New Minnie & Mickey Mouse Stroller Rentals at Disney World

Walt Disney World has rolled out a brand new lineup of Minnie & Mickey Mouse stroller rentals at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Disney Springs. This post covers the change, pricing, and my clueless commentary–and solicits your feedback on the refreshed wheels!

In addition to featuring character models of Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse in the same new cartoon style as Runaway Railway, these strollers have a sharp red, black, and yellow color scheme that replaces the previous plain beige & blue strollers. In technical terms, those were very blah.

Otherwise, these are the same molded plastic bases with soft sides, including mesh paneling that allows air flow and a fabric roof. Walt Disney World’s rental strollers are essentially designed for durability and daily use by different guests, meaning that there are minimal moving parts that can break (e.g. no reclining) or elements that can get dirty or worn (e.g. no padding for the seat). Here are other details about these new Mickey & Minnie Mouse rental strollers at Walt Disney World…

Let’s start with pricing and parameters:

Single Stroller – Recommended for children 50 lbs. or less and under 38 inches tall.

  • Daily: $15
  • Multi-Day (Length of Stay): $13
  • $100 USD credit card deposit is required for strollers rented at Disney Springs.

Double Stroller – Recommended for children 100 lbs. (total weight) or less and under 38 inches tall.

  • Daily: $31
  • Multi-Day (Length of Stay): $27

Length of Stay Rental – Pre-pay the number of days that you will require a stroller and save. Purchase a Length of Stay rental ticket for less per day when rented for multiple days. Then, upon visiting a theme park, simply show your receipt at the rental location to receive your stroller for the day.

Stroller Return – Strollers should be returned to a rental location before leaving the theme park.

Stroller Replacement – Strollers cannot be removed from the parks. When visiting more than one park in a single day, simply present your rental receipt at another park to obtain a replacement. Likewise, if you misplace your stroller, replacements are available with a receipt at various locations throughout Walt Disney World, based on availability.

Okay, now time for commentary. This is a seemingly insignificant change, arguably not worthy of a standalone blog post–but then again, yesterday we covered the announcement of a Toy Story Land “playset” (gift shop). This is easily more interesting and consequential than that.

In actuality, I think this is moderately interesting news. For one, these are a nice visual upgrade over the old blah strollers that also offers more exposure for Minnie and Mickey Mouse. That second point may seem unimportant, as the characters once had greater recognizability than even Santa Claus. However, they’ve started to slip in recent years, and if there are two characters who deserve widespread exposure and visibility, it’s Mickey & Minnie.

For another thing, whenever there has been any change with strollers at Walt Disney World in the last few years, it has been a hot topic among readers of this blog. Two years ago, Walt Disney World banned oversized strollers, requiring them to be no larger than 31″ (79cm) wide and 52″ (132cm) long. Additionally, wagons were no longer permitted.

This led to outrage, confusion, and concerns about third party stroller rentals no longer meeting the size parameters. Disney’s stated reason for that particular size update was to help guest flow and ease congestion. Setting aside the legitimate concerns many readers had at the time, that goal made sense. There had been a proliferation of Humvee-sized stroller-like monstrosities in the parks, including ones shaped like pumpkin coaches and spaceships from Star Wars. The huge strollers were causing crowd flow issues.

Only a few months after that, Disney inked an exclusivity deal with ScooterBug, the company that provides all such devices at Walt Disney World’s theme parks and Disney Springs. This resulted in Walt Disney World no longer allowing third-party vendors for strollers and mobility aids to be dropped off at Bell Services prior to guests arrival at the hotel, nor can they be left with Bell Services by guests for vendor pick-up at the end of a trip.

This change is much less “exciting” in retrospect, as a lot of the comments at the time were fueled by uncertainty and vagueness in the announcement. With that said, there were a couple of obvious reasons for the change, with the first being the burden all of these deliveries pose for Bell Services. The proliferation of third party vendors for strollers, ECVs, groceries, etc. meant that Bell Services was often constantly dealing with trucks doing drop-offs at Walt Disney World. The other obvious motivation was that the third parties are competition for Disney and ScooterBug, and the companies had no incentive to help out their competitors.

Nothing about this cosmetic change to Mickey & Minnie strollers strikes me as even remotely controversial, but I also didn’t anticipate the backlash to either of those past changes. This may come as a shock to all of you, but I’m not exactly an expert on strollers. However, as someone who operates a Walt Disney World blog, it’s probably knowledge I should have, which is another purpose of this post–to solicit that from you.

I’ve unintentionally locked eyes with parents trying to navigate an oversized stroller amidst the gridlock of post-fireworks crowds in Magic Kingdom, and seeing the desperation and dejection in their face is something I can never unsee or forget. This actually occurs with surprising regularity–not the locking eyes part, just seeing strollers stuck in the sea of crowds and parents looking like they’d rather be anywhere else in the world right then.

From those observations, my assumption has long been huge and clunky strollers are a mistake. That smaller strollers are better, with the most compact and lightweight options being best. In my mind, a stroller is a sort of like a tripod–the goal should be striking the right balance of compact size, weight, durability, strength, and price. (I assume carbon fiber strollers are a thing?)

If I were shopping for a stroller, I’d probably want one made of the lightest, space age materials that can hold a lot of weight but don’t weigh much themselves and condense down to the smallest size possible, while also not breaking the bank. When Walt Disney World crowds get rough, I’d want the ability to call an audible, collapsing the stroller and carrying the kid through the congestion.

However, and I cannot stress this enough, I have no clue what I’m talking about. When watching Dwight stress test a stroller with a watermelon, my reaction was “that seems like a smart idea.” I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the intended takeaway. (Sarah is going to be mortified that I wrote all of this, as my uninformed opinion of strollers is one of many topics I should “keep to myself.”) Anyway, I’m curious–are Walt Disney World’s rental strollers a solid option? Is renting from a third party the better bet? If so, which one(s) do you recommend? What makes for a “good” stroller while navigating crowds and the parks in general?

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YOUR THOUGHTS

Care to share your thoughts, experience, and recommendations on strollers at Walt Disney World? Thoughts on the new Mickey & Minnie Mouse designs? Do you agree or disagree with my assessment of what makes a good stroller in the parks? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!

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