Disney World rides and being overweight

Disney World rides and being overweight

by Andrew
(Gastonia, NC)


I'm going to Walt Disney World Orlando for the first time in a few days and I have a question about Disney World rides and being overweight. I'm 5'8 and weigh somewhere between 330-340lbs. I know I'm fat, that's not my question.

Will I experience difficulties when trying to ride Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Slash Mountain, other Magic Kingdom rides, etc.? We have a local theme park called Carowinds in Charlotte, NC, and I can only fit on a few rides there. Will it be the same way at Walt Disney World?

Dad's Pooh Sized Answer

Disney World rides and being overweight

Winnie the Pooh is overweight and goes on Disney rides
Photo by Josh McConnell


I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but you are Pooh (as in Winnie the Pooh) sized. Mrs. Mom and I are Pooh sized too. We are both undertall and could stand to loose a bunch of weight so we know what you are talking about.

Being overweight is a problem at Walt Disney World but not because of the rides. I can't think if a single ride that would give you problems. A few of the roller coasters might be a bit uncomfortable, but there is no weight limit on any of the rides. There are a couple of rides that might be a problem if you ride with a skinny person. (Rides that have bars that serve as a restraint).

Let's just go down the list - Splash Mountain is a very wide ride that accommodates any size person. On Space Mountain the car is not real roomy, but big enough for wide bodies. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will be the most uncomfortable, but you'll be able to get on. PS. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is uncomfortable for most people.

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Andrew, the biggest problem with being Pooh sized at Disney World is the same as it is anywhere you would walk miles and miles. It's just hard work. But you should be able to ride all the rides.


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Mar 26, 2015
by: Amy M

On planes I need a seatbelt extender and always sit by my husband for extra seat space and as to not have to put the arm rest down between us. I am 5 ft and 300 lbs and although I went to Disney once never tried a ride as I was too embarrassed that I wouldn't fit.

At another theme park a couple of years ago I went on a ride and the bar automatically came down across my belly and it hurt so much throughout the ride ! Am I really going to fit on the rides in Disney ? Do I need to ask with each ride ?( cause that's embaressing)

How do you know if you fit... Can you pull the bar down to your comfort level etc? Please help..... Nervous Amy

Dad's Answer

Amy, I think you will find that you can ride just about every ride. All of the bars are adjusted by the person who is riding the ride. You shouldn't have to ask anyone.

The only ride that you might want to skip is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The seats in it are not made for wide people (Dad says as a pretty wide person himself.)

I can't think of another ride that will be a problem. Space Mountain is kind of hard to get in and out of, but the others are pretty friendly to larger people.

Mar 16, 2015
great page sir and reassurance!
by: just back

Just quick note. im 5'5 and 400lbs fit everything except 7 dwarf mine train. knee restraint just too narrow. only other issue was navigating out of space mountain but I managed 4 times :-)

Splash mountain my knees were a little crushed but loved the ride.

I was terrified prior to going but I cannot tell you how amazing it felt to be ridung a coaster after all these years. Please dont worry folks you will be just fine.

Feb 22, 2015
Am I too fat?
by: Anonymous

Im 5'3 and weigh 370lbs I have large upper arms would there be any rides for me? anything I should avoid?

Dad's Answer

You should be able to access all the rides as long as mobility is not a problem.

Nov 23, 2014
Up to Date Information
by: Michael

Great information on the site. I went to Disney last month and my experience is below.

Stats: 400+, 6'1", Waist 58-60"

Any ride with a belt - pull belt all the way out first and then sit.


Safari: No issues - bench seat on a bus

Tower of terror - no issues - really long lap belt (I was surprised) - a lot of room to spare. If you can, sit in seat 4 which puts you in the aisle of the ride. A bit more room.

Rock and Roll Rollercoaster - no issues. Pull down bar. Sit in the front seat. If you ask, they will let you. More leg room.

Dumbo: No issues. Lapbelt - plenty of room.

Pirates of Carribean. No belts - no bars - no issues. Knees a bit cramped - sit in middle of boat if possible.

Soarin: Lap belt - no issues except for getting it in the locking mechanism - very low. May need someone to help you if you are XL.

Nemo: No issues. lap bar

Toy Story - no issues. lap bar

Buzz Lightyear -no issues. lap bar

Arial: No issues - lap bar.

Haunted Mansion: No issues. lap bar

Peter Pan - No isssues. lap bar

Space Mountain. Seat was a bit tight - sat in last car - lap bar - a bit snug but got on. Knees were cramped.

Barn stormer - lap bar - a bit snug on bar and knees.

Splash mountain - lap bar - a bit snug and knees were hitting. No other issues.

Mining train - did not go on - notoriously small from what I have read. Friends went on and they said it was tight. Avoid if X-large IMHO.

Small World - knees a bit crunched - no issues. Sat in front of boat.

Great Movie Ride: No issues

Disney Junior Live: Have to sit on floor. Go all the way in to the side by the yellow line. You will have more room. They smoosh you in there.

There are no turnsytles at Disney except for the Disney rail road train which starts at the front of the park. There was one to get on but not off. This was tight and no handicap walk around that I could see. Not sure why they still have a turnstyle there.

Disney is very XL friendly. I was worried when I went but was glad to find this site. Have a great time and don't worry - you have the information you need :-)

Nov 09, 2014
by: Carl

You will be find. The lap bars are pretty Pooh friendly.

Nov 09, 2014
First Trip with the Kids
by: Pooh Sized Momma

Hi, there! We are leaving for Disney in a week and a half with our 2 year old and 4 year old. I am Pooh sized (265 @ 5'7") but have zero mobility issues. I can get myself into and out of any ride at other parks (I'm luckily young and healthy). However, I've never been to Disney before. The other comments here are comforting, but my biggest concern is that most of my weight is in my belly (thanks in part to my two kids), so do you think lap bars will click closed over my belly? I'm not worried about getting into and out of rides, just getting lap bars to close on roller coasters and such. Please lmk so I can enjoy my trip without added anxiety! Thanks!

Oct 27, 2014
What is too big for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train?
by: Anonymous

Can you clarify what you mean by "pooh" sized? I read on your site that pooh sized people might have to go in separate rows - but it looks like the seats are divided? My boyfriend and I were able to ride The Little Mermaid Ride and Pirates of the Caribbean fine, but those are so different then a roller coaster. We currently have a fast pass for it, but I'm wondering if we should switch it to something else...

Oct 17, 2014
once in a lifetime
by: Anonymous

My family and I are going to be going to Disney World in March on a trip through Dream Connection. My 7 year old daughter who has leukemia and her twin brother are so excited and I'll admit it so am I. My only reserve is that this will be a trip of a life time for my family and I don't want to make this trip less fun because of my size.. I'm mostly worried about the pull down bars cause my thighs are quite large. But in the next 5 months I plan to diet and hit it hard in hopes that I won't have any issues to worry about by the time we go on our trip..

Oct 15, 2014
Pooh Size
by: John Johnson

To all that want to know I'm just under 6 foot tall and 380 pounds,the last time I went to Disney I was more at 400 hundred plus I did not have a problem riding anything was a little squished on a couple rides but still rode.....Just a note don't go to Universal they don't accommodate.

Oct 08, 2014
Pooh Sized Daddy
by: Anonymous

I just wanted to thank everyone for their honesty. A year ago I bought season tickets to Busch Gardens. When my husband finally got to go with the kids & I (he had been working out of state)he was unable to ride any of the roller coasters with our boys. He felt embarrassed for himself & the kids when he was told he was too big to ride. He is 5'6 & weighs probably 280.

We are planning a trip at Christmas time to the Disney parks, where we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves 4 years ago, but he wasn't quite as heavy. I was super concerned that we would get there & have spent a large sum of $$$ for 6 tickets with the 3 day park hopper passes & him not be able to enjoy the theme park with our boys. From the sounds of it, none of the rides there will be an issue.

I absolutely adore Disney & commend them for realizing that not everyone is built the same & that larger people still want to be able to enjoy their family & the experience of "the happiest place on Earth"!!! Have a magical day!

Aug 21, 2014
large riders on 7 dwarfs mine
by: disney mom

Hi Dad,

I am a tall POOH sized rider & have never had a problem on a WDW ride. I saw some comments that the 7 dwarfs ride has very small seats & may cause an issue. Do you have any info?

Thanks & love your posts!

Dad Answers

It's true. There have been lots of grumblings about the small seats on the Mine Train. Check out Dad's Seven Dwarfs Mine Train page for more details.

Aug 05, 2014
Riding with kids
by: Big Mike

I am going to Disney in a few weeks. I am 5'10" and about 280. My small daughters (6 & 8) want to ride big thunder mountain and splash mountain with me. Will the size disparity be a problem. If I had an arm around them would that be enough to secure them? Thanks!

Dad Answers

You should be fine Mike. Splash is not a problem. Big Thunder, you might have to help whichever one rides with you.

Jul 07, 2014
Thank you
by: Tim

I was searching for info like this and you have more than I had imagined. I now, finally, feel at ease that I will fit on the DW rides with my 7-year-old daughter.

Thank you! :-)

Jun 23, 2014
big & tall
by: Anonymous

hello, I am 6'4 and about 400lbs. I have not fit on rides in the past in Canada's Wonderland. I was just to "big". I am going with my 5 yr old son in two weeks, Do you think I will have any problem with my height + weight?

Jun 10, 2014
Pictures of rides
by: Josie

My family will be visiting Disney World in October. My husband is 500lbs with a 66in waist. We are worried that there may not be many rides he can go on. All the advice we find on line are from people weighting under 400lbs. Is there some where that we can find pictures of the ride seats? We have watched videos on Youtube, but most just show a glimpse of the seat as someone is getting in.

May 14, 2014
Pooh Sized Husband
by: Shai

My husband is a pooh sized person. He is actually close to 400 pounds. We really, really want to take our daughter to Disney World but he is scared he won't fit on any of the rides. Please note we have a daughter that will want him to join her on all the rides. What are the chances of him fitting on at least most of the rides?

He has no physical issues besides the weight such as back, knee & mobility.

Dad's Answer

Shai, you're husband won't have a problem on most rides. There are a couple that have lap bars that might have some issues, but he will be fine on almost all of them.

Apr 15, 2014
Large and Hippie (not in the peace out way)
by: Anonymous

I am glad I stumbled onto this guide to WDW for us larger humans. However, I'm quite large. I've been losing weight and hope to get down to 400 by the time we go around Thanksgiving. I am also partially handicapped and am in a wheelchair (not due to the weight, but other medical reasons which thus caused the weight gain).

I'd like to know what rides, if any, I would be able to do. My issue is my hips, not my belly. Is there a guide anywhere that goes into detail about what rides will fit us really large folk or should I just forget about all rides? I just want to be able to do one or two with my niece and nephew when we go. Plus it would fulfill a dream of mine. I've been to WDW 3 times since I was a child and not once have I ever ridden a ride! NEVER!

Now that I'm going with my niece and nephew I wanted to at least try to do one or two, but have no idea which one's would be ok for me (if any). Any help and suggestions (other than losing weight) would be appreciated!

Dad's Answer

You should be able to find a ride that you can experience to fulfill your dream. I would start with something easy like the Great Movie Ride or the Universe of Energy. Those are both very friendly to disabled people. Then you can work up to a Peter Pan's Flight which stops the ride to load people with mobility issues. There are special vehicles at the Safari that should accommodate you in your chair.

You will be able to experience at least 1 ride. Try talking to Guest Services at the parks and they will point you in the right direction. Make sure you're up to date on the latest Disney Parks Disability Access Service Card. (http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/disney-parks-disability-access-service-card-fact-sheet/)

Apr 12, 2014
I have a question
by: james

I am 255 pounds on my belly trying to lose the weight will there be any rides I cannot ride at disneyworld orlando

Dad's Answer

They're aren't any weight restrictions at WDW.

Apr 05, 2014
Disney is so Pooh friendly
by: Anonymous

I'm a Pooh (maybe a bit bigger), I've been to Disney probably 8 times in the past few years. Like others have said, Space Mountain is the hardest on me. Getting wedged into the ride car wasn't that bad; it was getting out of the ride. Splash Mountain can be a little difficult to get out of (especially if someone is next to you) but that's mainly due to your feet slipping on the wet car! Leg room on It's a Small World is a bit tight I found on my last trip. With the removal of many turnstiles, I've found Disney World is being easier for us Poohs!

Feb 10, 2014
Going This Weekend
by: Anonymous

I'm 320 5'9' and worry about fitting in rides like Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain, and Space Mountain. I really worry about embarrassing myself and the people I'm with. I'm a little more at ease but know my anxiety level will be up once I'm in line. I've been able to do pirates, Aladdin, haunted mansion before. I've just avoided the other stuff. I want my daughter and I to have fun! Hope all goes well.

Dad says ...

Splash is no problem. Nice wide areas, the only problem is stepping in and out. Big Thunder is easy to get into and out of, and shouldn't be a problem. Space Mountain is a different story. It's not made for large people especially if you have mobility issues. I was having some knee problems (I have 2 artificial knees) the last time I tried to ride and had real problems exiting the ride. Might skip that one if you have any mobility issues.

Jan 27, 2014
Please be fair about the scooters!
by: Anonymous

The last time my family went to Epcot, we took my 86 year old disabled grandmother. I had been recovering from knee surgery and was left to push her in her wheel chair the whole day! The rental scooters were out and I saw many young people who weren't disabled just moderatly overwight in them. I think Disney World should be enjoyed by all but would like to see more consideration for everyone.

Jan 25, 2014
Reassuringly wonderful
by: Smileyfacd

Thanks for the comments and I am also pooh size at 5'3/297lbs. Taking our 4 year old for the first time to Disneyland in 3 Weeks. Was afraid I wasnt going to be able to go on any rides. Well I was thinking at least our Little one can. Thanks everyone..I dont feel so alone and out of place now. Disneyland here we come..

Jan 04, 2014
by: Anonymous

I love this article thank you very much it makes my trip to WDW not so worrisome!!!!

Dec 26, 2013
thank you!
by: allison

I am not going to WDW till next year but decided to research this early since i too am pooh sized. i appreciate you sharing this info. i hopefully will be in better shape before going but im happy to know that Disney will accommodate even me! as for universal the harry potter ride complaints are everywhere and it saddens me that i will not even attempt out of being embarrassed. Disney all the way!

Sep 22, 2013
Splash Mountain Lap Bars
by: Anonymous

Thanks for this great article, it's nice to be able to research this sort of thing. I just learned that splash mountain logs now have lap bars. Has anyone of substantial size tested these new logs? I'm 355 lbs @ 5'10" , and I'm visiting MK very soon and Im desperate to find out!

Sep 15, 2013
Big Legs, Little Strength
by: Anonymous

I am going to Disney World in November 2013. I am a Pooh with very big legs. I am concerned about fitting in the rides. I am also concerned about getting out of the rides, especially if you have to sit down into the ride. The last thing I want to do is have the ride delayed for an hour while they search for enough muscle to get me out!

Dad's Answer

You'll be fine on most rides. Most of them have some kind of support where you can pull yourself up. One ride I would really avoid would be Space Mountain and you might avoid the roller coasters. They can all be hard to get out of. Other than that, most rides will be fine.

Sep 01, 2013
by: melody

Thank you for the info. I am going in October to the magic kingdom. i am also pooh sized.

Aug 07, 2012
Pooh Sized
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the comment because like everyone else I am also pooh size and loving it by the way but I do find your comments to be very comforting to say the least. MUAH

May 03, 2012
by: Anonymous

i am a lil bit smaller not much though i am 5'10 and 300 pounds....
i am going to carowinds in a few weeks you said that you could only fit in a few rides can you tell me what rides you didnt fit on and how close you was to fitting

Mar 19, 2012
Universal isn't trying to descriminate sized..
by: Anonymous

Universal isn't trying to discriminate people based on size. It's all based on how the ride was designed. Although, I do think that they need to design virtual experiences for those who can't ride for whatever reason, weight, prosthetic, or simply not tall enough.

Jan 06, 2012
Disney for us big guys
by: Stubdooo

I just came back from Orlando with my family. We spent 3 days in Universal and 5 at the Disney parks. I was able to ride EVERYTHING at Disney. There were no restrictions. The rides have seatbelts instead of bars. The seats are roomy enough for me (5' 11"/300).

Universal was a different story. I was not able to go on most of the rides. The seats are molded, small and have a bar between the legs. Quite "smashing" if you get my drift. Also, most of the rides have a bar or harness that drops down. I didn't fit. Couldn't go on any of the Harry Potter rides, and that was sad.

Jun 23, 2011
Large size
by: Anonymous

I am 6' 4" and come in around 350lbs. I am able to ride all of the rides in all of the parks at disney. A scooter can be your friend when you decide to go around the world at epcot.

Jun 23, 2011
I agree
by: Anonymous

I too am a pooh and unlike theme parks in other countries, Disney does not discriminate against size so you can enjoy the park too.

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