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Navigating Universal Orlando Resort for Plus-Size Visitors: Tips and Tricks

When you are living in a larger body, visiting theme parks can top the list of things that can cause high anxiety. Not all theme parks are created equal when it comes to accessibility and accommodating plus-size riders. Universal Orlando is a fantastic vacation destination but is not known for being plus-size friendly. Being prepared can curb any fears and level set expectations going in.



There are several rides in Universal Studios Park that can give folks some troubles - most notably:

  • Harry Potter and Escape from Gringotts

  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

  • Revenge of the Mummy


Over at Islands of Adventure Park, the most challenging include:

  • Doctor Doom’s Fearfall

  • Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,

  • Jurassic World VelociCoaster

  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster


All of the attractions listed above do have test seats at the entrance of the ride queue with team members nearby who can provide tips and check your fit. There will also be green light indicators that will give you the thumbs up to ride or a red light indicating that you are not able to ride based on the fit of the restraint. If you have any doubts, you should absolutely try the test seat before entering the queue. Don’t be shy about trying the test seats. If you do get that dreaded red light and still want to experience the queue with your travel party, you are welcome to do so. Just let the team member know at the loading area that you are not riding, and they will point you to the exit area where you can meet up with your party after their ride is complete.


The list of attractions with potential issues may seem extensive, but this should absolutely not stop you from visiting Universal Orlando Resort if you are a larger bodied guest. There is more that you will be able to do than what you potentially may not be able to do. While frustrating, Universal Parks and Resorts does have guest safety top of mind. They continue to receive guest feedback on inclusivity. It will be interesting to see their response with the upcoming addition of Epic Universe Park in 2025.


Want some specific insights on Universal Orlando for plus-size riders? There is an entire website dedicated to this content with ride specific information including what body types may experience issues, photos of test seats, and tips on how to maneuver seats and restraints for the best fit. Head over to UniversalBigTime.com, which was created and owned by Sarah Goff, one of our very own team members here at Touring and Cruises.


Sarah Goff, Travel Advisor

 


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