Disney World is a theme park resort that is suitable and fun for people of all ages.
Right off the bat, as you enter the parks, you can easily tell that Disney does its best to include visitors of all shapes and sizes.
Some rides at Disney World have limitations on the height of the rider but no Disney ride has a weight limit. Irrespective of your weight, you can enter any Disney ride knowing you won’t be turned away. So breathe easy as most of the Disney rides have been designed to accommodate people of all sizes.
Now that we’ve addressed your query, it’s time to focus on the more pressing matter—figuring out which ride seats are comfortable depending on a person’s size.
Different Types of Seats at Disney World Rides
Disney World boasts a plethora of outstanding rides and attractions, all of which have various seating designs.
While some may be comfortable for you, others may not. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to identify which seats work for you and which don’t, beforehand.
If you see that a ride has bench seats, feel free to jump on that ride as seating doesn’t get more comfortable than this.
Larger folks will find bench seats comfortable as they don’t come with any armrest.
And, if you feel that your assigned row is too crowded for you, feel free to ask cast members for a different row.
Upon doing so, you’ll find that they’re all too willing to accommodate you.
You can find bench seats on rides such as the Pirates of the Caribbean and Tomorrowland Speedway at Magic Kingdom as well as Alien Swirling Saucers at Hollywood Studios.
Double and Triple Seats
Disney features vehicle seats on rides such as Peter Pan’s Flight that accommodate two to three people.
Now, it’s almost impossible for plus-size people to share such seats with other visitors.
Hence, if you think that you’re better off riding on such seats alone, you should feel free to ask a cast member for your own ride vehicle.
Single seats on all attractions in Disney World have been designed to accommodate people of all sizes.
However, despite the promises of Disney—your comfort on some single-seat rides will depend largely on your height and size.
Fortunately, many (not all) rides have test seats conveniently placed outside of the ride.
A test seat, as its name implies, is a seat that resembles the seat of the ride itself. It allows you to see if you’re a good fit for the Disney ride you intend to ride.
With test seats, you can figure out beforehand if the ride you intend to ride is comfortable for you and worth waiting for.
In essence, these seats save you time and potentially save you some embarrassment.
Regrettably, not all rides at Disney have test seats available. That’s why it’s important for you to do some advance preparation.
Online reviews can also give you a better idea of rides that suit you best.
Bucket seats are, by far, the most uncomfortable out of the lot for plus-sized people.
With bucket seats, you’d have to step down into the ride vehicle and lower yourself into a deep seat.
Such seats, more often than not, are uncomfortable to sit down in and get out of, especially for people who have problems with their knees.
Most of them also don’t have enough leg room space for taller and bigger people.
Rides like Test Track, Astro Orbiter, and Space Mountain have bucket seats.
Types of Restraints on Disney World Rides
It’s not enough that you only focus on the seat design, size, and shape when selecting your rides at Disney World.
You should also pay attention to the types of restraints on the rides.
There are many rides in Disney World that come with seat belt-type restraints.
Unfortunately, not all seat belt connectors will click into place, even when you pull the seat belt all the way out.
Make sure that you request help from a cast member during such an occasion. More often than not, they will have a seat belt extender for your convenience.
Thrill rides usually come equipped with lap bars too. These bars restrain riders across the lap.
Therefore, it isn’t a good idea for a bigger person to sit in the same row as a person who’s considerably smaller than them.
The thing is—a person’s larger girth prevents the smaller rider from being secured.
Hence, for the safety of others, especially those who are smaller than some people, plus-sized people should try to sit on such thrill rides with people of similar size when possible.
Or, they can also ask for their own compartment.
Tips on Enjoying Specific Disney Rides Better as a Plus-Size Person
As I mentioned earlier, how comfortable a specific ride is for you depends on how tall or heavy you are.
Thankfully, there are things you can do to make your rides more comfortable regardless of your size.
For instance, attractions such as the Dinosaur and Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom and It’s a Small World and Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom can be particularly uncomfortable for taller people.
For people six feet and above to enjoy the aforementioned rides, they should aim for seats on the front row as they tend to have more legroom than the seats in the back rows.
And, if you’re larger than the average person (over 300 pounds), rides such as the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Haunted Mansion, Mad Tea Party at Magic Kingdom, and Dinosaur and Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom will be tough for you to enjoy.
To make your rides more comfortable, you should request to sit in a separate seat or harness. You can also try your luck at asking for a seat belt extender.
You must be relieved to find out that Disney World rides don’t have weight limits and that most of the rides have been designed to accommodate people of all shapes and sizes.
However, despite Disney’s pure intentions, not all rides are comfortable for the slightly plus-size person as the rides all have various seating designs.
Thankfully, Disney has conveniently placed test seats outside of most rides.
The test seats allow you to find out if the Disney ride you intend to go on is a good fit for you.
And, if there isn’t a test seat available on a particular ride, you can always ask a Disney cast member for guidance.
Not only will they give you tips on how to enjoy a ride better, but they will also make adjustments to accommodate you.
Truth be told, being a plus-sized person at Disney World is not a problem.The real problem is getting around (walking) the humongous theme park resort to enjoy the wide array of Disney facilities and amenities.