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Top 10 Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland

by Mommy Frog on February 22, 2022 302 Los Angeles

Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland - PinterestYou might be struggling with deciding 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.

During the Disneyland reopening period, we say definitely bring that stroller for a variety of reasons:

  • The Disneyland strollers are not ideal for small infants and do not recline.
  • During this time, you may want to control your small child's environment and use the stroller as a familiar retreat.

Here are 10 tips for using a stroller at Disneyland to make the decision-making (and stroller-using) process much easier on you. Keep in mind that some of the experiences mentioned below (such as certain shows) may be temporarily unavailable when you visit. Our post on what's open at Disneyland can give you an up-to-date idea of what to expect.

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

Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Nap Time in a Stroller

1. Save money by bringing your own.

If you have a multi-day trip, you can save money — from $18 to $36 per day — by bringing your own stroller. We are always looking for ways to save money at Disneyland, so bringing our own stroller can help us keep more green in our wallet. Your own stroller can be easier to find in a crowded parking area. Plus it is a familiar spot for your little froglet. It's also nice to be able to take it with you back to your hotel.

Even while using our own stroller, we bring disinfecting wipes to wipe down the frequently touched surfaces of the stroller (the tray, buckles, handle, etc.) to keep our family healthy. Toddlers touch everything and put their fingers in their mouth so often! It's a good idea to wipe down that stroller anytime, really.

Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Baby and Toddler Touching Stroller and Putting Hands in Mouth

A negative to bringing a stroller is that it is harder to deal with on buses and shuttles. You have to remove your tadpole and fold the stroller up. The front row of the first and last cars of the parking structure shuttle has more space for strollers with wheelchair tags, but these rows also have significantly longer lines. You do not have to fold the stroller up in those seats if you have a wheelchair tag, but you do have to remove your child. Now that parking trams have returned, you do not have to walk long distances at the beginning and end of your day (unless you want to). It may mean you can finally ditch the stroller for older preschoolers if they are ready.

When bringing your own stroller, you may find it easier to use the new pedestrian ramps from the parking structures to Downtown Disney (near the Disneyland Hotel). Then, walk to the parks. You can skip having to fold your stroller for the parking tram that way.

One of the benefits of staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel or one of the hotels near Disneyland  is that you may be able to walk back to your hotel without having to remove a child and fold a stroller for transport. ICYMI: You can now get a jump on savings at Disneyland Resort hotels (in addition to other hotels in the Anaheim and Los Angeles area) when booking your stay through Undercover Tourist! Ribbit, ribbit!

Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Stroller at Security

Keep in mind that strollers larger than 31 inches wide by 52 inches long and stroller wagons are not permitted. On our last visit, we saw about 15 stroller wagons left behind (under Disneyland's care) at the the parking structure because they did not make it through security. These guidelines went into effect May 1, 2019. Disneyland does not even allow a stroller wagon that is smaller than the allowed measurements. The stroller needs to fit the guidelines when it goes through security. 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 by 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. We have seen some exceptions for people who use their stroller as a wheelchair and have a special tag noting this. If your older child with disabilities needs a larger stroller, you might look into a medical device push chair. It will be treated as a medical device and not subject to the new stroller guidelines. A visit to Guest Services can provide you with the accommodations you need for special needs stroller use.

Do you have a tiny baby and prefer to use an infant car seat 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 nap time, bring your own stroller. The hard plastic seat does not recline or support a newborn. The double stroller does recline a bit, but the back seat is really tight.

2. Rent a stroller for convenience.

Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Single and Double Mickey and Minnie Stroller at Rental Shop

Perhaps you cannot fit a stroller in your car with all of your luggage. Maybe your tadpoles have grown out of a stroller, but find a long day of park hopping to be a bit too much for their little flippers. Or you might find that your current stroller no longer fits the guidelines. If these are true for you, you might consider a Disneyland stroller rental. If you need a stroller for your entire trip, you might want to rent from an off-site rental company.

The new red Disneyland rental single strollers look a bit like plastic jogging strollers and have Mickey and Minnie on the sides. Single strollers cost $18 per day and double strollers cost $36. The rental double strollers are now the same hard plastic-type as the single rental strollers. They do not recline for small infants and are better suited for toddlers and preschoolers. A larger preschooler may fit better in the double stroller.

Renting a Disneyland stroller rental 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. You can rent a stroller just outside Disneyland Park.

If you want to rent a stroller you can use both inside and outside of the theme parks, you might look for an off-site rental company. ScooterBug is Disneyland's preferred off-site rental company for strollers, adaptive strollers for special needs and wheelchairs. (This company does not rent other baby equipment.) If you are staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel, this is the only rental company for which you do not have to be present for delivery and pickup.

We've had several guests recommend renting a stroller from City Stroller Rentals. The strollers are compliant with the Disneyland size limitations. You can take them off of Disney property. The company also rents baby equipment. So if you need a pack 'n' play, high chair or other items, 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. The company cleans the equipment well after each use, which is nice to know.

You can have your stroller delivered to most hotels within three to four miles around Disneyland. City Stroller Rentals may also deliver to hotels outside of that area. For some hotels, you do not need to be present for drop-off and pickup. For others, you need to meet the vendor. As of Dec. 1, 2019, Disneyland Resort Hotel guests must meet most outside vendors in person at specified locations for delivery and pickup, except for ScooterBug rentals.

3. Keep your receipt.

Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Keep Your Receipt

You can maximize time at Disneyland by keeping 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, including:

  • Pooh Corner
  • Little Green Men Store Command
  • Gag Factory (It is still listed on the sign, but this shop is closed due to construction for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, so don't go looking for a stroller there.)
  • Westward Ho
  • Seaside Souvenirs (in Disney California Adventure)

4. Buy a stroller at Disneyland.

Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Strollers for Purchase

Disneyland sells small strollers (at the rental locations) that fold up at Disneyland. These strollers fit children 40 to 50 pounds and smaller. This might be a better deal for you if you are traveling and decide last minute that a stroller would be a good idea after all, but you also want to use it outside of the parks.

5. Mark your stroller or take steps to secure it.

Whether you bring your own or rent, make your stroller stand out. Sometimes cast members move strollers, so you may have trouble finding it again among a sea of similar strollers. Tying a sweatshirt, ribbon or 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, 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. Take a picture of your stroller at the start of your visit. It can help you identify it in case of temporary loss or to prove it's yours.

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. Some people bring a Buggyguard stroller lock to secure the stroller. You may not lock your stroller to any object in the park, or a cast member will remove it. However, you may be able to bring a wheel lock or thin bicycle lock to lock the wheels to each other or the stroller, but no chains. The stroller should still be moveable by cast members. We’ve met some guests who hide a tracking device such as a Tile in the stroller if they are worried about losing it, but that only works if it's nearby.

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

Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Stroller Parking Area at Rivers of America

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 cast members 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.

Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Parking for Parades

Foot traffic can be very crowded and challenging before and after shows, such as 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. You tadpoles can rest in it until showtime. 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 (i.e., the exit or another land), you can park it 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 to claim a space before the parade.

8. Watch out for other people.

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

Traveling with a stroller means sometimes it will be harder to move through 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 probably just distracted by all of the scenery and not paying attention.

If you tie a balloon to your stroller and then watch a show or fireworks with your stroller next to you, be courteous. Pull the balloon down and tie it off closer to the handle or else all the people behind you will see is your bobbing balloon blocking their view. These are just good unspoken theme park etiquette rules!

9. Use your stroller for storage and a place of comfort.

Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Baby naps with fan and noise machine

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. At security, 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.

You can make your baby more comfortable with a clip-on stroller fan. For nap time, a portable noise machine can help drown out all the other Disneyland music and voices. You can attach the pacifier or toys to the stroller so you do not lose them in the park. Never bring your baby's most prized possession in the park or you risk losing it.

10. Follow the flow of traffic.

Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Stroller Tag

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.

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 them in a crowd when strapped into a stroller. Children who are normally too big for a stroller may benefit from using one at Disneyland. Sometimes, we walk 10 miles in a day! 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. That way, your tadpole can take some breaks or naps in the stroller. A stroller can be the thing that helps you meet everyone’s needs and stay longer in the park without a meltdown. We find that a toddler in a stroller with a bubble wand makes for a pretty happy combination. Don’t let anyone guilt you out of one. Only you know what your family’s needs are!

Tips for Using a Stroller at Disneyland - Kid with Bubbles in StrollerMany 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 a stroller as a wheelchair, there is a special stroller tag. Pick up the tag at Guest Relations, 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.

We also know adults who have disabilities who use a stroller for support. Maybe they do not need a walker at home, but in a crowded theme park when they are on their feet all day and at risk for being bumped, a stroller offers stability. They also get the stroller tagged to alert cast members that they need it for support.

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

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

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 22, 2018 at 1:32 a.m. Liv Says...

Great advice, thank you!

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May 22, 2018 at 12:50 a.m. sbwade Says...

hoo--glad I don't have to deal with a stroller!!

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May 22, 2018 at 12:46 a.m. Kim Says...

Great info! <3

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May 22, 2018 at 12:39 a.m. Sylvia Pando Says...

The happiest place on earth

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May 22, 2018 at 12:27 a.m. GigglesJS Says...

Great tips! I enjoy seeing how people “mark” their strollers for finding later. Some can get pretty creative.

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May 21, 2018 at 11:41 p.m. Valaree Elliott Says...

Thanks for the wonderful article! We are going to Disneyland in a few weeks with our 3-year-old who loves naps in a stroller. Do cast members allow strollers to help save spots along the parade route?

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May 22, 2018 at 6:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Valerie!

Yes, absolutely! It also helps if a kiddo is actually using it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 21, 2018 at 11:36 p.m. Crystal Richardson Says...

We are big fans of renting a double for both our daughters. Even our 6 year old gets tired after a big day!

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May 21, 2018 at 11:33 p.m. Melissa Craig Says...

when we did use strollers, we always signed up with dis boards and traded them off, with a family that was there a week before did the same with a coffee pot, always worked wonders

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May 21, 2018 at 11:19 p.m. becky drew Says...

these are great advice!

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May 21, 2018 at 9:44 p.m. Flounder Says...

Great tips. We have never had any problems using our strollers at Disneyland. We are now officially done with them since our kiddos are big now.

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May 21, 2018 at 9:34 p.m. Marisol S Says...

I may think twice

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May 21, 2018 at 9:33 p.m. katie n Says...

That will help

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May 21, 2018 at 9:32 p.m. batman1163 Says...

Thanks for the tips

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May 21, 2018 at 9:23 p.m. Michelle Osorio (the Dare to Dreamer) Says...

Don't have a kid yet, but I'll keep it in mind for the future hehe.

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May 21, 2018 at 8:50 p.m. Ann Penner Says...

We would not do Disney with our child without a stroller. Sooooo helpful, even with a "bigger" small child.

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May 21, 2018 at 8:26 p.m. Karolina Frontczak Says...

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May 21, 2018 at 8:21 p.m. Nicole Says...

we used an outside rental company on our last trip and it was perfect.

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May 23, 2018 at 2:06 a.m. Laura Says...

Good advice!

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May 21, 2018 at 8:20 p.m. Daniel Faller Says...

We will need a stroller FOR SURE! Thanks for all the tips!

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May 21, 2018 at 8:09 p.m. Steven Horn Says...

Great article for those with strollers! We had to rent one a couple years ago on our Disney trip and it worked out well even with having to haul it everywhere.

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May 21, 2018 at 8:03 p.m. Kylie Bradley Says...

Very useful tips! Thank you!

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May 21, 2018 at 7:44 p.m. stephanie Says...

I'm so glad we are beyond the stroller stage, but I do kind of miss having it for carrying things.

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May 21, 2018 at 6:37 p.m. K.Dibble Says...

Good to know where in the park the strollers can be found. The kids always enter the park saying they want to walk - ya; that lasts like 20 minutes.

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May 21, 2018 at 6:09 p.m. Kelly C Says...

Great tips!

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May 21, 2018 at 6:02 p.m. Ohthatmomwithlotsofkids Says...

I would love to take my kids to Disney!

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May 21, 2018 at 5:51 p.m. Elizabeth B. Says...

Great tips!

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May 21, 2018 at 5:38 p.m. McBDisney Says...

Also consider if there is a special reason that you are using a stroller. Make sure to speak with guest services before entering the park. Some stroller circumstances afford you to the privilege of avoiding lines. Not to be abused, but this a great help to those who need it.

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May 21, 2018 at 5:17 p.m. Laurie Miller Says...

How do you train your 6 year old to walk long enough so you can avoid having a stroller?

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May 21, 2018 at 4:55 p.m. Pandita1 Says...

AMazing!

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May 21, 2018 at 4:54 p.m. Kendra Cowell Says...

They are wise to warn you that if you don't heed the signs and park your stroller in a designated stroller area, your stroller WILL be moved. No exceptions. :)

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May 21, 2018 at 4:25 p.m. Joey Says...

I'll have to search to see if you have tips for ECVs for us disabled visitors.

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May 21, 2018 at 4:13 p.m. Mike Says...

Thanks for the Tips! I will use them on my next visit.

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May 21, 2018 at 3:56 p.m. Tyler K Says...

This is so helpful. We have our third child on the way, and we will be visiting WDW in 2019. I love the idea of marking the stroller so that you know it's yours. With thousands of strollers in the park, that will make it so much easier to walk off of a ride, and not waste time searching for the stroller. I wish I would've thought of that on our last trip.

One additional tip that I would add is... When our oldest was still a single child, my wife and I put him in his stroller, gave him an iPad with a Disney Movie playing, and we walked around World Showcase trying new food and drinks while he was content to watch his movie. It kind of felt like a "date night" for us! :)

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May 21, 2018 at 3:42 p.m. Gracyn L Says...

Gotta remember this if I ever bring my nieces along! Thank you!

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May 21, 2018 at 3:42 p.m. Amanda E. Says...

Great tips! I know having a stroller was useful for our family even though my daughter was a little older (4).

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May 21, 2018 at 3:41 p.m. Gracyn Lane Says...

Gotta remember this!

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May 21, 2018 at 3:29 p.m. Taylor Willett Says...

Great blog!

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May 21, 2018 at 3:10 p.m. Megan Hoover Says...

These are good tips! Thanks!

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May 21, 2018 at 2:50 p.m. Megan Says...

We will probably use a stroller as long as we can. So much walking for little ones. We are renting for the first time as we usually drive and this time we are flying.

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May 21, 2018 at 2:41 p.m. Lauren Bowen Says...

Useful tips! Now that I know there are not double strollers for rent, we will plan to bring our own.

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May 21, 2018 at 2:37 p.m. Robin Says...

We can't wait to see this!

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May 21, 2018 at 2:18 p.m. Hilary Says...

I think we will want a stroller even once our children don't. It is such an easy way to carry all our stuff without carrying it.

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May 21, 2018 at 2:18 p.m. Christine Hardy Says...

Thanks for the stroller tips! I have only had to push a few times before, but I always feel bad watching people step in front of strollers in a crowd or while trying to leave after a show.

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May 21, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Spencer Rafferty Says...

Useful info !

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May 21, 2018 at 12:38 p.m. Pamela McFall Says...

Great tips! Thank you!

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May 21, 2018 at 12:38 p.m. Pamela McFall Says...

Great tips! Can't wait to get there.

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May 21, 2018 at 12:17 p.m. Brandi Says...

Great advice for a Great Disney Day!

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May 21, 2018 at 12:05 p.m. Hilton Walker Says...

Tip: When we rented a stroller we had the option of adding a personalised "license plate" - this made finding it so much easier!

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May 21, 2018 at 10 a.m. Carrie Conley Says...

I have never been to Disneyland, when I go I want need a stroller

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May 21, 2018 at 5:32 a.m. Georgia Says...

The stroller was vital when I brought my three-year-old, so much walking

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May 21, 2018 at 3:36 a.m. Halloween Princess Says...

We rent one just for the storage and it helps to have something to lean on when my back starts to ache after a long day!

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