Many strollers are designed for adults, with high-backed seats and lots of storage. But if you’re looking for a stroller that’s designed with kids in mind, we have you covered. We’ve spent more than 300 hours researching strollers and testing 33 of them—in Disney parks and beyond—to find lightweight strollers that are easy to fold and carry, yet comfortable for kids to ride in.
|1||Summer Infant 3D Mini Convenience Stroller||9.7|
|2||Kolcraft – Cloud Plus Lightweight Easy Fold Compact Travel Baby Stroller||8.9|
|3||gb Pockit+ All-Terrain Travel Stroller||8.9|
|4||Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Ultra-Compact Travel Stroller||8.3|
|5||Graco NimbleLite Stroller | Lightweight Stroller||8.3|
Methods We Used to Analyze
After narrowing the list down to seven strollers, we spent several days taking notes on each stroller in a variety of environments. We assembled and disassembled each one to see if the assembly instructions were clear, and we put each stroller on the curb of a curb ramp to see if it was easy to lift them into and out of our car trunks. We took each stroller out on the street, in the park, on a trail, and through an airport.
We checked to see if all the seat and canopy adjustments were easy to make and stayed in place once set. We tested the smoothness of the strollers over a variety of terrain and noted any rattling or clanking components. We also checked for stroller tip-over incidents by pushing them over with our hands and feet.
We tried out each stroller seat’s harness, noted any pinch points or other issues, and checked whether the canopies allowed enough coverage from both sun and rain.
We opened and closed each stroller at least 10 times.
Summer Infant 3D Mini Convenience Stroller
Why Should You Buy It
The Summer 3D Mini Convenience Stroll\er is a jack-of-all-trades, but it’s also a master of simplicity. With a simple, lightweight design and a compact fold, it’s a breeze to travel with—and you’ll be grateful to have it on days when you need to hop on and off public transportation with your kids in tow.
The 3D Mini has the essentials: an umbrella-style canopy, a multi-position reclining seat, and a lockable front wheel. In addition, it has extra features that make it easy to use, including a full-width basket, a rear storage pocket, and two cup holders.
Kolcraft – Cloud Plus Lightweight Easy Fold Compact Travel Baby Stroller
Why Should You Buy It
At 11.8 pounds, the Kolcraft Cloud Lightweight is one of the lightest strollers we tested. It’s easy to fold and travel-friendly, too, since it fits in most airline overhead bins. The biggest advantage of the Cloud Lightweight compared with other strollers is the larger canopy, which provides more shade and coverage than most other strollers.
This strolling fortress is great for parents who want a stroller that will last from infancy through preschool. It has a reclining seat that can accommodate a baby from 4 to 40 pounds, as well as a child up to 50 pounds and 40 inches tall.
The seat reclines almost flat and has an extra-long canopy that extends several inches beyond the seat. In addition to the canopy and the fully covered wheels, the Cloud Lightweight offers added perks, including a generously sized storage basket, a child’s tray with cup and juice holders, a parent tray with two bottle holders and extra storage. If you’re looking for more room to maneuver in a stroller you plan to use for multiple children, the Cloud Lightweight is a great choice.
gb Pockit+ All-Terrain Travel Stroller
Why Should You Buy It
The GB Pockit+ All-Terrain delivers a lot of great features in a tiny package. It folds down to an even smaller size than our top pick, the GB Pockit, and it’s lighter, too. In fact, it’s the lightest travel stroller we’ve ever tested.
The Pockit+ is also the only one that you can get in multiple colors, and it offers a telescoping handlebar, adjustable seat recline, and canopy—features that most other travel strollers lack.
This model doesn’t have a cupholder, but the seat fabric is machine-washable, a rarity for an umbrella stroller. The Pockit+ is easier to steer than most other options we tested, and its front wheels pivot, which makes it even more maneuverable. It’s not the smoothest ride, however, and it doesn’t have the most robust tires, so it’s not our top choice for uneven terrain.
Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Ultra-Compact Travel Stroller
Why Should You Buy It
The City Tour 2 by Baby Jogger is our favorite folding travel stroller because it’s exceptionally lightweight and compact, yet sturdy enough to support even a toddler.
It can also serve as an adapter to connect an infant car seat, which we think is a much better option than a stroller that already comes with a car seat.
However, the City Tour 2 is not intended for jogging or other rigorous outdoor activities.
It folds down quickly and easily, and it locks in a closed position for transporting on buses and trains, or storing in a small space. Its seat reclines and the calf support adjusts, so you can use it from birth until your child is several years older.
This stroller comes with a carry bag and a cup holder, and it has the largest wheels of any travel stroller we tested, which made it surprisingly maneuverable.
Graco NimbleLite Stroller | Lightweight Stroller
Why Should You Buy It
The Graco NimbleLite Stroller is a fully-featured lightweight stroller that weighs less than 15 pounds but still feels durable and substantial for easy adventures on the go.
It accepts all Graco Infant Car Seats, so you can transition from car to stroller easily. It’s also great for parents who want a stroller that’s useable from birth as a car seat carrier, as it has a built-in infant car seat adapter.
With plenty of storage and a parent’s tray with cup holders, you have everything you need to get around within reach. The stroller also comes with a built-in child’s belly bar with a cup holder to keep your little one happy while you stroll.
It folds down in one step into a compact fold that’s easy to transport and fits in most car trunks. It’s also lighter than most other strollers we tested, and it has an excellent turning radius for small spaces.
Some Factors That Shouldn’t Be Overlooked
In our research, we read hundreds of user reviews across multiple retailers, and we spoke to park-goers who had first-hand experience with the strollers they brought to the parks.
We focused on finding lightweight strollers that were still comfortable for baby, easy to push (on all surfaces), and simple enough to fold and store. We also looked at the following features:
Most parents told us they wanted a stroller that could be folded small enough to fit in a trunk or carry-on luggage, which means it should ideally collapse into itself rather than requiring an extra piece (though, as long as you have something else to put it in, this isn’t a dealbreaker). Some models come with an extra piece that stores the handlebar when collapsed so you can fit it into tight spaces; many people like this feature because it makes storage simpler.
The handlebars on every model we tested fold down so you can more easily lift them when they’re still attached to the wheels.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best stroller for Disney?
There is no definitive answer to this question as different families have different needs and preferences when it comes to strollers. However, some good options for strollers at Disney parks include the Disney Baby stroller, the Britax B-Agile 3 stroller, and the UPPAbaby Vista stroller.
2. What is the best stroller for Disney World?
There is no definitive answer to this question as different families have different needs and preferences when it comes to strollers. However, a good option for families visiting Disney World would be a stroller that is lightweight and easy to fold up, such as a lightweight umbrella stroller.
3. Which stroller is best for Disney?
The best stroller for Disney is a lightweight stroller that is easy to fold and transport.
4. Why is a stroller not allowed at Disney?
There is no one definitive answer to this question. Some people say that a stroller is not allowed at Disney because it takes up too much space and can be a nuisance, while others say that it is because strollers can be a safety hazard.
5. Can you bring a stroller on Disney World rides?
Some rides at Disney World do not allow strollers, while others do. It is best to check the Disney World website prior to your trip to see which rides allow strollers.