Though I don’t talk about it much, I am plus-sized or as the Disney community likes to say “Pooh-sized”. I also love going to Disney. I have lost 24 pounds since the beginning of the year and I am training to do my first Walt Disney World Princess 10K in 2017. Fact is, I have a lot more weight to lose and because of my medical conditions, it takes forever to lose weight. I want to share with other plus-sized princesses my experience being Plus Sized at Walt Disney World.
The first thing you should know is that Disney is very accommodating to those who have more to love. I am also going to share with you my size. I am a size 24/26. I carry most of my weight in my stomach (stupid PCOS), 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.
My experience with rides is that I fit in most comfortably. There are a few exceptions. I do not fit on 7 Dwarfs Mine Train Ride. My bum fits in the seat with not much overage, but my thighs/knees couldn’t fit under the knee bar. I waited in the standby line for 45 minutes to discover I didn’t fit. I was heart broken. The cast members were awesome though and gave me a free fastpass 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. I do hope the new rides they are designing for Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land are a bit bigger than the Mine Train Ride.
I am able to ride Test Track, but needed my husband to help me with buckling my seat-belt especially since they load you quickly. People were giving me looks but, I paid Disney the same money they did, so they can just wait.
Now during the hottest times of the year me and my husband get separate ride cars at the Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh, and Spaceship Earth. We like being close, but close can be gross when you are sweaty and sticky.
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 18,000 steps per day while at Disney. Remember to take breaks when you can. What bothers me most is standing in lines. I deal but have seriously thought about grabbing a Guest Assistance Card (GAC) to avoid it. I make sure to eat a banana each day to prevent muscle cramps and I stay hydrated. You also need to wear really comfortable walking shoes that are broken in and support your weight. I also recommend Oofos (see my review of them HERE).
I prevent chub rub/chaffing by wearing leggings or bicycle shorts under skirts and wearing comfortable shorts. Once home or at the hotel I apply some Gold Bond powder. I have heard people rave about Body Glide (a lot of runners use it) but I haven’t tried that yet. You can also use Vaseline or deodorant.
Disney doesn’t sell too many plus size clothes, especially at the parks. If you do find something you love, 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.
Overall, my experience as a Princess that is Plus Sized at Walt Disney World is pretty good. I am a princess and every cast member has made me feel that way. Please don’t let your weight prevent you from trying rides, new experiences, and adventures.
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If you are plus-sized what have you experienced during your Walt Disney World Vacation?
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