My stroller is slightly oversize, should I bring it anyway?Ever since the new stroller regulations were announced earlier in 2019, Disney guests have been partaking in the quite spirited debate about what should and shouldn't be allowed in the parks. Once the new restrictions were actually implemented on May 1st, 2019, stories of stroller sizes printed on the ground started to emerge as families began being pulled aside to discuss the discrepancies in their stroller dimensions against park regulations. As usual, conflicting reports tell different stories with some park guests report being on-site for a week at a time, not once seeing any such sizing graphics or any sort of inspection process for strollers. If you are tempted to bring your slightly oversized stroller when only the handlebars are insignificantly bigger than the allowed dimensions, I get it. I completely understand where you are coming from. However, it all comes down to the experience you want your family to have. Sure, you may be able to get away with it, you might get to keep your stroller some of the days but what happens if at the last moment, amongst all the security line chaos, your child needs to be removed from their comfort zone because suddenly it is noticed that your stroller doesn't measure up? I get it; I promise I do. Renting a stroller is expensive and puts your child in an unfamiliar seat that doesn't have all the convenience that your one from home does. But, do we really go through the months of Disney planning only to end up feeling caught off-guard at the last minute over a stroller? Is the risk worth it? To me, it isn't. Save yourself the apprehension and just commit to getting something local or taking a smaller stroller for your trip. You will never know what it was worth that you did not have to worry about it when you get there though that is also the beauty of taking care of these things in advance. The stress and risk are removed, leaving room for more fun and excitement.
I am leaving valuables in my stroller because I don't want to carry them, no one will take them, right?Um, no. If you leave your wallet, or phone, or anything valuable unattended in plain sight in your stroller, there is a good chance that it will be stolen. Sure, the likelihood that the average person is more focused on their own family than what has been left behind in your stroller is higher in Disney theme parks than other tourist destinations, but that doesn't mean that it can't or won't happen just the same. Anything you are planning to store in your stroller needs to be securely hidden from sight and never leave anything behind that would be a deal breaker if someone magically liberated. If you are set on leaving your purchased items in your unattended stroller, remove them from their retail shopping bags and store them in a plain looking canvas bag you brought with you; do anything you can to disguise them as nothing special. If you leave brand new items sitting pretty in their Disney Parks shopping bag, there is nothing to stop anyone from coming along and picking up the bag before walking away as though nothing happened. After all, thousands of people are carrying those bags around the parks, can you really think of anything more inconspicuous?
If I leave my stroller in the correct spot, why can't I find it when I come out of an attraction?
Dude, where's my stroller? We've all said this many times. Just because you leave your stroller in the correct place does not mean it will still there when you return. In fact, I struggle to remember a time that I left my strollers near an attraction and they were in the same position when I came back to them.
Cast Members are constantly moving them around to accommodate the growing lines, those stroller parkers that aren't following the rules and the movement of surrounding crowds. Some CM's are lovely and do their best to keep them close by to where they are left. On the odd occasion, you will come across a CM that will move your stroller and belongings to the moon if it means they get them out of their way.If you have a common brand of stroller, be sure to attach something identifiable to it so you can find it more easily and other people are less likely to walk away with it, easily able to see it isn't their own. Choose something colorful but not valuable, perhaps an oversized novelty luggage tag or an old scarf/bib/ribbon attached to the handlebars, anything you might be able to recognize from a distance.