One of the nice things about staying at a Disney hotel is that you can take advantage of Disney’s transportation system, be it boat, bus, etc., to travel between hotel and park or park and park and the like.
One of the not-so-nice things about traveling on a Disney bus is carting your big-ass stroller around in said bus. Or halting the line of people behind you waiting to get on the bus while you sort out the folding and what-not of your ridiculously large stroller.
When we traveled to Orlando back in May, we took along with us our beloved Peg-Perego Skate stroller. I don’t want y’all to think that we don’t love that stroller, because we do. It can take our infant car seat or allow us to lay WeFo down in its bassinet, like we did here:
Instead of having a basket underneath it has a net with elastic loops that expands to hold things of varied shapes and sizes. The baby can face out or face you. The bassinet becomes a full child seat. The seat/bassinet can be moved up or down. So can the handle. The thing turns on a dime. In other words, it’s styling and profiling.
It’s also ginormous, heavy, two-pieced (chassis and bassinet) and altogether requires an engineering degree to fold/unfold. Which is another way of saying that I am completely incapable of taking it out on my own or otherwise helping to carry it when out and about.
So as I am sure you can imagine, my husband became quite fussy after having to haul the darn thing by himself throughout that whole trip and being the only one capable of assembly/dis-assembly:
Let’s just say that on the last day of that trip, we drove ourselves to the park just to avoid the bus/stroller collision. And we pretty much decided right there and then that we’d be needing a more portable stroller the next time around.
Which is when the Sí came in:
(how cute are those little legs and socks poking out?)
After three days on the road with it, we are happy to proclaim our love for it, minus one or two detracting bits. It is, unfortunately, ridiculously expensive for an umbrella stroller, but we chose it mainly because it remains compatible with our infant car seat. It’s also super easy to fold (one handle, one pull) and unfold (one button) and relatively light-weight. It stands on its own, folded in a pretty slim configuration at that. When the seat is not completely reclined, the hood pretty much ratchets entirely over the seat, providing some serious sun coverage (it also comes with a rain cover). And there is the reclining itself, to two positions. We’re still getting used to not having WeFo facing us — truth be told, we kinda hate it, but I don’t know: are there umbrella strollers with this option?
The Sí is also sturdy enough that a diaper bag can hang from the handles (which can also be moved up or down), but the added weight in the back does result in the front wheels wobbling quite a bit. The given cup holder was a bit odd (it holds a plastic water bottle for instance but not a medium soda), so we switched it out with our Skate’s. And we were pleasantly surprised with the basket. I’d thought it wouldn’t be easy to get to or hold much, but neither were true. In the photo above it’s pretty empty, but it managed to hold two of our full pin trading bags at one point and our Bjorn (though it won’t properly fold with all that crap inside it).
All in all, a solid purchase: in fact, if we had it to do over again, we’d go with just the Sí from the start. Then again, the Sí wasn’t out back in the day.
An ever better purchase were the portable foam fans Craig purchased at Walgreen’s and attached to the stroller to create some flow for baby Wes (you can see one in the photo above). I am not exaggerating when I say that we spent all three days of our trip fielding comments about those fans. In fact, at one point I started to worry that women would offer themselves to Craig purely for his fan brilliance. I also became concerned about the fans being jacked while parked at stroller parking. I am happy to report I was wrong on both counts :).