You Can Rent an Actual Cinderella Carriage to Take Your Kid Through Disney
Just when you thought taking your kids to Disney World was about as darn magical as it could get, here I come to ruin it for you by showing you something that you will not even believe exists:
An actual Cinderella carriage that you can cart your kid in through Disney.
Is your mind as blown as mine was? Maybe I'm just naive when it comes to these things, but I just couldn't get over how cool these things were. I have actually taken four children, six and under and including one baby and a toddler at the time, and if I learned one thing about kids and Disney, it was that the more seating stroller options we had, the better. It really doesn't matter how old your kid is, they will get tired walking through Disney and if you don't feel like carrying a six-year-old, you had better have a seating plan for them.
Like, perhaps, a carriage? (And just so we're clear, I am not getting paid to say this, nor have I used this carriage or have had any interaction with the company at all, I just happened across it and thought it was my Disney parental duty to share.) The carriages come via stroller rental company Fantasy Strollers, based in Orlando, and they offer either drop-off rentals, which sees your family getting your carriage at a designated drop-off location in the park (usually the ticket center) or an upgraded pick-up option.
Each stroller, per the website, comes decked out with:
- 2 seats for children aged 3-9
- A weight limit of 95 pounds per child
- Built-in lights with an array of color choices
- Anti-theft trackers
- Seat to bed conversion (genius!)
- Cupholders for both children and parents
- Retractable seat belts
- Easy-to-push steering system with hand brakes
- Custom carriage tag for your prince or princess
- Fairytale rims
- Carriage lanterns (select carriages)
- Built-in hooks to hold bags and souvenirs.
The website also assures already-exhausted parents that the carriages are easy to maneuver and push, even uphill and sweaty (OK, they don't mention the sweaty part, but that's what I picture in Disney), and that they are recommended for children up to the age of 9, with a maximum weight load of 140 pounds. You can also totally rent the carriages for everyday events, like birthday parties or even weddings for flower girls and boys, or maybe if you're just a mom who wants to fulfill her Cinderella dreams. Ahem.
I mean, let's not lie–these Cinderella carriage packages are pretty darn pricey, but then again, pretty much everything about a Disney vacation seems to have different rules when it comes to money, so who are we to judge? All I'm saying is that I would probably want my family to pull me through Disney sitting in one of these carriages, so chances are, my kids would love it too. Just how expensive are the stroller rentals? Well, the basic carriage for an 8-hour rental will run you $132 dollars, while a “Mickey Christmas package” costs $180. The Mickey Christmas package is one of the site's most popular rentals, as the carriage comes decked out for the holidays, with special lights that match up with the Mickey light-up parade. It also provides perfect seating for the parade, so your little one won't miss out on any of the fun.
There is also the “Platinum Surprise” package, which includes an actual chauffeured driver coming directly to wherever your family is staying, a literal red carpet rolled out for your kid, along with a photo op and a red rose gift, then the whole family gets a ride to Disney to be dropped off with the carriage, then picked back up again when your day at the park is done. You can also add on additional hours at $20/hour if the 8-hour minimum is not enough Disney fun for you. Not too shabby, right?
So while the cost may be a bit steep, hey, you never know, maybe Grandma or Grandpa or another kindly family member is looking for a one-of-a-kind, blow-your-mind present for your kid that can count for say, the next 15 years, and this just happens to be it. You just never know.
What do you think of the Disney carriage? Too much or just right?