Top 10 Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland

Tips for Using a Stroller at DisneylandMommy Frog's Note:  As of May 1, 2019, stroller wagons are no longer permitted in the parks (wagons were already not permitted). Strollers must be no larger than 31 inches wide and 52 inches long. Disneyland began renting double strollers on May 1, 2019. These changes are intended to help ease guest flow and congestion. Additionally, loose and dry ice are no longer permitted in the parks. Reusable ice packs are recommended. 

You might be struggling with whether you need to bring your stroller to Disneyland or leave it at home. A stroller can be a huge help, but at times it can be a hassle. Maybe you are thinking of renting a stroller, and again, that comes with a whole new set of conveniences and inconveniences. Here are 10 tips for using a stroller at Disneyland to make the decision-making — and stroller-using — process much easier on you.

Mommy Frog's Hop Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland

1. Save money by bringing your own

Top 10 Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Stroller at Security

If you have a multi-day trip, you can save money by bringing your own stroller. You can save from $15 to $35 per day! We are always looking for ways to save money at Disneyland, so bringing our own stroller can help us save money. Your own stroller can be easier to find. Plus, it is a familiar spot for your little froglet. It's nice to be able to take it with you back to your hotel. The negatives are that it is harder to deal with on buses and shuttles. You have to remove your tadpole and fold it up. (The front row of first and last cars of the parking structure shuttle have more space, but these rows also have significantly longer lines. You do not have to fold the stroller up in those seats, but you have to remove the child.)

Keep in mind that strollers larger than 31 inches wide by 52 inches long and stroller wagons are not permitted. These new guidelines went into effect May 1, 2019. Even if a stroller wagon is smaller than the allowed measurements, it is not allowed. The stroller needs to fit the guidelines when it goes through security. There are temporary rectangles on the ground at the parking structure and some security locations if you want to check your stroller size. If your stroller is right at 52 inches long when the seat is upright, then make sure it fits the guidelines when you go through security. If you have a hard time measuring, try putting some painter's tape on the ground in a 31 inch x 52 inch rectangle, and wheel the stroller over it to check.

Despite the changing stroller rules, children with disabilities who use a stroller as a wheelchair will still have their needs met with accommodations. Nothing has changed there. Call 407-560-2547 if you have any questions about these updates. If your older child with disabilities needs a larger stroller, you might look into a medical device push chair that is treated as a medical device and not subject to the new stroller guidelines. Do you have a tiny baby and prefer to use an infant carseat that attaches to a stroller? Then definitely bring your own. If your baby cannot sit up yet, or if you have a child who likes to recline for naptime, bring your own stroller because the hard plastic seat does not recline or support a newborn.

2. Rent a stroller for convenience

Top 10 Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Double Stroller Rental

Perhaps you cannot fit a stroller in your car with all of your luggage. Maybe your child has grown out of a stroller but finds a long day of park hopping to be a bit too much for his or her little flippers. Or you might find that your current stroller no longer fits the guidelines. If these are true for you, you can always rent a stroller for the day at Disneyland or for your your trip from an off-site rental company.

The temporary Disneyland rental single strollers look a bit like plastic jogging strollers, but don't get too attached, because they will be changing soon to a new type of stroller. Single strollers cost $15 per day and double strollers strollers cost $35. Disneyland will still rent two single strollers for $25 even though it's not stated on the sign. The temporary rental double strollers (more changes to their style are coming in the future) are one seat in front of the other. That back seat is pretty tight. The front seat does recline and there is a storage basket underneath.

Renting a stroller can mean less hassle when taking shuttles and buses into the park. You can park hop with your rental stroller, taking it between parks with you. You can also take it into Downtown Disney to the edge of the security screening areas. But you cannot take it to the hotels, which are outside of the screening area.

We've had several guests recommend renting a stroller from City Stroller Rentals. Their strollers are compliant with the new Disneyland size limitations and can be taken off the Disney property. The company rents strollers and baby equipment too. So if you need a pack 'n' play, high chair or other item, you can add that onto your stroller rental. City Stroller Rentals rents single, double and sit and stand strollers. They also rent special needs strollers. You can have your stroller delivered to most hotels within three to four miles around Disneyland. They may also deliver to hotels outside that area. One of the benefits of staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel is that you do not need to be present for stroller drop-off. For some locations you must be present. ICYMI: you can now get a jump on saving at on-site Disneyland Resort hotels (in addition to other hotels in the Anaheim and Los Angeles area) with discount hotels rooms when booking hotels through Undercover Tourist! Ribbit Ribbit!

3. Rent in advance at the ticket booth

Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Keep Your Receipt

You can maximize time at Disneyland by renting a stroller in advance if you are buying tickets at the ticket booth. Save time by heading straight to the pick-up area to the right side of the Disneyland entrance gates. Be sure to keep your receipt on you. If you lose the stroller in the park, you can get a free replacement in the park with the receipt. (In other words, do not leave the receipt in the stroller or it can’t help you if you lose said stroller.) You can find a replacement stroller at Disneyland locations such as:

  • Pooh Corner
  • Little Green Men Store Command
  • Gag Factory
  • Westward Ho

4. Buy a stroller at Disneyland

Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Strollers for Purchase

Disneyland sells strollers (at the rental location) that fold up smaller at Disneyland. These strollers are designed for children 40 to 50 pounds and smaller. This might be a better deal for you if you are traveling and decide a stroller would be a good idea after all, but you want to also use it outside of the parks. They run about $60.

5. Mark your stroller or take steps to secure it

Whether you bring your own or rent, make your stroller stand out. Because sometimes people move strollers, you may have trouble finding it again amongst a sea of similar strollers. Tying a sweatshirt, ribbon, or a balloon on it or finding some other way to temporarily mark it can save you time in hunting for it later. When bringing your own stroller, be sure to write your name or engrave it onto your stroller — if there were a dispute between you and someone who mistakenly thinks your stroller is theirs, you can’t argue with a label.

It’s probably best not to bring your most expensive stroller. If that expensive stroller for comfort is important to your child, you’ll want to make sure the stroller is secure. You may not lock your stroller to any object in the park, or a cast member will remove it. You may bring a wheel lock or thin bicycle lock to lock the wheels to each other or the stroller, but no chains. Some people get varying responses from security about locking devices. The stroller should still be moveable by cast members. We’ve met some guests who hide a tracking device like a Tile in the stroller if they are worried about it disappearing.

6. Park your stroller in designated areas and leave it for longer periods

Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Frontierland

It can be challenging to constantly transition a baby in and out of a stroller, find parking, find the stroller and move through crowds. When taking a toddler or preschooler, we tend to use the stroller for larger distances. But then we park it in one area or land and go on several attractions in that area before getting back in. If we are in Fantasyland, we park it in an approved stroller parking area. We leave it until we are done with Fantasyland and hop back in as we move on to another land.

That brings us to where to park. If you abandon your stroller in front of a trash can or bench, it will not be there when you return. It will probably not be too far, but employees will move strollers to more appropriate places. They do this so they do not inconvenience other guests or create a tripping hazard. Going on a stroller hunt is not fun. You will find designated stroller parking areas near most attractions. That being said, other people will come and go with their own stroller while you are away. That's why you can expect to find your stroller relocated in those areas. Cast members constantly move strollers to keep the area neat and to ease the flow of pedestrian traffic.

7. Plan ahead for parades and fireworks

Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Parking for Parades

Foot traffic can be very crowded and challenging before and after fireworks. Some areas work better for strollers than others. If you are the type to camp out early for fireworks, you might find a spot right in front of the castle where you can keep your stroller with you (and maybe even watch fireworks from it if everyone else stays seated around you). For most viewing areas, you will be in a sea of standing people, so having a stroller during fireworks is a hassle. If you know where you are headed after the show you (i.e., the exit or another land) you can park there ahead of time. It's easier to maneuver through the post-fireworks crowds without a stroller.

For parades, that option will vary based on your needs. Many kids like to sit on curbs along the parade route. You may want to park your stroller at your next destination, but if your child can get a nap out of waiting for the parade, keeping it close can have its advantages, too. You can store a thin blanket or tablecloth in your stroller to lay on the ground and sit on and claim a space before the parade.

8. Watch out for other people

Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Star Wars Launch Bay Stroller Parking

Traveling with a stroller means sometimes it will be harder to move though crowds. You will need to exercise patience and move more slowly and watch out for others’ ankles. Do not ram into other people who inadvertently cut you off or are moving slowly in front of you. Everyone needs to behave like a prince or princess and be courteous to other guests. Most people aren’t trying to cut you off. They are just distracted by all of the scenery and not paying attention.

9. Use your stroller for storage

Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Storage

A stroller makes a great “shopping cart” for your sweatshirts, diapers, snacks, water bottles and souvenirs. A backpack can get very heavy. Being able to leave items in the bottom of the stroller can really save your back. We take our tickets, wallets, keys, rental receipt if we rented and camera with us. But we leave anything that is replaceable in the stroller. When you enter security before entering the parks, you will have to remove bags from the stroller to have them checked. It is quite common to see people pushing strollers laden with backpacks, blankets and water bottles while the kids walk. If it gets to be too much, you can always rent a locker, especially for items you can't bear to lose.

10. Follow the flow of traffic

In the United States, people stay to the right when driving and walking. Sometimes at Disneyland, the cast members redirect the flow of people. Go with the flow and do not try to fight your way upstream with the stroller.

Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Stroller Tag

If you are bringing a baby or toddler with you to Disneyland, here are more helpful tips for making your day with a little one much easier. If you have a bolter, it is easier to keep your eye on him or her in a crowd when strapped into a stroller. Children who are normally too big for a stroller may benefit from using one at Disneyland. Sometime we walk 10 miles in a day in a visit. It is much easier to put tired children in a stroller than to carry them or be stuck in one spot, resting.

If you have a mix of ages, from teens to toddlers, you can definitely get more mileage out of the little one with a stroller. He or she can take some breaks or naps in the stroller. A stroller can be the thing that helps you meet everyone’s needs in the family and stay longer in the park without a meltdown. Don’t let anyone guilt you out of one. Only you know what your family’s needs are.

Many children have hidden disabilities but do not require a wheelchair, so being in a stroller can help them enjoy the park, too. Always be kind, because you do not know another family’s situation or reasons to use a stroller at Disneyland. If your child has disabilities and uses their stroller as a wheelchair, there is a special stroller tag. Pick up the tag at City Hall or the Chamber of Commerce. The tag indicates to cast members that the stroller can go places where a regular stroller is not normally allowed.

Have a question about using a stroller at Disneyland, or have a tip we didn't mention? Share them in comments below! 

Related: A Mom's Secrets to Taking a Baby to Disneyland

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Aug 15, 2019 at 1:53 a.m. Jen Says...

You’re so knowledgeable about the parks! I consider myself something of an “expert” because I’m absolutely obsessed with Disneyland and am always reading anything about it that I can get my hands on but your blogs always have info I didn’t know and tips I didn’t think of. I’ll happily read anything you write on the subject!

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Aug 15, 2019 at 10:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks for hopping by, Jen! So hoppy we can help :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 11, 2019 at 11:51 p.m. alice montoya Says...

Are the Nuna strollers alright to take?

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Feb 13, 2019 at 6:35 a.m. VIJAY KRISHNAN Says...

What kind of stroller do you recommend for a almost 3yr old at disney. any specific brands or strollers i need to check out?

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Jun 6, 2018 at 6:33 p.m. Cassie |White Sands and Cool Breezes Says...

Do you recommend a bike lock for the stroller? Is it allowed? Thanks!!

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Jun 7, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cassie,

We don't recommend a bike lock! You should have no problem using the stroller without a bike lock, and you would not be able to attach it to any Disneyland structure. The employees do have to move strollers from time to time. A stroller parking area might turn into a show or parade viewing area later, so they need to be able to move the strollers!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 24, 2018 at 12:56 p.m. Tim Starnes Says...

double strollers were the toughest to handle - good article.

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May 24, 2018 at 11:42 a.m. Disneyfied Says...

Very helpful info!

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May 24, 2018 at 10:43 a.m. Mike M Says...

Great tips, but I sure am glad my stroller days are over!

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May 24, 2018 at 10:03 a.m. Danine Moylan Says...

Great tips that U have used in the past! Everything always goes so smoothly! I love this site!

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May 24, 2018 at 8:18 a.m. Kiana w. Says...

Great information especially when traveling with infants and toddlers!

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May 24, 2018 at 5:51 a.m. Johe Says...

Definitely save money by bringing your own!!

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May 24, 2018 at 5:25 a.m. Dhorn Says...

This is good tips.

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May 24, 2018 at 4:52 a.m. Christina Midvale Says...

Good tips, but my daughter is past stroller stage!

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May 24, 2018 at 4:24 a.m. Dale Says...

Good advice to follow to make it more enjoyable

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May 24, 2018 at 4:16 a.m. Debra Fabiani Says...

I definitely recommend a stroller for if the child is under 2 years old as it's a good place for them to nap in the afternoon.

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May 24, 2018 at 3:58 a.m. Emma A Says...

Is theft of strollers or the items they contain not a concern?

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May 24, 2018 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma,

While we haven't ever experienced theft during a Disney vacation, you do need to be careful about what you stow away! You'll want to make sure you don't leave any valuables in your stroller when parking it somewhere. We always make sure to keep our keys, wallet, tickets, phones, cameras, etc (anything important and valuable) with us!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 24, 2018 at 3:53 a.m. DAWN S Says...

All of these sound like good tips. I'm glad that my kids are older now though and I won't have to worry about a stroller :)

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May 24, 2018 at 3:32 a.m. Sasha Says...

Using strollers for storage is the smartest thing. Instead of carrying around too much weight on your back and by the end of the night, you can't even go on due to pain.

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May 24, 2018 at 2:22 a.m. Becky Says...

If I had kids, this would be a great idea

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May 24, 2018 at 1:40 a.m. Kh Bluhm Says...

I was super excited to see Disneyland tickets! We always buy are WDW tickets here. Great addition!

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May 24, 2018 at 1:07 a.m. Amy Stevenson Says...

Thanks for the tips!

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May 24, 2018 at 12:50 a.m. CSC Says...

Great practical tips! We've found that having our own stroller has been helpful in a number of ways over the years, from keeping little ones safe and close while going through crowds to having a shady on-the-go napping spot always ready to appreciating it for the storage, it's indispensable. I recommend getting one with a higher weight capacity -- my second grader was even able to fit in when needed on a few late nights.

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May 24, 2018 at 12:47 a.m. Valarie Romero Says...

Great tips on the strollers! For double strollers, avoid the side by side type. It makes it a lot harder to get through crowds!

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May 24, 2018 at 12:19 a.m. kim charlton Says...

I plan on doing a lot of traveling now that I'm 50. This is a great site for discounts, info, travel tips!!

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May 23, 2018 at 10:26 p.m. Sofía Werbach Says...

Great tips! I hate forgetting my stroller. Having the opportunity to rent one at the park is a lifesaver!

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May 23, 2018 at 10:03 p.m. Aj Says...

Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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May 23, 2018 at 10:01 p.m. missbianca Says...

Land speeder parking, LOL. I use an ECV and some of these stroller speeders are downright dangerous! Nobody posting here, of course.

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Apr 4, 2019 at 1:59 a.m. Gaby Says...

What do you mean. Please explain

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May 23, 2018 at 9:40 p.m. Patrick Macalalad Says...

Awesome.

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May 23, 2018 at 9:39 p.m. charlotte s. Says...

great advice!

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May 23, 2018 at 9:29 p.m. Shinee Says...

We are saving with our 4kids for a long time for Disneyland. Soo many great tips, thank you

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May 23, 2018 at 8:49 p.m. Disneymomma82 Says...

We bring our own double stroller and use it as storage as well, works great.

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May 23, 2018 at 7:58 p.m. SydneyS Says...

Great advice ill definitely have to remember all these tips when visiting for my son bday!

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May 23, 2018 at 7:18 p.m. Terry Says...

These are some really good tips. I rented a stroller at Disneyland as it was a lifesaver for my youngest child.

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May 23, 2018 at 6:27 p.m. WellKnownFact Says...

For 5-8 year olds who are no longer stroller-aged, but who need a break off their feet in the afternoon, a stroller can be a good way to keep the day moving while avoiding a meltdown.

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May 23, 2018 at 5:58 p.m. Alexandra Panicucci Says...

Interesting stuff. As a teen, I remember being pretty annoyed with all the strollers. Now that I'm older, I understand the want for them in the parks, but hope that when I have my own kids I can be a courteous stroller driver!

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May 23, 2018 at 5:15 p.m. Sarah Gonzalez Says...

I love Disney! I’ve never been to California & Disneyland, would love the chance to go!

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May 23, 2018 at 5:04 p.m. Debbie Lawrence Says...

Great tips...I especially agree with how important it is to mark your stroller, as they get moved often. We have wasted so much precious time trying to locate our stroller!

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May 23, 2018 at 4:50 p.m. Michael Jarecki Says...

Great post!

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May 23, 2018 at 4:39 p.m. Albi Lee Says...

Useful tips! Strollers are a MUST.

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May 23, 2018 at 4:19 p.m. Jasmine W. Says...

My aunt has four kids and is a reservations specialist for the Hilton Hotel, so my brother and I travel with her often and this article was a great help! Her youngest daughter is still in a stroller (and is quite the handful when she gets tired/grumpy). We love Disney and the size of the parks can make commuting between them a bit of a hassle, especially during the hustle and bustle of the Summer crowds.

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May 23, 2018 at 4:09 p.m. disneynutsss Says...

Excellent advice!

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May 23, 2018 at 4:07 p.m. Sarah Buras Says...

Very useful and trustworthy site!

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May 23, 2018 at 3:33 p.m. Katie Zavala Says...

I love using a stroller to hold all of our stuff!

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May 23, 2018 at 3:33 p.m. Lilly Says...

How helpful!

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May 23, 2018 at 3:24 p.m. elr Says...

Be prepared at the bag check. Been behind a stroller a time or 2 where they had to dig multiple bags out when they got to the front of the line.

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May 23, 2018 at 3:18 p.m. Alexis G Says...

Love this site for travel tips, always so helpful

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May 23, 2018 at 2:37 p.m. Sue Daly Says...

Really great advice...it's easy to forget how tired even "big" kids can get after a day in the parks and a stroller can be a real blessing for their little weary feet

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May 23, 2018 at 2:33 p.m. Tiffany g Says...

Happy i found this site..definable helpful for moms!

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May 23, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. MARY Says...

Please be mindful of other people's heals!

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May 23, 2018 at 2:29 p.m. Tressie Frith Says...

Funny, strollers always seem to be full of stuff rather than the baby.

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May 23, 2018 at 2:07 p.m. McKenna F Says...

This is super helpful! Liked the tip about using strollers for storage

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