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Old 07-28-2010, 05:49 PM   #106
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Sure would be nice if they would recalibrate the outside test seats.
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:09 PM   #107
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I've read the magic number is 48". As long as you are less than 48" around the waist, hips, and chest, you should be fine. That's what I've heard at least.

Not true, at least in my case. I am under 48" in all three measurements (at the time I tried to ride 42-46 for each one) and was not able to ride.

I am trying again this Sat. Night. Even though I'm down 15-20 pounds (right now its 16, but I weighed myself for the first time a week after watching what I eat, aka when I was forced to walk the Fatty Walk of Shame) and a couple inches, I'm not expecting to fit (hey, the sting is not as bad when you go in expecting the worst). I'm down to 258, so we'll see what happens........

I'm going to skip the outside seats altogether this time.
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:19 PM   #108
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Family from Kentucky came down for a week and they went to IOA yesterday(not me,not in this heat and crowds).But my nephew is 5'8@ 235lbs,chest size around 46'' and my DS is 6'1 @ 240lbs with a 48'' chest and 42 waist.They had no problems at all riding.My nephew carries alot in his belly and waist area also.
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:59 PM   #109
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Family from Kentucky came down for a week and they went to IOA yesterday(not me,not in this heat and crowds).But my nephew is 5'8@ 235lbs,chest size around 46'' and my DS is 6'1 @ 240lbs with a 48'' chest and 42 waist.They had no problems at all riding.My nephew carries alot in his belly and waist area also.
So what the heck is going on? Why are some bigger folks having problems and others not? It has to be the way you fit in that danged bucket seat. I'll tell you what.. when I sit in that thing, I'm going to scrunch myself into the smallest mass of flesh and bone and scoot as far back into that seat as I can before that harness comes down over my head. The IOA person helping me won't even be able to find me.
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:03 PM   #110
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So what the heck is going on? Why are some bigger folks having problems and others not? It has to be the way you fit in that danged bucket seat. I'll tell you what.. when I sit in that thing, I'm going to scrunch myself into the smallest mass of flesh and bone and scoot as far back into that seat as I can before that harness comes down over my head. The IOA person helping me won't even be able to find me.
Different people carry their weight differently. That is why they can't give a weight limit. For some people it is their chests, or their stomachs or their thighs. It makes it virtually impossible to judge who will and will not fit when people post their height and weight.
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:37 PM   #111
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Different people carry their weight differently. That is why they can't give a weight limit. For some people it is their chests, or their stomachs or their thighs. It makes it virtually impossible to judge who will and will not fit when people post their height and weight.
Very true Damo.I'm wondering if I will fit when I go.I'm 5'8 42''chest with a 36 waist.but I tip the scales at 255lbs.Great big belly but a narrow waist,huge legs(i love to eat) and a huge chest.
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:43 PM   #112
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Thanks! This gives me hope! Where was it tight on her?
Across her lap/thighs. She didn't hit me when I suggested "pear-shaped" to describe her body type, so that must be the best description I can give you....
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:19 AM   #113
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you are fine!!! dont worry
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:20 AM   #114
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Across her lap/thighs. She didn't hit me when I suggested "pear-shaped" to describe her body type, so that must be the best description I can give you....
Please thank your wife for not hitting you so you could report her body shape. That was very helpful.

It sounds to me that my hunch might be right.. it's how you fit into the bucket seat. If you're over blessed in the derriere or legs, it might be harder to scoot far enough back in the seat so that harness can clear the upper body and rest comfortably on the thighs.

I might be one of the lucky ones because my legs aren't very big around. I'll keep working on losing those inches though. Doing ok.. but have to work so hard for every single ounce lost. Not at all like when I was younger.
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:26 AM   #115
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Well I have quite a larger stomach and butt and thigh area. I was very concerned about the chest, stomach and butt area but it did not seem to be a problem at all... I dont recall that being tight AT ALL ( I listed my measurements in a previous post). The problem for me was the thigh area- I have pretty large and muscular legs ( I was a competitve gymnast for over 10 years and never lost the large thighs) The worker had a hard time outside pushing the harness on my legs.... when I got into the ride there was no problem at all (also make sure you are on one of the outside seats of the 4 across they are bigger the workers told me)!
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:52 PM   #116
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Just got back from Universal and WDW and I promised to give the details on fitting on this ride. I was very nervous that I would not fit but I was able to ride several times. The details (and they aren't pretty) I'm 5'5" and weigh 236. My measurements are 44, 42, 50. I tried the outside seat and could not get a green light. There was no one there testing you, you were on your own to try the seat. I think that I would just skip trying those. I went ahead and went through the que with my family and was never stopped. Once on the ride, one of the workers came by and had to press down to get the restraint to click into place. He did not have to press hard and was very polite about asking if I was OK. The funny thing is that the restraint never felt very tight but I could never get it to click on my own. I actually had plenty of room once the ride started. Something is very strange about how much room I had even though I couldn't get the three clicks on my own.

We rode FJ five times and I saw plenty of people who looked a little heavier than me boarding with no problems. You load on a moving platform and most people were just moving right along. I don't know how they would stop someone who couldn't fit once you were in the seats. It looked like they would have to stop the entire ride or be very quick to get you off the ride. In all five trips, I saw one person being tested in the inside test seats. It was a tall gentleman who didn't really look that overweight. His size just kind of matched his height. Our line didn't stop long enough to see if he made it. And by the way, the inside testers are hard to notice. They are in one of the rooms that you go through before you get to the last area before boarding. And they are on the oppsite side of the room than the que. I think that you have to be escorted to this area from the loading area by a worker to see if you fit. In other words, I don't think you can try these seats out on your own.

I hope everyone gets to ride. And by the way, try the single rider line after your first look through the castle. We used it three times and it was almost a walk on all three times.
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Old 07-29-2010, 02:04 PM   #117
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We rode FJ five times and I saw plenty of people who looked a little heavier than me boarding with no problems. You load on a moving platform and most people were just moving right along. I don't know how they would stop someone who couldn't fit once you were in the seats. It looked like they would have to stop the entire ride or be very quick to get you off the ride...
...And by the way, the inside testers are hard to notice. They are in one of the rooms that you go through before you get to the last area before boarding. And they are on the oppsite side of the room than the que. I think that you have to be escorted to this area from the loading area by a worker to see if you fit. In other words, I don't think you can try these seats out on your own.
I'm glad you got to ride!

My DH did not fit - the first time we walked through the queue and we were both pulled aside for the test seats. I got to ride, but he had to exit without riding. Later that evening we decided to try the single rider line, and I talked him into trying again, hoping the TM would push harder or something and he would get the 3 clicks. Well, I didn't realize that the single rider line goes straight onto the ride - no testing (or at least no one stopped us.) I went first, and a few minutes later the ride stopped. When I got off I asked him if he made it on and he said "No, it still wouldn't get the 3 clicks." They stopped the ride momentarily to try to get him in, but then he had to get off.
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Old 07-29-2010, 02:22 PM   #118
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When I was there I whipped out a tape measure and measured the seats (sounds crazy but I totally did it! lol).

Someone on the forums asked me to get some measurements while I was there this past weekend, so if you're interested in the actual dimensions of the FJ seats here they are: http://www.destinationthemepark.com/...-measurements/

Hope that helps!
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Can anyone take a guess on how tall the tallest person was that you saw who was able to ride?

I would really appreciate it.
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:03 PM   #120
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Just got back from Universal and WDW and I promised to give the details on fitting on this ride. I was very nervous that I would not fit but I was able to ride several times. The details (and they aren't pretty) I'm 5'5" and weigh 236. My measurements are 44, 42, 50. I tried the outside seat and could not get a green light. There was no one there testing you, you were on your own to try the seat. I think that I would just skip trying those. I went ahead and went through the que with my family and was never stopped. Once on the ride, one of the workers came by and had to press down to get the restraint to click into place. He did not have to press hard and was very polite about asking if I was OK. The funny thing is that the restraint never felt very tight but I could never get it to click on my own. I actually had plenty of room once the ride started. Something is very strange about how much room I had even though I couldn't get the three clicks on my own.

We rode FJ five times and I saw plenty of people who looked a little heavier than me boarding with no problems. You load on a moving platform and most people were just moving right along. I don't know how they would stop someone who couldn't fit once you were in the seats. It looked like they would have to stop the entire ride or be very quick to get you off the ride. In all five trips, I saw one person being tested in the inside test seats. It was a tall gentleman who didn't really look that overweight. His size just kind of matched his height. Our line didn't stop long enough to see if he made it. And by the way, the inside testers are hard to notice. They are in one of the rooms that you go through before you get to the last area before boarding. And they are on the oppsite side of the room than the que. I think that you have to be escorted to this area from the loading area by a worker to see if you fit. In other words, I don't think you can try these seats out on your own.

I hope everyone gets to ride. And by the way, try the single rider line after your first look through the castle. We used it three times and it was almost a walk on all three times.
Congratulations on getting to ride. That's always good news. Do you mind sharing on like what actual size you wear like jeans wise?
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