Disneyland for Fat People

Note: I wrote this in October, 2014 but forgot to publish it.ย 

Since I am not yet the badass I had hoped to have become, I am still having to live life as a fatass. It isn’t pleasant, but I’m fed up with letting it prevent me from doing so many things simply because I’m embarrassed about it. News flash – it’s pretty damn obvious that I’m fat. So instead of tiptoeing around this fact to avoid drawing attention to myself, I’m just going to go ahead and do the things I can do, even if it’s a little harder due to my weight.

And DisneyLand was something I could do, for the most part. I went with 5 friends; two who are Disney fanatics (I’m talking lanyards and pins and $175 gold ticket replicas) two who really really love Disney (know all the characters and rides in detail, but no pins!) and one who was being dragged along by his wife. As for me, I wasn’t too excited about it. I don’t really like crowds, I hate line-ups, and usually I’m too big for rides. But I figured if anybody could Disnify me, it was these people. And they did. By the time I came home, I was looking online to see how affordable it would be to take my niece and nephew next year!

But before I went to Disney, I wanted to know what would be feasible and what wouldn’t be feasible for somebody of my size. There wasn’t too much specific information out there, so I figured I would put it out there in case somebody else in my predicament is looking for help.

So – I weigh about 340 pounds, and I carry my weight evenly. I can fit into a standard 16.5 inch airplane seat, but not comfortably. I need a seatbelt extender, and I get bruises on my thighs from the arm rests. You can get a pretty good idea of my size from the pictures.

Let’s get to it! If I don’t have a ride listed, it’s because I didn’t try it, not because I didn’t fit.

Fantasyland

Alice in Wonderland: Like most “storybook” rides, this one just had a bar which pulls down over the knees. There is enough room to share a seat with an average sized person.

Dumbo: I went solo in this one as the seats are very small. The restraint was a bar that came down just fine over my legs.

It’s a Small World: It was closed, but I understand it’s going to be more accommodating for heftier people. Edit: I did get to try this ride when I went back to Disneyland for a day. I fit fine, but the ride scarred me for life.

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride: This was fine – a bar over the legs and room to share with an average sized person

Peter Pan’s Flight: One of my favourites (and everybody else’s, by the length of the line). It’s a bar over the legs and pretty roomy. My sister and I managed this together, and she’s overweight as well.

Pinocchio: A bar over the legs and room to share with an average sized person.

Snow White: A bar over the legs and room to share with an average sized person

Storybook Land Canal Boats: A bench on each side of the boat, so plenty of room.

Matterhorn: I did not attempt this one as I understand these are quite small and difficult to get in and out of. I’d love to hear other peoples’ experiences.

Edit: Commenterย Jen rode this one and had this to say: “I was in the front seat, which looked the roomiest. Somehow I kept sliding down in my seat and had to push myself back up. It wasnโ€™t a very comfortable experience and I probably looked oversized for my seat, but it wasnโ€™t awful!”

King Arthur Carousel: No issues – those horses could carry an elephant.

Tea Cups: A bit of a squeeze, but I fit in with another person.

Tomorrowland

Buzz Lightyear: This was a bar, and there was plenty of room for two large people.

Star Tours: I barely squeezed into my seat. Anybody bigger might have had a problem. The seatbelt was fine, though.

Space Mountain: This is individual side-by-side seats for two people in each row, with an individual bar for each person. I fit just fine with a small person beside me, and I probably would have been ok with a larger person beside me too.

Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain: I was expecting not to fit in this, but I did. It’s a bar, and I fit ok with an average sized person beside me. This is my favourite roller coaster in the park.

Adventureland

Indiana Jones: There are four seats per row in each jeep, with a seatbelt for each one. The seatbelt was plenty long enough, but the seat was tight. I had a hard time fastening my seatbelt as there wasn’t much room to work with. The arm rests can dig into one’s arse if it’s quite large. I was ok, though, but I don’t think I would have fit had I been much bigger. Fun ride!

Jungle Cruise: The seating isn’t an issue here – it’s bench seating with lots of room. It’s the puns. If you can bear those, you’ll be A-OK.

New Orleans Square

Haunted Mansion: This ride has a bar that pulls down over the legs and can fit two large people comfortably. I just wish it were scarier ๐Ÿ™‚

Pirates of the Caribbean: Is there anybody who doesn’t love this ride? There are no restraints at all, and plenty of room. I suggest asking for the front seat!

Critter Country

Winnie the Pooh: This is a storybook ride with a bar, so I fit ok with one average sized person.

Splash Mountain: Single person seats with no restraints. Score ๐Ÿ™‚

Bug’s Land

Flik’s Flyers: There are no restraints, but the benches are small. I fit just fine alone on one bench with my friend opposite.

Heimlich:ย I choose not to remember anything about this ride. I fit fine, but I can’t remember if I was solo or with a friend, or if there were restraints or not. It just drove me nuts.

Buggies: I fit on my own, but the bar was in the way of my steering wheel. I felt and looked ridiculous, but it was still fun.

Hollywood Land

Tower of Terror: I fit, although it’s a bit tight. These seats have seatbelts, which are fine – all seatbelts in the park were more than large enough for me. I would suggest maneuvering yourself into a spot on the aisle as those seats are slightly wider – no arm rest on the outside. I’d also suggest pulling your seatbelt REALLY FUCKING TIGHT. Holy shit. The guy accross the aisle kept saying, “You’ll really like this. You will. You’ll like it.” And then, “Are you liking it yet?” And I was all, “NOOOOOOOO!”. This went on for the entire ride. Heh. Once was enough.

Cars Land

Luigi’s Flying Tires: I went on my own and fit just fine. It’s a very wide seatbelt that’s meant to go across two people.

Radiator Springs Racers: Squee!!! One of my favourite rides! Each car has two rows of three seats, each individual with a seat belt. The seat was tight for me, but I did fit and the seatbelt also fit. This was another ride where I struggled to fasten the seatbelt in time, and always just managed. The only problem with this ride was the waiting time – I would suggest choosing the single rider line, which tends to be more fun anyway as there’s a high chance you’ll be racing against others in your party.

Grizzly Peak

Grizzly River Run: These were individual seats with seat belts. The seats were small, but I did fit into a raft with 7 other people. It would have been tough if they were larger people, that’s for sure. The seat belt was plenty large enough.

Paradise Pier

Goofy’s Sky School: This was the only ride I tried where I felt awkward. There is an individual restraint which seemed to pull down over my legs just fine, but when we reached the safety checkpoint, the employee kept getting an alert. We had to stand up and sit down and try again several times. There was no indication that it was my seat, but I imagine it was. After that, I felt like I was unsafe for the entire ride. I would advise skipping this one.

Carousel: Weight won’t be a problem here. Ride an otter. That’s all I can say.

The Little Mermaid: Each shell has a bar that comes down over your legs and plenty of room for two large people.

Toy Story: So. Much. Fun! This is another one with a bar that comes down over the legs. I had lots of space sitting with an average sized person.

California Screamin’:ย I did not try this ride, but a kind commenter, Diana, did and had no trouble at all at 5’4″ and 319 pounds. Another commenter, Heather, also had no problem even with a larger chest – to which I can relate – heh. So I’ll give it a shot next time!

 

** Seatbelt Tip! On rides such as Indiana Jones, Star tours, Radiator Springs – the belts should be long enough to snap in while you’re still standing or about to sit, thus ย allowing you to snap them into place easily without having to root around while snugly seated.

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Comments (95)

  1. Casey

    Completely agree about Goofy’s Sky School. I rode it several years ago when it was mulholland madness, and havent been on it since. I dont see a review for Screamin’. I havent ridden that in a long time. Do you have a review of that?

    • admin

      Sorry, I didn’t try that one ๐Ÿ™

      • J maffia

        You have no idea how much this article means to me! Going to Disneyland next week with my son daughter in and grandbabies ages1-5. I almost faked not being able to get off work because I was worried about embarrassing my son or the kids by being too fat. Read your article and now I am soooo excited THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!

    • panda

      I’m rather large and have always been, and while i haven’t been in a while, i remember soarin always being more than accommodating size wise. the seats are surprisingly roomy.

    • Katie C.

      Hello!!! California screaming fits me just fine. I’m 5’6 and weigh 320lbs. Don’t attempt to put your arms up. I have ridden with overweight people and they have gotten their arms stuck. It’s an over he head restraint, single rider. (Well you ride next to someone but the restraint is only for you and you won’t be squishy next to the person). Enjoy it and have fun!

  2. Anonymous

    Did you try the roller coaster in California Adventure?

    • admin

      No, I was certain that I wouldn’t fit in that. Anything with a restraint that comes down over the shoulders would not fit over me.

      • Samantha

        I know this was posted awhile ago but I am 5’8 300 lbs and I fit perfect on Screamin’. The bar locks in multiple positions and I felt perfectly safe. Great ride!!!

  3. Diana

    For the people asking about California Screamin, I have been so scared to try it, but today I finally did!!! I am 5’4″ and weigh 319 and I fit just fine! I was so excited.

  4. Shelby

    Thank you so much for this. I’m going this weekend and was sort of dreading it…but ACTING happy. Thank you for making me actually excited to go!!!!

    • admin

      Hi Shelby – I’m glad it helped! I’m quite certain that you’ll actually BE happy the entire time ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a wonderful trip!

    • Kelsi

      Me too! I second this statement. I was really afraid I was going to have to do the walk of shame. I’m glad that the commentators all seem to be truly bigger people. So I definitely feel better that I will not feel horribly awkward all trip.

  5. I am so thankful reading this…. The last time I went to Disneyland I was pregnant and couldn’t go on much anyway… Before that I was 18 with a 35″ waist (oh how fat I thought I was then…) but now I’m 33… And I’m 5’3 and a good 290 lbs… And I can finally afford to take my kiddos to Disneyland. I’ve been so nervous about trying to fit on rides. This makes me feel so much better. I literally have tears of happiness rolling down my cheeks.

  6. Anna

    Oh my god guys thanks for the help and advices i’m going in 3 days to disneyland and disney california ad i`m 5’9 n 280 and i’m FREAKING OUT and so scare ๐Ÿ™ ,I really really want to fit in all the rides :`(

  7. Julie

    thank u sooooooo much! i appreciate the time you took to put this info oit. im overweight and as a kid loved Disneyland, but as a general rule have accepted i cant go on rides,but u gave me hope,thank u thank u thank u

  8. B

    Has anyone who is really chesty rode CA screaming?

  9. Sani

    Thank you so much,u helped me and made me happy:)

  10. Jen

    Thanks so much for this! You really helped ease my anxiety. I had to go to Disneyland with work, and I was really afraid I’d have some kind of awkward interaction in front of somebody I didn’t want to be embarrassed in front of.

    I’m 5’9″ and 314 and every proportioned. I rode the following rides (I’m doing this on my phone, so names may not be accurate) in CA Adventure: Ariel, the thing with silver rocket ships near Goofy’s flight school that goes up in the air and in a circle, Soarin’, the Cars Radiator Springs racing ride, and the Hollywood Tower.

    In Disney: Star Tours, Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and the Matterhorn.

    The only things I felt uncomfortable about were: 1. the lady next to me had to help me buckle my seat on Indiama Jones bc I couldn’t see where it was and 2: the Matterhorn was a little clumsy. I was in the front seat, which looked the roomiest. Somehow I kept sliding down in my seat and had to push myself back up. It wasn’t a very comfortable experience and I probably looked oversized for my seat, but it wasn’t awful!

    I had a great time. Wish I hadn’t worried so much.

    • admin

      I’m really glad this was helpful and that you had a wonderful time!

      Thanks for your comments – I’ll add the Matterhorn info to the main post.

  11. Jen

    *evenly proportioned

  12. Heather

    Thank you so much for this!! I had an opportunity to go to Disneyland and CA adventure and I didn’t start worrying until the week I was going and panicked because I didn’t want to miss out nor be embarrassed. This helped so much!!! I’m 5’6″ and 314 and more pear shaped. I tried Indiana Jones, couldn’t find the seat belt holder. The cast member was helpful and told me to stand up, pull the belt out, connect it and THEN sit. The belt was plenty long enough and that made buckling so much easier. CA screaming, I was also worried about since they have a sign that reads the ride is not intended for certain body shapes. The restraint comes over the shoulders and I’m a little busty (44DD) but had no issues with it. The only thing I encountered was my shoulder was tight on the outside between the restraint and seat and raising both arms to get the full experience, I was afraid my arm would get stuck and hurt with all the sudden movements but I didn’t have any problems. I got an aisle seat on tower of terror and it was scarily awesome!! Radiator springs was not a problem for me either, only that with my thick backend, my knees hit the seat back but it was still fun. Nor did I have a problem with the other rides you listed. I didn’t try matterhorn because the line was so long and we had fast passes for hyperspace mountain. I sat with my 11 yr old niece and had no issue. I didn’t try slash mountain or the bear water ride because I didn’t want to get wet and stay that way but based on your comments and what I saw of those rides, I don’t think I would have had a problem with either of them. Thank you again!!

    • admin

      Thanks for posting – I’ll add your experience with CA screaming and the suggestion regarding the seat belt holder. Sounds like you had a fantastic time!

  13. Sylvia Chalabi

    Just the info I was searching for. Thank you so much for taking the time to provide this info. I weighed 317 starting of the year and got down to 207 but up now to 260. We are heading over to Disneyland in a week and I’ve been stressing thinking of the rides. Thank you thank you for the awesome info!!!!!

  14. Felicia

    I cannot thank you enough for this article. I took my hunny and I for our anniversary and when I started thinking about rides I started getting anxious and irritable. Your article 100% encouraged me to try everything! Without reading this I probably wouldn’t have tried any rides and been miserable all weekend. We decided to go back tonight to ride splash mountain and (maybe) the Matterhorn! You’re the best, thank you so much! I know myself and everyone else appreciates it so much!

  15. Kelly

    Thank you for posting this. I went to Great America in California and I could not fit on a ride with the people I went with. I was so ashamed, I had to get off the ride and I did not want to ride anything after that. I ended up crying shortly after. This blog as made me more at ease and actually excited for Disneyland in December.

    • admin

      Hi Kelly – sorry you had a rotten time at Great America. I’ve never been there myself – I’ve mostly avoided amusement parks for that very reason, which is such a shame. You’ll have a wonderful time at Disneyland – everybody who has posted here has had tons of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Aly

      Same. Great America was kind of mentally scarring for me. Especially because we were all on a double date there during Halloween.
      I am feeling much more excited about Disneyland this year!

  16. Sarah

    Thank you so much! I am going in October and have been so stressed out about if I would fit on rides or not. Reading this has made me relax quite a bit. You are so awesome! Thank you again!

  17. CHRIS

    What about someone who wants Togo.And I’m 6’4 400lbs? Any rides ill be able to get on

    • admin

      Hi Chris! There should be lots that you can go on. The ones that I found a tight fit are on are listed in the blog – width was usually the problem, and as you’re 8 inches taller than I, you’re probably no wider.

  18. admin

    Thanks for all the posts! Sorry it’s taken me so long to approve the more recent ones – I’ve been away much of the summer.

    I’m glad everybody is enjoying Disneyland or excited for their next trip. I’m planning to go back myself in January. Can’t wait!

  19. Charlie Akana

    Thank you so much!! 6′ 324lbs i was afraid to commit… hells bells!! we’ll be there 9/3-9/5 this was great write

    mahalo nui loa
    CHARLIE

  20. Whitney

    First of all – thank you SO much for this information. You are my hero. As I was typing in the words “am I too fat for Disneyland rides” into my google search bar I felt ridiculous and ashamed. Wondering if I’d even find answers. Reading your blog was such a relief. I chuckled at the things I could relate to and got really excited about my trip. I’m a huge Disneyland fan but have gained a lot of weight since my last trip so I was somewhat bumming. Anyway, I do have a question – do you see me riding with my 4 year old tiny daughter being a problem? I’m 290 and about 5’6. I know the bar is going to stop at me and be a long ways away from her on some of those rides that share a seat.

  21. Honest

    flight on Alaska airlines, asked for a seatbelt extender on the way in and stewardess was very discreet and nice. I fit ok but had my 6 year old next to me.
    Disneyland and California adventure trip August 2016. I thought I’d put in my two cents, as I was nervous even after reading this. I’m 5’4 about 300lbs pear shaped, big hips, butt, and stomach, smaller chest. If I was nervous about fitting I just asked a cast member at the ride. Better than being embarrassed in front of everyone. They were all nice, discreet and honest.

    Star tours- fit, but just, because of my hips and butt, seatbelt plenty big.
    Astro blasters – no problem
    Hyperspace mountain – as my butt is big my knees touched the seat in front of me, a little uncomfortable, but the bar fit over my lap fine. It’s a step down into it just FYI. So fun though!
    Autopia- big step down into, fit but not super comfortable
    Finding Nemo- small seats, no seatbelts. I fit but was sitting between my two kids.
    Orbitor- didn’t ride but my husband said it was a close call, he wasn’t sure if I would fit.
    Matterhorn – step down, lap bar fit fine
    Dumbo- no problem With seat belt pretty long
    It’s a small world- no problem
    Big mountain railroad- no issue with lap bar
    Indian Jones- fit but just, because of my big hips and butt, seatbelt plenty long
    Jungle cruise- bench seats
    Pirates – no problem
    Winnie the Pooh- no issue with lap bar
    Splash mountain- fit fine, no restraints
    Soarin- just fit in seat comfortably, seatbelt plenty long, row of 8 or 10
    Grizzly peak- fit fine, some seatbelts longer than others
    Ariels adventure- lap bar fit fine, big seat
    Zephyr- fit by myself, seat belt would be too small with someone beside me
    Jumping jellyfish- fit but just, seatbelt plenty long
    Goofys sky school- husband said I wouldn’t fit
    Silly swings- husband said I wouldn’t fit
    Fun wheel ( of doom) no problem it’s big in there, the swinging cars were so scary! Lol stationary ones lovely
    Midway mania – lap bar fit fine
    Carousel- no issue, there are benches of you don’t want to climb on an animal
    California screamin- fit fine
    Radiator springs racers- fit fine, seatbelt plenty big
    Mater’s jamboree- fit fine, seatbelt very long
    Bumper bugs. Barely fit, not comfortable
    Fliks flyers – fit fine, seatbelt big enough for me, but not with a partner
    Trolley- bench seats
    Monsters inc- lap bar no issue

    It was a fantastic trip! I had so much fun and fit almost everything comfortably. I encourage you to try it or ask. My husband is 5’9 about 220lbs no issue on anything but goofys sky school was a tight fit. My mother is 5’2 about 230 no issue but tight on goofys sky school.
    Be prepared for lots of walking. Utilize fast passes. Drink lots of water! Corn dog palace and Churros are delicious.

    • Cassie

      Thanks for commenting, I am about your size and pear shaped. Small chest, waist large and well my bottom is big lol. I haven’t been to Disneyland in about 8years and I gained weight since. I am so nervous because I am going with my boyfriend and friends. Hopefully I don’t get embarrassed. Hopefully I have fun and fit in the rides I want to go on.

    • Cassie

      I forgot to mention my weight and height 5′ 7″ and sadly…318 pounds. Last time I went I was 5′ 7″ and 220-250 pounds. I do remember when I last went, I did struggle to fit in Soarin’ (wide hips and thighs) and barely squeezed. Also when I tried Indiana jones I also squeezed.

  22. Becca

    Thank you for posting this, I’m taking my son to Disney Land for his first time and I want to be able to ride with him. I was really nervous about it, I didn’t want to do a walk of shame for being bigger. I’m 5’8″ and wear a size 20 jeans. After reading your blog I feel a lot more comfortable and excited about going ๐Ÿ˜ƒ thanks again!!

  23. Ashley

    This helped me a bit but I’m still so nervous! I’m 20 years old and this is my first time to Disneyland! I’m 5’2 and weigh around 330 and I hold a bit of it in my belly and thighs.. Do you think I’ll have any issues with any of these?

  24. Anne

    I am literally crying right now. I’m going to Disney with some friends in a couple months and I was so worried about not fitting. I’m 5’6″ and 295 and have been losing weight for a few months and plan to keep doing so. My friends are all pretty skinny or average sized girls so I was worried about being embarrassed the whole time. Thank you thank you thank you for this!!!

    • Kendall

      Hi! I’m going next week and I have pretty much the same demensions! I’d love to know how your experience was!

  25. panda

    The seatbelt trick is my life saver. i always pull it out while standing the. fasten if before i fully sit so i can reach the buckle. this is one thing i love about disneyland, they prove you can be inclusive and still have amazing rides. i’ve never seen another amusement park with the same accessibility. not even close.

  26. Ariana

    I have read all through the comments but still a little bit worried. I am 5’5 about 250 lbs I usually wear a size 18 in jeans. Is there any rides I need to avoid or be concerned about?

    • admin

      I think you’ll be fine – maybe avoid Goofy’s Sky School, but otherwise I wouldn’t worry too much. My friends told me that they’ve even redone the Matterhorn so that it’s not so tight. If you go on that one, please report back! Enjoy yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. JJ

    I found this blog before I went and it was extremely helpful and reduced my anxiety. So, I thought I would do my part and contribute.

    I’m 5’3″, 275lbs, wear a size 24/3X, I need 25in in a seat to not feel squished. I carry most of my weight in my butt, thighs and tummy.The following are all the rides I went on. If I didn’t list it it’s because I didn’t attempt to ride. I did go with small children so I didn’t attempt the “thrill” rides. I hope this helps someone to not feel nervous about going.

    Fit comfortably:
    Peter Pan
    Mr Toads Wild Ride
    Alice in Wonderland – the line through was very narrow though. Would be uncomfortable for anyone larger.
    Pinocchio
    Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
    Buzz Lightyear Astros Blasters
    Startours
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Haunted Mansion
    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    Soarin’ Around the World
    Monster’s Inc.
    Radiator Springs Racers
    Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
    Little Mermaid

    Uncomfortable:
    Storybook Land – I may have been paranoid but I felt like the boat was going to tip over! The line through was even more narrow than Alice in Wonderland. Would be uncomfortable for anyone larger.

    Also, remember there is A LOT of walking involved. Prepare yourself with comfortable shoes for sure.

    • admin

      Thanks, JJ! I’m glad this was helpful for you and that you had a great time. Thanks for posting your experiences – I’m sure it’ll help others.

      I didn’t think to comment on the lines – some of them were pretty tight. I seem to recall that Snow White was another one with a narrower lineup space.

  28. Joyce

    Thank you. My whole family is going in April and I am was ashamed thinking I would not be able to do so.e of the rides. My anxiety has been building and building. I was trrrified of being the fat girl they had to.ask to get off or that could not buckle down. You story and information have definitely eased some of my fears.

  29. Dots

    I am 5’8″ and 355 pounds. I am going with my husband and two boys. (13 and 6) I figure I will sit by my kids to help me feel more comfortable. I am nervous about California Screamin’ and Soaring over the World. Will I be okay? My butt sticks out some. I am so looking forward to this trip (it’s a surprise for our kids) but I am also very nervous. I have been trying my hardest to lose weight. I have lost 15. Help. Will i still have fun?

    • Dots

      I didn’t find any pictures of you on here. I bet you are beautiful! You are a wonderful person for writing this to help others feel comfortable! Thanks!

      • admin

        Thank you, Dots ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll get around to posting pictures some time – I don’t write as many posts as I’d like, but I’m so happy the Disney one has been helpful to so many!

    • admin

      I think you’ll have a great time! I don’t have any knowledge of California Screamin’, but some of the kind commenters here have had no problems with Soaring. I wouldn’t be too nervous – your height/weight is the same pretty much as mine when I went. You’ll be fine on most of the rides.

  30. Anonymous

    Going in spring this year, I came so close to the walk of shame at Universal studios one year (being told I couldn’t ride) my husband and i managed to get the restraint to click but I was so mortified I cried the entire ride and have been scarred since. most my family is thin and doesn’t understand the stress, Shame, and embarrassment. I’m 5’9″ and about 340lbs. I wanted to thank you for your blog and if anyone else or admin has any other tips it would be much appreciated.

    • admin

      Sorry you had a horrible experience at Universal. I would have felt the same way. I’m glad you found this useful – you’ll have a great time in Disney in the spring!

    • Malika

      I understand. I had to get off of a rollercoaster at California’s Great America in 2010, due to the harness not fitting down over my bust, and haven’t been back to that park since. I was mortified! It sucks, and I’m sorry you had to feel that way. Plus, you’re right, most smaller people don’t understand, and they judge very harshly.

  31. Anonymous

    This has helped my anxiety so much. I am a Disney freak, and moved to CA 10 years ago, but have not been to Disneyland. I went to Disney World in FL over 15 years ago, as a teen, and had fun then, but I’ve been so scared to go to DL. I’m 5’4, over 300 lbs and wear a 26 jeans. I’m still nervous, but your post and all the comments have made me determined to go this year and have fun.

  32. KC

    This has helped my anxiety so much. I am a Disney freak, and moved to CA 10 years ago, but have not been to Disneyland. I went to Disney World in FL over 15 years ago, as a teen, and had fun then, but I’ve been so scared to go to DL. I’m 5’4, over 300 lbs and wear a 26 jeans. I’m still nervous, but your post and all the comments have made me determined to go this year and have fun.

    • admin

      I’m glad this helped. You’ll have fun!

    • Cassie

      I’m a size 22 / 24 and 320 pounds. And I fit the rides at Disneyland. I have a big tummy and my thighs are where most my weight goes, and on my bottom. And I was also able to ride beside my boyfriend who is also plus size. Almost 300 pounds and he’s 5′ 7″ like me.

  33. Malika

    Thanks so much for this! I’m 5’7″ and weigh 290. I am always worried about being embarrassed on rides because of my size and bust (I’m a 42DDD). I’ve been to Disneyland a dozen times, but haven’t ridden Space Mountain, The Matterhorn, and California Screamin since 2007 (I was about 50lbs lighter then). My kids are able to go on all the rides now, and they want me to join them. After reading your article and seeing the comments, I am so relieved that my next trip this summer will be easier for me to relax. Thanks again!!

  34. Cassie

    Okay so I went to Disneyland twice over the past 2 months. I had an insanely awesome time. I went on almost all the rides in Disneyland, we didn’t go to California adventure. But I fit every single ride I went on. I wasn’t nervous or scared (if I would fit) after i went on my first ride. I had a great time with my boyfriend. I am pear shaped. 320 pounds. Big bottom and thighs. I am 5′ 7″ and I wear size 22 jeans. I am a big girl lol. My boyfriend is also 5′ 7″ and he is about 270 pounds. He’s pretty even throughout but most of his weight is in his belly. The first ride we went on was Snow White and I was nervous while I waited in line. But then it was time to take our seats and then I fit and I felt alright. If there were any rides with a bench style and both of us couldn’t fit, then he would just take the bench behind me. But most the time we rode together and it was awesome. I will say, that the tea cups were a tight fit. My knees were kinda close to the wheel and his too, so we had to angle our bodies so we had room to twist the wheel. But overall I got in every ride at Disneyland. We went on a Wednesday and there were no crowds (kids are back to school) so the only people we really saw were parents with little little ones, and couples. Which worked in our favor because we were able to hop on all the rides with little wait time ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Sara

    I’ve been meaning to leave a message for a few weeks now to THANK YOU so much for this!
    My husband and I recently did a trip to the US from New Zealand. Disneyland was one of the things I was MOST excited about and even though I’m 5’10” and about 320 pounds it honestly hadn’t even once crossed my mind that I might not fit on any of the rides.
    But then we went to Universal Studios…I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and after we’d lined up for over two hours to do one of the rides, I was SHOCKED that I couldn’t fit. It scarred me for the rest of the day. I was petrified that there would be other rides I couldn’t go on. I avoided some of the rides I really wanted to do because of the ‘certain body shapes’ warnings. It turned out to be a pretty horrible day.
    The worst part was that we were doing Disney a couple of days later. I was so scared that I’d have the same awful time. I worked myself up into a giant ball of anxiety and almost considered cancelling the Disneyland portion of our trip.
    In the end I decided, even if I couldn’t go on the rides I’d put a smile on my face and try to have a good time anyway, I mean, it’s Disneyland!
    Morning of our first day at Disney I decided on a whim to google ‘Disneyland for fat people’ and see what came up, and boy am I glad I found your post! I had it open on my phone ALL day. It was the most helpful thing I’ve ever encountered on the internet and I had a GREAT two days not worrying about not fitting.
    Once again. THANK YOU so much!

    • admin

      Hi Sara – thanks for your comment! I’m so sorry you had a miserable time at Universal. I haven’t been there, and it sounds like I wouldn’t have a great time either. But I’m so glad this post helped and that you had fun at Disney! ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Myka

    Hey everyone. Just thought I’d chime in here.
    I’m bigger than a lot of commenters. I am 404lbs 5’5 and wear a size 26/4-5x. As far as fat distribution? It’s all over the place. Lol.
    I usually go to Disneyland twice a year and I still get anxiety going. It’s so stressful worrying if you will either have the best time ever or be humiliated. I agree with a lot of what people said but I just wanted to add my two cents.

    Any rides with a seatbelt I will pull out all the way while I’m standing up hold it out. Sit down on the edges of the seat and then turn and buckle it. It’s hard to buckle them when your hips are right against the arm rests. (Radiator Springs Racers, Guardians of the Galaxy, star tours, Soarin, Indiana Jones etc) *note the seat belt fits but the arm rests are snug. But I’m ok with that*

    Indiana Jones: if I remember correctly the outside seat only has one arm rest so it’s a bit more comfy not having both of them jammed into you.
    California Screamin- no problem (that’s with 52 J size boobs)
    Splash mountain- if you are truly worried just ask for the back seat it fits two thin people but it works great for one bigger.
    Space Mountain- I have a little trouble but the trick is I lean against the back of the chair and as I slide down to sit I pull the restraint at the same time. It’s not the comfiest but it’s one of the funnest.

    Maters Junkyard Jamboree or Luigis flying tires where it’s a 2 seater with a long seat belt. I extend it all the way and have my sister buckle it. She’s a small framed woman and we fit together.

    The ones I avoid are
    Goofy’s Sky school. Almost didn’t make it on that one. Not gonna risk it again.
    Matterhorn: when I was thinner I almost had trouble buckling up the seat belt. So I’m nervous to try it. I know they redid the ride. So I think I’m going to attempt it and report back.

    A close call:
    Roger rabbits toon spin: tight fit in and out of the vehicle but it doable. Once seated I was fine.
    Hemilechs choo choo train: same as above.

    I pretty much agree with what everyone else said about the other rides.

    I know this all over the place but I have so many thoughts. I wrote a lot. But if I just help one person to enjoy Disneyland then it’s worth it. I’m headed there in June and I’m glad to know I’m not alone.

    • Ross

      I am so grateful for your contribution. I was waiting for someone over 400lbs to chime in. I am a 6′ father of two girls at 460lbs. They have never gone, and are so excited. They literally have scheduled “Disney planning committee meetings”, and I am having a lot of fun planning with them. However, it keeps going through my head that I may need to step back into a position of “observation” instead of “participation” and I just didn’t know how to tell them. They keep telling me what rides they want to do with me when we get there; and I am praying that I get to do some with them. They are so excited. In your post, you said that you hoped to help one person out there; and you did. I just wanted to let you know. Thanks to you, and the Admin, for making this available. I am very grateful. God bless, and take care!

    • Steph

      Thanks for this. What about turnstiles? I’ve heard they are on almost every ride in Fantasyland and I am terrified about trying to fit through them.

    • Beth

      Did you ever try Matterhorn. I want to go but Iโ€™m about 340, size 26 VERY pear shaped. It was my fav when I was thinner.

      • admin

        I didn’t because I’d read that it was old and jerky and not kind to overweight people. However, I understand they have since updated it.

    • Crystal

      Hey thanks for the information! Did you ride the matterhorn or space mountain? Any problems there or rides you could not fit in? Thanks so much, I’m trying to save myself the embarrassment in front of my skinny boyfriend lol

  37. Ashley

    Thank God for you! I’m afraid I won’t get this questioned answered before tomorrow morning! But if I do thank goodness! Tomorrow I’m going to Unviersal Studios! I’m so terrified I cried last night to my hubby ‘coz I don’t want to embarrass him or myself! Has anyone gone to universal ? I’m 5’3 and about 240 I carry my weight like under my belly button ! So I’m worried about the lap bar ! Help! Email me or anything! I must know ! Lol but I’m all seriousness I’m so insecure ashleynicolejuarez at live. Com sorry if I’m not allowed to put my email in so desperate for an answer

    • admin

      Hi Ashley – I am so very sorry I couldn’t approve your post in time for your trip. I was in Scotland for much of July and I missed the post alerts.

      I hope you had a good time. If you make it back to this page, please share your experiences with others who are wondering!

  38. Admin and Myka I cannot thank you enough for this invaluable information! I went with my kids a few years ago and simply didn’t try rides out of fear. We are planning a trip in a few months and part of me was extremely nervous about riding. After reading this I will definitely be asking and trying more rides with my family. THANK YOU!!!

    • admin

      So glad to help – I wrote this originally because I couldn’t find anything before my own first trip to Disneyland and I was so anxious about it.

      I hope you have a fabulous time!

  39. Kelsi

    This blog definitely made me feel better about my trip! I am 330lb 5’6. I wanted to add info about a few rides I was on.

    DISNEYLAND

    Tomorrow Land

    Autopia:
    Bit of a squeeze to fit behind the wheel and felt like my legs were too long and I could not get my knees up due to my size to be able to push the peddle. Ended up getting off and not riding which was a bummer since it was a long wait.

    Space Mountain:
    Has a bar that goes down over your knees. I fit but “just” bar only went down one click which made me nervous through the whole ride.

    Buzz Light Year Astroblaster:
    Fit fine bar comes down over the knees. I road with another normal sized person.

    Astor Orbiter:
    This one was tricky. I fit. But the rocket sits at a bit of an angle so it was awkward climbing in and I sort of fell down into my seat and felt my sides kind of slide past the edges. So I was really worried I might be stuck and have difficulty getting out of the ride. I had difficulty reaching and buckling the seatbelt but was able to. I had to ride on my own for this one would not have been able to do it with someone else. I was able to get out but had to turn sideways and less than gracefully climb out. It overall was awkward and I would advise skipping this one if you’re larger.

    Star Tours:
    Just barely fit the seat. The seatbelt fit but I needed help buckling it from my companion. Arm wrest hurt my hips when it jerked around.

    Fantasyland

    Small World:
    Bench seat no restraints plenty of room for me, my normal sized friend, and her 4 year old. My knees hit the front on the bench though so felt a little squished that way.

    Peter Pan’s Flight:
    Bar that comes down over the knees. Plenty of room for me and my friend’s normal sized teenage daughter.

    Main Street

    Double Decker Bus:
    Bit if a squeeze to get up the stairs. Had to turn sideways at the curve to fit. Just barely fit. Bench seating once up there with no restraints fit fine.

    Adventureland

    Indiana Jones Ride:
    Bit of a squeeze getting in the seat. But seat belt was long enough and tip to buckle while standing was helpful! I was on the end which was good because the outer edge is padded and the arm rest on my right hurt my hips when we jostled.

    New Orleans Square

    Pirates of the Caribbean:
    Bench seating fit fine with my my normal sized friend a d her 4yr old. No restraints.

    Haunted Mansion:
    Bar comes down over the knees. Fit fine with my normal sized friend and her 4yr old.

    DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE

    Paradise Pier

    Golden Zephyr:
    Seatbelt was too short – had to get off.

    The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure:
    Bar over the knees. Fit fine with a normal sized teenager.

    Carsland

    Radiator Springs Racers:
    Fit fine in seat and seatbelt fit. But a friend helped me find the buckle.

    Luigi’s Rollicking Roadsters:
    Seatbelt, fit fine with my friends 4 yr old.

    Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree:
    Seatbelt, fit fine with my friends 4 yr old.

  40. Steph

    Can anyone comment on turnstiles? I am a very large girl, 5’3 and 360lbs and carry a lot of weight in my rear and mid-section. I understand a lot of the rides themselves may be okay for me, but have horrible anxiety about turnstiles. I’d like to avoid embarrassment by sitting out on the rides where turnstiles may be an issue for me.

    This is toddler’s first time and I want to have a great time, but I’m so nervous about turnstiles or getting on a ride I can’t fit on. My MIL also bought us passes so I realize I may have to ask for accommodations in the future, but again, I’d like to avoid it when with other people other than my husband and kids. I imagine we will spend most of our time in Fantasyland on many of the older attractions so my anxiety is so high right now.

    Can anyone please share with me a recent list of which rides may be an issue for me both in regards to the turnstiles and just fitting in general?

    • admin

      Sorry this is a late reply – if you’ve gone already, I hope you had a wonderful time and please share your experience with turnstiles. If not – my own experience was that yes, Fantasyland rides were the best for me in terms of fit, but some of the lines were a bit narrow. I had to tippy-toe and turn to get through the turnstile on Snow White. But I was able to get through them.

  41. Crystal

    Hey there, thanks for the information. I am going to Disneyland for the first time next week. I’m 5’7 and 280 pounds and carry my weight in stomach and thighs. I have heard the matterhorn and space mountain are right fits. I’m going with my boyfriend and I wanted to save myself the embarassment. Do you think I’d fit on those 2 rides or should avoid. I remember space mountain being right at 250 when I worked at Disney world back in the day. Any other rides you would steer clear of? Thanks so much!

  42. Michealyn S

    Because of your blog, I will now book our trip with confidence! thank you!

  43. Claire

    Can anyone give some insight on riding with children? I’ve never been to Disneyland and we’re taking our 4 and 8 year olds. I’m 5’2″ and 300 lbs. I carry most of my weight in my chest and lower tummy.For the rides with bars, will I be able to share a seat with one of my kids?

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