As I have been posting, I am a big dude. I'm about 6ft tall and I am currently fluctuating between 365lbs and 370lbs. I carry my weight up front. About a year ago, I was at 430lbs... so I lost about 60lbs just making better choices.
When I started to plan our family's first DLR trip, I was concerned because me and my better-half are both overweight. I wanted to make sure that we weren't going to be miserable. So I studied and found that Disney, for the most part, is very accommodating. And we went. And we had a blast.
Being as big as I am is most definitely embarrassing. It is nobody's fault but my own. I am not "pooh sized", "gravity challenged", "fluffy" or a "person of size"... I am fat. People act like it's a sin to say so... it's really not. Yes, there are those out there who get distraught when you are so direct with them about it... those are the types that like to blame everyone else for their problems.
You can be direct without being mean though, so let's not go down that road.
Anyway, I wanted to list off everything that I was able to enjoy being as big as I am in hopes that it will help others. However, if you are big too, use Disneyland as motivation to get moving. When I started planning this trip 6 months before it took place, I started walking a lot. And boy did it pay off. During our DLR trip, at the end of every day, my feet hurt like crazy, but I still had more energy the most people in my family... and I'm the biggest
Here is a list of attractions I enjoyed:
DISNEY'S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
- Soarin' Over California
- Grizzly River Run (though if I were just a few inches wider, I would have had belt problems)
- California Screamin' (I was shocked I fit this ride! There was room to spare)
- Toy Story Mania
- Hollywood Tower Hotel
- Monsters Inc
- Golden Zepher (why are they silver?? lol)
- Little Mermaid Ride
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Haunted Mansion
- Splash Mountain (only in last seat in back)
- Star Tours
- Matterhorn (ugh - once per trip - beat the heck out me)
- Small world
- Tea Cups (I bet I looked funny from the outside)
- Pinnochio's Daring Journey
- Roger Rabbits Car Toon Spin
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Jungle Cruise
I had issues with:
- Space Mountain - I opened a thread on this a few days ago.. I rode without the lap bar being engaged. The CM looked but moved on anyway. It was fun, but dangerous. I tried to board for a second time in the front car thinking it would have more leg room.. the lap bar still would not engage and I ended up not riding. I did not take advantage of the handicapped vehicle that may have worked for me... was just too embarassed at that point.
- Gadgets Coaster in ToonTown - The car is just too small and I am just too big.
I didn't even bother with:
- Silly Symphony Swings
- Bugs land rides
I probably missed some... but that's all I can remember right now.
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I would also like to echo that securing your seatbelt before sitting down, if you are physically able to do so, will greatly help out. I was able to do this on TOT, Matterhorn, Grizzly, Soarin and many others.
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Overall, I was amazed at how my size didn't hinder me much at the parks. We had a great time! That said, I still felt very embarrassed at times while waiting in line because I know there are others behind me that are probably rolling their eyes thinking "I hope I don't get stuck with that fat dude". But that is really nobody's fault but my own. It's something I live with because of the choices I made. It's also motivation for me to continue losing the weight.
Finally I would like to point out that I don't think Disney should go out of their way to become more accommodating to super fat people. They should do whatever they have to to support the majority of their guests as it is just plain good business. But those online screaming that Disney needs to do more to support "people of size" need to just calm down and realize that such an attitude is probably how you got into your predicament to begin with. It's ultimately your problem to fix, not theirs.
Have a good evening.