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I haven't been to Disney World since I was 13 or 14.
Going for 5 days this December and currently at 445 pounds I know it won't be easy. Going to try to get down to 400 by early December so that will help my mobility.
Does anyone here have any tips for plus sized people that are going there?
 

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Geez...I give you credit. I never go anywhere anymore because of my size. I try to roll with the punches but now I just avoid things altogether because I dont want to deal with the disappointment of being 500+ pounds.
 

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I'm not your size- nor have I ever been but I can say I have empathy for you because I feel a huge difference in my mobility and energy levels since going from 305 down to 252 recently. I aIso feel a lot cooler this year- as in I'm not miserable all summer long even sitting in air conditioning.

Kudos to you-I think it's good that you are going in DECEMBER instead of the summer. That 45 lb weight loss you're planning sounds like it might work in your favor as well.

Personally, I would wear really good sneakers/walking shoes- at any weight. Comfortable, cool clothing is also a must- no need to try and be "glamorous" at Disneyland.

When i take my kids to theme parks, I like to "see the shows" with them- it allows me to SIT for a while but still enjoy some of the attractions (if it's indoors, then that's even better!) I have also found that STANDING in long, unmoving lines for extended periods kills my legs much worse than simple walking does. That waiting on my feet too long kills me at the end of the day.

Good luck to you and have great time- I dont blame you for wanting to see Disney land- have never been myself.

**I'm thinking that someone bigger than myself who has actually been there might be a greater help to you
 

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**I'm thinking that someone bigger than myself who has actually been there might be a greater help to you
I have a friend who went a few years ago at over 500 pounds and he did the electric scooter route. He's a Disney addict and goes every couple of years.
I refuse to use a scooter, unless it is a last resort.
Since we have 4 months till the trip, I'm going to lose weight and work on my cardio to get ready to do Disney on foot.
I understand that some people need the scooters. I have no judgement of them. As for me, if I can do it on foot, that's what I'd prefer to do.
 

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There is a thread somewhere on here that talks about tips for us fatties enjoying Disney. I know when I was there I was over 400 and was with somebody who was as well and we had a great time!
 

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My brother is over 400 and he mostly did okay at Disney World. We were there for 5 days and he skipped one in the middle to rest his feet, there is a ton of walking involved for sure. I'm close to 300 and the walking took it's toll on my feet too. We had a blast though. He's 28 and I'm 41 if that makes any difference. We both had turns trying out the scooter our grandmother rented for herself (she's 86) and those things can be fun too. Yeah, it was a big family trip.
 

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There's a really active Disney-centric message board called DISBOARD - on it, there is an ongoing thread specifically for people who are as they call it - Pooh Sized. It has VERY specific information regarding seating, rides, distance, things to do, not do, how to do stuff etc. I always read it to catch up before I go. I hope I'm not committing a faux pas by including a link to the thread here. Membership to the board is free and there's tons of useful info about everything. - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2424021
 

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I went about 5 years ago and had a lot of fun. No issues fitting on any rides. I am ~300 for reference. If I could make a suggestion - if you can swing it, stay on Disney property. They have free transportation to all the parks, which cuts down on the walking quite a bit as it is door to door service.
 
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I live down in Orlando, and have worked in the theme park industry for over 12 years. If you have any questions about the parks, please PM me. I have written a guide for my plus-sized friends who come for a visit.
 

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I live down in Orlando, and have worked in the theme park industry for over 12 years. If you have any questions about the parks, please PM me. I have written a guide for my plus-sized friends who come for a visit.
I think it would be an extremely kind and very helpful thing if you posted your guide for the people here to see. Your insight could have great value to the community.
 

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Personally, I would wear really good sneakers/walking shoes- at any weight. Comfortable, cool clothing is also a must- no need to try and be "glamorous" at Disneyland.

When i take my kids to theme parks, I like to "see the shows" with them- it allows me to SIT for a while but still enjoy some of the attractions (if it's indoors, then that's even better!) I have also found that STANDING in long, unmoving lines for extended periods kills my legs much worse than simple walking does. That waiting on my feet too long kills me at the end of the day.
I'm only 240, but standing in unmoving lines does the same for me. I'd rather walk for 8 hours straight than stand in a line that takes 2 hours to get through.

If the sneakers don't offer enough support, I recommend military combat boots, preferably the desert ones, since they are ventilated. If you buy them new, make sure you take the time to break them in, otherwise you'll end up with blisters at the end of the day. Throw in some comfortable insoles, and you should be able to handle standing in lines for a while.
 
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This is a quick reference guide, broken down into simple do's and dont's. It will give a brief description of the type of attraction and any obstacles one might face.

Disclaimer: This list is not meant to offend or segregate anyone. If you want to try any attraction at all, I encourage it. I did not make this on behalf on Universal Orlando, nor for any theme park organization. These are simple observations, meant to help new comers to the parks. Also note, that everyone's body type/shape/size is different. There are attractions which larger patrons will be able to get on, as well as ones that smaller patrons may not get on. This is the best generalized guide I could make.

If you would like me to elaborate on any attraction, just private message me, and I will get back to you with any information you may need.

Attractions You Can Do
1. Lucy – A Tribute
a. Museum
2. Shrek 4-D
a. Movie Show
3. Despicable Me
a. Motion Simulator
b. (Ask for Non-Motion Seating)
4. Twister
a. Walk Through Special Effects Show
5. The Blues Brothers
a. Song and Dance Street Show
6. Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue
a. Song and Dance Stage Show
7. Disaster
a. Effects Show & Motion simulator
8. Fear Factor Live
a. Stunt Show
9. Animal Actors
a. Animal Performance Show
10. A Day in the Park with Barney
a. Family Stage Show
11. Curious George Goes to Town
a. Family Water play area
12. Curious George’s Ball Factory
a. Family Play Area
13. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
a. Gentle Dark Ride
b. (Liberal Lap Bar Restraint)
14. The Horror Make-Up Show
a. Comedy Show
15. Terminator 2 3-D
a. Movie & Stunt Show

Attractions You Can Not Do
1. Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rock-it
a. Rollercoaster
b. *Test Seat Available
c. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)
2. Revenge of the Mummy
a. Rollercoaster
b. *Test Seat Available
c. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)
3. Men In Black Alien Attack
a. Thrill Ride
b. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)
4. The Simpsons
a. Motion Simulator
b. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)
5. Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster
a. Kid’s Rollercoaster
b. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)
6. Fievel’s Play Land
a. Kid’s Play Area
7. Fievel’s Water Slide
a. Kid’s Water-Raft Slide
8. Transformers: The Ride
a. Thrill Ride
b. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)

There is a new attraction called 'Kang and Kodos' in the Springfield area. I have not been in the park to experience it yet. But hopefully I will soon.
 
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This is a quick reference guide, broken down into simple do's and dont's. It will give a brief description of the type of attraction and any obstacles one might face.

Disclaimer: This list is not meant to offend or segregate anyone. If you want to try any attraction at all, I encourage it. I did not make this on behalf on Universal Orlando, nor for any theme park organization. These are simple observations, meant to help new comers to the parks. Also note, that everyone's body type/shape/size is different. There are attractions which larger patrons will be able to get on, as well as ones that smaller patrons may not get on. This is the best generalized guide I could make.

If you would like me to elaborate on any attraction, just private message me, and I will get back to you with any information you may need.

Attractions You Can Do
1. Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges
a. White Water Rapids Ride
b. (Shared Seat Belt Restraint)
2. Me Ship, The Olive
a. Family Play Area
3. Dudley Do Right’s Ripsaw Falls
a. Log Flume Ride
b. (Liberal Lap Bar Restraint)
4. Jurassic Park River Adventure
a. Tidal Wave Ride
b. (Liberal Lap Bar Restraint)
5. Camp Jurassic
a. Kid’s Play Area
6. Jurassic Park Discovery Center
a. Family Interactive Area
7. The Tri-Wizard Rally & The Frog Choir
a. Street Performances
b. Two Separate Shows
8. Ollivander’s Wand Shop
a. Live Show
b. (Very Small Room)
9. The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad
a. Stunt Show
10. Poseidon’s Fury
a. Walk Through Special Effects Show
11. Car-o-Seuss-ell
a. Merry-Go-Round
12. Oh! The Stories You’ll Hear!
a. Family Show
13. The Cat in the Hat
a. Gentle Ride
b. (Liberal Lap Bar Restraint)
14. If I Ran The Zoo
a. Family Play Area

Attractions You Can Not Do
1. The Incredible Hulk
a. Rollercoaster
b. *Test Seat Available
c. (Over The Shoulder Restraint)
2. Storm Force Accellatron
a. Gentle Ride “Magic Tea Cups”
b. (Constrictive Seats)
3. Dr. Doom’s Fear Fall
a. Free Fall Tower
b. *Test Seat Available
c. (Over The Shoulder Restraint)
4. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
a. Thrill Ride
b. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)
5. Pteranadon Flyers
a. Kid’s Sky-Coaster
b. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)
6. Harry Potter & The Forbidden Journey
a. Thrill Ride
b. *Test Seat Available
c. (Over The Shoulder Restraint)
7. Flight of the Hippogryph
a. Kid’s Rollercoaster
b. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)
8. The Dragon Challenge 1 & 2
a. Rollercoasters
b. *Test Seat Available
c. (Over The Shoulder Restraint)
9. High in the Sky, Seuss Trolley Train Ride
a. Gentle Ride
b. (Constrictive Seats)
10. One Fish, Two Fish, Red fish, Blue Fish
a. Gentle Ride “Dumbo”
b. (Constrictive Seats)
 
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This is a quick reference guide, broken down into simple do's and dont's. It will give a brief description of the type of attraction and any obstacles one might face.

Disclaimer: This list is not meant to offend or segregate anyone. If you want to try any attraction at all, I encourage it. I did not make this on behalf on Sea World Orlando, nor for any theme park organization. These are simple observations, meant to help new-comers to the parks. Also note, that everyone's body type/shape/size is different. There are attractions which larger patrons will be able to get on, as well as ones that smaller patrons may not get on. This is the best generalized guide I could make.

If you would like me to elaborate on any attraction, just private message me, and I will get back to you with any information you may need.

Attractions You Can Do
1. Blue Horizons
a. Animal Performance Show
b. Dolphins, Parrots
2. Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island
a. Animal Performance Show
b. Sea Lions, Otters
3. A’Lure, The Call of the Ocean
a. Experimental Acrobatics Show
4. Shamu’s Happy Harbor
a. Kid’s Play Area
5. Sea Carousel
a. Merry-Go-Round
6. One Ocean
a. Animal Performance Show
b. Killer Whales
7. SkyTower
a. Gentle Ride
8. Elmo & Abby’s Treasure Hunt
a. Family Show
9. Pets Ahoy
a. Animal Performance Show
b. (Liberal Lap Bar Restraint)
10. *Over Eighteen Exhibits*
a. Ten Animal Exhibits
b. Six Aquariums
c. Two Botanical Gardens

Attractions You Can Not Do
1. Manta
a. Rollercoaster
b. *Test Seat Available
c. (Over The Shoulder Restraint)
2. Journey To Atlantis
a. Water-Coaster
b. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)
3. Kraken
a. Rollercoaster
b. *Test Seat Available
c. (Over The Shoulder Restraint)
4. Paddle Boats
a. Small Free Floating Boats
5. Jazzy Jellies
a. Gentle Ride “Dumbo”
b. (Constrictive Seats)
6. Ocean Commotion
a. Gentle Ride
b. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)
7. Shamu Express
a. Kid’s Rollercoaster
b. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)
8. Swishy Fishies
a. Gentle Ride “Magic Tea Cups”
b. (Constrictive Seats)
9. Wild Arctic
a. Motion Simulator
b. (Constrictive Seats)
c. *Skip Ride to Enter Exhibit

There is a new exhibit called 'Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin', which I have not experienced yet. However I hear it is a gentle ride that almost anybody can do. As I can not vouch for it personally, I can't put in on the list one way or the other.
 
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This is a quick reference guide, broken down into simple do's and dont's. It will give a brief description of the type of attraction and any obstacles one might face.

Disclaimer: This list is not meant to offend or segregate anyone. If you want to try any attraction at all, I encourage it. I did not make this on behalf on Busch Gardens Tampa, nor for any theme park organization. These are simple observations, meant to help new-comers to the parks. Also note, that everyone's body type/shape/size is different. There are attractions which larger patrons will be able to get on, as well as ones that smaller patrons may not get on. This is the best generalized guide I could make.

If you would like me to elaborate on any attraction, just private message me, and I will get back to you with any information you may need.

Attractions You Can Do
1. Maraketh Theater
a. Family Music Show
2. Bird Gardens Theater
a. Animal Performance Show
3. 1, 2, 3 Smile With Me
a. Family Stage Show
4. Sunny Day Theater
a. Family Stage Show
5. Stanley Falls Flume
a. Log Flume Ride
b. (Liberal Lap Bar Restraint)
6. Stanleyville Theater
a. Family Stage Show
7. Tanganika Tidal Wave
a. Tidal Wave Ride
b. (Liberal Lap Bar Restraint)
8. Serengeti Railway
a. Gentle Train Ride
9. SkyRide
a. Cable Cars
10. Congo River Rapids
a. White Water Rapids Ride
b. (Shared Seat Belt Restraint)
11. Ubanga Banga Bumper Cars
a. Bumper Cars
b. (Shared Seat Belt Restraint)
12. Sahara-Go-Round
a. Merry-Go-Round
13. Timbuktu Theater
a. Animal Performance Show
14. Desert Grill Theater
a. Family Stage Show
15. Rhino Rally
a. Safari Jeep Ride
b. (Constrictive Seats)
16. Tut’s Tomb
a. Museum Tour
17. Morocco Palace Theater
a. Family Stage Show
18. *Over Twenty Exhibits*

Attractions You Can Not Do
1. Gwazi 1 & 2
a. Rollercoasters
b. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)
2. Air Grover
a. Kid’s Rollercoaster
b. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)
3. Sesame Street Safari
a. Kids Play Area
b. (4ft Maximum Height Limit)
4. Sheikra
a. Rollercoaster
b. *Test Seat Available
c. (Over The Shoulder Restraint)
5. Jungle Flyers
a. Kid’s Sky-Coaster
b. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)
6. Wild Surge
a. Free Fall Tower
b. (Over The Shoulder Restraint)
7. Kumba
a. Rollercoaster
b. *Test Seat Available
c. (Over The Shoulder Restraint)
8. Sand Serpent
a. Kid’s Rollercoaster
b. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)
9. Timbuktu Kiddie Rides
a. (Constrictive Seating)
10. Pheonix
a. “Loop-the Loop”
b. (Over The Shoulder Restraint)
11. Scorpion
a. Rollercoaster
b. (Constrictive Lap Bar Restraint)
12. Cheetah Hunt
a. Rollercoaster
b. *Test Seat Available
c. (Over The Shoulder Restraint)
13. Montu
a. Rollercoaster
b. *Test Seat Available
c. (Over The Shoulder Restraint)
 
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There are 4 Disney parks
1. The Magic Kingdom
2. EPCOT
3. Hollywood Studios
4. Animal Kingdom

I have not had a chance to make a guide for the Disney parks, especially with all of the changes they have had for the last couple of years.

I will say that most everything in Disney World is very accommodating to all guests. If you have specific questions about a ride or show, feel free to ask, I will answer as best I can.

There is one more park and one educational attraction
1. LegoLand Florida
2. The Kennedy Space Center

I have only been to LegoLand once, it is meant for kids. If you do not have children in your party between 3 and 14, this is not the park for you. Don't get me wrong, adults can go here and have a fun time. However, adults are not their target audience. Thus, attractions may seem a bit juvenile for your tastes. If you do go, be sure to enjoy the botanical gardens leftover from when this park was known as 'Cypress Gardens'

The Kennedy Space center is an all day tour experience meant for guests of all ages. There is one thrill ride,'The Shuttle Launch Experience' inside the Atlantis Exhibit. I HIGHLY recommend this exhibit, as well as the overall tour of the space center.

Orlando also has tons of independent thrill attractions. Look up and down 'International Drive', and 'Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (SR 192)'. There is never a short supply of things to do here.

I hope my guides were helpful. When I get some more free time, I will be sure to finish them all. Especially now, since I know people are interested in my tips and hints.
 

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There are 4 Disney parks
1. The Magic Kingdom
2. EPCOT
3. Hollywood Studios
4. Animal Kingdom

I have not had a chance to make a guide for the Disney parks, especially with all of the changes they have had for the last couple of years.

I will say that most everything in Disney World is very accommodating to all guests. If you have specific questions about a ride or show, feel free to ask, I will answer as best I can.

There is one more park and one educational attraction
1. LegoLand Florida
2. The Kennedy Space Center

I have only been to LegoLand once, it is meant for kids. If you do not have children in your party between 3 and 14, this is not the park for you. Don't get me wrong, adults can go here and have a fun time. However, adults are not their target audience. Thus, attractions may seem a bit juvenile for your tastes. If you do go, be sure to enjoy the botanical gardens leftover from when this park was known as 'Cypress Gardens'

The Kennedy Space center is an all day tour experience meant for guests of all ages. There is one thrill ride,'The Shuttle Launch Experience' inside the Atlantis Exhibit. I HIGHLY recommend this exhibit, as well as the overall tour of the space center.

Orlando also has tons of independent thrill attractions. Look up and down 'International Drive', and 'Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (SR 192)'. There is never a short supply of things to do here.

I hope my guides were helpful. When I get some more free time, I will be sure to finish them all. Especially now, since I know people are interested in my tips and hints.
Thanks It is wonderful that You Share these list with folks I went to 6flags in San Antonio Last year and Williamsburg Va this year rented a scooter. At 6 flags the rides we did enjoy I got a benefit of either going in front of the line with my Party or they would schedule a time for us to return and ride the ride with my party ! I Loved the no standing in line I am currently 400 pounds and my joints are terrible ! So thanks I love visiting florida and would enjoy it more know what places and rides were big person friendly Hug :kiss2::kiss2::bow: Nurse Vicki
 
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