WDW AT LARGE
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I just wanted to say thank you for your Walt Disney World at Large information. My family, including grandparents, went to Disney World last year and I was very concerned about fitting on the rides. I am about 280 lbs. and 5 foot 6 inches (about 26-28). I used the guide and felt very prepared when I got there. I had NO problems fitting on any rides. I went on every ride in all the parks without difficulty. My father also has difficulty with bending his knees due to surgery and we were able to use this guide as well for that. Thanks for making my trip concern free. We are planning another trip next year.
Well, my second visit to Disney World and this time my weight didn't keep me sitting on the bench, holding the backpack. Because of your web site, this was the first time I rode some rides. It felt great walking around not feeling worried about "fitting in".
I was so grateful to find your WDW at large info before my trip that I vowed to contribute to it upon my return. Here are my thoughts and experiences after one week at WDW. I am 5'11" and about 330 pounds. * First of all, there are people there of all shapes and sizes. * Secondly, most are so caught up in their own vacations that I did not feel anywhere near as "noticed" as I do on a typical day not in the parks.
I just want to thank you all *so* much for having the "At Large" feature. When I was a child and teen it was so tough to worry with my mom about whether she could ride with us because of her size (5'10, 6XL.) It was excruciating waiting hours in line wondering "Do I have to ride alone?" Of course, she always fit well, and the staff was so nice and discreet with us. However, it would have been great to have this resource back in the day. Now, I am a grown woman who is plus sized myself,(5'10, 280) and on our many trips to Disney never even worried about fitting because I remembered how accommodating Disney is to us Large folk. However, last summer I made the mistake of thinking that I would fit into rides at Six Flags... Imagine me trying to squish into a *tiny* roller coaster seat with HUNDREDS of other guests waiting to see if I would fit. I didn't. I cried in front of everyone and my husband brought me home. I would suggest that "At Large" be made available for other parks, such as Six flags, but I think it would suffice to say that if you are a large person, you had better stick to Disney. This February I look forward to riding Everest for the first time with my plus sized Mom, Dad, and of course, myself, along with my normal sized husband, brother, sister in law and aunt. Once I read the "At Large" review of the coaster, I had no worries at all. Again, thank you.
am 5'8" and 300 lbs( a size 26). I read, and read, and read the AT
LARGE trip reports every day before my trip to try and put my mind at
ease. And when I say I read, I read from 2003-2006 at least 6-8 times
each! I took my husband to celebrate our two year anniversary, and his
parents for the first time to Disney World. They are all average size
people. So you could imagine the embarrassment I would endure if I was
turned down from a ride. I was worried about taking that walk of shame.
But after reading this column I decided to go ahead and try everything
out and keep a journal, so that I could hopefully shed some light and
relieve some stress from others out there. And just before I begin, THANKS
AGAIN Allearsnet! You were truly my blessing to a wonderful vacation.
THANK YOU! THANK
YOU! THANK YOU!. Finding your WDW at Large section has lifted a huge weight
off my shoulders (no pun intended :-) ) My husband and I (6'/280lbs and
5'/250lbs) are taking our 4yr old son ( a ride fanatic )to WDW in October
and we were both dreading our not fitting on the rides with him. We could
picture us standing at Dumbo and him not being able to ride because of us,
as has happened at carnivals and other parks. But no longer! Now we are
confident that we will be able to go on any and all of the rides with him
without any trouble. You have made the last couple of months of planning
a much happier time for us. Keep up the good work! Stacey
I am 275 pounds 5 feet 3 inches tall.I was very concerned about fitting on the rides, but your web site showed me that I could fit and enjoy the rides with my kids.Thank you very much for this site,it made my trip wonderful!!I went on almost every ride at Magic Kingdom and fit.I also had no problems with Epcot,MGM Studios,and Animal Kingdom. I hope this helps ease anyones concerns about fitting in things like I always do!!! Enjoy your vacation and have a great time there, its a magical place!!!
I just got back from celebrating my engagement at Disney World and I just wanted to thank you for making my trip so great. My girlfriend (and now fiance) has planned a trip to Disney for the past 6 months and I had been dreading it. As a large man (6'3", 52-54 inch waist) I was concerned about fitting in the rides. For months I dreaded the trip and then I found your website. Needless to say, all the reviews for each of the rides put me at ease, and the last 6 days have been some of the best of my life. I want to share a few of my experiences to help ease the mind of other large patrons that are thinking about heading to Disney.
Just wanted to let you know that your website is very helpful (especially) WDW at Large. I have a cousin who is 6'5" 400+ lbs and he was actually able to get on every ride that the family went on...Space Mountain, Big Thunder, Rockin Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, Spaceship Earth, and Small World etc. Lines were too long for Test Track and Mission Space (fast passes ran out early), but I'm confident that he would have fitted. We were thrilled that he enjoyed the trip just as much as everyone else because we did have concerned. We took some advice and asked the cast members at each ride before getting in line if he would fit and that save him from any possible embarassment. Thanks for such a great site. I hope this helps anyone of size that has concerns. Have Fun!!!!! Michelle
What a relief it was for me to find your webpage!!! I was so worried about whether or not I (being a size 26, 5'5" 295lb woman) was going to be able to ride any of the rides with my family. Once I found your webpage and read comments from other peoples experiences, my concerns where put to rest. I went with the hopes and expectations that I was going to have a great time .... and boy did I ever. I am happy to report that I did not run into not one problem becuase of my size!!! I want to thank you for your webpage becuase without it .... I would have had myself so sick with worry before our trip that I probably would not have even tried to ride anything! Again, thank you and keep up the good work!
All of your hints for particular attractions, seat widths and all that info was so helpful. It made me feel so much more comfortable.
I am a Disney fanatic and my husband and I took our first trip to Walt Disney World in March of 2000 (our 1st wedding anniversary). I only wish I had found your site about Disney for larger people before we went. I was very worried about not fitting onto some of the rides and even refused to ride some of them. I avoided Rockin Roller coaster, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Astro Orbiter, and the Dumbo ride. I know, I know, I skipped most of the "big" rides that most people head to first. But I was terrified of not being able to buckle the seatbelt or fit into the seat at all. Even though I didn't get to enjoy those rides I have to say that I loved Disney World and can't wait to go again. It's a truly magical place. I think this site is wonderful and you are truly an angel for giving all us larger people a peace of mind and the knowelege that we too can enjoy the rides that we were once so afraid to try!
I just wanted to tell you Thanks for having a site with information geared to us chub club members. :) It has really REALLY put my mind to ease about our trip. I'm looking forward to riding each and every ride with both my girls. This is going to be fun. Also, I'm sure you've heard this many times before.. but your going to hear it once again. Your site is just WONDERFUL!
The area in your site that included WDW at Large was especially gratifying. Being a large person (300 and declining :-) ) I was extremely nervous about embarassing moments and not be able to ride the rides with my children. Your site helped to alleviate my fears. (I was even able to ride Dumbo and get him up in the air!)
You guys rock! I never would have imagined someone would have made a page like this and I'm so grateful to have found it. I am going to WDW for my honeymoon and I have been quietly worrying about how I was going to "fit in" at WDW. I didn't think there was really anyone I could ask for this kind of information. Now I feel much more relaxed and confident--I know what to expect.
Thank you so much for maintaining the At Large pages on your WDWIG web site. My husband and I just got back from WDW and your pages were so helpful. I'm 6'0" and over 200 lbs. and my husband is 6'4" and over 350 lbs. I printed out the At Large pages for him to read on the plane and he felt much better about trying the rides after reading it. He fit on every ride except Space Mountain and he probably would have fit in a different car.
I just wanted to thank you so much for this page - it eased my many fears about fitting in the rides at Disney World. My husband and I were in Disney last week and on the cruise - I have some info for both.
"gardenia created these "At Large" pages and maintained them through 1999. She writes: In the WDW at Large section, folks who have visited WDW will share their very personal experiences while on vacation. Everything is kept absolutely confidential.I highly encourage y'all to share your experiencesas I know those who access this page would greatly benefit from reading about them."