When you think of Walt Disney World, more than likely the Magic Kingdom and the majestic Cinderella Castle will pop up in your mind. You want to experience the magic yourself, or you want to take your kids for the first time, or someone has invited you but you have concerns about fitting on the rides. No need to worry, Disney is very accessible for those of us who are plus-size. This Plus-Size Guide to Disney’s Magic Kingdom will let you know the type of seating for each attraction, how I fit, and even some tips to make your Magic Kingdom day even more magical and comfortable.
Navigating the Magic Kingdom being Plus Size
The first thing you should know is that Disney is very accommodating to those who have more to love. I am going to share with you my size. I am a size 26/28. I carry most of my weight in my stomach), though when you are my size the extra fat is pretty distributed. I am also very tall. I stand 5’11”, almost 6 feet with shoes.
I hope that my plus-size guide to Disney’s Magic Kingdom helps calm your fears about planning a Walt Disney World vacation. I am a conceirge vacation planner with Favorite Grampy Travels and tailor your Disney vacation to your family and needs. I specialize in body positive, accessible travel. I would love to help you with your Disney vacation plans. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a complimentary consultation.
Getting to the Magic Kingdom
If you are driving to the Magic Kingdom then you park at the Ticket and Transportation Center. If you parked close you can just walk to the Monorail or ferry line which will transport you to the Magic Kingdom. The monorail has basic bench seating and standing room. The ferry has some benches on the first level, more on the second level which is only accessible by stairs but more often than not you will be standing for your short ride to the park.
If you packed father back, you may choose to ride the parking lot trams. The trams have bench seating with narrow doors and little leg room. I always want to be on an end so I can use the step sneak a little more leg room. The front row is a double facing seating arrangement with a bit more legroom.
Main Street U.S.A.
While Main Street does not have any true set attractions there are the Main Street Vehicles. Sometimes they are just out for picture opportunities, sometimes you can catch a ride on one. You will have no problem getting on or fitting. The Cast Member even helps you get on.
Tomorrowland Plus-Size Attraction Reviews
Astro Orbiter – This ride has a bench seat but not much leg room.
Space Mountain – Single seats. They are really low so a little tough to get into if you have knee problems. I was able to use the seat ahead of me for leverage. Surprisingly, my legs were not cramped. I had lots of legroom and was not cramped on the ride.
I may not look too comfortable in the picture, but I was, lol. I am not a huge fan of coasters.
Tomorrowland Speedway – Small car with bench. The seat belt holds 2 guests.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – In this attraction the front of the ride vehicle closes up to you. I have never had a problem with it closing. Plus, the shooting gun is still accessible.
Carousel of Progress – This show has a turnstile to get into the main queuing area. That can be a tight fit. I manage but sometimes I just ask the Cast Member to go through the chained-off area. The seats are comfortable. Usually, I make sure to leave a seat between me and the guest next to me, or I would feel very cramped.
This show is great for a nice break from walking and the heat.
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor – This show has open bench seating.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority – This ride is a car that has 2 benches facing each other. No restraints. This ride may not be accessible to you if walking up a sharp incline is bothersome. Sometimes the escalator ramp up to the ride is down and you have to walk up the ramp.
TRON Lightcycle Power Run Rollercoaster – Tron mainly does not have size-inclusive seats. Most of the seats are like you are on a motorcycle and there are lep clamps that don’t allow for someone with thick calves to be comfortable. To help make the ride more inclusive Disney did add a couple of regular seats to the back of some of the trains. After you wait in line to get on the ride, once you get to the front you will wait approximately about 30 minutes more to get to the bigger, accessible seats.
Fantasyland Plus-Size Ride Reviews
The Barnstormer – This is technically a kiddie coaster but adults do fit in it, even plus-size guests. You and your little one can ride this short little coaster together. If you are tall you are going to want to avoid the seats that have wings over them.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant – This ride has a bench seat that can fit 2 people. There is a large extendable seatbelt. I find being plus size, the ride is comfier with just myself and/or a child or smaller adult.
Enchanted Tales with Belle (Currently closed)- This attraction is a live show. For the first 2 parts of the show, you are standing. Then the majority of the show you are on a padded bench.
“It’s a Small World” – This boat ride has bench seating. The front row has less leg room. Be sure to use the seat ahead of you to grab onto to get yourself up as the seats are somewhat low and take some work to get out of.
Mad Tea Party – The Teacups have a small door that I enter sideways. This ride is fine for Pooh-sized people. My tummy plops over the spinner a bit but it doesn’t hamper my ability to turn the teacup at super-fast speeds.
Mickey’s PhilharMagic – This show has theater seating. I find the seats wide enough but like having an open seat on either side of me unless it’s a little one or someone I don’t mind being close to.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – This ride has bench seating with a bar that comes down to you. The seat in the front has more legroom.
Peter Pan’s Flight – This ride has a bench seat and can fit 2-3 comfortably. 3 if the 3rd is a child. There is a bar that comes down but it stops right at the largest person’s tummy.
Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel – This ride is accessible if you are comfortable kicking your leg up to mount the horse. I have ridden the smaller horses and I have also used gotten up on a larger one using the step.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – For the Mine Train, my bum fits in the seat with not much overage, but my thighs/knees couldn’t fit under the kneebar. I waited in the standby line for 45 minutes to discover I didn’t fit. I was heartbroken. The cast members were awesome though and gave me a free experience pass for any ride. Now, that is not to say that you won’t fit. I have a friend the same size as me, but shorter and she is able to ride. My husband is a bigger man and 5′ 10″ and could fit, though it was tight.
Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid – This ride has a bench seat with a bar that comes down. I have never had a problem with this ride.
Frontierland Plus-Size Ride Reviews
Big Thunder Mountain – Bench seat that seats two. There is a lap bar but it adjusts to you. Comfortable legroom.
Country Bear Jamboree – Wooden bench seating.
Tom Sawyer Island – You take a standing only raft over to the island. As you explore the island, you’ll find adventure plenty around every corner. Easy-to-read maps ensure you always know where you are during your island visit. This is a nice place to visit if you want to get away from the crowds a bit.
Splash Mountain – Bench seat. My legs are pretty cramped in this one. I prefer riding alone but will ride with someone else if needed. My size is not a problem, no lap bar.
Adventureland Plus-Size Attraction Reviews
Enchanted Tiki Room – There is a little pre-show outside of the ride, standing room only for that. The actual Tiki Room show is bench seating. The show is mainly up so I would seat in the second or 3rd row as to not get a creak in your neck from looking up through the whole show.
Jungle Cruise – This ride has bench seating but to get into the boat always makes me a bit nervous since the step is so deep. A Cast Member will always offer a helping hand if wanted. The Cast Members do an awesome job in making sure the boat is not too crowded.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – This attraction is similar to Dumbo in that there are bench seats that fit 2 adults with an extendable seatbelt.
Pirates of the Caribbean – This is a boat ride that has bench seating. The front bench has much less legroom.
Swiss Family Treehouse – This attraction is accessible if you are able to climb a lot of stairs. In order to reach the top of the treehouse, you must be able to climb a total of 116 stairs. Those who are able to handle those stairs (not me) are able to enjoy a 360-degree view of Adventureland including the Jungle Cruise River.
Liberty Square Plus-Size Attraction Reviews
The Hall of Presidents – This show has theater seating and I find that I fit fine. Like other theater seated shows I like an empty chair between me and other guests. This is another show at Disney where it is nice to hide from the heat and walking for a little bit.
Haunted Mansion – This attraction has a bench seat with a bar that comes down to you. I did have one time where the bar did not want to “lock” and I just sucked it in a little bit. I may have been a little bit bloated. I am comfortable riding with another person as long as it is not super hot out.
Liberty Square Riverboat – The Liberty Belle Riverboat has four levels each offering limited seating but has a lot of room walk around if standing in one place is bothersome to you.
Plus-Size Tips for Touring the Magic Kingdom
Train for your Disney World Vacation. When it comes to walking, I would recommend “training” for Disney World if you are not used to walking long distances. I wear my Fitbit and always get anywhere from 10,000 to 25,000 steps per day while at Disney. Remember to take breaks when you can. What bothers me most is standing in lines.
Practice Self Care. Stay hydrated, and don’t forget to eat.
Wear Comfortable Shoes. When you are in a bigger body, we put extra pressure on our feet and we need to take care of them. Wear comfortable shoes and soak your feet at night.
Do All The Things!!! I am a total advocate for living your best life in the body you have now. Whatever is on your bucket list for the Magic Kingdom, do it. Eat all the snacks, ride all the rides, get all the pictures (you will not regret this), and savor every moment. When you leave Magic Kingdom at the end of the night, have no regrets.
Buy the Clothes. If you find something you love but don’t see your size, be sure to find a Cast Member to see if it comes in your size. It never hurts to ask. They always have more inventory in the back or will have you try the World of Disney Store at Disney Springs.
I hope this guide has calmed your fears of going to Walt Disney World and made you excited for your next family vacation here! I live and breathe Disney and love sharing the joys of this magical place with others.
You might also like my Plus-Size Guide to Epcot.