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 Jessica@FairyGodmotherTravel.com, and you can also check out her family blog, Magic, Memories, Mayhem.

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  • eicarr

    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.

    • rwsmith

      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.

  • rstar

    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.

    • Algernon

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

      • DobbysCloset

        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.

      • rwsmith

        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.

  • Johnny

    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!

      • DobbysCloset

        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.

  • drich

    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.

  • MikeT1975

    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.

  • BizDoc

    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.

    • StrikeYerColors

      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.

  • Soulquarian

    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!!

    • daliseurat

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

    • RadioDisneyTech

      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.

  • 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.

    • KENfromOC

      Great comment!

    • StevenW

      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.

    • kymfilms

      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.

    • mbjcmj

      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.

  • snookers

    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.

  • tgdiver

    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.

    • KENfromOC

      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.

      • StevenW

        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.

    • John Keola Lessary

      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.

  • TheBig2na

    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!

  • Susan Hughes

    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.

    • victoriaskitten

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

  • DobbysCloset

    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.

  • KENfromOC

    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.

      • DobbysCloset

        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.

  • rusty

    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.

    • KENfromOC

      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.”

  • Skimbob

    I wish there was some special place to put strollers so they are not so obnoxious looking. They are everywhere and a real eye sore. Maybe Disney could come up with some themed storage units.

    As for electric vehicles I get annoyed because people seem to play chicken with them. My poor dad has had people run into him and me both just walking along beside him. They have no concept of what it takes to stop those things and then some people get mad when he hits them because they try to make a last minute run in front of him. The poor guy is 79 and has bad rheumatoid arthritis. If he could walk he would walk. I know many people think scooters are a pain but some people have no choice. Now as for those that use them for convenience instead of need I say shame on them. The same applies to people who don’t really need a stroller.

    • And as soon as those designer stroller store spaces are built, Disney can charge by the hour to use them 😉

    • DobbysCloset

      If people could start buying themed Disney Strollers…or at least decorate their own…

    • victoriaskitten

      I use a mobility scooter and am NOT obese. I would love to not have to use it but my health doesn’t allow me to enjoy the park for long without it. I do get frustrated when people look me in the eye and then run in front of me. I had one man last winter push me into one of the construction walls by grabbing the steering and it split my leg open and was very painful. I had done nothing to him he was in a bad mood as the sidewalks were very crowded on Main Street during the parade. He was cursing everyone out. Not a happy place for him.

      If parents do let the little ones walk it is imperitive that they have 100% control of them. Little ones are likely to dash off and run into the path of an oncoming stroller or scooter and can be seriously hurt.

      I began taking my Grandkids at 1 year and 6 months. At a year my Grandson was so captivated when we came onto Main Street and saw all that was before him. He loved it and his desire at 8 is to quit school and be an Official Cast Member. I feel sure his dream will come true someday…not quitting school though.

      We do take a stroller but that day is now probably over. We will have to make adjustments for carrying water and snacks and extra clothes. I have had rude people one woman in particular, pushing a stroller say she would just ram my 8 month pregnant daughter if she didn’t get out of her way, that didn’t happen cuz she got the wrath of Mom, I think I scared her pretty bad. So yes, there are bad inconsiderate people useing strollers but many more who are kind and thoughtful. It does seem that we see hundreds more of both in the parks even in the last year. I don’t know what the solution is but there are not enough lockers to be used by so many and they are exspensive for many.

  • Cjedwards44

    I use a stroller for my son and I can even admit there are way too many strollers. We have two strollers that we own. The big bulky one and our “Disneyland stroller” which is small and easy to fold. Must of cost us 20 bucks to get a stroller specifically for Dland. I personally make an effort to be an amazing stroller driver because only a few years ago I could not stand them. I know disneyland must make some pretty good money off stroller rentals so I can’t expect them to get rid of strollers but maybe to rent out the small easy to fold ones.

    • StrikeYerColors

      Smart parent!

    • StevenW

      The small ones are easier to break and easier to steal.

      People should not be folding their strollers. You can’t bring them on the rides. I tried bringing my folded umbrella stroller and they wouldn’t allow it.

    • The cheapy umbrella strollers can be a great option for travelers just needing the sitting space! When traveling without my niece, we hit the parks with less stuff since she was my costume queen. I could’ve done one of those with the boy, but those things are MURDER on my back! I’m a tall gal, and our P3 had extendable handles that were a life saver! I can definitely see your line of thinking, though, and I think it would work for a lot of families. Thanks for sharing!

  • StrikeYerColors

    As someone who is in DL once a week, my friendw ho go once a year sometimes ask me or my family for tips. One was a coworker of my mom’s who has two toddlers. The first thing my mom said? “Don’t bring the doublewide stroller! You may love it for walks, for Walmart, whatever, it is probably a GREAT stroller, but you will have such an easier time if you don’t bring it!” She told them to bring two tiny easy fold umbrella strollers. She texted my mom the second day of their trip (and they are not even good friends, just friendly coworkers) and said THANK YOU!

    I recently played host to a friend with a little 2 year old for the very first time. He had JUST turned two, and he is a pretty big boy, but a little walker and it would be his first time in any theme park or fair or anything like that. They brought the umbrella stroller. And it was a snap to fold and unfold. All the clothes, diapers, snacks, necessities went in a big tote bag that we took turns carrying or could hang from the handles when he was sitting in it. He almost never needs to ride in a stroller at home, so it took him a few times to get the hang of getting in and out and being pushed. But that teeny stroller was perfect. It snapped together in an instant in the train station or at the parking lot to step aboard the train or bus. It was no big deal if it got damaged, lost, or stolen, because it only cost $15 (of course, it is a cheapy and not going to be targeted to steal in the first place). It had no storage so we never accidentally left a valuable or wallet in it. It fit through little Main Street doors and slid through fireworks crowds with ease and it is not so long that you accidentally hit people’s ankles with it. In Disneyland, everything is paved, you don’t need bike tires and shock absorbers; there was rarely a bumpy ride and he could sleep in it even!

    I would heartily recommend anyone who has a little one to bring an umbrella stroller. I thought it might be hard to have ANY stroller but having a teeny one was honestly a dream. If you normally bring a big stroller, try travelling light for a change and feel free! And once they are too big for one of these strollers, they are big enough to walk. 😀

    • Two separate strollers for two kids is ABSOLUTELY the way to go! I commented earlier about my absolute disdain for our side-by-side stroller (well, it was only ours for about a week because I hated it so much!).

  • Amy VandenBoogert

    Growing up, my parents hardly ever used a stroller for me and always encouraged walking. We took family walks all the time through the neighborhood, which basically trained me for visiting theme parks in the long run. They never used a stroller for me at the parks – my 1st visit to WDW was spring of 1978 when I was 3 (turned 4 that summer). I’ve always walked. I’ll even walk from my car at whatever park I’m at instead of taking the tram… even if I’m parked at the back of the MK parking lot. I’ve beaten the tram to the TTC just walking on my own.

    • Aww, but I love the tram! Well, now that those stupid doors are on there, I don’t love it as much, but it’s something we don’t see on a regular basis, so it’s just part of the Disney experience for us. Haha!

  • caseyj

    When taking our kids to DLR this June, we brought our smallest stroller with us, knowing the bigger one was just too big for a crowded place. We did hang three strands of bright ribbon on the handle to make it easy to spot…good thing too, since at our first stroller parking place we put it next to an identical one. We did try leaving the stroller at the hotel on our first morning in DCA. Our 3.5 year old got whiny and tired and wanted to be held (the heat didn’t help). For the remainder of our trip, he was happy in the stroller and we were happy to move at a quicker pace.

    • So many ways to do Disney, and if having a stroller makes for an easier day, go for it! Glad it worked out for you guys and that you could spot your stroller in the crowd.

  • holierthanthoutx

    My family has triplets, so once the kids were old enough to walk, they ALWAYS walked. Triplet strollers are the most impractical things on earth, bigger than some SUVs.

    And, funny, because they always walked at home, they had no problem walking at Disney World. SO many parents claim that their children NEED strollers because they “get tired.” Well, if you never make your child walk anywhere, of course they’re going to get tired. Children who actually get out and walk every day, however, can handle a theme park.

    Our rule was always that the children didn’t need to be in the parks for 14 hours a day, though. We’d go in the morning, stay until about 2:00, then head back to the resort for rest time. Maybe an hour at the pool if it was hot out, then a nap for 1-2 hours. Then back to the parks for dinner and rides until bedtime. One or two nights during the trip would be “special” nights for fireworks or parades, but the rest of the evenings we were done by 8:00.

    Yes, you do have to watch your children more closely when they’re ambulatory. Yes, you might not be able to run to get the Toy Story Mania fastpass. That’s too bad for you. If our family can do it, any family can do it.

    • daveyjones

      this, this this this. this.

    • StevenW

      I would love to insist all the obese people on scooters walk. This doesn’t happen.

      This is a trip to Disneyland, not bootcamp. There are still advantages to having a stroller. You need it to store things. Kids need their snacks and juice and diapers and everything else you can think of. More people on a trip means more stuff.

      Remember, you’re trying to have fun. You don’t want to be delayed when a child is acting up. A theme park means you have to move on. A child can be stubborn and not walk. You can force it and this means crying and a meltdown. Besides, the child can be quite content sitting in their own carriage. And you can escape (leave the scene of the crime).

      The fact that people hate it means they should stop focusing on it. I wasn’t aware until I had my own, then I insist on using it as much as possible.

    • Haha! I recently saw a quad stroller on our local “yard sale” Facebook group. That thing looked like a monster! Definitely not something I’d want to push around a Disney park.

      There are so many different types of families that visit the Happiest and Most Magical Places on Earth. What works for your family may not work for others, so I’ll definitely have to disagree with your last opinion. So many different preferences, abilities and backgrounds at some of the world’s most popular destinations that there’s no way it can be said that what works for one family will work for any family.

    • daliseurat

      Bingo.

  • daveyjones

    chalk this up to awful parenting. if your child is old enough to walk, they should walk. when the child gets tired, you rest. when the child gets sleepy, you nap. every time i’m at the park, there are clearly parents who are pushing to do the park from 8am to midnight, regardless of how their little children feel about it. thus they push them around in a massive stroller all day.

    there is nothing i despise more at the park than the glut of strollers. this was not a problem even as recently as the early nineties.

    • StevenW

      Was attendance much lower in the 90s? Maybe this explains it. You’re complaining about Disney’s ability to drive up attendance. Perhaps the strollers are merely a sympton of increased attendance.

    • Eh, I don’t know. I don’t think building your day around a child’s whims is sending the right parenting message, either. Family, even on vacation, is about compromise. I’m not going to physically push my kid to the the point of exhaustion, but if he’s whining about being tired, I’m not making us all go back to nap. Will we slip into a cool place and grab a snack? Probably.

      If a stroller, massive or otherwise, lets the majority of the party have more time in the park, I can see how that’s attractive. Like I said, my guy was perfectly fine napping in his stroller while we knocked out a few rides. He’d wake up an hour later and be ready to roll. 😉 No pun intended.

      • holierthanthoutx

        Um, a rest for a child that needs one isn’t a “whim.” You talk about the need for parents to carry juice and snacks and things for children — yet you think putting your child to bed when he/she is sleepy is the child’s “whim”?

      • Well, it wasn’t an issue for us because we had a stroller. If the boy got tired, he kicked back in the P3. It worked for us.
        I can also tell when my kid’s being whiny and when he’s really over it. If he’s throwing out an “I’m tired” because he wants to go back to the room and bust open his souvenirs, yeah, that’s a whim. And I’m not planning everyone’s schedule around that. If he’s truly done, the rest of us probably aren’t far behind, so we’ll decide if it’s time to head back. It’s give and take when traveling with a group, and the kids don’t get to call all the shots.

  • Big D

    I’m a child of the 90’s and MTV’s Pimp My Ride. My stroller has spinning rims, is lowered, has a flip down ipad under the sun visor for the child and another flip up ipad on top of the sun visor for the driver. It can park itself, and has laser targeting all around and will automatically stop itself before I hit someone’s ankles (so that I can safely watch YouTube videos on my ipad while driving). In the event of a water landing it can also be used as a flotation device. It even has a mini flare gun on the back that I can remotely control, so if I can’t find the stroller, I just hit a button and it launches a flare that tells me where it is.

    I can’t wait until I have kids and get to actually use it!!!

    • Why wait for kids? You saw that guy in the stroller in the article, right? Stick a motor in that thing and cruise!

  • FIREMICKEY

    Hi All,
    I love this discussion.
    This boils down to what should be some basic parenting skills…Be considerate of how YOUR children and their necessities infringe on the flow of the rest of the traffic..
    We are told to be tolerant of these but I say if the parents were considerate then we would not need to be tolerant.
    I have been taking my children (adults now) to Disneyland since our youngest was 2 (1987) and Disneyworld since 1990. We would bring A stroller but we understood that WE were to be considerate of those around us so we would walk toward the curb or side of the pathways, therefore not clogging the main flow of park-goers. If we had to stop then we would pull all the way to the side against the wall or rail THEN handle our business. We packed a diaper/clothes bag that we could hang on back of stroller or …wait for it….actually CARRY.
    When I see a parent ACTUALLY being a parent ( not allowing the child to express themselves by throwing a tantrum, making sure their child is considerate of those around them and having MANNERS, watching their child instead of their phone) we have thanked them.
    I visit Disneyparks so often my friends consider a sickness and the lack of consideration is astounding. Like one of the earlier posters mentioned “I am coming so watch your ankles” is proof of this.
    If we all followed a few considerate gestures (whether you have a stroller, electric scooter or just move slower than the majority) it might eliminate some these complaints…

    If you are moving slower than the rest of the crowd, move to the side, remember you are like the big rig on the freeway,
    If you have to stop for any reason, move to the side instead of stopping in the middle and making everyone go around you
    Don’t let your 5 year old push the stroller, they will almost ALWAYS hit someone else. While YOU may think it is cute believe me the person they hit WONT.
    Don’t leave your stroller in the middle of the aisle while you venture off. If you bring it in then keep it with you.
    If someone does stop in your way, leaves the stroller in the middle of the aisle or is slower than you PLEASE try to be considerate to the fact that there may be a good reason why, don’t just assume that they are being inconsiderate.

    IF you are a PARENT and you decide to bring your children remember that they ( and ALL of their actions) are YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, not the cast member , not the people around you. So control your child which may require that you …wait for it…
    .BE THE PARENT, NOT THE FRIEND

    Try these sometime, we did and never had a dirty look or grumbling on any of our vists.

    • Absolutely! I hate when common sense goes out the window when people are on vacation. Let’s be aware and be considerate. This applies to ALL guests whether strolling, walking, ECVing or wheelchairing.

  • alan1701

    I am going to make this simple and yes I anti stroller. Make your kids walk if they can. If they complain, do what my patents did, tell me life is not fair but we can sit for a bit on a bench till you can go on. If you need a stroller, there is zero need to bring anything more than a little folding stroller and I wish Disney would implement a policy whee only small folding strollers are allowed in the park. There is no need for a school aged kid to be in a stroller as well. I can’t even tell you how many times I have seen that. I guess I just had mean parents, the day I started walking my mom threw my little stroller out. She later told me if I wanted to get around from that day on, I needed to learn to get around on my own without help from other.

    • I get the sentiment, but it’s not a one size fits all situation. I realize my views are slightly skewed because of my day job, but I just can’t accept blanket statements about individuals’ needs.

  • rwsmith

    On the same token, the parks are very crowded. It’s stressful to navigate through shoulder to shoulder crowds with a stroller. You need to keep your head on a swivel for people who can’t walk a straight line and step in front of you. Or the people who walk around you, cut you off and walk slower in front of you. Etiquette and courtesy roll both ways.

    • True story! Etiquette should not be on vacation just because we are.

  • OriginalMousekteer

    As every Cast Member I know will tell you:

    A STROLLER IS NOT A FRICKIN’ WINNEBAGO!!!

    If the stuff hanging on the back makes the stroller tip over when you take the kid out–IT’S TOO MUCH!

    If you have drinks and snacks perched precariously on the shelf by the handle when you leave it parked, IT’S TOO MUCH!

    If things fall off any side of said stroller when CMs have to move it after it’s been sitting for hours, IT’S TOO MUCH!

    DO NOT leave valuables on board.

    DO NOT lock it to a railing or stancheon.

    DO NOT park it eight feet outside the Stroller Sign and then wonder where it went when you finally get around to claiming it.

    DO NOT bring it into any attraction queue and then ask where you can park.

    DO NOT assume that you can bring the stroller along for the ride just because you have a wheelchair (or GAC) in your party.

    DO NOT stop in the middle of a busy walkway with your party of eight or more completely blocking traffic while you remove or replace your precious angel, especially directly in front of an entrance.

    Disneyland is for kids (of all ages). Strollers are a necessity and a blessing for parents and families. But use common sense (and I realize that’s the first thing to go out the window when entering the Park).

    • Definitely a good idea to know what to expect when heading to the parks with a stroller in tow.

  • ufmaule

    This has been a fun topic as it’s easy to see by the comments who has kids and who doesn’t. My wife and I take our own stroller for our two year old and while we complain about the wheelchairs, scooters, and the rental strollers that are the size of small golf carts, I think the problem is actually bigger. Instead of strollers and wheelchairs being the problem, I think its the “conveniences” of the park that are causing all the issues. The real problem for me are the reservations and the Fast Passes. Everyone is in such a time crunch and rush to get everywhere. You don’t ever see videos from the past of people navigating strollers through the pathways like they do today. So many families look like Nascar drivers weaving through traffic trying to get the top spot. It’s become one big race to meet the next Disney Deadline to “hit the Fast Pass time slot” or to “make our dinner reservation at Be Our Guest.” And it seems to me it’s only going to get worse. Can’t you just picture all the people navigating their large strollers and motorized scooters while trying to navigate the MyDisneyExerience App on their smart phone! It’s going to be like texting and driving! What a relief to have one more distraction for the drivers! If everyone would just slow down and enjoy the park, everything would be so much better. But I know it’s asking a lot since visitors are trying to get in as much as they can since Disney charges a fortune now.

    But I will say, I’ve actually tried the “child leash” in the parks like the guys in Modern Family for my 2 year old and gotten a much more negative response from others, so I guess we’ll stick with the stroller.

    • Definitely some interesting thoughts. Lots of people have mentioned “the old days” in the parks, but, you’re right, so much has changed. Why would anyone expect this particular thing to stay the same?

      And that episode is hilarious!! Really, though, as long as your kid is safe and happy, do what you need to do. As long as you’re not impeding on someone else, it’s not anyone’s business.

  • daliseurat

    There are simply too many strollers at WDW. And too many of those are over-sized. At Disneyland, believe it or not, there are FEWER strollers. And if you go to almost any other theme park, you will find way less. I have no issue with people using a stroller for their child who requires one. Kids 4 and under, kids with physical issues all need a stroller. But people are really, REALLY abusing the privilege. Your seven year old does not need a stroller unless he/she has a physical issue. You should not be using a stroller just to carry all the stuff you feel the need to drag around the park. A stroller is not for you to take up large amounts of space to save spots for your family during parades and shows while they run around enjoying the park. Disney should limit stroller sizes and maybe even create a rule to help end the abuse. I ditched our small umbrella size stroller at age three. I carried my water bottles, cameras, snacks and change of clothes in a small bag over my shoulder. If my daughter was tired, w stopped for a snack, or went to a show or just hung out on a bench. The idea that your children get tired and can’t make it through the day without a stroller when they are kindergarten age is silly. At the parks, you stop and sit often. If I wanted to move quicker, my daughter went on my shoulders. Seriously, the problem would be so much less if people would stop abusing the privilege and really consider whether they really NEED that stroller or whether they are just too lazy. And if other parks can somehow manage to have fewer strollers, Disney should be able to as well.

    • I think the variable is the amount of time spent in other parks versus Walt Disney World. We did Six Flags this summer (don’t ask!), and there were very few strollers, but it’s not a multi-day destination. Many families are at Disney World for a week. You may see a six year old in a stroller on day five while they walked days one through four. You just never know, so it’s not really worth judging, at least in my opinion.

      And, really, you never know why a little one is riding at all. The “silly” looking kindergartener may have an unseen issue. The little princess may be spoiled rotten and daddy is wrapped around her finger. The grown-ups may only be able to afford one trip so they’re squeezing everything possible into their limited time. Auntie may be sick of stopping every ten minutes. There are so many ways people do Disney that it’s impossible to know who needs what.

      • daliseurat

        Absolutely, there are older kids who DO need a stroller. But my issue is the amount of lazy parents and children who do not NEED the stroller. And that is what’s clogging up WDW these days. I think you are probably right that because WDW is a multi-day destination, it probably does mean some parents feel more of a stroller need than if they were just going for the day. Which is probably why there are less at Disneyland…lot’s of local daytrippers.

      • I’m sure there are lots of families out there using strollers that don’t “need” them for any other reason than convenience, but without knowing who’s who, how does one weed them out? That’s my issue with this particular line of thinking. I DON’T think you’re wrong about the amount of superfluous, but aside from polling each person with one, there’s really not a way to truly know.

  • DobbysCloset

    Jessica’s best column ever!

    • Oh, I hope not! It’s definitely been the most chatty column yet, but I’d hope my best column ever solicits more happy comments. The stroller debate can get pretty ugly! Buuuut, I love that so many people are reading and returning to continue the conversation! Bumps up those page views. 😉 Haha!!

      Keep commenting, folks, let’s get to triple digits!

  • daliseurat

    The issue gets ugly because people don’t like to admit that maybe they are one of those who utilize a stroller when they really don’t NEED one and get defensive. And on the other side, people who just complain about it without admitting that, yes, some people really DO need that stroller, or the dreaded double stroller. I don;t like them period, and I used one only when me child was around 2 and not even much then. I find ways to navigate around the everyone’s stroller, but when people use it as a battering ram or block pathways when they don’t need to or try to take up extra space saving a place, I stop and say something. Here’s a tip to all stroller users…when you are at a parade, or other show with your stroller…take down that helium balloon that is attached to the handle because it blocks the view of everyone behind you. And for those who aren’t using a stroller and feel the need to shout obscenities at a stroller user, stop. Children don’t need to hear it. And it’s just going to ruin everyone’s day.

    • Nobody needs those horrible doubles. 😉

      I agree with your thoughts totally on this one! Whether the stroller debate is on the boards or in the parks, it would be much more productive if each “side” were more aware of how they were coming across and adjusted accordingly.

  • StevenW

    Stop with the do’s and don’ts of stroller etiquette. It doesn’t matter. People will still complain and it doesn’t change the situation. If you don’t like strollers, Disneyland is not the place to visit.

    It’s sort of like complaining about Bug’s Land especially when they don’t visit. They want it to be removed for something else. Perhaps Bug’s Land is needed to keep the strollers out of your way. If you visit Disneyland and you don’t like strollers, perhaps you’re at the wrong place, and it is likely that you were introduced to the park when you were the kid in the stroller. How we quickly forget.

    Disneyland has done an excellent job of directing traffic and they have adequately addressed stroller parking. The gripe about a stroller being too big is equivalent to someone having too much time on their hands. They ought to stop letting these things bother them.

  • Tigger1134

    I agree on the stroller situation. They keep getting bigger and bigger. About a month ago I saw someone trying to take a double wide stroller into the restroom. There was a woman in an ECV trying to get out as she was coming in. Seriously? I promptly left and went to use other facilities. Please, leave strollers outside the restrooms whenever possible.

    I also have issues with people getting strollers for kids who are way too old to need one. Why does a 7 or 8 year old need a stroller? If your kid that age can’t walk around the whole day, please take them back to the hotel or home for a nap! It’s not fair to your kid or to everyone else. And if you have too much stuff to carry around – get a locker!

    My final pet peeve about a strollers is in Tomorrowland. Was it really a good idea to put the Astro Orbiter on the ground, block the entrance to the area with large rocks that serve no purpose and conveniently put stroller parking right behind this blockage? Ever tried to get through there during parade time on a busy day? I hope they fix this with the upcoming changes.

  • MikeT1975

    Why do I still see this for my post? “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

    • I think all the links in your comment had it flagged for spam/advertisement.

  • Bugbealady2nite

    Unfortunately, there will always be rude people. It is even more unfortunate the role model they are providing for their children who will undoubtedly continue the cycle of rudeness.

    I think Disneyland has done a great job handling the stroller population in the park, there are some that are pretty monstrous looking. We used our own stroller for our son (he was 18 months his first trip, then 3, then 5), he was rarely in it, but when he was tired, it was a nice place to rest where he could lay down. By the time he was 5 we no longer had a stroller so we rented one in the park, it would have been cheaper to buy one (they were $15 a day, we were there for 5 days) for the occasion and keep it on hand at home until he was too big.

    I also believe that Disney likes the use of strollers and won’t dictate size until it is absolutely necessary. When you have a stroller, you are able to stay in the park longer and thus spend more money. That’s another unfortunate situation; the transformation of Walt Disney’s dream into a profit driven machine. But, that’s a whole other topic.

    • You’re so right on that last note. As long as the strollers are in tow, the wallets are, too.

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