Investing in a few good, key pieces of travel gear for your Walt Disney World vacation can make a great trip really outstanding. A sturdy, quality walking shoe; the perfect theme park bag to carry water, a camera, and ponchos; and if you’re traveling with kids – a high-quality, maneuverable stroller will smooth out some bumps in your theme park touring experience.
Through the years, I’ve learned that I need some different features on the stroller I use at Walt Disney World than at the local mall; namely, a large sunshade, maneuverability, and ease of pushing are my highly prized Walt Disney World stroller characteristics. Of course, the stroller must be super-clean, recline and fold easily, and have storage. My two strollers at home just don’t cut it.
My umbrella stroller doesn’t have enough storage, the sunshade is inadequate for being out most of the day in the strong Florida sun and it doesn’t feel sturdy enough to stand up to the workout we give the stroller while touring the Disney theme parks.
My sturdy Graco stroller is a champ at home – surviving two kids and more than six years of use. Target has coupons available for strollers. However, maneuverability and easy of pushing are not some of its key attributes.
Enter Kingdom Strollers and the Baby Jogger line of strollers. Kingdom Strollers is an Orlando-based stroller rental company that offers Baby Jogger strollers and prides itself on customer service. Kingdom Strollers will deliver your stroller rental to your Orlando-based resort before you check-in and pick it up at the end of your vacation, making the entire experience a breeze from start to finish.
I don’t use my stroller all that much at home so the Baby Jogger line of strollers offers a little more than I need in everyday life but they are perfection at Walt Disney World; they maneuver like a dream, have a large sunshade, and a double stroller holding two children can be easily pushed with one hand. A stroller rental is clearly the answer for my family.
I was very excited to try Kingdom Strollers for the first time this fall and the experience was top-notch. Imagine my surprise when Matt from Kingdom Strollers responded to my email questions within five minutes every time – you don’t get that kind of service every day and it was a real treat.
After discussing my needs with Matt, we decided to use a City Elite Double Stroller. It was waiting when we arrived, was very clean, and had helpful instructions and a short list of Do’s and Don’ts. Another very pleasant surprise was that a parent console is included free with each rental. This was a feature my husband, who primarily pushed the stroller, appreciated the most. Bottles of water and zip lock bags of dry snacks were within easy reach throughout the day. The Elite also has an adjustable handle which made pushing the stroller very comfortable for my six year-old.
I looked at the Orlando weather forecast a few days before our trip and saw something every vacationer dreads – rain. My brain raced into overdrive; how would this impact our touring and how would I keep the stroller and kids dry? A quick email to Matt inquiring if he had rain covers available put my mind at ease. Matt is a parent and it is evident he knows that a vacation should be worry-free. Kingdom Strollers offers rain covers FREE upon request. This extra bit of service was a godsend – the kids and stroller stayed very dry and we were able to get in more touring than we otherwise would have. Best out all, my husband didn’t have to pull out his mad MacGuyver skills and fashion a rain cover with ponchos and duct tape (which I think he was secretly hoping for).
Last but not least, on our last day at Animal Kingdom we had a freak encounter with a very persistent squirrel (I think) and a peanut butter sandwich which caused some minor damage to our stroller. All week, I was very aware that we had a stroller rental and was very careful to follow all instructions and take good care of it; this wildlife incident stressed me but Matt’s understanding and sense of humor when I contacted him put the relaxation back in my vacation.
My experience with Kingdom Strollers was nothing but positive and I’ll be adding this company as a resource to Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers. I’m especially excited that they’ve added cases of water as something you can purchase with your stroller rental. Contact Kingdom Strollers by chat, text, phone, or email and tell them Lisa sent you!
*Disclosure: Kingdom Strollers provided a complimentary, weeklong stroller rental for my last Disney World vacation but it did not influence the views and opinions in this article.
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