Disney Parks are Banning Oversized Strollers. Parents, Calm Down. [OPINION]
You will survive, I promise.
Hell hath no fury like a parent who is told that they can't have their stroller in (insert public place here). I know this because I worked at one of those public places for eight years.
This is going to be rude wake-up call for some people out there, and you can direct all complaint emails to AJ@wcrz.com. Believe me, I'm fine with that. Here's the bottom-line:
YOUR STROLLER DOESN'T MATTER MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE, UNLESS IT'S FOR A SPECIAL NEEDS/HANDICAPPED CHILD.
That's it. Don't ask for an exception.
Yes, I worked at a zoo for eight years. Specifically, I worked at a show that had bleacher seating and didn't allow strollers. I was also the supervisor in this department, so when parents complained extra-hard, they were sent my way.
Here are the most frequently asked questions, and the answers I gave to them:
1) Where am I supposed to park my stroller?
We had an area that was designated specifically for parking strollers. Most parks/festivals that ban strollers in certain parts will have a place that you can leave it.
2) What if my stroller is stolen??
In my eight years on the job, we never had ONE STROLLER STOLEN. We had $2,500 strollers parked next to $20 strollers and none were stolen. However, we don't have a "stroller security squad," so leave it at your own risk.
3) What if my kid is sleeping IN the stroller?
Well, we suggest not leaving your child unattended. If you don't want to wake them up, come to a later show.
4) Can I leave my personal belongings in the stroller?
You can leave anything but the kid in there but, once again, you do so at your own risk. If you're worried about your $3,000 camera, I suggest bringing it into the show.
5) But I have more than one child and none of them can walk!
Your daycare bill must be HELL and I'm so sorry about that, but still, no strollers allowed.
While Disney parks claim that they're doing this to ease park congestion, they're also likely doing it so that you'll be forced to rent one of THEIR strollers, because Mickey loves money.
Regardless, unless your child is clearly special needs or your stroller is, in fact, a handicapped stroller, you won't be an exception to the rule. Ever.
Park staff can NOT make an exception for one person, because they'll be forced to do that for everybody. And under no circumstances should you EVER question a special needs child or handicapped stroller that doesn't belong to you. Just don't.
It is what it is, folks. Make adequate plans that don't include screaming at some poor park attendant who won't let your giant stroller in.