The Fat Girl’s Guide to Epcot
Today we’re continuing our series of how to easily navigate the Walt Disney World Resort with our tips and tricks in The Fat Girl’s Guide to Epcot
Note: This is the second in a series of posts to help guests of size navigate the Walt Disney World resort. For The Fat Girl’s Guide to the Magic Kingdom, click here.
Epcot is divided into two distinctly themed areas: Future World, and World Showcase.
World Showcase is home to only two rides: Maelstrom in the Norway pavilion, and Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros in Mexico. Both attractions use boats with wide bench seats, and will not pose a problem in any way. The only uncomfortable thing you’re going to encounter in World Showcase is the long, slow march back to your hotel after taking on the buffet at Biergarten and a few rounds of margaritas at La Cava Del Tequila in the same night. Note: Blood Orange Margaritas are evil and delicious and you should probably not drink them if you’re going to ride Mission Space.
Thus, for the sake of both brevity and my liver, this article is going to concentrate on Future World:
- Spaceship Earth‘s bench seats are large enough for two larger adults to sit together with no problems. However, they load on a moving walkway, so if you have mobility issues, you might want to see a cast member for assistance.
- The Sum of all Thrills, located in Innoventions West, is a robotic simulator ride that allows you to build your own roller coasters. Many larger riders have had no problem, but my (extremely) ample bosom kept me from being able to lower the restraint. If you want to ride it, please don’t hesitate to try it. Even if you don’t fit, the design portion is fairly entertaining on its own.
- Ellen’s Energy Adventure has wide bench seats that will easily seat your entire family.
- The vehicles for Mission Space will fit most larger riders with no problem, but the overhead restraints are very restrictive once locked, so make sure you are comfortable before they pull it down. In addition, this ride vehicle is very dark and small and close, so I would consider avoiding it if you are claustrophobic. If you’re not sure you want to ride, you can always check the capsule out before you commit.
- Test Track‘s “simulation cars” can be a tight fit depending on where you sit. The vehicle’s seats resemble a bench with three headrests and seat belts per row, and it can be difficult to buckle yourself in if the other passengers are already seated. If at all possible, board and buckle before the other members of your party.
- The vehicles for Journey Into Imagination With Figment contain two rows of bench seats per car. Two plus-sized adults will fit into the front row of the car, and three plus-sized adults can be comfortably seated in the back.
- Living with the Land is a boat ride with large bench seats that will accommodate an entire family of larger people in one row.
- Much like Test Track, the seats for Soarin’ are roomy enough for larger guests but have seat belts that prove difficult to buckle while the guest next to you is seated. If you are not the first guest to board your row, then you might have to ask the person next to you to allow you to buckle yourself in before they take their seat, or you can ask a cast member for assistance.
- The ride vehicles for The Seas with Nemo and Friends have large bench seats that will fit two larger or three smaller adults. If you have two plus size adults and more than one child in your party, you will need to split up into two “clamobiles”.