I’m planning a trip to Disneyworld next month and it has me thinking about strollers. Even though my “baby” just turned four and almost never rides in a stroller anymore, when it comes to theme parks, we still like to have one on hand. As a So Cal theme park aficionado (and a stroller veteran of almost 15 years of pushing!) I like to think of myself as a true stroller connoisseur. But no matter how opinionated I am, I defer to Hollie at Baby Gizmo for the full stroller scoop. Before considering any stroller purchase I have always watched her videos, and advised friend and family to do the same.
I’m not at all surprised that Hollie is celebrating FIVE MILLION views on Baby Gizmo this month. She’s celebrating with a 30 day giveaway extravaganza and today you can get extra entries for the chance to win my top Theme Park Stroller choice – The Joovy Ergo Caboose, by commenting on my site. Be sure to visit the Baby Gizmo site for complete contest rules.
Factors I consider for theme park use include: weight, basket size, maneuverability, seat size & recline, speed and ease of fold, price (I’ve had strollers stolen at theme parks twice), and visibility. While it’s hard to find one stroller that has everything you might need for a day at the “park”, the following are some of my favorites.
The Joovy Ergo Caboose This stroller seems perfectly designed for theme park use.It’s super easy to push and collapses quickly and easily. It’s got a generous basket and room for a sibling to sit or stand and ride along. Also, it’s relatively lightweight at 29 lbs. This means that you could hop on and off the tram and even fold it up for the ride up an escalator if you don’t want to wait in line for an elevator. With cupholders for for the front seat and the ability to attach a carseat in the rear, this comfy workhorse epitomizes just about everything I could want in a theme park stroller.
The Baby Jogger City Mini Double is another beloved fave of mine. I recommend this stroller to everyone, even if they have one child, because you tend to go to theme parks with friends & cousins. Even when you don’t have a friend along, the extra seat is handy for souvenirs, a backpack, the sweatshirt that you keep taking off and putting on again, etc. The City Mini Double is very, very lighweight and folds in an instant. Boom! It’s flat! So convenient & easy to hop on a tram. It’s easy to push thanks to the swivelling wheels. Despite being a side by side, it fits through standard doorways without trouble. Side by sides are great – no arguing over the front or back seat. There is a ton of room in the storage basket below and canopies offer generous coverage. The seats recline (independently) to near flat, making this a great stroller for napping. Adapters make this stroller car seat friendly.
Always one to buck the trend! The Micralite Super Lite is my longstanding go-to theme park stroller despite the fact that it’s quite tippy if you hang heavy items from the handlebars. This tip factor has turned off some users but I’m comfortable working around this issue & try not to overload handles in general. I love the Micralite Super Lite because this is a stroller that is comfortable for adults of all sizes to push and also it is comfy for kids of all sizes, including my long-limbed tall 4 year old, to sit in. I find this stroller offers “just enough” of everything – recline, under seat storage, ease of use, and versatility. The over sized tires mean this stroller bounces smoothly up and down curbs and stairs and over all sorts of terrain. At the end of the day, however (and the start as well) it’s the compact fold size and weight that have me grabbing for this stroller repeatedly. It’s small enough to leave in the car. I can lift this stroller one handed and fold/unfold in under 30 seconds. Even if I end up pushing around my own backpack for half the day, I’m never sorry to have this stroller with me. Adapters do make this stroller compatible with several carseats. Options to personalize this stroller with colorful seat covers and accessories and the unusual look of the Micralite mean that it won’t get lost in a crowd
The Mutsy Transporter is another stroller that collapses quickly and easily for jumping on and off the the tram. Although it folds up compact, and is relatively lightweight, this is no “umbrella” stroller. It’s a full size, full service ride for your child, that sacrifices nothing. Options include bassinet and stroller adapters. The Transporter has one of the most user friendly baskets out there. Easy access and large capacity means room for everyone’s jacket, snacks and souvenirs. This stroller has an easy recline and foam filled tires that keep the ride cushy without any risk of flat tires. It also comes in purple (pictured above) which is sure to stand out in the crowd!
The Uppa Baby Vista is what I like to call the SUV of theme park strollers. This is the “drop me off at the gate, honey” stroller for when you will be out all day but don’t want to compromise at all on anyone’s comfort. It’s big, like a cruise ship, and just as smooth. It’s not impossible to take on the tram but if you’re using it because it has extra seats and toddler skateboard attachments, don’t bother trying. Just get dropped off at the gate and you and the kids will be happy all day long. This stroller faces forwards or backwards, has a plethora of clever seating and riding attachment options for siblings and a basket large enough to pack enough vittles for a week long journey.
Want to know if Hollie agrees with me about the original Uppa Vista? Watch the Baby Gizmo review!
What are your favorite theme park strollers? Any thoughts what we should bring to Florida with us for our 4 year old son? I’m leaning towards a Joovy Ergo Caboose. You can enter to win one from Baby Gizmo and will receive extra entries when you comment below.
Disclosure: I’m a fan of Hollie Schultz and have not been compensated for this post in any way. I have tested (and/or purchased) all of the above strollers at various points in time over the past five years while writing reviews for this site and additional sites I contribute to, and/or while borrowing strollers from friends. No specific strollers were tested for consideration of this article, all opinions are my own based on years of stroller pushing experience!