I love Disney, even though I’ve only been once to Disney World, it’s just the ultimate family vacation to me and I thought of it every year in the ten years between going the first time and getting to plan a return trip, now with a much more extended family! First time my then only son, almost 5 years old then, and I tagged along with my mother and my sister on my sister’s school choir trip. Now it’ll be me, my husband of 5 (by then almost 6!) years, that same oldest son who’ll be 15, our 5 year old, 3 year old, and 1 year old along. And we’ve convinced my mother’s household of three and my sister’s household of two to join us. So ELEVEN people. A planning nightmare. If anyone knows the cheapest way to rent minivans let me know.
But anyway, as I’m planning I see TheBabyGuyNYC post on Facebook that Disney has changed it’s strollers size requirements and momentarily I panic that my expensive double stroller won’t make the cut. Thankfully, my much loved Peg Perego Book For Two that I’ve written about fits the new size reqs. However, I do have a riding board on it for my almost 5 year old and the policy appears to ban those. But I figure I’ll take it and take our chances. Worst they can do is ask me to remove it, and it comes off easily.
But I wanted to write a post that may help everyone when either stroller shopping for Disney or trying to figure out if their current stroller (or strollers, is anyone else like me? See my baby gear post) fit the new policy. You know, without having to first find a tape measure the toddlers haven’t stolen and broken, and second, make your way to garage in the dead of night when they’ve all gone to sleep to measure it every which way. So I compiled a chart of every stroller I could think of and measurements, if I could find them. I contacted manufacturers when I couldn’t find measurements, some I’m still waiting on but I wanted to go ahead and post it. I tried to get specific with manufacturers specifically on the tandem double strollers because that, in my opinion, is where the trouble will usually come from, on whether their measurements include just the frame or the stroller from tip of handlebar to the toe of the front most seat’s footrest. A few confirmed it did. If you see an error or would like me to include a stroller I didn’t, let me know and I’ll try to figure that one out.
Effective May 1st, 2019 Disney will prohibit strollers wider than 31 inches or longer than 52 inches. Those of us with multiple little children may be affected if our people and stuff carrier is too big. In my research it seemed most strollers are within the guidelines, but some of the most popular ones (I’m looking at you, Baby Jogger City Select as a double) aren’t. Though you could likely flip a seat around and remedy the 1 inch too long issue there.
If you want to talk strollers, I’m always amenable to that. I’m pretty opinionated on it. I didn’t hardly include any single strollers because there’s really none that are going to be too big. Another part of the ban? No more wagons. Which apparently has been a ban already but they’re going to start enforcing it, including stroller wagons like Veer and Keenz. Facebook was in an uproar with wagon lovers sad. I get it. Those wagons are expensive! If you bought one especially for a trip like Disney and found out you couldn’t use it just a month prior? I’d be irritate a bit, too. Though I’m actually not a wagon fan. That doesn’t keep me from trying to win one. I figure maybe if I try one it would win me over. Are you listening, Veer? Send me one and I’ll give it my best shot! I may not have included enough of the lower end strollers, Evenflo and Graco’s sites were not super helpful with measurements. Summer Infant didn’t seem to make a double anymore, but since it was small it should be fine. I didn’t include obvious tiny ones like Kinderhop Wagon or tiny umbrella stroller doubles, the $30 ones at Wal-Mart. (are those still there? I hate umbrella strollers). Please note this shouldn’t be your final stop in knowing if a stroller is exactly the right size; if it’s close to the reqs check it yourself, move the seats around in a tandem to see if you can cut off an inch or two, etc. And I put in measurements of whatever current versions are out and on manufacturer websites, so if your stroller is an older model it may not be the same, though a lot of them likely haven’t changed much in size over the years.