Giraffe at Kilimanjaro Safari
  • On Jan 27, 2020
    Jacqueline from WI Asked

    My daughter is 5foot8 and about 400 pounds carrying most in her belly. Will she have a problem riding many rides ? Any she should definitely avoid ? She is so scared about going.

    Hi Jacqueline,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Your mama-bEAR concern so touches me for your daughter. Even though she’s all grown up, taking care of our babies never leaves us!

    So, Walt Disney World Resort is committed to being the Most Magical Place on EARth for ALL of its Guests, regardless of weight or ability. As such, there are so many attractions that are ideally suited to your girl. Most of them will have bench-like seating without restraints. In Magic Kingdom Park, she can go under the sea with Ariel, or hunt for bounty on Pirates of the Caribbean. At Animal Kingdom Park, Kilimanjaro Safaris and Na’vi River Journey are as breathtaking as DINOSAUR is terrifying! She can lEARN all about the land at Epcot (honestly, it might be my favorite ride in the Park) and follow-up with a journey to Arrendelle. She can channel the Force on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance or play BIG on Toy Story Mania and Alien Swirling Saucers when she visits Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and this is just scratching the surface!

    Across the Parks, there are attractions with height and health restrictions, but there are no specific weight requirements. Some ride vehicles may not be suited for all body types, and these are typically the “thrill” rides with safety restraints. Most of the attractions that require these restraints have a “test seat” out front to preview. Before she visits, your daughter might want to browse the internet for videos of the thrill rides like Rock 'n' Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith, Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, Space Mountain, and Avatar Flight of Passage. They will give her an idea of whether the seats are too restrictive.

    Jacqueline, I hope this helps. Please come back with any other questions. Above all, please convey to your daughter that she is as welcome as can be. I wish you and your family a pixie-dusted vacation.

    Dr. Rayna
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Meet the Panelist: Rayna, Florida

Hi y'all! I'm Rayna: wife, mom, anesthesiologist, and long-time Disney enthusiast. I've lived all over the country, but these days life has my family of seven in Florida. We're fantastically close to the most magical place on earth, and as Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members we couldn't be happier about it. We've visited almost every Disney Vacation Club resort, so I'm thrilled to be here doing what I do best: Helping plan magical vacations. Learn More About Rayna

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