I received lots of email feedback and questions
after my stroller renting column and even a third party Instant
Message. (To the lady at the bank with a stagecoach: please email
me and tell me why...)
Some of your questions will be answered
in next week's column with bringing your own stroller tips. Meanwhile,
here are some responses I've gathered to share.
Adrienne's Mailbox for 6
Reader Rich wrote:
Thanks so much for providing
your wonderful insights about parenting in the park. It's much
As much as I appreciate your column and value
your perspective, I'm going to have to disagree with your assessment
of the new strollers. Your column mostly pertained to the Twinkie
stroller and we rented the three wheel variety (Baby Jogger II-12),
however, we found that stroller to be more than adequate during
our recent visit to the park (mid-May).
When we rented the stroller at the main entrance
stroller shop, we simply asked the CM for a three-wheeled stroller
with a padded handle and waited patiently as they found one for
us. We tried to be polite and let several
other families receive their strollers ahead of us as the cast
members located our requested stroller.
As you noted in your column, these strollers
are more oriented to an upright sitting position and do not recline.
However, our two year old daughter seemed to enjoy the stroller
(no problems staying buckled in) and was easily able to nap in
them. The basket underneath was also easily accessible and we
simply draped our diaper bag over the handlebar for easy access
to wipes, and so forth. For our finishing touch, we brought along
a clip-on style cup holder, which really worked out well with
the padded handlebar. Only once during our visit did we receive
a stroller that had the frayed seams to which you refer.
We decided to rent the stroller at the park
for our once-a-year visit rather than bring our own because we
book extended (5 day) trips to the park and we really struggle
with all the luggage and transportation of the stroller around
the airport, rental car vans, and limited hotel room space that
makes traveling with a stroller a real pain. Unloading the stroller
so many times and holding up others waiting to board these vans
(or the DL monorail/railroad, for that matter) is no fun and
borders on rude. While most people generally seem good natured
about having to wait for us, why have to go through all that
fuss when we can just rent a stroller in the park and not have
As a last note, we did carry our diaper bag
and coats with us from the bus loading area into the park and
back, but compared to the hassle of traveling with a bulky stroller,
I'd say it was worth it. So I would weigh in on the side of renting
the park strollers and traveling light so parents and kids can
spend more time enjoying the park. After all, that's what it's
all about for us!
Thanks again for your great column!
| After I replied to Rich's initial email, he further
We never did get a Twinkle during our trip
because of the very things you mentioned. The first day of our
trip, we looked at the strollers coming out of the rental shop
and noticed there were different models. After looking them over,
we requested the the Jogger II-12 each day we were at the park.
Well, we also objected to the built-in reclining
angle of the Twinkle for our two year old and because we didn't
rent it, we never had any first-hand experience with the problems
you mentioned on the site. Our daughter normally prefers to sit
up and take in the view as we stroll along so the Jogger II-12
seemed to suit her orientation a bit better.
BTW, you mention on the site that some of
the Jogger II-12s don't have the padded handle. Our first stroller
did not have the padded handle and my wife *really* likes her
clip-on cup holder. Ever the resourceful one, she simply got
a handful of napkins from the Blue Ribbon. She then proceeded
to soak the napkins in water, folded them over the handlebar,
and attached the cup holder. Voila! The cup stayed in place all
day, even after the napkins dried out. How's that for practical!
|Thanks for your kind comments, Rich and thank you
for taking the time to reply. I appreciate your perspective and
I hope this gives people another viewpoint to consider.
drape my diaper bag over the handle bars and then I pop my camera
and fanny pack or purse into the basket. (Yes, I care a purse
and a diaper bag separately. I refuse to drag a diaper bag everywhere.
I often just leave it in the car for when I need it so I don't
use it as my purse. But of course, you didn't ask that, did you?)
I have to say that the canopy does come out of the
metal support in the Babyjogger I have (it is the Babyjogger
II with 16" wheels). I also would never bring it to an amusement
park. It is too cumbersome, hard to steer and maneuver. The basket
is more accessible than that one you had, but it still isn't
as nice as my Evenflo stroller's basket. I love my babyjogger,
but only on the open road!
|You know, I've seen people with jogging strollers
with larger wheels on them at Disneyland, and they do take up
a lot of room getting around.
Thanks for the feedback, Diane!
I am planning a trip to Disney World in the fall.
Do you know if they have the same kind of strollers? I was actually
considering a rental because of mine possibly being stolen while
we were on a ride, but now I don't think that is such a great
the answer to this question is complex. The stroller status at
Walt Disney World comes down to is this: While the old blue vinyl
strollers are in my opinion, yucky, they are also sturdy.
newer strollers have not been as sturdy and they're needing to
replace individual strollers more frequently than anticipated.
Right now, the WDW parks are using a combination of both the
older vinyl and the newer jogging strollers, along with a third
plastic style from MGM Studios.
One other thing to note is the
policy at Magic Kingdom that rental strollers can not be taken
onto the trains. (If you'll recall, one nice thing about the
jogging strollers is they folded up so you could take them on
the train at Disneyland and get off of the train at a different
station.) So if you get off the train at a different station
than the one at which you boarded, they're supposed to give you
a new rental stroller, but you may not the same style you left
As for not getting your stroller
stolen, I'll leave that comment in as a teaser for next week's
Child Carrier Backpack Comments
In our family, when we choose vacation
lodging, 3 and 4 star motels and hotels are the standard. But
we also regularly enjoy camping. (Can you hear Al groaning? - Al's
note: If God wanted you to visit somewhere, he'd have put a Hilton
there. ;) )
This year for Father's Day, Dr. Krock picked out a new backpack
child carrier. It's perfect for our upcoming trip to the High
Sierras with Matthew. (Wish us luck, this is our first camping
trip since he was born.)
Personally, I can't think of why
anyone would bring one of these backpacks to Disneyland. Here's
my rundown of why:
* having to take it on and off
or taking your child in and out of it frequently
* storing it while on rides
* carting it around all day
* getting hotter and sweatier than
necessary (when camping it's one thing, but at Disneyland?)
* where do you put the diaper bag?
So I turn this one to you-- if
you have used or would use a backpack carrier at Disneyland,
please email me-- and note: I'm NOT talking about soft sided
front infant carriers like my beloved Baby Bjorn. To see the
style I'm thinking of, click
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