Being plus size at any theme park can be anxiety inducing. Having to walk out of a ride because you don’t fit, can feel so shameful you avoid theme parks all together. Let me tell you, I’ve been there.
Here at The B Word, we’re all about living our best life at whatever size and for me that includes Disney World! I just got back from a full on Disney, whirlwind trip. Disney invited influencers (me included!) on a Disney Cruise (I have a full blog post about that experience!) and then took us to each of the Disney World theme parks! It’s been at least 7+ years and weight gain since the last time I was in Orlando at the Magic Kingdom.
Let’s break down my experience at Walt Disney World and I’ll give you my take on..
I find Disney parks to be some of the most size inclusive theme parks in the world. I’m side-eying you Universal….
For context I am 6’0 tall and a size 22, being big and tall rides can be tight.
Disney has multiple styles of ride seats that make most rides accessible for most body types. Similar to Disneyland (I also go through this on my California Disneyland blog post), most of the classic Disney rides are the same in Disney World featuring lap bars, adjustable seatbelts, seatbelts with yellow tabs or a bench seat. One thing I noticed about Disney World, is the seats felt a little roomier for me. Test Track in Epcot had more room, Splash Mountain is double wide vs a tighter fit at Disneyland. That extra inch or so was really nice! Most of the rides that are both at Disneyland and Disney World, remained accessible, if not even more so!
Except…for Space Mountain. Now Space Mountain in Disneyland is a tight fit for my thicker thighs, curse you knee bars! Space Mountain at Disneyworld is a row of single seats in a low vehicle, similar to a bobsled. When I posted I was going to Disney World, I immediately got flooded with Instagram DM’s saying which rides to watch out for and most plus people said Space Mountain is an uncomfortable fit. Honestly a bummer. (Are you hanging out with me on Instagram?! Have you had trouble on Space Mountain?)
This is a newer ride (within the last 5-6 years) so I was surprised when we sat down and the individual knee bar barely went down because of my thick thighs. This is a family rollercoaster and I was surprised they didn’t make it a lap bar similar to Big Thunder. This ride is not thick thigh friendly unfortunately and it made riding unenjoyable for me.
Something to note as well, is from my fellow plus size Disney World goers I was warned about the Teacups in Fantasyland being a very tight fit. We did not ride that while at the Magic Kingdom but I do fit in the teacups at Disneyland in CA. This ride is a cup design with a spinning wheel in the middle, if you carry most of your weight in your stomach this could be a tight fit. I find I have more issues with leg room on the teacups (hello 6’0 tall lol!)
First off, no shame. We have all had this happen. It sucks, it does but a cast member should offer you and the rest of your party fast passes for another ride in exchange. Even with lightning lane, they should be able to give a paper voucher for another ride. I got multiple DM’s from other plus size Disney park goers who told me this was their experience and what to expect if I don’t fit comfortably.
Nope! There is not a weight limit at Disney World. Also…after reading other plus size blogs about Disney parks, I’m finding people using the term “pooh sized’ which I think is hilarious! “Pooh sized” is a catch all way to describe plus size or fat bodies. I typically use the word fat but I understand maybe being uncomfortable with the term. I had never seen or heard this but I wanted to include it so my readers could be informed.
I got so many questions about my Disney trip and I have answers! On select styles Disney carries up to a 5-6X but we typically saw a good amount of 2-3X’s in stores. Spirit Jerseys, Disney’s very popular long sleeve, oversized style top had the most variety of sizing in each shop we looked in. Even on the Disney cruise they carried some plus sizes (2-3X).
Here at The B Word there is no TMI. We walked over 20,000+ a day..my feet were hollin lol! Let me tell you, I had ZERO inner thigh chafe because I use Megababe. Megababe is an anti chafe stick and I swear by them. I wore short shorts, bikinis, skirts on the trip with no thigh chafe solely because my trust in Megababe. I made a Tik Tok about the whole experience!
At the parks we easily did 20,000 steps each day. Prepare for walking. They of course have scooter rentals if that’s something you need. I found that so many more people were using scooters in Disney World vs Disneyland…also the park is much bigger in Florida. Wear your most comfortable shoes, bring bandaids for blisters. I really wanted to bring some CBD oil to test out on my feet but didn’t end up grabbing any. That’s something I’ll test next time for sure!