The question of whether to rent a stroller or bring your own stroller with you when visiting Walt Disney World has always stymied me, up until last year, when we took our then 2 year old on his first trip. I did a lot of research, being the planner that I am and compared the pros and cons of renting versus bringing our own with us and our verdict was to bring our own, but let me tell you how I got there.
The first thing to factor in was cost. Bringing our own was free for us, but Apple Strollers was running a deal that a rental for the length of your vacation was free, you just had to pay the delivery and pick up fee and also an insurance fee, which for the Baby Jogger City Mini, came to $15. Not a bad price at all to pay to rent what most moms deem one of the best strollers for Disney World. The second factor was, do we want to drag the stroller through 2 airports and then onto the Magical Express to the hotel or just be able to pick it up when we check into our hotel? As anyone who travels with kids knows, the less stuff you need to carry through an airport, the better, but in this case, I think bringing your own stroller could be a help, as Orlando airport is quite large and a lot of walking for little legs that are bound to get tired quickly.
After considering all the options, we decided to bring our own stroller. And in hindsight, it was the right decision for us. We also had a car seat with us and having a hook on the stroller to clip it onto was a lifesaver in itself. Our son was comfortable in the stroller and we were able to bring all of our accessories with us, like the parent console, rain cover and the cooler and also know that we had a nice sunshade for the sunny days ahead. I was also able to label it ahead of time, with a tag that made it easy to find for us, which is a complete must, as there are so many jogging strollers that come through Disney; it’s hard to find yours when they are all lined up nice and neat in front of the Tangled bathrooms.
This is a decision that everyone has to make that will fit well for their family; for us, taking ours was a great decision and one we will make again when we go this Fall. The convenience of having it to get through the airport with, especially with a sleeping child, and being able to load it up in the airport, were lifesavers for us. With the broad range of strollers that are now available for rental (and for great prices), the decision to take or bring will always be one that is discussed to make sure that a trip to Disney is as magical as possible.