People have different goals when it comes to visiting Walt Disney World, but if you are going into the parks, you are likely going to go on the rides.
This may be somewhat of a no-brainer for some who visit Disney parks. Others, however, may have some concerns about any weight limits that may be imposed on riders at Disney.
Is There a Weight Limit on Disney Rides?
Although there are some rides at Walt Disney World that may have limitations on the height of the rider, there are no weight limits on any Disney rides. Disney does its best to include all riders of all sizes, even providing options when a plus-sized visitor wants to join in the fun.
If I could give one piece of advice to anyone that is thinking about holding back from going into the parks, it would be to go ahead with your plans to visit.
Don’t be afraid to enter the parks, Disney makes many options available to accommodate visitors of all sizes.
That being said, it’s obvious that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for every different ride at the parks. It’s important for you to make wise decisions when it comes to boarding certain rides.
The decision is not only in regards to whether you will fit on the ride or not, it also has to do with your personal comfort.
- In addition, there are ways to avoid waiting in line for an extensive amount of time, only to find out that the ride may not be the best choice for you.
Do All Disney Rides Have Test Seats?
The best option to see if you are a good fit for a Disney ride is to check one of the test seats. These are available on most of the rides when size may be a problem.
The test seats are conveniently located outside of the ride itself. This provides you with multiple benefits.
- Not only can you test the seat before you are actually standing at the ride, potentially saving you some embarrassment, you can also avoid the long line if the seat doesn’t work for you.
Of course, not every ride at Disney is going to have a test seat available. In some cases, some other advance preparation is necessary.
There are plenty of places to look online and check for information from others who may have tried to ride particular rides in the past. They will give information such as the size of the seat and anything that may make it uncomfortable.
Something else to consider is the availability of Disney employees (called Cast Members) that are more than capable of helping you. In fact, that is what they are there for.
If you have any questions as to whether you will fit comfortably on a ride, ask a “Cast Member” at Disney and they can give you some guidance. They can even make some adjustments if necessary to accommodate you.
How Can You Know If a Disney Ride Accommodates Plus A Size Guest?
Aside from the test seats or speaking to a Disney employee, there are other considerations that would help you to determine if you can fit on the ride in advance.
In some cases, a ride may seat multiple guests but they don’t necessarily have to have more than one guest in the compartment. If that is true, a larger individual could fit comfortably in those seats.
Another option is to choose a ride that offers bench seats. These seats are larger and without any armrests, so it is just a matter of adjusting the number of people who are in the row.
If you choose a ride with a bench seat and find yourself in a row where you are uncomfortable, simply ask a Disney Cast Member if you can move. Disney Cast Members have been trained in advance to accommodate individuals who need to move for their own comfort.
Essentially, if you are a plus-sized individual, or if you are traveling with someone that may be concerned about fitting onto a Disney ride, there are options available.
Disney has done their part to ensure that they maintain their status as the Happiest Place on Earth, regardless of your shape or size.
Weight Limit and Seat Size for the Flight of Passage
Any Disney ride is going to be enjoyable but the Avatar Flight of Passage is one not to be missed. Just like any ride at a Disney park, they do what they can to ensure comfort and accessibility for all guests.
You will be happy to know that the Avatar Flight of Passage does not have a weight limit. In fact, there are no weight limits on any Disney ride.
The fact that there are no weight limits does not mean that you will always be as comfortable as possible on the rides. That includes on the Flight of Passage, especially when you consider the seat restraints.
Many people find the restraints on the Flight of Passage to be somewhat snug. They lock in the legs and the midsection, so for plus-sized riders, they may be more uncomfortable.
Take a look at this YouTube video to see the ride vehicle.
These restraints are built with some give in them, so they will accommodate a larger passenger. Your comfort is important, so you may want to test this seat in advance.
The Avatar Flight of Passage ride is a ride that has a test seat available. It’s found outside of the ride itself, so you can check things out before you stand in a long line.
As is the case with any test seat, it is not there to disqualify you from getting on the ride. It is there to help you make an informed decision so that you can be as comfortable as possible if you do choose to ride.
Although there are no weight restrictions on the Flight of Passage ride, there are some other limitations that could restrict you from getting on board.
In order to ride the Flight of Passage, you have to be at least 44 inches tall. They also want you to be in good health, including health factors such as your blood pressure.
If you have motion sickness, or if you are pregnant, you should not ride the Avatar Flight of Passage.
Can You Be Too Big to Ride the Disney Skyliner?
A relatively new addition to the Disney properties is the Skyliner. It is a gondola system that can get you to different Disney theme parks and resorts located in the Walt Disney World area.
- If you are concerned about being too large to fit on the Skyliner, there really is no reason to worry. Each gondola is built to accommodate up to 10 passengers on the bench seats inside.
On the interior of each gondola are two bench seats, one to the right and one to the left as you enter the unit. At a maximum, it can fit 10 people but if you are a larger individual, they can adjust the number of people that fit into a gondola.
The Disney Skyliner doors are approximately 30 inches wide. They are built to accommodate 30-inch strollers and they are also wheelchair accessible. This allows for most, if not all guests to easily get on board.
- Dont confuse 30 inches with your own body measurements as we are not talking about circumference here.
Since the bench seats have no armrests, it is also possible to seat larger people without crowding them into a single row. The Disney Skyliner was built for comfort, as well as for the fantastic view of the Disney property underneath.
Check out this video that shows the boarding process for the Disney Skyliner.
One concern that many people have is if the Skyliner cable will snap due to their large size. This is nothing to be concerned about.
There is a weight limit, but the Disney employees loading the ride will not allow too many people on board so that the weight limit is reached.
In other words, it isn’t about the number of people onboard the gondola, it is about the total weight that is being carried.
The Disney Skyliner has been operating continuously since they opened in 2019 and no issues with snapped cables have occurred.
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Are Disney Rides Fat-Friendly?
Although this is not exactly our favorite way of wording it, it is one of the more common questions we receive about Disney rides.
Disney rides are created to accommodate people of all sizes. As previously stated, There are height limits on some rides but there are no weight limits on any rides at Walt Disney World.
If you are concerned about not fitting in the seat or being too heavy for the ride, you can try the test seat outside of the ride itself or ask a Disney Cast Member for assistance.
The fine folks at Disney want everyone to have a good time at the park. When you are visiting, you will see people from all walks of life and of all sizes.
Everything at the parks was built for comfort and to ensure accessibility for anyone who enters through the theme park gates.
The bottom line is, Disney wants you to have a good time and they made the park to accommodate larger visitors. Come visit and you will see why they call Disney the Happiest Place on Earth.
Have a magical day!