by vipteam | May 6, 2022 | Tips & Tricks, Travel, VIP Disney
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 Stroller Rentals.
Strollers are also welcome at Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon but are not available for rent.
$15 per day with no deposit
($13 per day for multi-day rentals)
$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.
$15 per day with no deposit
$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.
Click here to book a stroller 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.
Click here to book a stroller or scooter with Scooterbug or call – (800) 726-8284
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
Click here to book a stroller with Buena Vista Rentals.
by vipteam | Apr 29, 2022 | Tips & Tricks, Travel, VIP Disney
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.
by vipteam | Apr 29, 2022 | Tips & Tricks, Travel, VIP Disney
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.
by vipteam | Oct 16, 2020 | Disney, Disney news, Disney tours, disney world, Holiday, luxury resorts, My VIP Tour, Orlando, Restaurants, Tips & Tricks, Travel, Universal Studios, VIP Disney
Walt Disney World Resort Reservations are now available through December 31st, 2021! We know so many families have been waiting for this moment since canceling or rescheduling their 2020 trips due to Covid-19. If you are not traveling to the parks this year, but would like to next year, now is the time to get started!
Resort Packages vs. Room Only Reservations
All resort reservation packages are now available through the end of 2021, with or without the purchase of theme park tickets. You can book your accommodation in two ways:
Resort Packages: When booking a resort package, you are able to reserve your accommodation as well as your theme park tickets for your stay. This pricing comes together in a package and can be modified if needed before your arrival.
Room-Only: A room-only reservation does not include your theme park tickets. Theme park tickets can be purchased separately at a later date.
Walt Disney World is currently offering guests to purchase park tickets along with their accommodations or separately for all dates in 2021. Park Hopper tickets are also currently available, however as the parks are still running as a one-park-per-day limit, Park Hopper tickets are not guaranteed at time of travel.
Please note: If you have purchased your park tickets, entrance into the parks is not guaranteed until you have made park reservations for your specific dates. We highly recommend making your park reservations as soon as your accommodation is booked and tickets are purchased.
There are lots of accommodation options to choose from on Walt Disney World property and where you decide to stay all depends on your schedule, your resort preferences, and resort availability.
Due to reduced capacity on Walt Disney World property, the following resorts are not currently scheduled to open for Fall 2021:
- All Villa Properties
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
- All-Star Movies Resort
- All-Star Sports Resort
- All-Star Music Resort
- Port Orleans – Riverside
- Port Orleans – French Quarter
- Wilderness Lodge
- Saratoga Springs
- Old Key West
*The Polynesian Resort refurbishment, including all new Moana themed rooms, will be finished by Fall 2021!
Dining Plans and Dining Reservations
At this time, Dining Plans will remain unavailable to add to resort reservation packages.
According to Disney, a confirmed dining reservation is required for day Guests (those not staying overnight) and is highly recommended for Guests staying overnight at a Disney Resort hotel.
Select dining locations require reservations so make sure to check each of your desired locations for details.
How to Get Started on your 2021 Walt Disney World Vacation
With so many options for accommodations, dining, and attractions, planning a trip to Orlando can seem overwhelming. That is what we are here for! From finding the perfect resort to planning out your entire stay, our team at My VIP Tour and Katie Bean Travels will assist with making sure your families builds unforgettable memories on your upcoming Walt Disney World vacation.
Reach out to our team today to discuss your theme park plans. You can reach us by phone @ (407) 636 2390 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We can’t wait to welcome you to Orlando and help Build Better Memories with your friends and family in 2021. See you real soon!
by vipteam | Oct 16, 2020 | Disney, Disney news, Disney tours, disney world, Holiday, luxury resorts, My VIP Tour, Orlando, Restaurants, Tips & Tricks, Travel, Universal Studios, VIP Disney
Gone are the days where guests can show up to the theme parks with no plan or schedule. With hundreds of resort and dining options, attractions, and fun activities to do around Orlando, it is crucial to have a park expert assisting along the way. Here are Top 5 Reasons to Hire a VIP Guide in the Theme Parks.
1. Creating the Perfect Schedule – for Everyone!
Between four Walt Disney World theme parks and two Universal Studios theme parks, there are over 100 attractions for guests to experience. Trying to organize a schedule where everyone in your group is able to do the attractions that are most important to them can be challenging. Your VIP Concierge here at My VIP Tour will discuss the parks and attractions with you in depth throughout the pre-planning process so they can create the perfect day-to-day theme park schedule for your family.
Once you are here in Orlando, your VIP guide will navigate your family through the parks in a very specific way so that everyone is experiencing attractions that are suitable for them. We often hear from our families that they expected their children to have fun, but never expected to have just as much fun themselves. Everyone in your family, from little ones to teens, and adults of all ages, deserve to feel the magic of the theme parks with no stress of thinking how to get through the parks and crowds each day.
Shorter wait times are what most families look for when hiring a VIP guide, and that is one of our favorite perks of our service! The theme parks have become so busy over the past few years. The average a guest visiting the parks on their own will wait is about 45-60 minutes for an attraction. Most of the popular attractions will experience a 90 minute or more wait time in the afternoons and during peak season dates. Yikes!
Our team at My VIP Tour has spent years studying the parks and attractions. Each an every one of our VIP guides goes through an intense training program to learn the in’s and out’s of the parks. With our expertise, and park knowledge, our families typically never wait more than about 15-20 minutes for an attraction throughout the day, leaving more time for rides and fun, and less time waiting in line.
We are Orlando based, many of us born and raised here, having visited Disney from a young age. Living here and visiting the theme parks daily puts us “in the know”.
All of the pre-planning is incredibly important when visiting the theme parks, however one of the best perks of hiring a VIP guide is having a local expert in real time while you are on vacation. Our Disney VIP guides are able to visit the parks daily and keep up with every single change that comes our way. We take that knowledge to plan the perfect customized itinerary for each individual family. Our Disney VIP Guides keep in touch with their families throughout their entire stay to make sure they can answer any questions that may arise. Our team of Orlando experts and can make recommendations on dining, other theme parks to visit, and fun activities outside of the parks.
Your Disney VIP guide will work together with your VIP concierge to cancel or make new dining reservations, book transportation, purchase extra park tickets, and do anything else they can do to help make your stay at the most magical place on earth as magical as it can be!
4. More than just a VIP Guide
Short wait times and stress-free planning are an amazing part of our service, however it’s the extra details that really elevate the experience.
Our VIP guides go above and beyond to create an unforgettable experience for our families from the moment they enter the park until the moment they get back to the resort.
We love to celebrate special occasions, take candid photos throughout each day, share our extensive knowledge on park history and facts, add in special (secret!) details for the kids, and so much more.
Our VIP guides quickly become part of the family from day one and do everything they can to learn what is most important to each and every member of the group so they can customize the entire experience.
We truly believe that our level of care is what sets My VIP Tour apart.
Each member of our team has visited the theme parks from a very early age and knows how special these trips can be. Some of our families plan their once-in-a-lifetime Disney trip with us and some visit with us annually. No matter if it’s your first or 20th trip, our goal is always to Build Better Memories each and every time.
Our team truly cares deeply about our families and their vacations. From the first phone call with our VIP concierge team to the last good-bye with your VIP guide at the park, your happiness and satisfaction is our number one priority.
Don’t just listen to us, head to our Trip Advisor page to read reviews from over 700 families who rated My VIP Tour five stars!
We can’t wait to meet your family and Build Better Memories with you soon!
Contact our concierge team today to get started on your next Orlando theme park dream vacation.
You can reach us by phone @ (407) 636-2390 or by email at email@example.com
by vipteam | Jun 11, 2020 | Disney, disney world, My VIP Tour, Orlando, Travel, VIP Disney
“We’re going to Disney World!”, is a phrase synonymous with celebrations and joy. Everyone wants to celebrate life’s wins, joys and celebrations at the happiest place on Earth, Walt Disney World. From Super Bowl wins, to high school graduations and family reunions, people have flocked to experience the magic since the Magic Kingdom opened in October 1971.
The uncertainty in the air, surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic has led us all into the realities of our “new normal”. We have more of an awareness of our hygiene practices ie: washing our hands for 20 seconds, hand sanitizing, cleaning of surfaces and other precautions. We wear masks in public and have socially and physically distanced ourselves from coworkers, friends, family and shared spaces.
Even the happiest place on Earth is not immune to this new normal. Long gone are the days of kissing Mickey Mouse on the nose, or crowding close with friendly strangers to view the fireworks. Does this mean your theme park experience will change and be different from what you have grown accustomed to? Absolutely. Does this mean that your time at Disney will be less magical? Absolutely not!
Here are just some of the reasons why My VIP Tour feels that NOW is still the best time to pack your bags and experience the joy that is Walt Disney World.
Meet Your VIP Guide Before Your Trip
We are so fortunate to have an incredible team of VIP guides. Each VIP guide has an incredible sense of how to make a day in the park even more magical adding special touches here and there with the goal of making sure you end your day having built better memories with your family that will last a lifetime.
Your VIP guide will schedule a FaceTime call with your family prior to your day in the park. This is the perfect time to get to know them a bit, learn more about what to expect during your day with them, and ask any questions you may have.
Our guides will also go over new park protocol and policies with you. This way everyone knows what to expect and eliminates some “fear of the unknown” Especially for the little ones. We understand that wearing masks, and temperature check points can be scary, and we want to eliminate that fear as much as we possibly can. Mickey Mouse just wants to make sure everyone stays safe & healthy!
Your Kids Will Only be This Age Once
The saying “The days are long, but the years are short” is one that resonates with me deeply now that I have children of my own. I swear my children were born, I blinked and now my son is getting ready to start preschool in the fall, and my two year old daughter is chatting up a storm. I wish I could freeze time and soak up every second of this age. They will never be this little again.
No matter if your children are little like mine, or have entered their teen or adult years. They are only going to be this age once, the time is now! Today they may love princesses and revel in the magic of the park, tomorrow they may just be “too cool”.
Yes, the magic is different from what we remember, but watching your children look around in wonder at Cinderella’s Castle, or hearing their screams of excitement on Big Thunder Mountain is magic, with mask or without. Soak this age up while you can.
Spot Characters in Their Element Throughout the Parks
In the timeline of Disney history, designated character meet and greet spots are fairly new. In this scenario, you wait in a line to meet a character, and by the time you have reached your turn, maybe your child is too shy or scared for a picture (I know this one from experience!). For many children, seeing beloved characters up close and personal can often be a little overwhelming.
We anticipate that while these character experiences are temporarily gone, you will still have the opportunity to see your favorite characters walking through the park, giving your little ones the chance to see their favorite characters without having to get too close.
Many characters in the parks already do this. Often, you can see the evil stepsisters from Cinderella and Peter Pan walking through Fantasyland, or Storm Troopers and Rey roaming Galaxy’s Edge. Your little ones may not get their autograph, but the atmosphere of magic and wonder still exists!
Form New Memories to Celebrate the End of Your Quarantine
The majority of us have been in varying states of self-quarantine since the middle of March. My children have maybe been in a car two or three times in the last three months, and believe me, we are all ready for a change of scenery.
With distance learning, mom and dad working from home, not having the ability to spend significant time with friends or family, most everyone is excited for the ability to go have some fun and build more memories together. What better place to do that than Walt Disney World.
View the Parade & Fireworks from the Comfort of Your Room
While Disney has announced that some of the shows and experiences that we have come to know and love and normally draw large crowds have been placed on hold, that does not mean you can no longer experience them.
Parades and fireworks are always magical, however, pushing your way through a crowd, or waiting hours for a prime viewing spot is not. Thankfully, our team at My VIP Tour are creating kits to help you experience the magic from your very own resort room. With popcorn, snacks and a link to view the parade and fireworks, you’ll get to put on your pj’s, watch the shows, and head to bed for Disney dreams. What a great way to end your day!
Will it be different? Of course. Is being in a mask ideal? No, but if I have to wear a mask, I much rather be wearing my mask in front of Cinderella’s Castle than at my local grocery store. It is truly never a bad time to build better memories in the parks with your loved ones. We are so excited to be a part of your magical Disney experience.
Hi everyone! My name is Kara and I am so excited to help you plan a magical Disney vacation. My love of Disney started during my very first trip there in March of 1994. Disney quickly became my family’s “happy place”. There was never any question, when it was time for a vacation, we packed our bags and headed to the most magical place on Earth. Nowadays, it is extra special for me to experience the Disney magic again through the eyes of my 4 year old son, Liam, and 2 year old daughter, Jennie. Seeing their eyes light up when Mickey and Minnie pass by and seeing their faces all sticky from Mickey ice cream bars make special memories that only Disney can bring. I can’t wait to help you build those memories together as a family!