What to Pack in Your Stroller for Disney World – The Minimalist Way

What to Pack in Your Stroller for Disney World - The Minimalist Way

With how often we take our kids to Disney, I’ve learned exactly what we need in our stroller for Disney World and what we don’t. And let me just say, I’m a HUGE fan of “less is more” when it comes to packing our stroller for a day at the Disney parks.

Here’s why: you are going to have to deal with ALL of that stuff ALL day long. And you’ll have to collapse your stroller when getting onto a bus to get to the parks or your resort. That means you’ll be dealing with your child(ren)…a stroller (or even two!)…and ALL of that stuff. See what I’m getting at?

I wouldn’t say I’m a minimalist in everyday life (and my husband would say that I’m definitely not a minimalist in everyday life!). But when we travel, it’s honestly just so much easier for us, as a family of 5, to bring along the least amount of stuff as possible while still making sure we have exactly what we need.

Below I’m going to share my tried-and-true packing list for a stress-free day at the Disney parks. Plus I’ll tell you the exact strollers for Disney World that we’ve come to love (spoiler alert: they’re actually our favorite all-the-time strollers now!). Here is what to pack in your stroller for Disney World:

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Stroller for Disney options-Brothers sitting in strollers waiting for Disney Halloween Parade

What type of stroller is best for Disney?

First things first, you’ll need to decide which stroller for Disney World works best for your family.

You will not be allowed to bring a wagon or stroller wagon into the Disney parks. And your stroller can’t be greater than 31” wide or 52” long.

Remember that you may also have to park your stroller in your resort room, so you won’t want it to be too big anyways.

You can rent a stroller at Disney World (whether it’s actually at the parks or through a rental service), but we prefer to bring our own. And for us, the more compact, the better! (Again, you’re going to be lugging that thing around all day! Have I harped on that enough, yet? Ha!)

So, what stroller for Disney do I swear by? And what strollers do I bring to Disney now that I have 3 kids? Here you go:

Summer 3Dpac CS Compact Fold Stroller

This is my all-time favorite travel stroller! And it’s the absolute perfect stroller for Disney.

It folds up super compact, and the best part of all? When folded, the items in the storage basket will not fall out. That means you will be able to fold up your stroller without taking the items out of the stroller.

You can also fold it using one hand. So, you can be holding your kiddo AND folding the stroller as the bus pulls up. I can’t say enough good things about this stroller!

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Summer 3Dpac CS Compact Fold Stroller

Summer Infant 3DPac CS+ Double Stroller

In the past, we took two of the single Summer 3Dpac CS+ strollers. There were definite benefits of having two separate strollers instead of a double stroller at Disney.

The strollers were less bulky on Disney transportation. Our footprint was smaller when trying to weave through crowds. And we were able to split up if needed/wanted.

BUT Summer Infant also makes the same model as the one above as a DOUBLE stroller! And the measurements comply with what Disney allows in the parks. So if you would rather just bring one stroller along for two of your kiddos, this is the way to go.

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Summer Infant 3DPac CS+ Double Stroller

Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stroller, Sit and Stand, Tandem Stroller

Now that we have 3 kiddos, we bring our Summer Infant 3Dpac CS+ single stroller AND this Joovy Caboose sit-and-stand stroller.

My older boys love having the independence of getting on and off the stroller on their own. It also provides shade for both of the boys. And it’s light and easy to manage.

The only downfall to this stroller is that your stuff won’t stay in the basket underneath when folded, so you’ll have to take the stuff out of the stroller before folding it to get on the buses. Just another reason to pack light for the parks, am I right?!

The best thing about this stroller though? It really doesn’t take up much more room than a single stroller, which is amazing in crowded areas and to get through doorways.

Bonus: since it’s a tandem double stroller instead of a side-by-side double stroller, you won’t have to collapse the stroller on Disney’s Skyliner!

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Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stroller, Sit and Stand, Tandem Stroller

What to Pack in Your Stroller for Disney World

First, the things that go ON the stroller.

  • Stroller fan. This is a must if it’s hot outside. We actually have two of these fans; one for each stroller. One of my favorite things about this fan is that it recharges, so you don’t need to worry about bringing along batteries.
  • Stroller hook. This always seems to come in handy! Plus it’s Mickey-shaped…and super cute! We’ve used it to hang souvenir bags, our mini backpack, cooling towels, etc. We’ve also used it to clip our two strollers together so they don’t get separated while we’re on a ride.
  • A way to identify your stroller. People get SUPER creative with this! And I admire that! However, we usually just stick a colorful luggage identifier on the stroller so it stands out a little in a sea of black strollers.  If you’re going to the parks at night, you could add some fairy lights to the handles.
  • Tagalong. If you have older kids that will be walking alongside the stroller, I’m not sure what kind of sorcery this thing uses, but it works! It’s some of the best money I’ve spent for our Disney trips.

Now, the things that go in the storage basket.

Instead of bringing our entire diaper bag*, we like to bring bits and pieces.

Although the more compact travel strollers that I love have a decent amount of storage, they don’t always have room for a jam-packed diaper bag. And it gets a little old having that big bag hanging from the back of the stroller as you push it.

Remember, those first two strollers I talked about allow you to fold the stroller without the items in the storage basket falling out. So you don’t need a big bag of stuff to keep everything together…the basket will hold it all together instead!

*I will say that when we brought our kids as infants, I DID pack the diaper bag. I did this mostly because our diaper bag has an insulated area where I could put my son’s bottles with an ice pack without having to worry about bringing a cooler. And I could pack a change of clothes in the case of a blowout or accident.

Small Backpack or Bag

We bring a small backpack that can easily fit in the storage basket. I love my Loungefly! But any small bag will work.

When packing a backpack for Disney World, I always add anything I will need in a restaurant in addition to any small, loose items that I don’t want floating around in the basket under the stroller.

That way, when we have to park our stroller outside the restaurant, I can just grab the backpack and diaper changing pad without worrying about all the other items. Here is what I usually have in our backpack:

  • Reusable Straws (if your child has difficulty with paper straws or drinking out of a regular cup). When my kids were too small to drink out of a straw or regular cup, we packed a sippy cup so we could pour the milk we ordered into that.
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks
  • Portable Charger. You will be using your phone quite a bit during your time at the parks, so it may drain your battery.
  • Apple AirTag or Tile. I use this mostly just for peace of mind in case I were to lose my bag.

Portable Diaper-Changing Pad

If your little one isn’t potty trained yet, a portable diaper-changing pad is a must! (It may be one of my all-time favorite pieces of travel gear that we own, to be honest!) We fill it up with diapers, wipes, and a small bottle of diaper rash cream (just in case).

Time to change a diaper, just grab this portable changing pad, and off you go! No need to haul an entire diaper bag into the bathroom.

It not only gives you a compact item for when you head into the bathroom or baby care center, but when unfolded, it provides your kiddo with something to lie down on.

You can also hook hand sanitizer and diaper trash bags onto it.

Tip: we use the diaper trash bags in our hotel room, too! The last thing you want is a smelly diaper when the whole fam is in one space!

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Skip Hop Portable Baby Changing Pad

Reusable Water Bottles

Staying hydrated is incredibly important during a day at the parks! While Disney does sell water bottles around the parks, bringing a reusable water bottle is a great way to save money and keep your water cold.

Plus, you can refill your water bottle at several areas in the parks, including quick-service restaurants, for free.

Other Things to Consider When Packing Your Stroller for a Day at Disney

Weather

Make sure you check the weather forecast in the days leading up to your Disney World trip.

It’s easy to think of hot days when you think of Disney World, but it could be chilly during your Disney trip, too.

If the forecast calls for chilly weather (all day or just during the mornings or evenings), bring along layers (a jacket, sweatshirt, etc).

Of course, there’s a chance it will be crazy hot on your Disney vacation, too. So, you might want to pack some cooling towels in addition to your stroller fan.

Now what about rain? No matter what time of the year you visit, Central Florida is known for pop-up rain showers here and there.

In fact, it’s a running joke in our family that when we don’t pack the rain gear, it’s bound to rain even if the weather forecast never mentioned a possibility!

With that being said, make sure to bring along a stroller rain cover and ponchos (and don’t be like us and forget the stroller rain cover in the room and have to makeshift one using ponchos! Ha!)

Umbrellas are also allowed in Disney World. We just personally never want to deal with trying to hold an umbrella and push a stroller at the same time.

Rain covers on strollers at Disney World

Naptime in the Disney Parks

If there’s one thing I always recommend to someone with an upcoming Disney trip, it’s this: try your absolute best to take a midday break away from the parks.

That will allow everyone (yes! Even I love a good midday break!) some downtime from the busyness of the parks. Getting good quality rest in the middle of the day does wonders when it comes to preventing meltdowns!

But it can’t always be done! In the case that your little one will be napping while you’re at the Disney theme parks, bring along a travel white noise machine to drown out some of the sounds.

If the weather is mild, we also like to bring along a stroller shade. However, if it will be hot, we don’t use the shade so we don’t cause problems with overheating.

Tip: even if we don’t use the stroller shade or white noise machine at the parks, we always bring them on our trips. They have come in handy more times than we can count when waiting for our plane at the airport!

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Disney Stroller Tips

Bring your own stroller or rent a stroller that your child will be comfortable in.

Although Disney World does have rental strollers, there’s about zero chance your little one will be comfortable in them. They’ll basically just be sitting on hard plastic, and they won’t be able to recline.

Not to mention, you’ll only be able to use the stroller in the park, then you’ll have to return it. After leaving the parks with a sleeping kiddo more times than I can count, I can guarantee you won’t want to return that stroller before leaving the park!

We always bring our own travel stroller to Disney. We know our kids are comfortable, we know all of its features and how to use it, we love that we can use it to get through the airport, and we know it’s not too big based on Disney’s stroller policy. It’s just a no-brainer for us!

If you do want to rent a stroller for your Disney vacation, though, I highly recommend renting from a private company. There are usually nice options, and they’ll drop it off at your resort. Plus, you’ll be able to use the stroller for your entire trip instead of just in the parks.

Know Disney’s stroller policy.

Wagons and stroller wagons are not allowed in Disney World. As much as I love a good stroller wagon, don’t bring it to the theme parks. You’ll get turned away.

Now for your stroller, there are certain measurement requirements as a part of Disney World’s stroller policy. Your stroller cannot be bigger than 31” wide or 52” long. Check those measurements long before you hit security at the park entrance!

Toddler holding trick-or-treat bag at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Pack light.

Well, this is basically the moral of the story in this entire blog post!

There’s really no reason to bring a million things for a day at the Disney parks. And when focusing on your kids, you don’t want to have to lug around a million things either.

Bring only what you need, and leave the rest back in the room. You’ll be very happy you did when you have to collapse your stroller on Disney transportation.

Know when you’ll need to collapse your stroller for Disney transportation.

Whether you’re taking transportation from your resort to a park or you’re hopping from one park to another, it’s important to know when you will and will not need to collapse your stroller on Disney transportation. The last thing you want is to be in a rush when transportation shows up.

Let’s break it down.

You WILL need to collapse your stroller on Disney buses and on parking lot trams no matter what. If you have a side-by-side double stroller, you WLL need to collapse it on the Disney Skyliner.

You will NOT need to collapse your stroller on Disney’s Monorail, boats, or ferries. You will also NOT have to collapse your stroller on Disney’s Skyliner, as long as it’s a single stroller or a tandem double stroller.

Make sure your stroller stands out.

There will be a sea of black strollers in every stroller parking area around the Disney parks, which can make finding your stroller quite the task.

Whether you choose to put a custom sign, colorful luggage tag, fairy lights, decorative items like ribbons, a balloon, or something completely different on your stroller, you’ll be happy that you have some way to quickly identify it.

Be aware that Disney Cast Members will move your stroller when you’re away.

Let me tell you a great way to get your heart racing after you’ve just had such a fun time on a ride: coming back to the stroller parking area with your stroller nowhere to be found!

No matter how many times this happens, I STILL somehow get a slight moment of panic every single time. (This is one reason why I love having an Apple AirTag in my stroller.)

While you’re away from your stroller, Disney Cast Members will move strollers around the parking area to make room for new strollers coming in. So don’t immediately jump to the conclusion that your stroller has been stolen (it’s a rare occurrence to have a stroller stolen at Disney World).

You won’t be allowed to put a bike lock on your stroller.

You might be thinking, “Well then, I’ll just get a bike lock so my stroller can’t be moved!” Unfortunately, that won’t stop anything. The Disney Cast Members can (and will) just cut it off if they need to move the stroller.

Close any food/snack containers before leaving your stroller.

When you park your stroller and head to the attraction, make sure there is no food left out.

My boys are notorious for leaving half-eaten snacks around. And the squirrels and birds love them for that!

Father and son walking in Magic Kingdom after parking stroller

You won’t be able to bring your stroller everywhere in Disney World.

Strollers are usually not allowed in sit-down restaurants, shows, and ride queues around Disney World. Instead, find the nearest stroller parking area (they’re easy to find and located all around the theme parks), and leave your stroller behind.

Tip: when checking into your sit-down dining reservation, if your little one is asleep or is too young to sit in a high chair, it’s worth asking the Cast Member if you can bring the stroller into the restaurant. Sometimes they’ll let you!

What do you do once you leave your stroller? Well, we either:

  1. Let those little legs run and get some energy out!
  2. Carry them or use a carrier (you can actually baby wear on the rides at Disney World!). I didn’t include a carrier in my stroller packing list because we don’t always bring it along. But sometimes it’s nice to have, especially if you think you’ll be waiting in a lot of long lines!
my favorite toddler carrier

Gooseket Toddler Sling

my favorite baby carrier

LÍLLÉbaby Complete Airflow Ergonomic 6-in-1 Baby Carrier

FAQ: Stroller for Disney World

Is it worth it to bring a stroller to Disney?

You’ll walk an average of 7-10 miles per day during a Disney vacation, so if you don’t think your child will be able to handle that much walking, bring a stroller to Disney is definitely worth it.

Does a 7 year old need a stroller at Disney?

This is a tough question! You know your child better than anyone. If you feel like they’ll be able to walk an average 7-10 miles per park day when visiting Disney, you can get away without bringing one. But if you feel like that will be too much for them, it’s worth having one with you.

Can I bring my own stroller to Disney?

You can bring your own stroller to Disney. In fact, I’ve always only brought our own strollers to Disney! If you don’t want to bring your own, you can rent a stroller at Disney World or from a private company.

What type of stroller is best for Disney?

The best type of stroller for Disney is one that your child is comfortable in, adheres to Disney’s stroller policy, has decent storage options and a good sun shade, AND can easily fold when getting on Disney transportation. For my favorite Disney strollers, check out the beginning of this post.

Are stroller wagons allowed at Disney World?

No, stroller wagons are not allowed at Disney World.

Does a 4 year old need a stroller at Disney?

Yes, your 4 year old will need a stroller at Disney. Not only is there an incredible amount of walking done each day at the Disney parks, but having a stroller also allows your 4 year old to have some downtime when needed or wanted.

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Wrap-Up: Packing Stroller for Disney

Alright, quick review…we bring our stroller(s) with a stroller fan, diaper changing pad, small backpack, and reusable water bottles. If needed, we add in our rain gear or warmer clothes, travel white noise machine, and stroller shade.

That’s it! Now you’re officially ready for a day at the theme parks!

Try not to go overboard while packing your stroller at Disney. It will make your life much easier when getting onto and off the buses. I promise! And you’ll have less to fish through when you need to run into the bathroom when it’s time for your little one’s diaper change.

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