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Old 07-16-2009, 03:47 PM   #1
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Anyone go to WDW with an expensive stroller?

Well, we finally caved in and got the stroller of our dreams for a good price but it was still pricey - a MacLaren Techno. I LOVE it and so does my 10 month old.

Should I be worried about it getting stolen in the parks? I have been to WDW many times with my Peg Perego stroller, nice but kind of beat up from use. Never a problem. I keep reading to tie a dirty diaper on it but if someone really wants a nice stroller, I don't see how that would stop them. They could just take it off!
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YUP - we brought a brand new Peg Perego Pliko P3 last Fall and it was fine (knock on wood). I don't believe that a dirty diaper is a deterrent either. They can easily drop it in the closest trash bin if they want the stroller badly enough.
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Old 07-16-2009, 03:57 PM   #3
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I'm definitely going to write our name on it somewhere in non washable marker. Just in case someone does steal it and we find them with it, they cannot say it's theirs!

Am I paranoid?
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We went this pass spring and took two strollers one a double and the other a single brand new and the same brand as yours and we had no problem what so ever . I would recommend tying ribbon or something that makes yours easy to identify there seems to be alot of WDW visitors purchasing this particular brand and sometimes it's hard to tell yours from someone else's . Have a great trip, no need to worry about your stroller it will be just fine
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Thanks for the reassurance!

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We went this pass spring and took two strollers one a double and the other a single brand new and the same brand as yours and we had no problem what so ever . I would recommend tying ribbon or something that makes yours easy to identify there seems to be alot of WDW visitors purchasing this particular brand and sometimes it's hard to tell yours from someone else's . Have a great trip, no need to worry about your stroller it will be just fine
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:09 PM   #6
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We've taken our Maclaren Quest twice. Even though it is a unusual pattern we have always seen a few like it (one time parked right next to ours which was confusing for a second). Tie a few big obnoxious bright ribbons to it (we bow and knot ours so they would be hard to get off) and also a tag on each side with your name and cell phone number.
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We have also brought our Maclaren Quest and not had an issue. Before we left we wrote our name on it in sharpie in an unseen place. We also put a few fluorescent zip ties on it so it was easier to ID in the masses of strollers.
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We have also brought our Maclaren Quest and not had an issue. Before we left we wrote our name on it in sharpie in an unseen place. We also put a few fluorescent zip ties on it so it was easier to ID in the masses of strollers.
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I'd suggest writing your name on a place that CAN be seen. If somebody makes off with your stroller, the odds of catching them (so you can point out your unseen name) are slim. But if your name is prominently displayed, maybe they'll move on and steal the next one.
I think in a place like WDW, deterrance strategies are more effective than recovery strategies.
But good advice I've read here before is this: If it will ruin your vacation if somebody steals your stroller, leave it at home. It is unlikely it will ever happen, but don't risk it if you aren't prepared to laugh it off.
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:05 PM   #9
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Okay, the sceptic in me says be careful. We have had two Disney strollers stolen. Now I know that maybe it's easier to abscond with a Disney stroller, since there are a gazillion of them floating around, and Disney will just give you a new one if you tell them that yours will disappear. And so the alleged "stealer of stollers" probably thinks that the "victim" isn't really out any money, but if it were me, I might think about maybe putting a thin cable lock through one of the tires, just to stop anyone. But that's me.....
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My friend suggested a bike lock and attach it to something that can not be moved, but out of the way.
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:33 PM   #11
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Yes, we used our Bugaboo Bee at Disney on two different trips with no problems. We also just got a Maclaren Quest for our future trips. Although stroller theft does happen I think it's pretty rare, especially if you take preventative measures. Have a great trip!
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:47 PM   #12
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Beside the "theft" worries, remember, many attractions require you to leave it outside. WDW gets lots of rain. You wouldn't want it damaged by water.
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:49 PM   #13
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You are not allowed to lock your stroller to other objects in the parks. CMs need to be able to move it to another location or out of the way. They often do this.

I think most people who claim to have had strollers lost at WDW are actually victims of CMs moving them (we've had ours moved pretty far away, when we thought we had left it in an approved location) or of mix-ups. It's super easy to walk away with the wrong stroller when it looks like yours and you are dealing with a cranky kid and trying to read a park map! I really find it hard to believe that stroller thieves will pay park admission to scope out unwatched strollers and then get them out of the park (one at a time to avoid suspicion) and are able to resell them at any kind of profit???

Just mark yours obviously, with your name and cell phone #. Clearly mark it on the handles as a flustered parent will be most apt to see it there. Tie a ribbon to the handles, or a wired flag sticking up with your family's name. It's easy to walk away with the wrong stroller- when so many look alike. Once you've figured out it's the wrong one- you may not be able to return it if it's not labeled with the name and number. I think this is probably what happens with the WDW rental strollers. They all look alike!!

We bring a B.O.B. Revolution Duallie when we go to WDW. It's wicked expensive and we don't usually see others like it. We clearly mark it as ours just in case and have never had a problem with it.

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We never had a problem, although I must admit we had scare or two when our stroller was moved by a CM when they organized the "parking" areas. We started tying bright ribbon to the handle, so we could spot it more quickly.

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I had a stroller stolen at Disney 11 years ago. I had gotten it for free from Toys R us in some promotion they had. It was really ugly (had a giant yellow tweetie bird on it!) and we had left the bright neon orange baggage tag on it. I never understood why someone would have taken THAT stroller of all of the choices!
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