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You Can’t Take Just Any Stroller to Disney Parks—Here’s What’s Allowed
June 17, 2024

You Can’t Take Just Any Stroller to Disney Parks—Here’s What’s Allowed

By Amylia Ryan | Fact Checked by Shannon Vestal Robson
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So you’re planning a Disney vacation with your baby or toddler (yay!), which means you’re probably thinking about the stroller situation. But before you pack your go-to stroller with the rest of your travel stuff, there’s something you need to know: all Disney parks have stroller restrictions. The good news is that many of the best strollers, including some of our favorite travel strollers and top-rated double strollers (even the side-by-side ones) fit Disney’s requirements. 

Disney park stroller requirements

To make sure your stroller will be allowed through the front gates, here are Disney’s rules: strollers must not be larger than 31” (79cm) wide and/or 52” (132cm) long, and they can’t be wagons or stroller wagons.

Thankfully, there aren’t any restrictions on stroller height, basket size, number of seats or seat configuration. You’re welcome to use your car seat or bassinet attachment if your baby is under six months old and if your stroller allows for it.

Does Disney allow riding boards?

They do! You may have heard that Disney theme parks prohibit the use of riding boards (also known as stroller boards or buggy boards), but as of 2023, they’re now allowed inside all Disney World parks, Disneyland and California Adventure.

Just keep in mind that you may be asked to strap up or remove your riding board if you park your stroller for a ride, since leaving it out can create a tripping hazard.

The best strollers to take to Disney parks

Once you’ve measured your stroller, there are a few other things to consider if you want to maximize convenience and comfort for both you and your littlest Disney fan. The roundup of strollers below takes these criteria into consideration:

  • Roomy storage basket for all your baby’s needs, including diapers, wipes, diaper changing pad, bottles, snacks, spare clothes, a blanket and, of course, souvenirs.

  • Easy to maneuver through crowds, since the Disney parks can get pretty packed. The last thing you want is your stroller wheels locking up as you’re trying to dodge your way through hundreds of people to make it to the parade on time.

  • Comfy for riding in all day. Disney days can be long, so you want to make sure your little one isn’t begging to get out of their stroller every five minutes. Your stroller should also be comfortable enough for naps on the go.

  • Large sun shade for those bright California or Florida days. A sun shade with UPF 50+ protection is best.

  • Cup holders, snack tray and/or parent organizer to keep everyone hydrated and happy, and so your phone and park map are right within reach.

You Can’t Take Just Any Stroller to Disney Parks—Here’s What’s Allowed

Top tips for using a stroller at Disney parks

There’s more to Disney trips with your baby than just having the right stroller. As a parent who’s been to Disney parks several times with my kiddos, including with an 11-week-old, I know how much smoother the whole experience can be if you take just a couple extra steps in planning. So here’s my best advice when it comes to using a stroller at any of the Disney parks.

Make sure you park in the right spot

If you’ve never been to a Disney park with a stroller, you might be wondering where stroller parking even is. Just keep your eyes peeled for signs that say “Stroller Parking”—and they’re almost always packed with dozens of other strollers, so they’re pretty easy to spot. For rides, you can usually find it at the exit of the ride, not the entrance. That way, as soon as you get off the ride, your stroller is right there. For restaurants, you can bring your stroller right up to your table, but if there isn’t enough room, you can typically find a general stroller parking area nearby. If you’ll be watching a parade, there are roped off areas designated for stroller and wheelchair parking. 

Have some way to identify your stroller

With tens of thousands of visitors every day, there’s bound to be at least one other family with a stroller similar to yours. Disney doesn’t allow the use of flags or poles, but you can buy a Disney balloon to tie to your stroller. You can also use short ribbons or colored tape on the handlebar to help you spot it from a distance. If you have to park your stroller somewhat far away from where you’ll be (like during parades), you can put an air tag in your stroller and track its location on your phone.

Don’t panic if your stroller isn’t where you left it

Speaking of keeping track of your stroller, there’s a chance your stroller may not be right where you parked it once you exit a ride or a parade. It can be unnerving, but try not to panic. Chances are that a Disney cast member just needed to move it a short distance away, either to consolidate a stroller parking area or to make room for a parade route. This is actually noted in Disney’s stroller rules, stating that strollers may need to be moved for “operational needs.” Just find the nearest cast member and ask them to point you to where the strollers have been moved.

Use the right size stroller for your needs

If you’re debating what size stroller to bring, it really depends on your child’s age and comfort needs and how much space you have. Babies under six months old need either a car seat attachment, a bassinet attachment or an infant insert. You’ll definitely get those with a full-size stroller, but there are some lighter travel strollers that allow for younger babies as well. 

Umbrella strollers or strollers with a small storage basket may be tricky with all the stuff you’ll need to carry (diapers, changing pad, food, extra clothes). Having less stroller storage may work if you plan to make frequent trips to the lockers, but that can be inconvenient if you’re all the way across the park.

Strollers you can’t take to Disney

Not all strollers fit Disney’s regulations. This list isn’t exhaustive, so be sure to double-check the dimensions of your stroller if it’s not one listed here:

And remember, Disney parks don’t allow any wagons or stroller wagons, so be sure to keep those at home.

Disney stroller rentals

Can’t take your own stroller? Rent one! Especially if you’re traveling a long distance and are tight on space, renting a stroller can be a lot more convenient. 

Disney has their own in-park stroller rental service, and costs vary based on which park you’re in and if you’re renting a single stroller or a double.

  • Disneyland: $18 per day for single strollers; $36 per day for double strollers

  • Disney World: $15 per day for single strollers; $31 per day for double strollers

A few things to note about these strollers: they’re made of hard plastic, they don’t provide any head, back or bottom support and the recline can’t be adjusted (they’re permanently set at a slight recline). These strollers won’t work at all for babies under six months old, and in general they’re pretty uncomfortable for older babies and young toddlers—especially if your kiddo will be riding in it all day.

They do have a couple of upsides, though. They’re easy to clean in case of accidents, and they’re incredibly convenient, especially if your personal stroller gets turned away at the gate.

If you can, I strongly recommend renting a stroller from a local baby gear rental company. The cost is essentially the same for single strollers, and typically much less for double strollers. And most importantly, they offer strollers only from popular, reputable brands that are sure to have all the comfort and convenience features listed above.

For Disneyland and California Adventure, you can rent from OC Baby Gear Rentals, BabyQuip or City Stroller Rentals.

For the Disney World parks, you can rent from BabyQuip, Orlando Stroller Rentals or Magic Strollers.

Amylia Ryan

Associate Editor

Amylia Ryan is the Associate Editor at Babylist, specializing in the topics of health, wellness and lifestyle products. Combining a decade of experience in writing and editing with a deep passion for helping people, her number one goal in her work is to ensure new parents feel supported and understood. She herself is a parent to two young children, who are more than willing to help product test endless toys, books, clothes, toiletries and more.

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