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  • On Dec 15, 2019
    Natalie from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I’m having surgery shortly before our Disney trip and will be unable to carry my son for extended periods of time while at the park, is there any way to bring him in the stroller to rides?

    Hi Natalie!

    I applaud you for thinking in advance of your trip. I am always a fan of being prepared for any issues I may encounter. This spring will be my first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort as a parent without a stroller. After taking at least one stroller for the last 11 years, it is the end of an era! While I have not encountered this specific situation, I can offer some suggestions!

    Strollers must be less than 31" wide and 52" in length, and should to be parked in designated stroller parking areas. The exception to this would be for children who use their stroller as a wheelchair. You may see these types of situations, and strollers used in this way must have a special tag given out by Guest Relations. While I was occasionally able to keep a sleeping child in a stroller inside a restaurant, I have never been allowed to bring the stroller into a ride queue.

    Minimizing your wait time in attraction queues may help, Be sure to make use of Disney’s FastPass+ service which allows you to book up to 3 popular attractions in advance with shorter than usual waits! Also, crowds tend to be the lowest at park opening, so I would recommend you arrive early. Plan shows and attractions with traditionally shorter waits for mid-day when crowds tend to increase. Use the My Disney Experience Mobile App to check wait times on the go!

    I’m not sure how old your little one is, but you may appreciate taking a break at one of the Baby Care Centers. Little ones and tired mamas can take a break, change a diaper, nurse or feed. You’ll also find a limited selection of baby items available for purchase!

    If you’ll be traveling alone, Kid’s Nite Out is an outside service that offers not just babysitting at your resort, but in-park helpers for hire to provide an extra hand as needed.

    While I am not sure what type of other accommodations may or may not be available, you could visit Guest Relations upon arrival and explain your situation to see if they have additional ideas or suggestions. If you find the amount of walking in the parks becomes too much for you, do know that in-park wheelchair rental is available as well.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery and magical visit to the Walt Disney World Resort, Natalie!
    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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