Disney World rides and being overweight
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
If Pooh can ride so can we - Photo by Cliff Wang
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. Let's start at the Magic Kingdom.
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.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is one ride that can give big people problems. The seats are sculpted so if you have big bottom it's uncomfortable. Also the lap restraint squeezes your legs together and frankly is uncomfortable for those of us with big thighs.
In Epcot all the rides are friendly to Pooh Sized people. Test Track and Soarin' have seat belts but both handle large bellies well.
Disney's Hollywood Studios is good too. Star Tours and Tower of Terror have seat belts, but again, no worries.
Also some some tall and large people and those with big calfs do experience some problems on Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom. Kali River Rapids may require a set belt extender.
A few of rides have the over the shoulder restraints. (Mission Space, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, etc.) The over the shoulder fit everyone. No problems at all.
Dad's Bottom Line
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 most if not all the rides.