Theme parks are massive! On average, families walk between 7-12 miles during a long day at the parks. This can start out as fun, right up until mom or dad have to carry the little ones from attraction to attraction. The best solution is renting a stroller! This post will share all the information you’ll need to know about stroller rentals at the Orlando theme parks!
If you have children 6 years of age or younger, we recommend using a stroller. While most 6-year-olds have outgrown using a stroller at home, there is a lot of ground to cover at Disney. You can bring your own stroller from home, however, if you prefer to travel light, there are a few options: you can rent from Disney Parks or a third-party source.
If you rent a stroller at Disney Parks, you’ll run into the risk of limited availability or waiting in a long line and cutting into your time at the park
We strongly recommend our families book a third-party vendor for stroller and scooter rentals prior to their vacation. Scroll to the end of this post to find our preferred third-party stroller and scooter vendors!
During your VIP Tour days, your VIP guide can assist with pushing the stroller for you on your behalf. Families never regret making this decision and investment in their trip!
Strollers larger than 31” (79 cm) in width and 52” (132cm) in length are not permitted.
Stroller wagons are also not permitted.
Strollers are not allowed on escalators. Use of strollers is permitted on elevators and ramps, available at certain locations.
A child must be removed from his or her stroller while riding on a parking lot tram. You will need to collapse the stroller to board the tram.
You will NOT need to collapse the stroller to ride the Skyliner.
Do not leave personal belongings in an unattended stroller.
Strollers may be moved by a Cast Member due to operational needs.
Disney offers strollers for rent at all four theme parks and Disney Springs. Disney strollers are best suited for children aged 3-7 year olds, they are not suitable for infants. It is important to know that Disney strollers are made of hard plastic and do not recline. If comfort is a priority for your family, we recommend booking a city mini with Orlando StrollerRentals.
Strollers are also welcome at Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon but are not available for rent.
Single Stroller $15 per day with no deposit ($13 per day for multi-day rentals)
Double Stroller $31 per day with no deposit $27 per day for multi-day rentals
*Stroller rentals at Disney Springs require a $100 credit card deposit.
You can skip the rental line entirely after your first visit with multi-day rentals. Head to the stroller rental area, show your receipt, and you’ll be wheeled out in no time! This also applies to park-hopping throughout the day. Turn in your stroller at the first park and present your receipt at the next park. You’ll be issued another stroller at no additional charge. (The same applies to locker rentals and ECV/ESV rentals, too!)
Disney strollers are not allowed outside of the parks. Therefore, you won’t be able to bring any Disney stroller with you to your resort or Disney Springs. This is good to note especially, if your family has plans to go to Universal or other areas of Orlando. If you’ll need a stroller outside of your park days, consider booking with one of our preferred stroller and scooter vendors to have during your entire vacation.
Strollers and wheelchairs are available to rent at the left side of Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ entrance. They can also be found across from the security lines at Universal’s CityWalk.
Note: Again, we strongly encourage making a reservation with one of the third-party providers before you arrive on vacation to eliminate the risk of strollers selling out, and waiting in long lines.
Single Stroller $15 per day with no deposit
Double Stroller $25 per day with no deposit
Strollers require a $50 refundable deposit at Universal.
Rentals are per day so keep your receipt if you are going to leave the park where you first rented for your return or to use in another park.
Like Disney, the Universal Strollers are made of rigid plastic and do not recline. After a long day, these strollers can be uncomfortable for the little ones.
Most of our VIP families prefer reserving a stroller with a third-party company. They love the convenience of being able to take their stroller anywhere.
Orlando Stroller rentals offer a variety of strollers at a reasonable price! While they cannot leave your rental with bell services at Disney resorts, they still deliver to Disney and Non-Disney resorts for free. They also offer the option to pick up your rental at Orlando International Airport (MCO) and are conveniently located at the Hold My Luggage counter at B Terminal, Level 1, at the opposite end of Disney’s Magical Express. Included in their price is also a free rain cover, and a small cooler. All of their strollers come with cup holders. They also offer insurance for $15, covering theft and any damage to the stroller. We highly recommend reserving the City Mini with Orlando Stroller Rentals.
Scooterbug has reasonable prices and a variety of strollers. The fact they deliver to your Disney resort without the need for you to be present makes using their services a great option to consider. The Disney Cast Members at the hotel will manage the delivery for you! Snack trays, bag hooks, and bottle holders are all an extra $10 each. You will also want to ask about renting a rain cover; a necessity in Orlando! While Florida may be called the ‘Sunshine State’, it is prone to flash rain storms and has a long rainy season between June and September. We recommend bringing your own rain cover or an extra poncho to do your best to cover your stroller and belongings.
Buena Vista Rentals is a great option when you need to book both a stroller and a wheelchair or scooter. Buena Vista Rentals offers complimentary pick-up and delivery to most Central Florida resorts.
You will need to schedule a specific time to meet with a Buena Vista Rentals service provider. They will give you a call and you can meet them at your resort.
They are our preferred partners for scooters. Compared to Disney, their scooters are more comfortable and faster. The best way to book with Buena Vista Rentals is to call them directly at their main office: (407)-331-9147
Are you ready to start planning your own epic Star Wars story? Embark on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the first-of-it’s-kind 2-night experience, where you become the hero. Our team had the opportunity to experience this revolutionary adventure firsthand and we are over the moon to share all the details and highlights of our stay. We’ll take a glance at its uniqueness and, why it’s such a great experience for a true Star Wars Fan. Are you ready to accept the mission? Read below to find out more about this immersive expedition.
Note: Reservations are almost sold out through the summer but they recently released availability for the fall season so if you’re interested in booking now is a great time. To begin the planning process, our team at Katie Bean Travels is here to assist and help you prepare for your departure date. Click here to book or call our office at (407)-636-2460
Let’s Have a Glimpse at Our Team’s First-Ever Exploration to a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Not familiar with the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser? It is Disney’s newest flagship hotel, which opened in the spring of 2022. The Galactic Starcruiser is an entirely immersive and interactive-themed hotel set in the world of Star Wars and goes beyond any ordinary hotel experience. The best way to describe this experience is a thrilling combination of a hotel, a live-action show, an escape room, and themed dining with character interactions all in one. Perfect for the traveler that not only loves Star Wars but really is looking to explore and play the part.
The physical location is the backstage of Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. To be honest, the entry was very underwhelming (and even a little confusing). There was only one small sign and you can’t tell if you park in the cast member parking lot or make a right, which in the end was the way we went. We unloaded our bags, received our valet ticket, and went through security to board the Galactic Starcruiser at the Terminal. We boarded the simulator and before we knew it we were in a galaxy far, far away. We loved how we felt like we were transported into the actual movie set.
The entire ship is themed with sets, props, and costumes from the movies, themed food and drinks, and exclusive activities and missions. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their own costumes to transform themselves into characters to become completely in their role for their choose-your-story adventure. We noticed that half of the guests were sporting their galactic best while others were in normal clothes. We weren’t fully prepared for what was going to take place during our 2-night stay, so we didn’t have any outfits planned. Our take from the whole experience is that if you’re going to invest in this kind of trip, you may as well go all in. Get the costumes! The more immersed you are in the whole thing, the more you will enjoy it. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live out all of your childhood Star Wars dreams so why not dress the part?!
The hotel consists of 100cabins and suites, all themed after iconic locations from the saga. We arrived on the ship at 2 PM which was early for our 4:00 PM check-in but lucky for us they took us right to our room. Every guest is given an exclusive white Magic Band which acts as your entry onto the ship, into your cabin, and into Star Wars Land at Hollywood Studios.
We were taken to our room and given a brief tour, then introduced to our very own robot through the screen. She was hilarious and it was the perfect way to get us into the whole experience. Later in the day, just before bed, she even sang us a lullaby!
The Standard Cabin, Grand Captain Suite, and Galaxy Class Suite were available as hotel accommodations on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. We opted for the standard cabin.
Amenities in the Standard Cabin
The cabin was designed to accommodate four people with one queen bed, two bunk beds (each sleeping one adult), and a pull-down bed that also sleeps one more. The room was decorated with a mix of Star Wars and space-themed artwork.
We enjoyed seeing the planets, ships, and other various floating objects passing right outside the window! It really felt like we were looking out into space. It had a wet bar, mini-fridge, and a flat-screen TV with lots of Star Wars movies. The bathroom was also decorated with Star Wars artwork. We were pleasantly surprised by how well the room was laid out and how much space there was in the cabin. The bathroom had a nice shower and a small washbasin. There was no shortage of towels. It was nice to be able to go into the cabin, shower, and change, then come back out and relax in our room. We also liked that there were multiple electrical outlets in the room (there are only two outlets in the bathroom). We brought our laptops, so we were able to plug them into the two USB ports on the wall. The cabin’s furnishings were much nicer than we expected and the beds were very comfortable. We all slept so well.
Here is a sample of our itinerary to help you prep for your journey!
No Star Wars adventure would be complete without learning how to wield these legendary weapons, and as our first activity onboard the Halcyon, Lightsaber Training quickly became one of the highlights of our entire voyage.
The experience begins in an intimate training room on Deck 4, which holds about 16 guests. Our guide, Saja, started off with the basics – proper fighting stance, deep breathing, and mindfulness of “The Force” all around us.
Training takes place in three stages – first, each guest gets to try their hand at holding the saber and deflecting slow-moving laser blasts from the training pods upfront. The difficulty increased on the second round, where the waiting guests had the opportunity to deflect missed blasts with glowing shields. Once we had all mastered this skill, the third and final round involved a surprise that was every Star Wars fan’s dream – the lights around the room dimmed, mystical music began playing, and the voice of Yoda echoed around the room, encouraging each of us to work together and use the force to overcome our challenges, together as one.
Saja asked us all to gather around one of the smallest children in the room and support him as he tried the third challenge – deflecting laser blasts without a warning flash beforehand, using the Force to guide him. This was a surprisingly emotional moment and incredibly special for the child that gets selected – we all had goosebumps just watching! The final challenge was the most difficult and the glowing lightsabers, shields, and laser beams made for some very cool visual effects in the darkroom.
While we enjoyed the physical aspects of this training session, the real heart of the experience was our training guide, Saja. She felt like she had stepped right out of the movie and her energy and passion made each and every one of us feel like we were part of the Star Wars story. We were amazed at how quickly she adapted to the constant flow of questions from the children, never breaking character and going out of her way to make each child feel special (she even brought one little boy up to the front of the class so he could give us an inspirational speech about the Force!). All in all, both Star Wars fans and non-Star Wars fans alike will have a blast at this experience.
Our next scheduled activity aboard the Halcyon was to report for Bridge Training. The Bridge is located near the Atrium on Deck 6 and was a focal point throughout our journey.
Throughout Bridge Training, we learned how to operate the Halcyon and defend the ship against the First Order. Training simulations included Systems, Shields, Loaders, and Weapons where we learned to capture cargo, shield the ship from incoming hazards, repair damage, and fire upon targets. After each training exercise, guests rotate between stations to experience all four roles in training.
Progress throughout each training sequence is displayed on large screens throughout the Bridge and encourages friendly competition between all trainees. Training comes to an end with the help of a few friends from The Resistance paving the way to the next element of the storyline.
Be sure to pay close attention during Bridge Training, you never know when you may need to use your training.
A Day in Batuu
After our first night aboard the Halcyon, we took an excursion down to Batuu, located in Hollywood Studios’ Galaxy’s Edge. Since the physical location of the new hotel is located right behind Hollywood Studios, all it took for us to get to Batuu was a quick pathway to the entry point. Of course, we first had to take a quick “shuttle” through space to get on the planet 😉 Prior to our arrival, we were given an exclusive Halcyon passenger pin, allowing us special identification on Batuu. Greeted by refreshingly cold water bottles, we were soon off on our adventures!
Through the Play Disney App, we were able to engage in messages, missions, and special tools during our excursion to Batuu. Navigating through the Black Spire Outpost, we scanned for hidden messages, unlocked valuable trinkets and armor, and detected encoded systems. We were given Lightning Lane access to The Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run with the touch of our Halcyon Magic Bands. Helping the Resistance against the First Order, and assisting Hondo Ohnaka in retrieving precious coaxium, we truly felt we were in the Star Wars Universe.
From 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, we had unlimited “shuttle” access from Batuu and the Halcyon, allowing us freedom and flexibility to decide our schedule for the day. We had an Oga’s Cantina reservation during the day, which was the perfect pit stop to refresh for our adventures. Lunch was provided at Docking Bay 7, however, the line was too long for our liking, and we opted to return to the Halcyon for the buffet luncheon provided. All Halcyon passengers were called back to the starcruiser and had to arrive no later than 4:00 pm to return for our next set of missions.
While on the Halycon Starcruiser, all guests meet at the Crown of Corellia Dining Room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dinner has two seatings, one at 5:30 pm and another at 8 pm. We ate at 5:30 pm both evenings which gave us plenty of time to enjoy the other activities going on throughout the evening. The dining room is transformed into a table-service dinner with a special musical appearance by galactic superstar Gaya, on the first night. This is where guests are able to mingle and communicate with crew members and other guests onboard. Gaya was fantastic, she had a beautiful voice and at times everyone was able to get up and dance around. It was incredibly fun. On the second night, there was no entertainment in the dining room but the entire crew presented the Taste Around the Galaxy meal with dishes inspired by different planets at the same time so it still felt like somewhat of a show. All of the food items are included in the price of the stay. Although, alcoholic beverages are not included.
The hotel is staffed with a mix of cast members all dressed in Star Wars costumes, and they serve as the front desk clerks, concierge staff, and crew members, who are in serious role-play. As your journey unfolds, there are so many opportunities to have in-person interaction with new and familiar Star Wars Characters and we really felt that this was the highlight of the entire experience. The Play Disney Parks app was incredibly interactive. We took full advantage of this and had some help from the crew with several missions. We loved the accessibility of it all, being able to walk up to any character at any time and dive right into the action. At one point the ship captain was standing close by so we jokingly told her that if she needed any help we were all hers. Within minutes we were in a private room and given a special secret mission to pick something up upon arrival at Batuu. After working some magic on the giant data pad up on the wall nearby, she had us scan our magic Bands and we immediately began receiving messages through the Play Disney app regarding the mission. Moments later we found ourselves hiding Chewbacca from the Storm Troopers, it was like we were in the movie!
We had the best time onboard the Galactic Starcruiser. The food was fun and tasty although if you’re a true foodie it leaves much to be desired.. We were most impressed by the acting of the crew and cast members as they never broke character. Even our waitress in the bar who we felt very comfortable with, never broke from her role. We asked if she lived locally and she quickly responded with “Of course, on Batuu!”
Is the experience luxury? Not quite. We would compare the experience to a themed, immersive cruise. The meals, non-alcoholic drinks, coffee, and most experiences are included in the high price tag of the 2-night, 3-day stay, which starts at $6,000 for a 2-guest standard room. You’re not paying for luxury on this trip, you’re paying for the exclusivity and that was very real. If you’ve always wanted to go to lightsaber training, have a hands-on experience on the legendary Halcyon starcruiser, and live out your own Star Wars dream in the most immersive way, this vacation aboard the Star Wars: Starcruiser truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
To get more details from our partners at Katie Bean Travel’s and to start the booking process, click here to book or call our office at (407)-636-2460 to set up a call with one of our team members!
Millenium Falcon Smugglers run (38″ tall to ride) – A motion simulator attraction in Galaxy’s Edge. Guests enter the iconic Millennium Falcon starship for a secret interactive smuggling mission, with each passenger playing a role in the completion of the mission. (Be careful how you fly because your flight team’s collective success or failure will be remembered by characters you encounter later around the land!)
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad (all ages) – The first Mickey Mouse-themed ride-through attraction at a Disney theme park, this trackless “dark ride” is based on the stylized world from the television series. *May cause motion-sickness*
Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage (all ages) – This Live musical, featuring Disney characters is performed in an open-air theater. The show is popular so be sure to show up 30 minutes early to get a seat if you don’t use Lightning Lane.
Muppet-Vision 3D (all ages) – 3D movie starring The Muppets. This show is a great attraction for all ages! The presentation can be intense and a little loud, so if you have a small child who is a little scared, encourage them to view it without the 3D glasses.
Toy Story Mania (all ages) – 3D ride through an indoor shooting gallery. The pull string cannon on your ride vehicle takes advantage of computer- generated imagery to toss rings, shoot balls, and even throw pies.
Alien Swirling Saucers (32″ tall to ride) – Spinning car ride. Think the scrambler ride from the county fair but with trackless technology and a lot less neck breaking. Fun ride for kiddos!
Slinky Dog Dash (38″ tall to ride) – Outdoor roller coaster. Themed to Toy Story’s Slinky Dog. The ride is more intense than the Magic Kingdom’s Barnstormer and Seven Dwarf Mine Train. Lots of hills but no loops or high speed curves. Long lines early!
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (40″ tall to ride) – Sci-fi themed indoor thrill ride. Visually intimidating to young children; contains intense, realistic special effects. The plummeting elevator at the end of the ride frightens many adults. Many children don’t like the feeling of being pulled out of their seats. A big hit with teens!
Rise of the Resistance (40″ tall to ride) – A combined trackless dark ride, walk-through, motion simulator, and drop ride system. Riders are in the middle of an altercation between the Resistance and the First Order. Intense ride that may frighten children under 8.
The Barnstormer (35″ tall) – Small roller coaster for kids new to coasters. If you want to see how your child handles riding coasters, this is the perfect testing ground.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (40″ tall to ride) -Western mining-themed coaster. A fun and entertaining queue but a rough ride
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger (all ages) – Combination space travel-themed indoor ride and shooting gallery. A real winner – not to be missed!
Dumbo the Flying Elephant (all ages) – Disney’s signature ride for children. Has a play area with interactive elements.
The Hall of Presidents – Behold all 44 Presidents of the United States in a stirring show tracing the nation’s history.
It’s a Small World – Indoor boat ride. Small boats carry visitors on a tour around the world, with singing and dancing dolls showcasing the dress and culture of each nation
Jungle Cruise – Outdoor boat ride, fun and relaxing, and full of “Dad Jokes”. Some macabre sights might frighten young children.
Mad Tea Party (all ages) – Midway-type spinning ride. You can make the teacups spin faster by turning the wheel in the center. Not for those prone to motion sickness!
Magic Carpets of Aladdin (all ages) – Much like Dumbo but a Magic Carpet, watch out for the spitting camel positioned to spray jets of water on riders! Meet Jasmine & Aladdin nearby at Agrabah Bazaar.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (all ages) – Ride in a “Hunny Pot” through the pages of a huge picture book into the Hundred Acre Wood. Meet Pooh and Tigger nearby throughout the day.
Mickey’s Philharmagic (all ages*) – A 3D movie featuring Mickey and Donald along with other favorites!
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (all ages) – Interactive animated comedy routines. Behind the scenes Disney employees voice the characters and often interact with audience members.
Peter Pan’s Flight (all ages) – This dark ride (indoor) takes you on a relaxing trip in a “flying pirate ship” over old London and to Never Land.
Pirates of the Caribbean (all ages) – Indoor pirate-themed adventure boat ride. Intense boat ride with somewhat gruesome sights and a short, unexpected slide down a flume.
Princess Fairytale Hall (all ages) – Four royals meeting & greeting at any time & you can see two of them at once. Signs outside the entrance tell you which line leads to whom and how long the wait will be
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38″ tall to ride) – Another great roller coaster for first time kiddos! While a popular ride, some believe that older grade school children who enjoy coasters are better off to save their Lightning Lane for Space Mountain or Big Thunder Railroad.
Space Mountain (44″ tall to ride) – Roller coaster in the dark! Involves sudden blackouts, abrupt turns & plummets. Many love this attraction, but if you’re not a thrill-seeker this ride is not for you.
Splash Mountain (40″ tall to ride) – Indoor/outdoor water-flume adventure ride. Most of the ride is slow, but the 52ft plunge down a steep chute at the end is a thrill. You WILL get wet on this ride!
Tomorrowland Speedway (32″ tall to ride w/adult – 54″ to drive unassisted) – Drive-em’ yourself mini-cars. Your child controls the steering wheel while you control the foot pedals. Children will feel like they’re really driving, even though they are on a self-guiding track.
Halloween 2020 at Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure
We recently had the opportunity to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure to experience all of their incredible Halloween themed festivities. When it comes to Halloween, Universal truly goes above and beyond.
Although Universal’s annual Halloween Horror Nights event was canceled this year, Universal still has plenty of spooky activities and entertainment around the parks for guests to enjoy. For the first time ever, Universal has two haunted houses running daily, and trust us when we say these haunted houses are not for the faint of heart!
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy
A pop-up book about the tooth fairy seeking revenge on a little boy who refuses to give up his teeth. Universal describes this house as “a darker ritual to the innocent traditions of the tooth fairy”. Each room features gruesome depictions of unfortunate victims of the tooth fairy, many of them missing parts of their mouth or head, and we were impressed by how realistic some of them looked. We also suffered many jump scares as we went around corners to find the terrifying tooth fairy waiting to jump out at us!
The Bride of Frankenstein Lives
Derived from the popular “Universal Monsters” house from last year’s Halloween Horror Nights, this house is not quite as intense as the tooth fairy house, however it is thrilling in its own way. This creepy love story follows the bride of Frankenstein as she emerges from the shadows and does whatever it takes to revive her beloved Frankenstein. As you enter through a narrow hallway, the first room opens up to creepy castle ruins, where the Bride of Frankenstein lurks up above and screams for the loss of her true love. As we walked through the house, we witnessed the various ways she tried to resurrect him, including sacrificing three different Brides of Dracula to her schemes. Her victims repeatedly gave us quite the scare by lunging at us out of the darkness or screaming from behind a closed door. The detailed sets and horrifying costumes in this house made it a new favorite of ours!
Universal’s Scarecrow Stalk Scavenger Hunt
If you’re looking for a less scary way to celebrate Halloween at the park, we loved Universal’s Scarecrow Stalk Scavenger Hunt. Simply request a free scavenger map at any merchandise location, and you’ll be on your way to hunting down 13 unique scarecrows and skeletons, hidden throughout the park. If you have a keen eye, you might even spot some fun Universal easter eggs. If you can find all 13 scarecrows, head to Studio Sweets or San Francisco Candy Factory to pick up a special reward. We had a blast hunting down each of these spooky creations!
If you are visiting the parks with little ones, or would like to skip the Haunted Houses all together, Trick-or-Treating is a great way to explore the park and still get in the Halloween spirit.
Children 12 and under can dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes and collect treats at 10 different locations throughout Islands of Adventure.
Special Trick-or-Treating bags are provided by Universal and each participating location will be designated by a pumpkin sticker on the door or window.
Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store
This spooky shop is an attraction in its own right, featuring multiple themed rooms decked out with detailed decorations, Halloween-themed snacks, and, of course, plenty of Halloween Horror Nights merchandise. Once you enter through the castle ruins, you’ll find yourself wandering through iconic scenes from Beetlejuice, Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory, a creepy pumpkin-themed zone, and even a haunted Bakery. As you walk between rooms, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for posters from all 30 Halloween Horror Nights events. You may have to wait in an additional line to get into the Bakery, but it’s well worth it for a peek at their beating gummy hearts – you truly have to see them to believe them! There are plenty of other Halloween themed snacks located throughout Universal, such as “Franken Fried Chicken”, specialty donuts at Voodoo Doughnut, and spooky cocktails at the Skeleton Bar.
Although the parks are very different this year than they were last year, we had an absolute blast celebrating Halloween at Universal Studios. We are so excited to see what the Holiday season will bring in the next couple of months. Stay tuned and follow us on Social Media for more fun park adventures!
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