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Old 04-04-2012, 09:05 PM   #616
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So what seems to be the for sure cut off to fit?
I realize it is about body shape which is why I am concerned. I am 5'4 and 185 .lb female. I wear 16/18 in pants from Old Navy (each store is different) and wear x-large in the tops. My chest size when measured around my arms and chest is 53-54 inches but under my arms is 43-44 inches. Not sure what measuremant is useful. I am unfortunately quite chesty. My bra size is 40DD.

Do I have a chance?
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:58 PM   #617
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Y'all are so inspirational!

Here's my story...

I was at WWoHP in 2010 and after going through the queue for FJ and getting a good look at the seats, I didn't even bother trying. Instead, I waited for my friends and tried to pretend that I wasn't embarrassed and crushed. At the time, I weighed approximately 300 lbs (I'm 5'1"). I was miserable the whole time just walking through the park and as you know, you do a LOT of walking!

When I got home, I swore that I would be on that ride the next time I was there if it killed me. Forbidden Journey is the holy grail of weight loss!

Well, I'm going back in July. I've been going to Curves for over a year now, and while I haven't lost that much weight (25 lbs), I have lost over 15 inches and gone down a size. Yay me! I had hoped to get down another 40 lbs by July, but I don't think it's going to happen. I carry all my weight in front, in my belly and chest (42DD), but I have narrow hips, so I'm not too fussed about fitting in the seat itself. I have no trouble fitting in an airplane seat and fastening the seat belt, although the little tray table doesn't always come all the way down.

I'm making progress, but boy is it slow and hard! I've even added a Zumba class to the mix, because I am just that desperate :D

So, after my tale of woe, what do you experienced riders think? Do I stand a chance?
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:22 PM   #618
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heights question

I am wondering what the upper limits of height would be for FJ...DH is 6'9", weight about 270.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:21 AM   #619
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I Fit, but really tight!

Larger folk. I am a 'fluffy" lady., size 20/22 these days. I recently put on 30 pounds and it seems it is all in my belly. I have a 44" waist, 5 5" my weight is mostly in my belly. My sis and kid are also chubby, sister a size 20, her weight is in her butt, daughter an 18, and yes, the "Fat police " did stop us at the entrance before we even went on the line.

We were escorted to a sample seat and were told we had to see if we could fit in the seat. I had read about this in other posts and I was one of the lucky ones to have it happen to me. It was not done crudely,.the man was nice about it. I didnt feel embarrassed, no one even paid attention to us. We were all able to ride, but I had to ride in the outside 'modified" seat.

With so many people larger these days, I am really surprised their arent more modified seats available or larger seats.

I was in pain with that steel brace over me that I could not enjoy the ride at all. It was digging into my belly, and I hated every second of it. You sit down and the brace comes down over you and holds your arms in so they are totally immobile. I was unable to move my arms at all. I hate that! I felt completely tied down. I should have told them to take me off at that point, because I was very uncomfortable with the brace in my belly. But we did the ride anyway.

When the ride was over they couldnt get get the brace to open and I was so embarrassed I felt like I was going to die. I panicked and just wanted off the ride. THey had to stop the ride, get the guy who knows how to open it and he did it in one second.

I didnt get to enjoy the ride because of the bar digging into my belly, my arms tied down and I was in pain. I will not go on this ride again until I lose atleast 20 pounds and my waist goes down atleast 5 inches. I dont know if anyone else experienced this, but it was horrible for me. My daughter and sister were both fine.
HOpe this helps someone!
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:44 AM   #620
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I fit!!!

Family was at IOA 3/30/12. I'm 5'9" and 220. I was nervous about fitting but had NO problems. jumped on, harness went down and clicked without issues.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:59 PM   #621
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Family was at IOA 3/30/12. I'm 5'9" and 220. I was nervous about fitting but had NO problems. jumped on, harness went down and clicked without issues.
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:01 PM   #622
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I am wondering what the upper limits of height would be for FJ...DH is 6'9", weight about 270.
One of the Orlando Magic who is 6' 11" rode it.
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:15 AM   #623
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We just returned from our US/IOA trip, and I was able to fit on FJ!! Thanks to everyone who has posted their experience, and especially their dimensions, so helpful. A big thank you to princessmom29 - if it weren't for your posts, I don't think I would have even attempted FJ. Since we are of similar size, I was encouraged by your success, thanks so much.

For reference - I am 5'3" and wear a 26/28 pant (depending on material) and a 24/26 shirt. Most of my weight in hips/thighs/belly, with narrow shoulders and smallish upper body. Pear shaped.

Our first day, I was wearing a parachute-type material capri pant, and I think this helped. Very thin and kind of slick, so I was able to scoot back fully into the seat. The TM had to push down to get the final click, but I made it - kind of tight, I was a bit claustrophobic at first, but when the ride started everything shifted around and I was fine. Woohoo!

On our final day, we headed to the Wizarding World. I tried the test seat (we had been eating out for a week, I was afraid I had gained! ) and the TM tried really hard but could not get the second click. I was wearing jean capris, so that may have made the difference - not as easy to squish into the back of the seat.

I was so focused on FJ, I didn't think about most of the other rides. I knew it might be a tight fit for Hulk, as I had ridden it a few years back when I was smaller and it was tight. Did not fit on the Hulk test seats this year; Dragon Challenge, Ripsaw Falls, Rip Ride Rockit also out.~sigh~ I was able to ride Spiderman, Mummy, MIB, Simpsons, Jurassic Park without issue. On Bilge Rat Barges, I had some trouble with the seat belt, so the TM pointed out a seat with an extended belt and we were good. Flight of the Hippogriff, DD and I requested separate cars, and the TMs were happy to oblige - we wouldn't have fit together in one, they are small.

Good luck to everyone, I hope you all make it onto FJ - awesome ride!
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:11 PM   #624
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I am heading down for my summer trip at the end of June. Even though I have used the 'extended' seats at FJ several times, I'm not sure what will happen if they pull me over to a test seat. I'll just need to sound convincing when I tell them about my previous rides, eh.

Actually, on my visit last winter, I didn't go on the ride at all. The castle tour was being offered, and given that the ride is a bit much for me, that was a welcome substitute. (In particular, the 'private' portrait gallery totally rules!) My guess is that the castle tour won't be offered during peak summer season, though.
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Old 05-19-2012, 03:01 PM   #625
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MIChessGuy - it wasn't peak season when we were there this past week, but no one pulled me aside to try the test seats on any ride. I walked up to them on FJ on my own, and the TM walked over to help me, but when I didn't fit, he simply pointed us toward the entrance of the ride.

When we walked up to the TM at the inner entrance, I mentioned I wanted to walk through with DD and would not be riding - the young woman told me to enjoy, I would be able to exit in the "Gryffindor common room" which is where the child swap takes place. I was allowed to duck out right before the end of the queue and stand on the platform (or sit in the child swap room) and wait for DD to exit the ride. Bonus - we didn't have to put our things in a locker.
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Old 05-27-2012, 06:24 PM   #626
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This forum has been so helpful to me that I wanted to share the experience we had this morning... The CM loading the ride said that as of yesterday, there had been a policy change and that they are no longer allowed to assist during loading by gently pushing on the restraint to get the right number of clicks (which they have done on many prior visits). The CM was extremely apologetic and said ther this was due to people getting hurt. So I wanted to share... Despite many previous rides, the person I was with could not ride... And it is not fun to leave the ride at the end of the loading platform.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:59 PM   #627
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This forum has been so helpful to me that I wanted to share the experience we had this morning... The CM loading the ride said that as of yesterday, there had been a policy change and that they are no longer allowed to assist during loading by gently pushing on the restraint to get the right number of clicks (which they have done on many prior visits). The CM was extremely apologetic and said ther this was due to people getting hurt. So I wanted to share... Despite many previous rides, the person I was with could not ride... And it is not fun to leave the ride at the end of the loading platform.
Thanks for the update...sorry about your friend not being able to ride but it's for safety reasons.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:55 PM   #628
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This forum has been so helpful to me that I wanted to share the experience we had this morning... The CM loading the ride said that as of yesterday, there had been a policy change and that they are no longer allowed to assist during loading by gently pushing on the restraint to get the right number of clicks (which they have done on many prior visits). The CM was extremely apologetic and said ther this was due to people getting hurt. So I wanted to share... Despite many previous rides, the person I was with could not ride... And it is not fun to leave the ride at the end of the loading platform.
This is definitely a bummer. If I remember correctly, the TM had to push the restraint down each time that I've gone on the ride. Now it appears that a lot of people (who, as you mentioned, rode in the past) are going to be out of luck.

Ah well, maybe they will take another look at the situation when refurb time comes around.


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Old 05-29-2012, 04:28 PM   #629
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Does anyone know if my DH who is 6'6" and about 275 lbs will be able to ride?
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:11 PM   #630
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Just got back. I am 5'5", 230 pounds and my daughter is 5'5' and weighs 180. Neither of us could ride! We have large busts and the ride attendants would not push the bar down. Universal will not get any more of our money! I hope they are listening!
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