If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World, you know that keeping track of your stroller can be a real challenge. Stroller parking lots fill quickly, strollers are moved to accommodate newcomers, and unless you’ve decorated yours to stand out from the crowd, it can be difficult to locate your stroller in a sea of lookalikes. Before your next visit, consider some of these DIY ways to make strollers at Disney World easier to find!
When it comes to travel, I’m not usually much of a planner. I pack my suitcase a few hours before heading to the airport and I rarely think much about what I might need upon arrival. I wing it. It’s more fun that way… sometimes. There are, of course, moments where this fly by the seat of my pants philosophy has let me down. Like the time I found myself at the end of a long day at the Magic Kingdom, holding a heavy, exhausted preschooler, searching in vain for a stroller that had disappeared from its spot in the stroller lot.
Consider this a cautionary tale about the importance of personalizing your strollers at Disney World!
Why You Should Personalize Your Strollers at Disney World
As you might imagine, the streets of Walt Disney World are filled with strollers. As parents approach rides, restaurants, and bathrooms, they park their strollers in the closest lot, with the naïve expectation that they will find them in the exact same spot upon their return. Rookie mistake!
Hardworking Disney cast members are always on the move, wading through the sea of parked strollers in these lots, making order from the chaos. Strollers move, sometimes to another lot entirely.
Cast members will be eager to help you find your displaced stroller again, but if you can only tell them “it’s a black umbrella stroller,” well, good luck to you. (That is, for the record, exactly what I said in the case of my disappearing stroller. I was that rookie.)
DIY Ways to Make Strollers at Disney World Easy to Find
On a recent trip to Walt Disney World — following my misadventure — I paid much closer attention to the masses of strollers parked in lots across the parks. Here are a few DIY tricks that some clever families used to make their strollers stand out:
- Buy a unique color stroller – A polka dot stroller is much easier to locate than a plain black one. (Read TravelingMom recommendations for the best travel strollers.)
- Attach a balloon – Attaching a helium balloon to your stroller makes it visible from afar. Just note that balloons are not permitted in Animal Kingdom, so have a Plan B for that theme park.
- Tie a ribbon – It may sound simplistic, but even a red ribbon tied around your stroller’s handle can make it easier to spot from a distance.
- Hang a backpack on the back – Any burst of color attached to your stroller can help draw attention to it.
- Make a sign – Before you leave home, add your family name to a sign and laminate it. If you lose your stroller, this will make it easier to track down.
What to Know About Bringing Your Own Strollers at Disney World
Once I started paying attention, I was surprised by the lack of variety when it came to strollers at Disney World. This may be, at least in part, due to restrictions limiting what guests can bring into the parks.
For example, you may not bring the follow items into the parks:
- Strollers larger than 36″ x 52″ (92 x 132 cm)
- Any trailer-like object that is pushed or towed by a stroller
- Balloons — in Animal Kingdom
What to Know About Renting Strollers at Disney World
If you are planning to rent strollers at Disney World, the task of making them stand out becomes even more of a challenge. All tan strollers with blue awnings look alike!
I definitely recommend bringing brightly colored toys or accessories (like the Hawaiian lei in the photo above) to attach to your stroller. Even the smallest pop of color can catch your eye and make your day easier.
Read this TravelingMom article to decide if renting strollers at Disney World is right for your family.
Just the tiniest bit of advance planning can save you from the headache of losing track of your strollers at Disney World.
I was eventually reunited with my missing black umbrella stroller, after losing it in Magic Kingdom. It had been moved to another lot and I found it completely by accident, long after I’d given up looking. Once my daughter could relax in the stroller, and I didn’t have to carry her anymore, Walt Disney World was once again the happiest place on earth!