Disneyland Stroller Guide

If you need to rent a stroller at Disneyland or are thinking of bringing your own, this Disneyland Stroller Guide is for you. And even if you don’t have any little ones, keep reading and to see how a stroller can be your best friend inside the Disneyland Resort.

Do I Need a Stroller at Disneyland?

Cute Disney supplied name tag for our Disneyland stroller rental

Disneyland is the place everyone can act like a kid again. Even your 5, 6, or 7 year old gets that chance. And if I see you pushing one of those older kids around in a stroller, I promise I’ll just smile the smile that says, “I’ve been there, it’s all good!”

This is why you'll still want a stroller for a 6 year old at Disneyland. Photo credit Kelley Gallagher.
This is why you’ll still want a stroller for a 6 year old at Disneyland. Photo credit Kelley Gallagher.

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You will be doing a lot of walking at Disneyland.  On our last visit our 5 year old was able to hold her own all day and we only put her in the stroller at about 11pm on our way out the gates. We used our stroller rental primarily for a substitute locker, more on that in a minute.

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Disneyland Stroller Basics

Here are a few basic rules for strollers at the Disneyland Resort.

  1. That BOB stroller is awesome, but theft can happen even inside the Happiest Place on Earth. Unless you plan on someone being with the stroller at all times, consider bringing a cheaper alternative. For infants at Disneyland, something that can recline is a must, for toddlers an inexpensive umbrella stroller will usually do the trick.
  2. If possible, bring a stroller with a sunshade and some type of basket. Disneyland rents single strollers only, which has both a sunshade and basket (no tray). Prices at time of publishing: $15 for one, $25 for two. Pick up your stroller in the Esplanade area near the main gates.
  3. Make sure you only leave things in the stroller that you won’t be heartbroken over if they disappear (think snacks, ponchos, hoodies).
  4. Easy identification is essential; mark your stroller. There are tons of awesome stroller tags you can customize here. You can also tie a ribbon or bandana on the handle. I brought my sarong from our recent trip to Hawaii, tied it around the handle and then used it later to save our spots for parades and used it for extra warmth at night. 
  5. Children must be removed from strollers to ride the tram to and from the parking lots. This is tricky when you have a sleeping child late at night, so be prepared.
  6. Rented strollers cannot be taken to Downtown Disney, hotels (even Disney owned hotels) or on trams and must remain inside Disneyland, California Adventure and the Esplanade area.

Disneyland Stroller Parking

  • Strollers may not be brought into shows or used as a place to sit while waiting in line.
  • You will need to park your stroller before getting in line.
  • There are marked spots throughout the parks where you can park your stroller, ride a few rides and then retrieve it.
  • Some stroller parking areas may not be available all the time or during parade hours.
  • Cast members can and do move or rearrange strollers periodically even within stroller parking.
  • Should you misplace your stroller ask a nearby cast member where it may have been relocated.

Disneyland Stroller or Locker?

On most visits, we use our stroller primarily as a locker. My youngest is old enough to walk the parks the entire day. She only sat in the stroller as we headed out to our hotel after being at Disneyland for 16 hours. We had a small cooler holding drinks and uncrustables that sat in our stroller seat and our stroller parking spot all day (right next to Buzz Lightyear; an easy spot to return to throughout the day).

Single stroller rentals at Disneyland currently run at $15 per day. Renting a stroller just to stash your stuff has its pros and cons.

Pros for using a stroller as a locker:

  • you can bring it wherever you are in the park
  • you can park it at a convenient location in the park without having to go back to Main Street, Buena Vista Street or outside at the Esplanade
  • more space for the price, stash stuff in the seat, baskets and pockets (but keep cameras, cash, tickets and valuables on your person!)
  • you can use it for pushing around tired kids, too (who’d a thought?)
Cons for using a stroller as a locker:
  • you can’t leave valuables in/on your stroller (again take all cameras, ids, money, etc with you!)
  • a bit more money out of pocket than current locker rental rates
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I’ve heard most people prefer bringing their own stroller into the parks and I can certainly see the perks of that option. However, since our youngest has basically outgrown the need for a stroller, we no longer own one. Rather than buying one for the day, we chose to rent. Our rental was quick, easy and efficient. Do you prefer to rent or BYOS when visiting Disneyland? I’d love to hear your stroller stories and advice.

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Disneyland expert who also loves the beach, flip flops and pink nail polish.

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Disneyland expert who also loves the beach, flip flops and pink nail polish.

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