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  • [Question] Stroller locks?

    Yes, I'm entering the dark side and bringing my baby and stroller into the parks for Dapper Day.

    That being said, please leave all stroller debate out of this thread.

    I'm seeking insight/advice/information on stroller locks. The stroller we are bringing is expensive (with a 9 month old, we want to use our stroller that will allow her to lay flat for naps, she isn't quite ready for an umbrella stroller). We plan to park it and ride rides as a family, and I have read several stories of strollers being stolen. I bought a cable bike lock to deter theft, and plan to park it in the designated areas and reclaim it as soon as we are done with rides. Has anyone else done this? Are there any rules against it? I don't think I'll lock it against a wall, just lock the wheels together, so if it absolutely needs to be moved it can be lifted.

    Thanks in advance!


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    Never locked ours, and we have a $400 model Peg Perego. Heck, its been used on three Disney trips I think now, and we did have to replace some parts after we folded flat and let the girls stand in it for WOC. It will go again in October.

    Probably not a bad idea, but seems like a PITA. Surprised the manf haven't figures out a quick way to lock all four wheels by now.

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    • #3
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      Ours is a Phil and Teds. Converts to a double, etc, with jogger style wheels. I love that thing!

      It'll probably be a pain, but I don't plan to park it too often. Maybe I'm being paranoid, but we have awful luck.


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      • #5
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        Originally posted by whoever View Post
        We had a double at one point... it was horrible... I would never recommend one.
        It goes front/back, not side to side. And there's like 2 or 3 different configurations you can do with it depending on age of the kids. I would never push those double-wide monsters around haha


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        • #6
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          Originally posted by KellyMcG86 View Post
          It goes front/back, not side to side. And there's like 2 or 3 different configurations you can do with it depending on age of the kids. I would never push those double-wide monsters around haha
          Ours was front to back. We called it the limo. It was HORRIBLE. Didn't even sell it, gave it away. It would actually do 3 kids because the back had a standing position.
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          • #7
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            Hmm... I guess I'll find out once we use it for two kids. At least our's is convertible, so we're getting a ton of use out of it just as a single occupancy.


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            • #9
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              From a cast member standpoint, the lock should be fine as long as you don't lock it to anything like a railing or pole.

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              • #10
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                Originally posted by whoever View Post
                That seems nice to experiment with. It was HEAVY by itself, BEYOND heavy with kids on it, and horrible to pilot. Not sure why the wife bought it quite frankly, but it was relegated to history after a few months.
                Our's folds flat and isn't super light but light enough I can lift it. I can push it with the one kiddo in it with one finger. The three-wheel jogging design makes it super easy to navigate. I'm sure it'll be more difficult with two kids, though!

                Originally posted by PrincessTiana88 View Post
                From a cast member standpoint, the lock should be fine as long as you don't lock it to anything like a railing or pole.
                That's what I'm thinking, and it's the CM standpoint that I'm most concerned about. Thank you!


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                • #11
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                  I've taken my niece with the stroller a ton when she was little (littler...even at 2 it's easier without it for short trips) and while it wasn't as expensive as yours it wasn't a cheap umbrella ken wither. We never had any problem with the stroller or items left in it, but I wouldn't want to deter you from a lock only to have something happen! Amazon tends to have really good reviews if you want a stroller specific lock, otherwise your plan seems like it would deter a casual thief and wouldn't add too much hassle for you, especially if you park it in the land vs moving it to each attraction
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                  • #12
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                    Originally posted by CassiefRN View Post
                    I've taken my niece with the stroller a ton when she was little (littler...even at 2 it's easier without it for short trips) and while it wasn't as expensive as yours it wasn't a cheap umbrella ken wither. We never had any problem with the stroller or items left in it, but I wouldn't want to deter you from a lock only to have something happen! Amazon tends to have really good reviews if you want a stroller specific lock, otherwise your plan seems like it would deter a casual thief and wouldn't add too much hassle for you, especially if you park it in the land vs moving it to each attraction
                    Haha that's exactly how our luck usually is - we consider taking actions to prevent something, decide it's overkill, then it happens! I'll probably leave the diaper bag in it while we're on rides, and keep any valuable in a smaller bag we can carry with us.

                    Unfortunately the stroller is still a necessity at this age. I can't wait until we can go without it for trips like this!


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                    • #13
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                      Originally posted by KellyMcG86 View Post
                      Ours is a Phil and Teds. Converts to a double, etc, with jogger style wheels. I love that thing!

                      It'll probably be a pain, but I don't plan to park it too often. Maybe I'm being paranoid, but we have awful luck.
                      Love the Phil and Teds strollers. My sister has 6 kids, and it made it through hers. It was much easier to maneuver than any other we had used.

                      That said, never had one stolen in hundreds of visits. Most times, strollers are not stolen for the stroller. They are taken for items in the stroller, moved to another area of the park, stuff stolen and stroller left. Or, they park in an area that is not "stroller parking" and the strollers are moved to where the CMs need them. Also, if you lock and a CM can't move it, they will cut the lock.

                      Put something on the stroller (balloon, ties, decoration) that makes yours stand out. Don't leave ANYTHING in the stroller, even something that you don't think looks inticing. They look and see a diaper bag, and figure you might be hiding a camera in it, and take the stroller form NOS to Tomorrowland so they can look in peace. When you park your stroller, take a minute to move your stroller deep in the pile of strollers. It may be harder to park and get out, but it also is harder for others.
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                      • #14
                        Re: Stroller locks?

                        Originally posted by Malcon10t View Post
                        Love the Phil and Teds strollers. My sister has 6 kids, and it made it through hers. It was much easier to maneuver than any other we had used.

                        That said, never had one stolen in hundreds of visits. Most times, strollers are not stolen for the stroller. They are taken for items in the stroller, moved to another area of the park, stuff stolen and stroller left. Or, they park in an area that is not "stroller parking" and the strollers are moved to where the CMs need them. Also, if you lock and a CM can't move it, they will cut the lock.

                        Put something on the stroller (balloon, ties, decoration) that makes yours stand out. Don't leave ANYTHING in the stroller, even something that you don't think looks inticing. They look and see a diaper bag, and figure you might be hiding a camera in it, and take the stroller form NOS to Tomorrowland so they can look in peace. When you park your stroller, take a minute to move your stroller deep in the pile of strollers. It may be harder to park and get out, but it also is harder for others.
                        That's great advice. Maybe if I decorate it obnoxiously enough, no one will even consider taking it. Plus, I've always wanted to buy a Mickey balloon - this gives me a great excuse!

                        Staying on site, I'm planning to consolidate the amount we normally carry with us into a smaller bag, so taking it with us shouldn't be too big of an issue.

                        Now to find a vintage-looking large purse...


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                        • #15
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                          Stroller theft is extremely rare. Or so I have heard. You are for more likely to lose any personal belongings in the stroller than the stroller itself. I could see the Disney-issued ones being more at risk since they all look alike, but I have never had any issues when we took our personal, expensive double stroller.

                          As far as locking it, that's totally up to you. As I stated, I've never had any issues. I would call the hotline first if it were me.

                          I would like to point out that there was one occasion when we left it parked in the designated area near Indy and had lunch. While we were gone a CM rearranged the entire parking zone and my stroller was in a completely different spot surrounded by different strollers. The CM responsible apologized for the fact that a drink from one of the other strollers fell into my stroller and spilled all over the stroller when he bumped my stroller into it. It also ruined all 4 of my kids' Ear Hats because it was a red drink. They replaced all of the hats and also gave us a refund for the meal we ate while we had the stroller parked.

                          Back on topic.... The only real issue I could see with a lock is that it would prevent CM's from moving the stroller for an emergency, spacing issues, etc. That may cause other issues that I can't think of right now.
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                          • #16
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                            I have had 3 kids in strollers over many years at DL and never had we had an issue. Mine were not super expensive strollers. I've always stuck with Graco ones because they were good for us. I'd say like others have, don't leave things in the stroller like diaper bag or anything that would look like something a person might want to steal. We have had no problems leaving our jackets or a blanket in the strollers. What I always did was used the diaper bag as a purse as well so I wasn't carrying 2 things around also. I honestly have not come across that many that had strollers stolen there. Just make sure, like was said, that you don't lock it to anything and remember that if a CM can't move it they will cut the lock. Also another person suggested calling and asking about it. That is a good idea so you might get a feel for how DL feels about that.
                            You have to remember that there are times they move the strollers around so they aren't all over the place where they shouldn't be. So you could come out and find its not in the same spot as before but that is in a new spot in the mess of strollers. So having something to spot your's could help as well since this is your first time doing this. Good luck and have fun.
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                            • #17
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                              Strollers can be theft target at Disney parks - The Orange County Register
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                              • #18
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                                According to the article, in the 3 month span numerous items were stolen out of the strollers and 5 strollers were stolen.
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                                • #19
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                                  When I first saw the title of this thread I thought it was perhaps about locking your stroller down so CM's couldn't move them while guests were inside attractions. It's got to be a bummer to come out and find your childrens conveyance has been hidden in a veritable sea of strollers. inch:

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                                  • #20
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                                    Quite honestly, even though I've never had occasion to use a stroller at Disneyland - I can't imagine leaving an item that cost several hundred dollars unattended without some sort of lock. It seems as though a lot of people are lucky, but not everyone is - we've had posts here from parents who have had their strollers stolen, and you don't want that to be part of your trip report.
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