Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 04-15-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
BringingUpDisney
DIS Veteran
 
BringingUpDisney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 619

Best Stroller for WDW?

Sorry if this is a repeat question, but I am trying to figure out the best stroller to get for our upcoming trip.

Last time we had the City Mini - it's a good stroller but we had a defective front wheel that was locking on it's own so every few steps we had to stop and unlock it to be able to turn.
It was also really heavy and hard to get on and off the buses, otherwise I would just get one.

I bought a First Years ignite that I thought would work well. We took it for a test drive in the zoo and it failed on all fronts. It was so light it kept tipping over backwards, the storage basket is roomy, but rendered useless by the cross-frame blocking access to it. :

Here is what I am looking for:
- well functioning stroller that is easy to push.
- light enough to haul onto buses but sturdy enough to hold a small diaper bag and not tip over.
- a decent amount of storage
- leg room for my exceptionally tall DD

Thanks so much in advance for your help!
__________________




me miss J my little princess (2)
BringingUpDisney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 12:59 PM   #2
disneymagicgirl
Been there, Done that, Going back!
 
disneymagicgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Franklin, TN
Posts: 3,952

I feel the city mini is the best WDW stroller. I have been to WDW with many different strollers and find the mini is the easiest/quickest to fold by a long shot. Also, it doesn't weigh that much for a fully functioning stroller. If you want something super lightweight you will give up the amenities of the full size. I also love that it reclines very easily with one hand when your little one dozes off. Sorry if that isn't much help, but that's my experience.
__________________
MeDH,DD15,DS6 DS4
offsite in 1988,AKL 5/04,POP 6/05,ASMu 12/05 with MVMCP, ASMo 9/06 w/ MNSSHP,4/09 AKL, 9/09 MNSSHP & 7nt E.Carib DCL w/ Tortola, 10/10 Poly w/ MNSSHP, 10/11 POFQ w/ MNSSHP, 5/12 DCL Fantasy W. Carib and AKL/MK, 05/13 BC, 11/15 YC
disneymagicgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 04-17-2013, 01:33 PM   #3
BringingUpDisney
DIS Veteran
 
BringingUpDisney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 619

Thanks so much! I will probably try it again, this time with one without the malfunctioning wheel.
__________________




me miss J my little princess (2)
BringingUpDisney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 01:42 PM   #4
Embraer
Mouseketeer
 
Embraer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Lancashire, England
Posts: 234

We rented a City Mini a couple of years ago and bought the GT as a result
__________________
Embraer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 01:43 PM   #5
ghtx
DIS Veteran
 
ghtx's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Posts: 4,984

FYI You might want to check one of the many stroller threads on the "Disney for Families" forum: http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=23
__________________
-----
BLT June 2015; BLT Jan 2014; BLT Oct 2012; SSR Feb 2010; BWV May 2008; SSR June 2005; Earlier: OKWx3, Treehouse Villas (old version), CR, Poly, GF
ghtx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 02:12 PM   #6
Angel Ariel
DIS Veteran
 
Angel Ariel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 4,374

Quote:
Originally Posted by disneymagicgirl View Post
I feel the city mini is the best WDW stroller. I have been to WDW with many different strollers and find the mini is the easiest/quickest to fold by a long shot. Also, it doesn't weigh that much for a fully functioning stroller. If you want something super lightweight you will give up the amenities of the full size. I also love that it reclines very easily with one hand when your little one dozes off. Sorry if that isn't much help, but that's my experience.
I agree...I'm also sorry if that doesn't help you at all, but we loved the City Mini we rented last month. I'm 5'3" and don't have a heck of a lot of arm strength, but I managed the City Mini fairly well on and off buses when I needed to. The push/storage/recline/sun shade were way more important than the comparatively few mins I had to deal with it on a bus.
__________________
~Angel Ariel

DLR: July '84 (first trip! ), July '86 (family), April '88 (Easter), August 2004 (DCA for the first time!), March 2009, April 2010 (F&W Festival!),
April 2011


WDW: July '87 (first trip to WDW!), April '93 (Easter), April '95 (Contemporary), July 2006 (Honeymoon - GF!), December 2007 (SoG),
March 2013 (SoG, our princess' first trip! ), October 2013 (SoG, F&W festival!), November 2014 (Yacht Club, F&W adults only trip!)
Angel Ariel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 05:31 PM   #7
BringingUpDisney
DIS Veteran
 
BringingUpDisney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 619

Quote:
Originally Posted by ghtx View Post
FYI You might want to check one of the many stroller threads on the "Disney for Families" forum: http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=23
Thank you!
__________________




me miss J my little princess (2)
BringingUpDisney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 05:32 PM   #8
BringingUpDisney
DIS Veteran
 
BringingUpDisney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 619

Quote:
Originally Posted by Angel Ariel View Post
I agree...I'm also sorry if that doesn't help you at all, but we loved the City Mini we rented last month. I'm 5'3" and don't have a heck of a lot of arm strength, but I managed the City Mini fairly well on and off buses when I needed to. The push/storage/recline/sun shade were way more important than the comparatively few mins I had to deal with it on a bus.
You are probably right. It just is terrible to have to pay that much for a stroller, get a malfunctioning one and instead of being able to fix it having to buy another.
__________________




me miss J my little princess (2)
BringingUpDisney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 06:07 PM   #9
danceintherain
DIS Veteran
 
danceintherain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Kansas
Posts: 5,102

We have a City Mini as our personal use stroller, and brought it to Disney this time. We also have an Uppababy Gluxe.
It was a hard decision determining which one to bring, because we love both.

Honestly, the City Mini made the cut, because we have more of the accessories for it (child tray, adult tray, rain cover etc) and it has a larger canopy.

The G-luxe is great though, and if I had been traveling without 2 other adults to the one child, I probably would have gone with it. It's only 11 lbs, fully reclines, and can stand up when folded. 2 hand fold, but I can do it while holding DS - albeit a little awkwardly. It also has a carry strap.
It can hold some stuff on the handle bars without a child in it, but I don't know of many lightweight strollers that won't fall over with too much stuff hanging (even the city mini does)
I used to take it grocery shopping with me when I lived in South Korea and could load a 3/4 gallon jug of milk in the basket along with some other things, and hang several bags on the handles with my 30 lb DS riding in it, and it was still easy to push.
I don't know about the leg room. DS is only 37 inches tall. I have noticed that the footrest is a little awkwardly positioned.
__________________
~*Becca*~
Well Begun is Half Done...When Plans Go Awry: April 2013 Trip Report
Me (27) DH (27) DS (3) DD (born Feb 2014)
NEXT TRIP: SoG Dec 28-Jan 4, 2015 ~ POFQ Apr 13-20, 2013 ~ CBR: Nov 7-12, 2010 ~ Doubletree Guest Suites: July 8-14, 2009 ~ AKL: Jan 4-13, 2009 ~ Off-Property: New Year's 2006-2007, Spring Break 2001, Florida Resident 1991
danceintherain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 06:15 PM   #10
BringingUpDisney
DIS Veteran
 
BringingUpDisney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 619

Quote:
Originally Posted by danceintherain View Post
We have a City Mini as our personal use stroller, and brought it to Disney this time. We also have an Uppababy Gluxe.
It was a hard decision determining which one to bring, because we love both.

Honestly, the City Mini made the cut, because we have more of the accessories for it (child tray, adult tray, rain cover etc) and it has a larger canopy.

The G-luxe is great though, and if I had been traveling without 2 other adults to the one child, I probably would have gone with it. It's only 11 lbs, fully reclines, and can stand up when folded. 2 hand fold, but I can do it while holding DS - albeit a little awkwardly. It also has a carry strap.
It can hold some stuff on the handle bars without a child in it, but I don't know of many lightweight strollers that won't fall over with too much stuff hanging (even the city mini does)
I used to take it grocery shopping with me when I lived in South Korea and could load a 3/4 gallon jug of milk in the basket along with some other things, and hang several bags on the handles with my 30 lb DS riding in it, and it was still easy to push.
I don't know about the leg room. DS is only 37 inches tall. I have noticed that the footrest is a little awkwardly positioned.
Thank you, I will check out the G-luxe. I am trying one more time to get a repair or part from Baby Jogger as well. I did love the stroller but am now so frustrated with them that it changes how I feel.
__________________




me miss J my little princess (2)
BringingUpDisney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 06:16 PM   #11
jtirishbelle
Earning My Ears
 
jtirishbelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 66

We thought we would be able to use our umbrella stroller, but after the first day we rented a city mini double. We have four kids, and the city mini double was a godsend for the rest of the trip. My, then, 7 year old even took naps in it.

Where did you rent your city mini from? We used Kingdom strollers. Even the last minute stroller offerings were wonderful and worked great.
jtirishbelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 08:46 PM   #12
djamesdisney1st
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 30

For our trip we are renting a City Mini double. You can't beat it for ease of folding and how light weight it is for what the stroller features are.

You must have gotten a real dud because the city mini single is one of the lightest in its class and with the one hand folding mechanism it is the perfect disney stroller for buses etc.

The City mini double is only 26lbs and if I'm not mistaken the city mini single is about 18lbs maybe even less then that. Aside from a cheapie walmart umbrella you can't get any lighter/easier.
djamesdisney1st is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 09:01 PM   #13
CandleontheWater
Forever in love with Hathaway Browne
 
CandleontheWater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 3,222

If you are looking for something like the city mini- but without the wheel problem (which is pretty common with that stroller BTW)- check out the Britax B-agile.

http://www.britaxusa.com/strollers/b-agile

It has some great features not seen on the city mini, like a floating rear axle (so you won't kick the back of the stroller when you push it) and it locks when it folds so it won't just open up on you if you loose your grip on it on a bus.

I also have to second the PP recommendation of the g-luxe. I am pretty much uppa baby's biggest cheerleader, and I LOVE the g-luxe for Disney. The only thing is that it is super lightweight, so it will tip if you have a heavy bag hung on the back.

It is really tough to find a lightweight stroller that won't tip if you hang a bag on the back, in fact, I can't think of one off the top of my head. The lighter the stroller, the less heft it has, therefore the more likely to tip.
CandleontheWater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 09:10 PM   #14
jgive
Mouseketeer
 
jgive's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Georgia
Posts: 150

We used our city mini in February during Princess half-marathon weekend. It was great: turns on a dime and folds up so easy.
__________________
Upcoming
2015: Glass Slipper Challenge during Princess Half-marathon Weekend, Spring trip with the family, and Disney Dream cruise!

2014-Cruised the Southern Caribbean on the Magic, Flower & Garden Festival, PHM 5K, WDW Marathon Weekend 10k; 2013-Villians Pin Event, D23 Expo, PHM 5k; 2011-F&G Festival; 2010-Wine & Dine Half-Marathon Relay; 2009-F&W Festival; 2008-WDW Half-marathon, F&W Festival,Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13k; 2007-WDW Half-Marathon
jgive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 09:43 PM   #15
BringingUpDisney
DIS Veteran
 
BringingUpDisney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 619

Quote:
Originally Posted by jtirishbelle View Post
We thought we would be able to use our umbrella stroller, but after the first day we rented a city mini double. We have four kids, and the city mini double was a godsend for the rest of the trip. My, then, 7 year old even took naps in it.

Where did you rent your city mini from? We used Kingdom strollers. Even the last minute stroller offerings were wonderful and worked great.
Unfortunately it was mine rather than a rental. :-(
__________________




me miss J my little princess (2)
BringingUpDisney is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:48 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: