*Full transparency- My stroller rental was complimentary in exchange for my honest review of the stroller rental. All opinions are mine.
Planning a Disney trip requires P-L-A-N-N-I-N-G. And one of the things to consider when thinking about a trip is stroller planning. For our family, there are several considerations. One, I now have an 8 and 5-year-old. My little guy no longer uses a stroller at home, and frankly, our older stroller is no longer comfortable to use when I do have to pull it out. Two, Disney is big. And I don’t mean the four parks. I mean that it is physically big. From hotel to car, car to tram, tram to park entrance and into park (reverse on the way out) it’s a lot of miles for little legs.
With those two things in mind I debated on renting a stroller for Disney for this trip. We were planning on driving and I knew I could pack our smaller stroller in the car but I also knew it was hard to push. I have rented strollers in the past from several companies at Disney. This year, because we are planning another trip in November, I was trying to keep the cost of the July trip down. I (of course) began to read the Google reviews of various stroller rental companies. And I began to compare prices. I came upon a review from a blog about Simple Stroller Rental. I priced a City Mini GT Single stroller for our weeklong stay. It priced at about $45 less expensive than the company I had used in previous trips.
Simple Stroller responded almost immediately to my email inquiring about my rental. We set up my rental and I headed down to Disney with the stress of what to do about my five-year-old being tired and too heavy to carry.
Because we were driving into Orlando I set up my reservation to start the morning after we arrived. Simple Stroller sent me an email letting me know that my stroller would be delivered between 8:00-10:00 am. They also let me know they would call before arriving with my stroller. My phone call came in about 8:30 in the morning and within 15 minutes I met their rep at the front entrance to Port Orleans French Quarter. The City Mini came with our name tag and perhaps more importantly, a parent console (pouch with two drink holders and covered pocket). We were off and running for our trip.
I won’t bore you with all of our stroller tips. But I will tell you several things. We tracked our walking every day with the FitBit. We averaged about 10 miles per day. I know people think that kids should be “trained” prior to Disney. But I have an ACTIVE five-year-old. There was no way he could hang at about ten miles per day. He was happy to walk along for a while, hop in the stroller when he needed to rest and used it for naps on several days. Secondly, the parks are crowded at certain points (like getting on/off the monorail, security, fireworks). It can be extremely easy to get separated from your child if the crowd moves the wrong way or people push. Having my little guy in the stroller kept him close by at the crowded points. Finally, we travel with my mom. There are times when I take my older child to a bigger kid ride and my mom takes my five-year-old someplace else. The City Mini is easy to push, lightweight, and my mom can handle it with ease.
My stroller rental, of course, was complicated. We were checking into Port Orleans French Quarter and out of Saratoga Springs. We also planned on leaving early in the morning, at 6:00 am. Disney has some rules on stroller rental. And one of them requires you to meet your stroller rental company to pick-up and return the stroller. Because we were planning on leaving at 6:00 am Simple Stroller suggested a hotel drop-off in the Disney Springs area (This hotel allowed me to drop off with bell services at 6:00 am). This allowed me to keep the stroller for our final night and drop off with bell services with the following morning before we left for Pennsylvania. Simple Stroller made this suggestion and set it up for me. It was, in my opinion, above and beyond. I was ready to turn in the stroller on Friday afternoon and make do on Friday night. But they were so responsive and helpful and I really appreciated their setting up my keeping the stroller the extra night.
Simple Stroller Rental offers a variety of stroller rentals, including the City Mini Single, BOB, City Double (there are others available as well). Impressively, the company also offers a special needs stroller rental option. I know several families who have needed or will need this option for future trips. I will be sending them Simple Stroller’s information. For certain dates, Simple Stroller sometimes offers specials. For our dates, they were offering a free case of water with certain rentals. They offer these via their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/simplestrollerrental.com.
We have rented strollers from at least three different companies in Orlando. Simple Stroller was our favorite experience. Not merely for the rental, but their help, friendliness and customer service exceeded our expectations. Once we are actually unpacked from our trip I will be reserving another City from them for our November trip.