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RubySlippers
09-15-2008, 05:50 PM
LOL... in the 25+ trips I have taken to WDW I have NEVER seen this before.... People LOCKING their stollers with bike locks!!!:scared1: They were chained to fences, poles and benches!!!:eek: Is this a new thing??
I saw several cast members trying to line up strollers outside of rides only to find them chained up. I asked one CM outside of the Crystal Palace how they handled this isssue and she said that they have cut some of them off if they were there a long time or created a "crowd flow" problem. Have anyone else noticed this?

Rubyprincess:

davidsprincess
09-15-2008, 06:56 PM
I plan on chaining my front wheels together so no one will take my stroller while at DLR in November. A few people have had theirs taken while there. More often than not, people will have items stolen from their stroller. It is just a precautionary measure.

El&Asmom
09-15-2008, 07:02 PM
I didn't see it last week, but I'm not surprised. We actually saw a couple of those $750 strollers when we were there. I'm sure people who spend that kind of money on a stroller want to keep them safe.

Thankfully my slings are portable, and don't require a bike chain.:goodvibes

imthatgirl
09-15-2008, 07:25 PM
i did see people chaining the wheels together. it made me chuckle a bit. but i did feel bad for the CM's. this one poor cm was outside ot its a small world and i saw her trying to manuevor a locked one. it was large and she was trying to pick it up to move it. poor thing.

Disney1976
09-15-2008, 07:36 PM
Am I the only one who thinks it is incredibly rude and incosiderate of people to do that? After all, do they not realize they are causing an inconvenience to CM's who may need to move those strollers, only to find they can't, or can't without great difficulty? I can see how that can cause a lot more trouble for everyone due to one person's selfishness.

What happens when a CM tries to move one of those expensive strollers and ends up breaking it? Then I suppose the family will demand a free upgrade to GF RPC, free park tickets, pool hopping prvileges at the Poly, and so forth.

If you don't want your $750 stroller possibly stolen, don't take it to Disney. Don't want something stolen from your stroller? Leave it in your room, or take it with you when you go on an attraction.

Kenenitz
09-15-2008, 07:49 PM
Am I the only one who thinks it is incredibly rude and incosiderate of people to do that? After all, do they not realize they are causing an inconvenience to CM's who may need to move those strollers, only to find they can't, or can't without great difficulty? I can see how that can cause a lot more trouble for everyone due to one person's selfishness.

What happens when a CM tries to move one of those expensive strollers and ends up breaking it? Then I suppose the family will demand a free upgrade to GF RPC, free park tickets, pool hopping prvileges at the Poly, and so forth.

If you don't want your $750 stroller possibly stolen, don't take it to Disney. Don't want something stolen from your stroller? Leave it in your room, or take it with you when you go on an attraction.

I'm not sure what I feel about the fact that people are chaining their strollers.. ( as I have never been there as a parent ) but I think it's incredibly rude and inconsiderate that people will steal things from others strollers or the stroller itself. I mean how little conscience can you have to STEAL a CHILD'S stroller? kwim? I think the saddest part of this is that people feel its necessary. I'm not sure what we'd do if I had my stroller stolen. I will have an 18mo old and a 4 mo old when we go and if someone stole my stroller (which was only $300) it would definitely put a huge damper on my vacation.

SueM in MN
09-15-2008, 10:15 PM
It IS OK to chain the wheels together - if 2 front or 2 rear wheels are locked together, the CM can still tilt the stroller onto the 2 unlocked wheels and push it away.

It is VERY rude to chain the stroller to lightpoles or benches. I have not seen it much, but have seen strollers chained to benches in a way that prevents the bench from being used. I've also seen strollers chained to light poles or fences in ways that make people have to detour around them. That's not fair and is rude.

loopner67
09-15-2008, 10:39 PM
It's really a shame that strollers have gotten stolen in WDW (this happened to two different people I know - what a pain for them!). I am not surprised to hear that people are chaining their strollers now. Really, such a shame that it's come to this.

shoppgirl
09-15-2008, 10:47 PM
That's quite funny actually. I am one of those people who was rather paranoid that my two Macs would go missing at the parks, that I actually brought a bike lock with me on our trip! But frankly, it was a pain to lock them up and I never used it! I had planned on chaining the 2 strollers together (along the side, and not the wheels so that a CM could move them). There were so many strollers everywhere, nice ones, cheap ones, it was never a problem leaving them. I learned my lesson this trip and I won't be bringing that heavy duty bike lock with me next time! :lmao:

Ourtoystory
09-15-2008, 11:52 PM
We brought a bike lock last winter. It wasn't to lock the stroller to anything as we always get
a double rental. However we did lock our backpack to the stroller. We don't keep anything valuable in the backpack ...well it is all valuable to us. Nothing that would interest deviants. Just favourite blankeys, extra bottles and liners, kids autograph books, water bottles and bits and bobs. Things that would be vacation disturbing if they walked off and we had to try and replace them. We have heard on this board of backpacks and such going missing off of strollers. We figure the deviants are looking for an easy snatch and having to drag along a big heavy double stroller isn't what they bargain for. That said, we also think someone might notice if they are tugging at our backpack suspiciously and drawing looks from others wouldn't be backpack snatching friendly.

It is the greatest place on earth but we still take this little precaution. :hippie:

Narnia
09-16-2008, 08:31 AM
I'm planning on locking the stroller (if I remember) But I'm also using it as a wheelchair so I won't have to leave it often.

Belle1962
09-16-2008, 08:32 AM
I agree that locking it to something is rude and can become a hazard. Locking the wheels together so it still moves but can't be be stolen is ok.

That being said--when I leave my ecv I leave a big backpack on it and usually a little cooler in the basket. In ten years I have never had a problem with anything missing.

K and K's Mommy
09-16-2008, 08:41 AM
I have been on five trips with a stroller and never any problem! :cool1: The only thing we do is put a big bandanna on it so it is easier to find. We usually grab our backpack and take it with us, but I will admit to occasionally forgetting it. This year I am downsizing from a double to a single!

Captain_Hook
09-16-2008, 09:38 AM
I agree that it is rude and inconsiderate to lock/chain a stroller to a fixed object.

I do not think it is rude to secure a stroller so it is more difficult to steal. I actually posted a thread asking how people secure their strollers so they are not stolen (or, more likely, mistaken as someone else's).

I am incredibly worried about my stroller. It is new and was expensive (for us). $300 may not seem like much to some people, but it is alot for my family. Hey, let's face it -- when trying to save for our Disney trip, I would be upset if my lesser expensive (gigantic) stroller was stolen. Actually, now that I think about it, I would be upset/angry if ANYTHING was stolen from me -- especially at Disney.

I am still trying to figure out the most hassle-free way to secure my stroller when at the parks. Maybe I am worried because the stroller is new or maybe because this is the first time I will ever have a stroller at Disney World. I just know that I would be heartbroken and angry if anything were to happen to it after all the time I spent researching and looking for the perfect stroller and then saving for it as well!

Here's hoping all my fears and worries and stressing are baseless!! :drinking1

zoie101
09-16-2008, 09:46 AM
lesson learned
make it so ridiclus(sp) that no one wants to be seen with it
and no one will take it!:grouphug:

brockash
09-16-2008, 10:04 AM
Hmmm... That seems a little odd to me, but I think I'm probably more naive when it comes to being at Disney than most. We were just there about 2 weeks ago, and I didn't notice any chains or anything, and mine certainly wasn't, but I wasn't really looking for that either. It seems like it would be very time consuming and a huge pain to have to do that. I've been to WDW many times with strollers, and have never had a problem with anything being taken, just the occasional stroller move by a CM, but I've come to expect that.

BrookeTx
09-16-2008, 10:51 AM
We had ours (personal stroller) accidently taken, on our last trip. We were riding a ride, had our jackets in the bottom of the basket w/ popcorn and soda bottles in the cup holders. Got off the ride and it was GONE! I freaked out! Well we tracked down some employees in suits who helped look for it and it was at It's a Small World. What's funny is the stroller that was left there didn't even look like ours.

mom2aredhead
09-16-2008, 11:21 AM
I I'm sure people who spend that kind of money on a stroller want to keep them safe.


I think that people that spend $750 on a stroller should leave it home!

imthatgirl
09-16-2008, 11:54 AM
We had ours (personal stroller) accidently taken, on our last trip. We were riding a ride, had our jackets in the bottom of the basket w/ popcorn and soda bottles in the cup holders. Got off the ride and it was GONE! I freaked out! Well we tracked down some employees in suits who helped look for it and it was at It's a Small World. What's funny is the stroller that was left there didn't even look like ours.

most likely it wasnt taken at all. the CM's move the carriages. they dont just move the carriages around the same lot, they will move them to other lots. we found this happens in fantasy land no matter where we leave the stroller.so now we just leave it in the area by its a small world. too many times weve come out of philharmagic or peter pan and not found our stroller. its annoying, but it happens.

in fact when my brother worked for disney he said there were strollers left there every night. my guess, those are the people who thought their stroller was stolen.

perkinsrose
09-16-2008, 01:18 PM
I think that people that spend $750 on a stroller should leave it home!

why have a stroller if you're going to leave it at home when you need it?

myprincessgirlisa
09-16-2008, 01:18 PM
someone needs to invent lowjack for strollers;) :lmao:

DISNEYFOS
09-16-2008, 01:31 PM
CM do move strollers quite a bit to areas that can be far from where you left it. In the small world area, they have the stroller area that they move all the strollers to..and they move around within that area. I agree that something colorful to diferentiate your stroller might be more useful...

In my 10 trips since 2003 with a stroller..we have never had a problem with stealing. Granted its no bugaboo but a Maclaren isn't exactly cheap. Last two trips were with a Maclaren double. We leave souvenier bags in the bottom, all types of stuff. I bring my purse and camera on rides..but I've left diaperbags.

Picabo
09-16-2008, 01:53 PM
I plan on chaining my front wheels together so no one will take my stroller while at DLR in November. .


What is DLR??? (Thanks!)

I think it's sad that anyone has to worry about their stroller being stollen. It's pathetic to think someone would come to Disney and walk away with someone else's stroller. Just pathetic. And, while I understand WHY people would chain them up, I do agree that it's rude. It's a known fact that the CM's often have to move them to make room for more, clear a line for people to walk, etc.

Why not just take a poopy diaper (or even a decoy poopy diaper), tie it up in a plastic bag and tie the bag to the handle. The poopy diaper decoy ought to be enough to make someone stay away from the stroller!

TMB1203
09-16-2008, 02:17 PM
I think that its rude to lock a stroller so that it cannot be moved especially if it impedes the flow of traffic or causes an inconvenience for others (such as preventing them from sitting on a bench).

We go 1-3 times per year and we have never had anything stolen (we have seen squirrels in the bottoms of other strollers eating snacks at AK :lmao: )

We have always brought a stroller and have taken anything valuable (back packs, cameras etc) with us when we go on rides or into a restaurant. I bought an excellent stroller from a garage sale for $10.00 and that's the one we take with us to Disney.

Now that my youngest is almost 5, I don't see many more trips with a stroller. Too bad...I love the convenience of a stroller.

all4fun
09-16-2008, 02:28 PM
What is DLR??? (Thanks!)

I think it's sad that anyone has to worry about their stroller being stollen. It's pathetic to think someone would come to Disney and walk away with someone else's stroller. Just pathetic. And, while I understand WHY people would chain them up, I do agree that it's rude. It's a known fact that the CM's often have to move them to make room for more, clear a line for people to walk, etc.

Why not just take a poopy diaper (or even a decoy poopy diaper), tie it up in a plastic bag and tie the bag to the handle. The poopy diaper decoy ought to be enough to make someone stay away from the stroller!

DLR is Disneyland California.

I don't know about the old dirty diaper trick. It's been a known trick for a long time. And I don't think I'd want to be seen pushing a stroller around that has what looks like a dirty diaper hanging off of it anyway, lol.:rotfl: That is just me.

I do think it's rude to lock a stroller up so it can't be moved. It would be ok to lock wheels together to make it harder to steal or move. I've never done either because it just seems like too big of a hassle to me. Fortunately, in 10+ trips to WDW and DLR since 2004, we have never had a problem. Of course, we also don't travel with super expensive strollers either. Regardless of how expensive the stroller, it would still be a real bummer to have one stolen while on vacation though.

bumbershoot
09-16-2008, 02:49 PM
However we did lock our backpack to the stroller. We don't keep anything valuable in the backpack ...well it is all valuable to us. Nothing that would interest deviants. Just favourite blankeys, extra bottles and liners, kids autograph books, water bottles and bits and bobs. Things that would be vacation disturbing if they walked off and we had to try and replace them. We have heard on this board of backpacks and such going missing off of strollers. We figure the deviants are looking for an easy snatch and having to drag along a big heavy double stroller isn't what they bargain for. That said, we also think someone might notice if they are tugging at our backpack suspiciously and drawing looks from others wouldn't be backpack snatching friendly.


Why not just take the backpack with you?

People don't necessarily just take the whole backpack; a person walking up to a stroller and opening a backpack would look just as normal as a person walking up and taking the backpack. A thief could just as easily rifle through the backpack as take it, so as a person who HAS had someone steal something from the bottom of a stroller, something that was underneath other items like an old sweatshirt, I say just take that backpack with you!



If I were going to lock a stroller's wheels, I would lock the back wheels. My kid likes riding with the stroller on the back wheels, so if I were a thief having a stroller locked in the front wouldn't really impact me much, b/c popping the stroller up on the back wheels isn't hard at all. But if you lock the back, pushing it with just the *front* wheels would be a pain and much more obvious.

davidsprincess
09-16-2008, 03:00 PM
It doesn't matter how cheap/expensive a person's stroller is it would still be upsetting to have it stolen.
I don't plan on chaining it to anything. A CM could move it, it just would stand out and look odd to see someone trying to push a stroller that had locked wheels. Like maybe they have no business touching that stroller!

All I know is that it really blows that no none can take a break, not even to Disney and not have to worry (or even think about) their belongings and if anyone will take them.

AmyBWV99
09-16-2008, 03:50 PM
We are leaving in a few weeks and for the frist time with 2 children will be flying and only taking one double stroller. We have to fly this trip and since we aren't driving we won't have the luxury of space and being able to pack back up strollers. :sad2: (typically we take 1 double and 2 singles as back up) It's easier on the adults to have 1 stroller to account for but sometimes the kids have had a difficult time being SBS. So we are getting a mid range tanddem double. we will be locking hte back wheels everytime we leave it. It's a 3 wheeled stroller and will be unpushable if the back wheels are locked. I wouldn't lock it to anything but since my DS #1 has speaical needs for it to 'dissappear' could make or break our vacation, BIG TIME. So in an effort to insure it's safe keeping we'll be locking it! :thumbsup2

surfergirl602
09-16-2008, 03:56 PM
most likely it wasnt taken at all. the CM's move the carriages. they dont just move the carriages around the same lot, they will move them to other lots. we found this happens in fantasy land no matter where we leave the stroller.so now we just leave it in the area by its a small world. too many times weve come out of philharmagic or peter pan and not found our stroller. its annoying, but it happens.

in fact when my brother worked for disney he said there were strollers left there every night. my guess, those are the people who thought their stroller was stolen.

That happened to us quite frequently. We would park in stroller parking, go on a ride, come back and it would be in a different lot.:confused3

PA Princess
09-16-2008, 03:59 PM
We have made 10 plus trips in the last 10 years and never had a problem with 4 kids and a multitude of strollers. I am sure there are occasionally problems, but at this point we take the slight risk and do not lock our stroller.

We were in WDW 8/26 to 9/1 and we did encounter and issue on 8/31 in MK and stroller locking. We were at the Pooh ride around 11:30 am, and someone had chained a stroller (a relatively inexpensive stroller) to the iron railing in front of the ride (decorative railing near the entrance).

Can't say I would have even noticed the chained stroller, but the 3 suits, 2 security guards, 2 police officers, and German Shephard were hard to miss!

So be warned, if you chain a stroller to something, you just may return to a rather disgruntled welcoming party.

Tiffany_MommyOf3
09-16-2008, 04:02 PM
I'm sorry but some people can ONLY get a $750 stroller. My triple cost more than that and I could NOT find a triple that would fit in my van with 4 carseats that cost less and still had nice features. So yeah, if I bring a stroller that fits all of my children - - it needs to be protected... even if that means locking wheels together.


I wouldn't lock it to a post.


I've never brought my triple as I normally just bring 2 doubles since I need 4 seats if I'm spending the entire day there - my 5 yr old cant handle an entire day walking Disney.

Sometimes we rent strollers

ERMama
09-16-2008, 04:24 PM
I understand theres a slight risk of theft but I am not going to lock my stroller. Sure if it were stolen it would be an inconvienece but I wouldnt let it ruin my vacation. I think the CM's do a great job rearranging strollers to keep the traffic flowing in the parks and I wouldnt want to imagine the chaos if they didnt do the job they did now.

RubySlippers
09-16-2008, 06:49 PM
We were in WDW 8/26 to 9/1 and we did encounter and issue on 8/31 in MK and stroller locking. We were at the Pooh ride around 11:30 am, and someone had chained a stroller (a relatively inexpensive stroller) to the iron railing in front of the ride (decorative railing near the entrance).

Can't say I would have even noticed the chained stroller, but the 3 suits, 2 security guards, 2 police officers, and German Shephard were hard to miss!

So be warned, if you chain a stroller to something, you just may return to a rather disgruntled welcoming party.

:scared1: WOW!!:scared1:

Rubyprincess:

all4fun
09-16-2008, 07:13 PM
Can't say I would have even noticed the chained stroller, but the 3 suits, 2 security guards, 2 police officers, and German Shephard were hard to miss!

either this is tongue in cheek, or there was something much more serious going on there than a locked up stroller. I hardly think two police officers would show up just because someone locked up a stroller to a rail. The idea makes me :lmao:

3girls4me05
09-16-2008, 07:33 PM
When I went I took a bright pink paper and made a sign for our stroller. I laminated it and secured it with one of those plastic ties that you have to cut off. I did it to make it easier to ID but later realized it was a great theft protection too. After all with all those strollers in a lot would you take one that had a tag with identification on it that you would have to cut off? Just a suggestion for anyone worried about their stroller.

dreamydis
09-16-2008, 09:10 PM
Wow! I had no idea so many people have thought of and have seen people locking their strollers. I have been to Disney numerous times with our strollers and never had a problem. After all, people are spending tons of money on their vacation in Disney...why would these people steal a stroller?

KK'sMommy
09-16-2008, 09:26 PM
We didn't have any problems with people stealing our strollers, but one reason I can think of for people stealing strollers is for older children they thought would not need one, then found out the hard way, they did. We had to buy one of the Kolcraft strollers in the park because our almost four year old was dragging by the halfway point of day one. Thankfully we had the extra money to buy it and we could NEVER steal from someone else, but many people do not have the same values. Also, strollers can make you some big money on places like ebay and other online stores. Stroller envy is also another big thing.

JimmyJr'sMom
09-16-2008, 10:32 PM
People who NORMALLY RENT a stroller so they DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT BEING STOLEN are now faced with:mad: DISNEY STROLLER EXTORTION :mad: and are refusing to pay for rentals.....People like me. :yay: AND NO- I Don't want to see my stroller take a walk. DISNEY COULD SOLVE THIS BY ADJUSTING THE RIDICULOUS STROLLER RENTAL FEES. I think I may even bring a lock, now that I know there is a real problem with thefts.:lmao:

mommy-on-the-move
09-17-2008, 05:30 AM
When I went I took a bright pink paper and made a sign for our stroller. I laminated it and secured it with one of those plastic ties that you have to cut off. I did it to make it easier to ID but later realized it was a great theft protection too. After all with all those strollers in a lot would you take one that had a tag with identification on it that you would have to cut off? Just a suggestion for anyone worried about their stroller.

We did the same thing with ours- I did it to make sure we could find it in a sea of strollers (after all it is a black & red mac sport- hardly an unusual stroller :laughing: ) but looking at it that way it'd make it the least tempting i suppose if you wanted an untrackable stroller- that being said we also left our stroller bag in it and no problems at all.

christa112
09-17-2008, 06:07 AM
HUH???? Never even gave locking my stroller a thought. Definately a new one to me.

tink2dw
09-17-2008, 06:14 AM
This has been debated before and the Solution reached was, this recipe.

One see thru bag

1 diaper[must give it's life to protect the many]

1 rootbeer warm with foam

leftovers

open diaper pour enough to look like poop

Add peas

put in the clear bag so brown and peas can be seen

tie to stoller handle

make some eww peew uuuuuu sounds :scared1: ever time you want leave said stoller

Aliceacc
09-17-2008, 08:23 AM
Anyone who has never been to Disney before probably has NO IDEA that you shouldn't lock strollers, or that CMs move them.

perkinsrose
09-17-2008, 09:48 AM
most likely it wasnt taken at all. the CM's move the carriages. they dont just move the carriages around the same lot, they will move them to other lots. we found this happens in fantasy land no matter where we leave the stroller.so now we just leave it in the area by its a small world. too many times weve come out of philharmagic or peter pan and not found our stroller. its annoying, but it happens.

in fact when my brother worked for disney he said there were strollers left there every night. my guess, those are the people who thought their stroller was stolen.


I'm not surprised that this is the case sometimes. Maybe people should mark their stroller with a luggage tag ID with cellphone or resort # just in case. If your stroller can't be found after searching nearby--there's a chance it will show up later and you can be contacted.

YellowMickeyPonchos
09-17-2008, 01:16 PM
I plan on chaining my front wheels together so no one will take my stroller while at DLR in November. A few people have had theirs taken while there. More often than not, people will have items stolen from their stroller. It is just a precautionary measure.

We have gone to DL and DCA every 2 or 3 weekends for the last 3.5 years with a stroller and we have never had any issues. We have 5 different strollers, from a Volo to Graco to Doubles Graco and Jane to Quinny Buzz - all price ranges. They've never been messed with or moved badly. I don't know if it's because people park their strollers better there, but the CMs don't have to do anywhere near the stroller patrol that you see in WDW, except at Plyahouse Disney Live. (We usually take either of our Gracos when we go there.)

I've never seen locked strollers at DLR.

antree
09-17-2008, 03:21 PM
I really think people are locking them not to have them moved. I used a stroller for about 6 yrs and never had a problem. I know I have had a hard time tracking down my stroller once it was moved, but never stolen. I did one time take a stroller by mistake. We just left Little Mermaid show and was going to the Great movie ride. My family ran ahead of me and I grabbed the stroller and ran over to them. When I parked the stroller I was mad because my son's jacket was missing, when I went to take the rest of the stuff out I realized it wasn't my stroller.:scared1: I ran it back to the parking for Little Mermaid and I grabbed my stroller and ran out of there:lmao: I couldn't believe I did that.

So back to the post I know I hate when I have to look for my stroller once it is moved and I heard people complain so maybe that is why they are locking them now. I really hope people are not stealing them.

DawnM
09-17-2008, 03:25 PM
We got a stroller at a yard sale for $1. it is not an umbrella stroller either, but is lightweight and has a basket in the back.

We do leave things in the stroller, but we always have things that wouldn't upset us too badly if they were stollen.....older jackets or sweatshirts, a thrift store bag with sandwiches or snacks, that sort of thing.

If we don't want it stolen, we carry it with us in a backpack.

I don't understand why anyone would take expensive items and not keep them on their person at all times.

Dawn