Family Walking by Castle
  • On Mar 16, 2023
    Margarita from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello, I have a 5 yr old and although typically doesn't use a stroller at home not sure if we should bring one. We're visiting Disneyland one day and California Adventures on another day. Thanks!

    Hello Margarita,

    Welcome to planDisney! I'm excited you'll be visiting Disneyland Resort in just a few months. Our family made our first trip there when my own son was 5 years old and I still look back on that vacation with the fondest memories. I'm wishing you the same magical family memories to be made during your own visit.

    My children were out of the stroller stage by the time we visited, or so we thought. I knew our 2-year-old wasn't accustomed to walking long distances over multiple days, so we traveled with our own stroller as a "just in case" and were so glad we did! The under-stroller storage was a great home base for the change of clothes we packed, and the cup holders came in handy for our water bottles and snacks. My daughter was able to rest her legs when she needed a break and my husband and I saved ourselves from carrying a very sleepy child all the way back to our hotel each night. Though our son scoffed at the idea of using a stroller at home, he looked at our daughter lounging comfortably with just a subtle shade of green envy. Luckily, our stroller had a little bench seat on the back so he could sit or stand when he needed a break too. 

    On our trip the following year, we ended up renting a single stroller from an off-site vendor for our daughter. This saved us the hassle of transporting ours from home but left our son with nowhere to sit. Crafty and clever, he somehow convinced our daughter to let him sit there instead and had her sit on his lap. They ended up taking turns riding throughout the rest of the trip. 

    You know your child best and have a better sense of their activity level at home, but just keep in mind that you can walk miles per day when visiting the parks. If you'd like to avoid traveling with your own stroller you can take advantage of convenient Stroller Rentals once you arrive. Single and double strollers are available for rent each day just outside the Main Entrance and can be used across both parks if you decide to upgrade to Park Hopper Tickets during your visit. You will need to return these at the end of each day, so you won't be able to use them on the walk to and from your resort. If you are staying in one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels and hoping to rent a stroller for the length of your stay, you can arrange delivery to your resort through ScooterBug. More information is available on the Stroller Rental page. 

    If you think your little Mouseketeer is up for the challenge there are plenty of rest areas in the parks should they decide a break is in order. Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland Park is newly re-opened and has plenty of green space to relax and even enjoy a perfect picnic. Over at Disney California Adventure Park, your kiddo can stretch their legs on the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, and you can all take a moment to relax at The Animation Courtyard and even have a fun interaction at Turtle Talk with Crush in Hollywood Land. Hot Tip: these spaces are indoor and air-conditioned when you need to escape the sun!

    Margarita, please come back and ask us more questions as you prepare for your trip. We'd love to help!

    Have a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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