Amusement Park Tips for Overweight Guests

Theme Park Tips

According to WebMD the percent of Americans who are obese has now reached 26%. And, the percent who are either obese or overweight is now at an alarming 63%. This trend means that more and more guests will be too large to be safely seated on some theme park attractions. If restraints like lap bars and over-the-shoulder harnesses do not fit correctly, riders could be in danger. Last month, guests were turned away just as they were about to ride the new Forbidden Journey ride at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

… according to some Harry Potter lovers, pudgy muggles — those who weigh about 265 pounds or more — are getting tossed from line at the most-hyped ride in Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter amusement park. – AOL News

Both roller coaster enthusiasts and average theme park-goers could find themselves in a similar situation. Thankfully,  The Fat Girl’s Guide to Living has written a number of theme park tips for larger guests. The writer recounts an early memory of riding Cedar Point’s Magnum in it’s second season. Then she gets into tips like educating yourself on amusement park ride policies and size and weight restrictions.

For example see Cedar Point’s “Guests with Exceptional Size” section of their Rider Safety Guide:

“Due to rider restraint system requirements, guests of exceptional size may not be accommodated on some of our rides. This may apply, but not be limited to, guests who exceed 6′2″ or those who exceed 225 Roller Coaster Test Seatspounds, have a 40″ waistline or 52″ chest or females who exceed 200 pounds or wear a size 18 or larger.

Our larger guests may experience difficulty on Blue Streak, Chaos, Corkscrew, Disaster Transport, Mantis, Maverick, maXair, Mean Streak, Millennium Force, Mine Ride, Power Tower, Raptor, Skyhawk, Top Thrill Dragster, Wave Swinger and Wicked Twister.”

She also mentions the test seats placed in front of the queues of many roller coasters these days. I never really thought about them, but test seats (like this one in front of Intimidator) could definitely prove useful. This particular test seat had a light that needed to turn green before you knew that you could fit safely. The article’s author continues the article by mention non-ride things to do at amusement parks like shows and possibly less restrictive rides like bumpers cars.

What’s Your Take?
Are you an overweight or obese theme park fan? Do you have tips for overweight guests visiting theme parks? Leave a comment below.

77 Comments

  1. I know I didn’t fit on Top thrill Dragster at Cedar point, close but no cigar, butt too big for seat belt. Millenium force, I didn’t check. Wasn’t even Close. I didn’t try Top thrill today. Tomorrow at Carowinds, hope I fit in Fury 325. If not I’ll lose 40 pounds and come back next year if my back survives this year.
    it’s not the weight, it’s the distribution, my weight in butt and thighs 🙁 (yea it’s weight too – used to be 107 – need to get back to 115-120)

    • I understand the hip and butt problem they need to make the seats and restraints better

  2. We went to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo today. My daughter and I are both 5’5″ ish, 220 lbs-ish and 46-48″ around the biggest part of our middles.

    We fit easily on every ride including Medusa (row 4 which is supposedly roomier) and Superman.

    The only ride we didn’t try was Kong because it was the end of the day and a 30 minute wait with fastpass.

  3. I’m 5’1 and 240 lbs…AND top heavy 🙁 Will I have issues at Kings Island?? HELP! I’m going tomorrow!

  4. im going to Michigan adventure in a couple days I’m 300lbs 5″4 not sure if I will fit in the rides! Anyone know anything?

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  6. am going to knott’s and am scared that am not going to fit. am 5’3 and weight 260 pound am size 18 o 19 do you think am going to fit??

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  8. My fiancé and I went to Universal last spring to experience the wizarding world. We were extremely disappointed that we only fit on one of the Harry Potter rides. My fiancé is 6’4 and 250 pounds. It almost ruined our entire vacation that we couldn’t ride anything we made the trip to ride.

  9. I don’t get to many amusement parks, but I love them when I get the chance to go! I am 5’6 and am 315lbs (currently)
    Disneyworld- I’ve been able to ride everything at Disney! Seven Mines and Test Track are tight, but doable.
    Disneyland- Radiator Springs and Matterhorne were uncomfortable at times.
    Busch Gardens Tampa- I was 280’s the only roller coaster I could do was Cheetah Run. Every other one was way too small. The water ride were all fine and Falcons Fury was fine too!
    Universal – 280’s I could do everything except Hulk and Rip Rocket. At 315 I couldn’t do any Harry Potter rides except Flight of the Hippogrifth.

  10. Carowinds in charlotte NC is not a fat friendly park. They have all these rides that are made for people 200 pounds or lighter im 320 6 foot 1 and I have trouble getting on rides but it would make it better if they actually made the seat belts adjustable. Most of the restraints are very picky and they need to make it more for people that are stocky or muscular

  11. I’m a female, 5’4 tall, 200 lbs, and I have large breasts. Honestly I’m terrified that I wouldn’t fit on roller coasteds.

  12. Hi I’m 5/5 and 300 lbs. I’m taking my boys to great America six flags and was wondering if anyone knows if I will be able to fit on some rides and what ones. Thank u

  13. We went to Cedar Point and could not ride but the wooden rides. My husband is 6’8 and we are bigger but Have seen many other bigger then us but if your a women with a bit or hips at all they don’t work. They can make these rides without arm rest and longer seat belts it will still be safe. It was a very sad day for us. Yes we need to lose weight but like to have fun to. Some adjustments on the seats and they could fit everyone.

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