED that thing!! So hard to maneuver, and when we wanted to split up, the adult with the stroller and one kid was pushing this monster with all the weight on one side. Never again. Even if I had twins. Haha!

  12. Yes, the modern day strollers are quite the convenience. But I think every parent needs to pass a certified course on how to use them in public.
    For some strange reason, intelligence goes out the window when adults push a stroller. You have 2-3 feet of metal and plastic in front of you, yet they bump constantly crash into my feet and ankles because they walk as if they don’t have anything in front of them. Does having children turn people into retards?!

    • Eek! I’m not a fan of the r-word in your last sentence. In my line of work, I see that word cause lots of tears and anger among children and parents. :(

      I will agree that those pushing the strollers, be they parents, grandparents, aunts, brothers or second cousins need to pay attention to their surroundings.

    • Did you really just use the “R” word?’ I’m sure it was a slip of the tongue.

  13. Lest anyone think this is a problem unique to theme parks, we’ve got the same problem on public transportation in Portland, Oregon. Between the strollers, motorized wheelchair scooters and bicycles there’s sometimes no room for the people. But I love the idea of folks getting out and about with mobility aids, whether they’re two or 102.

    Somehow we all manage to squish in and get to where we’re going.

    Dobby, who hates getting his feet wet, has a red wagon I use when it is raining outside and the Real Dog wants to take a walk. What if I were to bring it along with me when I shopped or – gasp – went to Disneyland! It would be a horrible nuisance for everyone. I plan to get a front-carry baby pack for him — he weighs thirteen pounds.

    Infants aren’t like dogs; can’t put them in a kennel for a week and have a family vacation without them. (Please don’t tell the dogs I said that!)

    • I like seeing those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to visit the parks experience the magic, too.

  14. All valid points from everyone!
    My first time at Disneyland was in 1959 – I was 2, and in a photo I still have there is my stroller (similar to the easy-to-fold inexpensive ones you see today). So I do know folks used strollers back then!
    We certainly had the large stroller for my daughter (now close to 7 in age) up until she was about 3, then used the light-weight one for about a year afterwards. Yes, around 2 she wanted to walk (and run) everywhere, but later in the day she needed that stroller! (Also the extra storage for jackets, snacks…etc.)

    My gripe today are the families that have those “stadium seating” type strollers that seem to hold 4 kids! Years ago I think only the youngest kid got the stroller – the other siblings walked! Our families just having more kids now? More twins and triplets? Don’t know….

    • Maybe. I also see a lot of extended families traveling together, so cousins and nieces and nephews are all hopping on the Sit-n-Stand. I haven’t personally ever been assaulted or inconvenienced by the Escalade-sized strollers (of course, now that I say that, I’m sure to be run over by a gang of stroller-wielding soccer moms on my next trip), but I can definitely say I see them fairly often.

      • On our annual visits during summer vacation, our day camp counselors took us to Disneyland roped together.

        Why not put the youngest in the mini-stroller and put the rest on leashes?

        Dobby wants to point out that, in a huge crowd where everyone is very, very tall, a stroller is a safe place for a small child. Or a Trained Service Chihuahua.

  15. Love all of the anti-small children ranting on the above. I went last year to WDW with my 6, 2 and 1 year old boys, and will return in January. Will the littlest two remember the trip? Not one lick. Will I remember the joy on their faces seeing Mickey and Peter Pan and everyone else live in the flesh? I’ll cherish those memories until the day I die.

    Are people too aggressive with strollers? I’m sure they are. But I was bumped, beeped at, and rammed by personal mobility devices aka overweight adult strollers many, many more times than any child stroller. From my last visit in 2003 to last year, the number of larks in the parks easily quadrupled.

    • SO TRUE! And most of those people are in them because their only “disability” is their inability to lose weight – they are the ones who should be walking!!! And they always seem to have a pile of food with them!!

    • Really, this all comes down to individuals. I can’t say all stroller folks are inconsiderate or that all scooter drivers are morons. Unfortunately it’s those people who stand out when people think about these hot button topics.

      And I’m with you on taking the little ones. So glad we didn’t wait “until they could remember.”

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