If you’re a plus size person who is planning a Disney World trip soon, then you might have been wondering about Disney World ride weight limits.
Disney World has four theme parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.
Disney World is a very fun place to visit, but I understand if you’re nervous about a few things, especially if this is your first time visiting a Walt Disney Company theme park.
Disney has thought of some great things to help you out with this and there are always cast members who are willing to help you have the most magical day.
Also, do you know what some plus sized Disney goers call themselves? A pooh-size guest, like Winnie The Pooh. How cute is that?!
In this post we’ll go over whether or not Disney World rides have weight limits, some tips for doing Disney as a plus sized person, and the different types of seats on attractions.
Do Disney World Rides Have Weight Limits?
If you’re just looking for a yes or no answer, then no Disney World rides do not have weight limits. There’s a lot more information that is helpful to know though.
Disney World rides are mostly great for people of all sizes, but there are some that could have some challenges for people who are plus size or who are really tall.
There are also no height maximums for rides, but a lot of rides do have minimum height requirements.
The height requirements obviously keep people safe. There are some rides that can be uncomfortable for tall people to ride though.
Some of the rides that don’t offer much leg room are Pirates Of The Caribbean, Expedition Everest, it’s a small world, and Mad Tea Party.
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Disney World Tips For Plus Size People
Use these tips to be comfortable on rides and make your day the most fun it can be.
1. Try The Test Seats
Some rides have test seats where you can try out sitting in a seat exactly like what’s on the ride, but of course you aren’t on the ride to do this.
This is super helpful so that you don’t have to wait in line to see if you’re okay with the seat or not and no one really will see you testing it out.
Most of these are outside the line for the attraction. If you can’t locate it, ask a cast member and they’ll tell you or show you where it is.
2. Ask For A Seat Belt Extender
On the rides that have seat belts, you can usually get a seat belt extender. You can ask a cast member when you’re getting on the ride if you’re pretty sure you need it, or you can try out the seat belt first, then get one if needed.
The rides with seat belts are ones like Dumbo The Flying Elephant where you move around, but there’s not any crazy fast movements or anything. Other rides with seat belts are Tomorrowland Speedway, Magic Carpets, of Aladdin, Tower Of Terror, and Soarin’.
3. Use Alternative Entrances
The entrances to get into the parks and some rides have turnstiles that you go through to enter. These aren’t very wide and be hard to fit through.
You can always ask to use different entrances though. They have these available for wheelchairs, scooters, and strollers, and you can take advantage of them too.
Simply ask the nearest cast member to use the other entrance and they’ll happily let you.
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4. At Restaurants Ask For Different Chairs
Some restaurants have chairs with armrests on them that limit the width of the person who can sit in them.
You can always ask for a different chair without an armrest if that’s more comfortable to you. Most Disney World restaurants will have some, but it is not guaranteed.
5. Rent A Wheelchair Or Scooter If Needed
A day at any Disney park comes with a ton of walking! We’re talking like 7-10 miles a day, which is what the average that Disney guests walk.
If that’s too much for you, then you may want to rent a wheelchair or scooter to assist you.
6. Always Ask Cast Members If You Need Assistance
You can ask cast members for help with anything you need and if they’re able to help you, then they definitely will.
The hotel resorts have plus sized robes that are available upon request, a lot of gift shops have plus size clothing options, and you can get plus sized wetsuits at Epcot’s backstage tour.
7. Ride Alone On Rides With Lap Bars
You might want to get your own ride vehicle on rides with lap bars, although you don’t have to. If you’re with a small child then the lap bar won’t be able to come down very close to their lap, so it’s best to ride with someone closer in size to you or alone.
These are typically rides that move a little faster and are more of a thrill ride than a gentle ride.
Some of the rides at Disney World with lap bars are Under The Sea- Journey Of The Little Mermaid, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
8. Go On Rides That Don’t Have Safety Restraints
If you don’t want to deal with seat belts and lap bars, then you can always just go on rides without safety restraints. These rides are much more low key, but still so much fun.
Some Disney World Park rides without safety restraints are it’s a small world, Jungle Cruise, Liberty Square Riverboat, Mad Tea Party, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Types Of Seats On Disney World Rides
The type of seat that a ride has may make you want to or not want to ride it. Some are more roomy than others and therefore more comfortable too.
Remember, there aren’t weight limits on the rides. Just keep in mind if the type of seat a ride has is something you want to sit in or not.
1. Bench Seats
Bench seats are the best and most comfortable seating option. These are designed for multiple adults and kids to fit in a row.
A bench seat doesn’t have armrests which allows for more space. Rides with benches are Kilimanjaro Safaris, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros, and Na’vi River Journey.
2. Bucket Seats
Bucket seats are typically pretty narrow and not very wide. They are the hardest to get in and out of because of how low they are.
This shouldn’t keep you from riding a ride with bucket seats if it’s one you really want to go on though. You can hold onto the side of the ride to help you get on and off of it.
Test Track has bucket seats as well as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Slinky Dog Dash, Kali River Rapids, and Space Mountain.
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3. Single Seats
Most of the single seats are wide enough for everyone, but again if you’re worried about it you can always try the test seat before getting on the ride.
Rides that have single seats are Space Mountain and Astro Orbiter. These rides are also challenging for some tall people since they don’t have as much leg room.
4. Double or Triple Seats
Double and triple seats are meant to hold 2-3 adults. If you’d prefer to have a row to yourself then you can ask a cast member for that. That way you’ll have plenty of room.
You shouldn’t have any problems with rides like these. Peter Pan’s flight and Haunted Mansion are designed for 2-3 people to fit in them.
5. Theater Seats
You’ll find theater seats at some of the shows like Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor. These are nice for tall and plus size people because you can sit on the aisle and have a little more leg room.
There aren’t weight limits for any of the Disney parks at Walt Disney World Resort, but there are still a few good things for plus sized people to keep in mind for their Disney World vacation.
Like the type of seats a ride has and tips for being more comfortable throughout your day.
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