You may have seen it all over Instagram: Some people can’t fit on the Tron ride. To make the ride vehicle more immersive and believable that you are riding a motorcycle, Imagineers made the restraint system very restrictive and compact. But at what cost?
Some of the rides in Walt Disney World have some form of height or weight restriction, but since there aren’t too many people walking around over 7 feet tall, it really hasn’t been a widely addressed issue. These restrictions are more about the comfort and safety of the riders than the actual requirements of the ride.
Until now. The opening of Tron has everyone celebrating that it’s finally done, but now after seeing some people struggle to fit in the ride vehicles. This has unlocked a whole new fear in people who have yet to visit Disney World. So let’s explore, are their any weight limits on Disney rides!
Am I going to fit on Disney rides? What is the weight limit?
WDW Vacation Tips is here to calm your fears! Walt Disney World is amazingly accommodating to the masses, so the vast majority of attractions are perfect for everyone to enjoy! But to ease your worries we will go through and list the rides that might be uncomfortable for some, and what to do about it!
Is Disney World Plus Size Friendly?
Most attractions in Walt Disney World are bench style seating, so there is no pinching or cramming into the ride vehicle. Roller coasters and other fast rides are where vehicles start getting a little more constrictive.
WALT DISNEY WORLD HAS NO WEIGHT LIMITS FOR ANY RIDES!
Read that again: Walt Disney World has no weight limits on ANY of their rides. A fluffy rider may be turned away only if they are unable to secure their restraint system.
Disney is a very inclusive company, so most of the rides are very non-restrictive, but for some tighter rides with unusual ride vehicles like Tron and Avatar Flight of Passage. If you are concerned at all, we recommend trying the test seat before waiting in line.
Rides for Plus Sized Disney Fans to Avoid
Every Disney vacation should be memorable and magical. Feeling like a sardine in a can is memorable, but definitely not magical…
These are the rides that might give you some trouble. This doesn’t mean that you can’t ride them. If you have any questions about a ride, you can always ask a Cast Member.
This ride is so tight that an adult of ANY size is going to feel a pinch and squeeze. A more comfortable way to see the park is the Walt Disney World Railroad or the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Avatar Flight of Passage
Avatar has a ride vehicle similar to TRON where the rider leans all the way forward and they are closed in by bars coming up the back and calves. It feels very strange, but it is secure. Just the way the system secures people makes you off balance, and the restriction can be very uncomfortable for some.
Expedition Everest Legends of the Forbidden Mountain
Expedition Everest is a great ride, but the seats have high sides on both sides that creates a hip pinching point. As long as the restraint bar can lock you are free to ride!
This attraction was created with the help of real NASA Astronauts! It made our avoid list not only because of the size of the seat, but also the claustrophobic feel of the ride vehicle. There is a door that closes on you that creates a “chamber” feel.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Of all of the roller coasters in Walt Disney World, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster has the tightest seats of them all! This coaster has the highest height requirement in Walt Disney World because it actually goes upside down, but the seats feel almost like they were made for children! If you are looking for a great coaster, we recommend Slinky Dog Dash, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
The rocket ship ride vehicles for Space Mountain are very low and your legs essentially wrap around the person in front of you.
Plus Size Friendly Disney Rides
Now, for the fun part – Let’s talk plus size friendly rides! These rides are non-restrictive by having bench-style seats and low-impact restraint bars.
If you are anxious, worried, embarrassed, or any other negative emotion about the attractions in Disney, you can safely stick to this list and have the most magical vacation ever!
- Alien Swirling Saucers – Hollywood Studios
- The Barnstormer – Magic Kingdom
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – Magic Kingdom
- Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin – Magic Kingdom
- DINOSAUR – Animal Kingdom
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant – Magic Kingdom
- Frozen Ever After – EPCOT
- Gran Fiesta Tour – EPCOT
- Haunted Mansion – Magic Kingdom
- “it’s a small world” – Magic Kingdom
- It’s Tough to be a Bug – Animal Kingdom
- Journey Into Imagination With Figment – EPCOT
- Jungle Cruise – Magic Kingdom
- Kali River Rapids – Animal Kingdom
- Kilimanjaro Safaris – Animal Kingdom
- Living with the Land – EPCOT
- Mad Tea Party – Magic Kingdom
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – Magic Kingdom
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Magic Kingdom
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – Hollywood Studios
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic – Magic Kingdom
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – Hollywood Studios
- Muppet*Vision 3D – Hollywood Studios
- Na’vi River Journey – Animal Kingdom
- Peter Pan’s Flight – Magic Kingdom
- Pirates of the Caribbean – Magic Kingdom
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – EPCOT
- The Seas with Nemo and Friends – EPCOT
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Magic Kingdom
- Slinky Dog Dash – Hollywood Studios
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – Hollywood Studios
- Test Track – EPCOT
- Tomorrowland Speedway – Magic Kingdom
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – Magic Kingdom
- Toy Story Mania! – Hollywood Studios
- TriceraTop Spin – Animal Kingdom
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – Hollywood Studios
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid – Magic Kingdom
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – Magic Kingdom
Tips for Restrictive Rides!
TRON Lightcycle Run
If you are concerned about fit and comfort with the new TRON attraction you can request the back row section of ride vehicles. These vehicles are larger than the rest of the fleet. Just ask a Cast Member!
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
If you want to enjoy the nostalgia of the classic carousel but don’t feel comfortable on the horse, feel free to take a “nanny bench”. Those sleigh like seats are free for anyone to use!
Avatar Flight of Passage
Try the test seat before you get in line! Avatar continues to have some of the longest wait times in all of Walt Disney World, so you don’t want to wait only to find that you’re not comfortable.
Height Restrictions for Disney Rides
Just like the weight restrictions, there are no official height restrictions in Walt Disney World. However, there are rides where being extra tall can be very uncomfortable.
For example, if you have ever ridden in Space Mountain you may remember feeling terrified to put up your hands because of how close you feel to the steel beams above you. Now imagine that’s your head…
No, you will not be decapitated on Space Mountain if you’re over 7 feet tall, but just the nerves of it can really ruin a good time.
What is Considered “Tall” in Disney?
Since there are no actual height restrictions we sought out advice from people we consider tall. All of the information below is from people who are over 6’2”, or 74”, and we considered especially tall people anyone over 7’, or 84”.
Rides That Might Be Uncomfortable for the Really Tall in Disney
- Space Mountain
We have mentioned this ride numerous times in this article already. A tall person will have their legs cramps and bent. Not to mention they may feel like they’re about to lose their head at high speed!
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Similar to Space Mountain, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is another case of tight spaces with bent knees and with the loop de loops, you may feel like you’re going to hit your head. You won’t, but that doesn’t stop you from worrying about it!
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant / Magic Carpets of Aladdin / TriceraTop Spin
All of these attractions have a similar ride vehicle, and the common issue is the lack of legroom. Especially tall people may not be able to ride because the bar cannot latch if your knees are bent up.
- Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin / Haunted Mansion / Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid / The Seas with Nemo and Friends
All of these attractions feature the “omni mover” system. This just means that the ride doesn’t stop and therefore the safety latch closes automatically. Tall people can ride, no problem, but you need to watch your knees! These safety bars will hit you in the knees every time if you are over 6 feet.
- Astro Orbiter
We love Astro Orbiter so we can see the whole Magic Kingdom, but if you’re over 6 feet tall, you might just want to keep walking. These rockets are beyond cramped and you won’t have the legroom to be comfortable.
I am a mother of three that has refused to grow up. Adulting is for the birds, so I go to Disney World every chance I get for that magical escape from reality. I believe that Haunted Mansion is the best ride in all of the Disney Parks, and I am fervently in team Happily Ever After for fireworks spectaculars, (sorry, not sorry, Enchanted). Finally, I hope I never grow tired of skipping down Main Street, USA, and my dream come true would be “friends with” the Fairy Godmother in my old age.
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