Disney Hollywood Studios Rides & Attractions [2014] for Plus Size Guests

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Next week we’ll be at Walt Disney World (eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!) and I’m getting down to the nitty gritty of what we plan to do and not do in each park. The reasons for this is because of me; because I didn’t lose weight, and having to visit my happy place bigger than I have ever been. It’s my own fault, and come September, I’m 100% committed to losing weight and keeping it off. But more on that in the autumn as I mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago.

As always, through my life, I have to deal with my size, and that means, being prepared. We’re walking and I’m doing Zumba to try and give me some sort of fitness for the walking around the parks, and I know I’m not going to be able to keep up as much as I did on our first trip where I had lost 5 stone, and I was thankful for it. I didn’t struggle at all, so I can base my assumption for this year on that.

To that end, I’ve been reading the Disney at Large feature on AllEars.net, as well as “The Everything Pooh Sized” thread on the DIS boards and mentally noting which rides I may have a problem with. Disney at Large even has some photographs of the various rides so you can see what they look like yourself. Fortunately, WDW is accommodating to those who carry extra weight, and whilst I’m more Ursula sized than Pooh sized, I’m reassured after reading both of these resources.

I’m going to list all the rides and attractions at Disney Hollywood Studios in the post. Here is the current Disney Hollywood Studios map on The Dibb.

The ones marked with an asterix (*) next to them are the rides that I anticipate I may have trouble with.  The ones marked with a hashtag (#) next to them are rides/attractions that I have never been on.

In the interest of helping others, I’m still going to try [some of] them, and report back when I write our trip report when we are home. You can read my pre-trip report, Dine Around Disney 2014 to find out our plans!

Disney Hollywood Studios 2014 Rides & Attractions

The only ride I really care about in Disney Hollywood Studios is Star Tours, and with it being a seat belt, I am hoping that I’ll be okay. I would love to try Tower of Terror (another seat belt) and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – but that has an overhead harness and I am guessing that will be a no-go for me. There are two special events at DHS this year, Frozen Summer Fun with an ice-rink (I used to love ice skating when I was younger, it’ll be one of the first things I do again, when I finally lose weight!), a special fireworks display and a sing-a-long, amongst other things. There is also a hard ticketed event – Villains Unleashed, which I’m going to have to save stamina for to last the whole night. Gosh, when I write this all out, it makes me so regretful for not trying harder. Oh well…here’s the ride and attraction list…

 

Hollywood Boulevard

  • The Great Movie Ride

 

Echo Lake

  • The American Idol Experience (#)
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Star Tours – The Adventure Continues (*)

 

Streets of America

  • Muppet Vision 3D
  • Honey, I shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure (kids play area)
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
  • Studio Backlot Tour

 

Pixar Place

  • Toys Story Midway Mania! (*)

 

Mickey Avenue

  • The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow
  • Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream

 

Animation Courtyard

  • Voyage of The Little Mermaid (#)
  • The Magic of Disney Animation
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage! (#)

 

Sunset Boulevard

  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (#) (*)
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (#) (*)
  • Fantasmic!

 

Basically, anything with a lap bar is where I may struggle. I carry a lot of weight around my middle, and if I’ve ridden a ride with a lap bar in the past, I’ve sat on my own so that I don’t have my partner (either the boy or my hubs) having no sense of security with a huge gap between them and the bar!

Some shows have turnstiles which are quite tight, but I’m sure that there is access for those in wheelchairs etc, so if I really struggle then I would ask to got through those. I know I had to do that at Disneyland Paris for one of the rides – nearly got stuck >_<

If you’re heading to Walt Disney World and are ‘Pooh Sized’ (cute, I just call myself fat!) and worried about fitting on rides, then hopefully the resources I’ve shared, as well as my upcoming trip report will help to ease any fears you may have. I’m currently a UK size 28/30, 5’4″, and carry a lot of weight around my middle and bust.

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