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Old 02-06-2013, 08:23 PM   #1
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Size restrictions on Universal rides - annoying!

I am plus size and I'm sure I will get some rude responses to this thread but I have never had a problem fitting on any ride at Disney World - even the kid rides! However, there were three rides at Universal where I needed the "modified" seating option. I learned that the hard (and very embarrassing way). Why make modified seating and not just make all seating fit a variety of body sizes?

I can understand older rides not accomodating larger size people but the Harry Potter ride is almost brand new and even though I sat at the seat I came to and the restraint closed and locked they still asked me to move to the outside seat. My brother is not that big of a guy and they made him move to one of the larger outside seats as well. I was telling this to a friend who is bigger and he said he couldn't even get on the ride. Now why would a newer ride not be more accomodating to larger people? If I can climb in and out of the space mountain seats or any Disney roller coaster or the log flume at IOA why would a basic seated ride and restraint be an issue??
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:56 AM   #2
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Moving to the main board for more responses.

Sorry you had a bad experience on several rides. I take it the ones you had trouble with were the coasters since those have modified seating?

This is an endless discussion. People seem to forget the rides that require modified seating are no where to be found at Disney and never will be. Disney won't build those types of rides but believe it or not, thrill rides and coasters do have a sizable following and audience. If Disney can't theme it, they won't build it. Not all rides can be built to accomodate everyone and not lose the essence of the ride itself...that's just the way it is. The coasters at Universal have test seating out front that you can test out...there's nothing embarrassing or shameful in doing so. That's why they are there. It's better than not having an option at all. Did you try out the test seating for those attractions or did you go through the line only to be asked to move to a different seat?

You are absolutely right on Forbidden Journey and Universal took one in the nose when that attraction opened. They quickly went back and made changes to accomodate larger people. I don't know what they were thinking when the ride vehicles were being designed.

The bottom line is this...not every ride can be designed to fit every body type.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:38 AM   #3
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One of the problems was that Universal dealt with B&M for Hulk and Dueling Dragons who used the same seating for all their coasters around the world. If you ride a B&M coaster anywhere, you will run into the same issues with fitting and modified seating. I guess it is easier for a manufacturer of many large coasters to have a uniform size for their vehicles.

This topic has come up many times on the board. I suggest you use the search function and you'll be able to find many very long threads dealing with it.

You'll find a lot of threads about people complaining about the rides at Universal. Many will say that the height restrictions are a problem and that they need to mostly make rides that will fit the entire family. Many say that they make too many simulators that make them sick. Many say that there are too many thrill rides that go upside down. Many say that they don't like water rides and that Universal has way too many of them. Many will say that you shouldn't have to pay for express to get on the ride and that it should be free like at Disney. Many will say that they should not be doing away with classic rides like Jaws to make way for newer things Harry Potter.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to keep everyone happy but I think that Universal is trying to make some changes to get the parks to be more accommodating for everyone.

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Old 02-07-2013, 08:27 AM   #4
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Try getting on something at Cedar Point being a larger framed person. Unless you are pencil thin there is very little you can ride there.
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Disney is fat friendly, Universal is not. I wish it was, but I just deal with it.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:20 AM   #6
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So you did get to ride FJ, but you're complaining you needed a modified seat? Why is that embarassing? If they had made the ride have nothing but the larger seats, they'd have a slower throughput, and longer lines.
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