Are you heading on a Disney trip soon and wondering about the experience for all body types, including those who are plus sized (aka Pooh-sized people in Disney terms)? A Disney vacation is always a magical place, but it is always a good idea to be prepared for the happiest place on Earth! I hope that this blog post helps you determine the best time of year to travel to Central Florida, make a good packing list, and prepare for the best rides in the theme park for your body type. Hopefully, a little bit of research will help you have the best vacation in the Disney parks!
Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, I will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.
What is the best time of year to travel to Disney World?
One thing every Disney guest should consider is the time of year for your trip to Disney World. The summer months in Orlando have some hot days, so standing in a long line for Splash Mountain in Magic Kingdom can get tiresome in July. If you have some flexibility in your travel dates, try to avoid June, July, and August. The summer months get quite hot and humid, and combined with thunderstorms, can wear any visitor out in the parks.
If you do need to visit during the summer months due to your schedule or Disney resort availability, be sure to pack cool clothing like a tank top, a bathing suit, and flip flops. You may also want to consider adding on a park ticket plus which includes the water parks. Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are fantastic water parks to explore and cool off in the Florida heat. The good news is they do not add a significant cost to your park ticket and offer a great variation from the warm days in the amusement park atmosphere.
The winter months can be a great time to get away to Disney World. The decorated parks for the holidays make a perfect getaway for any family. My personal favorite is getting away from the cold Midwest in January and February for the comfortable Florida temps. You may want to pack a lightweight sweater or a sweatshirt, but most likely, you won’t run into a snow storm in Orlando!
What to Wear at Disney World as a Plus Size Person
If it is your first visit as a plus size person or your seventh, you know that comfort is key at Disney World! Be sure to check the weather forecast before you travel. My favorite app for the Disney parks is Dark Sky. Another great idea is to put your location in as Lake Buena Vista, Florida to get the most accurate forecast. On to the packing list!
Comfortable Tennis Shoes
You will be doing a lot of walking, so my first tip is wear comfortable tennis shoes! My favorite options for comfortable walking shoes are from Asics and New Balance.
Side note: This is not the time to pack a pair of brand new tennis shoes and try them out for the first time at Disney World. My best advice is to wear your shoes several times in advance of your trip to break them in and make sure you feel comfortable in them. Always be sure to pack Band Aids and Moleskin, in case blisters set in. These are great go to options in my park bag at all times.
In addition to tennis shoes, I like to pack waterproof sandals as well. I find that after a day or two in the same shoes with so many extra steps, my feet need to switch it up! I look for a quick dry option that transition from water rides to roller coasters to afternoon storms. Soggy socks and tennis shoes are not my idea of a good time, so waterproof sandals can be a lifesaver on a rainy day.
Try to order waterproof sandals of the best quality. My current favorite options are Teva or Keen sandals. If you opt to mostly stick with tennis shoes, you can always throw an inexpensive pair of flip flops in your bag to pull out during storms or water rides.
Of course, you will want to grab your best Disney t-shirt with your favorite character, but the most important thing is to pack lightweight, breathable clothing. If it is a cute Disney shirt that makes you sweat, it will not be your favorite thing by the end of your trip. Consider a lightweight t-shirt with non clingy material to feel comfortable. Comfortable shorts and socks complete a summer day’s outfit.
If you are traveling in the cooler months, consider packing a lightweight sweater or cardigan for the early mornings and evenings. I also throw in a pair of comfortable stretchy jeans to make versatile outfits.
Disney World Outfits
Wanting to order some Disney World outfits in plus sizes? Hare are some good options!
Hot Topic offers some cute Disney World plus size outfits and plus size Disney shirts in pretty affordable prices. They also have some of my favorite types of dresses in plus sizes, as well as regular sizes. Pair these with some black leggings in the cooler months for a cute outfit!
Torrid is another great option for plus sized guests if you want some cute t-shirts, leggings, or dresses with a Disney theme. They keep a good stock of Disney options on a regular basis, so be sure to check them out if you need a good range of sizing options. Great for curvy women!
Of course, Amazon has some fantastic options for regular and plus size Disney lovers! I love this partnership from Amazon Basics and the Disney store. There are so many options with 2 shirts in each pack! Whether you want Marvel, Mickey Mouse, Millennium Falcon, or Minnie Mouse, you can find something for each member of your family.
Amazon even has some holiday options!
Walmart is another great place to pick up some great Disney t-shirts and accessories. You can add a few to your cart while you are out shopping for some other great things for the parks, like water bottles, sunscreen, and portable chargers. If you shop a local Walmart in the Orlando area, you can also find some great deals on Disney themed items outside of the park.
Sunscreen, Portable Fan, Hat
To avoid the brunt of the warm weather, be sure to pack some sunscreen, a portable fan or a paper fan, and a hat. Always protect your skin while on your Disney vacation so you don’t come home with a souvenir sunscreen!
The Disney app will drain your battery, so be sure to pack a portable charger to keep with you in the parks!
Body Glide is a great product, especially in the summer months. Use it to avoid chaffing between your legs and under your arms.
Be sure to pack a good crossbody bag to store your snacks, water, and portable charger. Kavu makes a great one with all kinds of fun patterns.
HydroFlask has a good reputation for a reason, but any sturdy, non-leaking bottle works. Be sure to stay hydrated in the parks!
What Disney World rides work best for plus-sized riders?
One common question I get as a travel agent from plus-sized guests to Disney is what rides will work best for me? You can have a great time at Walt Disney World attractions, especially if you know what to expect before you arrive! Here are a few of my favorite suggestions for the best rides, regardless of weight limit or size.
- Haunted Mansion
- Winnie the Pooh
- Peter Pan
- Spaceship Earth
- Mickey’s Philharmagic
- Carousel of Progress
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Tikki Room
- Jungle Cruise
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Small World
- People Mover
- Aladdin’s Magic Carpets Ride
- Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Mad Tea Party
- Navi River Journey
- Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
- Star Tours
- Tower of Terror
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Alien Swirling Saucers
Remember to look for rides that offer bench seating for a more comfortable experience. Rides that require a tight lap bar may be uncomfortable. Thrill rides with a seat belt may be challenging, so ask a cast member if a test seat is available before standing in a long wait cue.
Rides to Try the Test Seat Before Riding
A few rides may be tricky for larger guests in Disney World. Be sure to check the test seat for your body type before waiting in line for:
- Test Track in Epcot
- Soarin’ in Epcot
- Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom
- Avatar Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom
Rides to Avoid as a Plus Size Guest in Disney World
A few rides can be tricky for plus sized guests in Disney World. You may want to skip these, as these options can be quite uncomfortable for those Pooh-sized Disney fans.
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – This ride is tight for many adult guests.
- Space Mountain- I love this ride, but it seems to shrink every time I get on it! The last time I went on it, it was a challenge to crawl out, even as an average sized person.
- Splash Mountain – This one may be worth a try, but can be a bit tight, even with bench seating. You can request a single row for yourself, to see if it is more comfortable.
Remember the great Disney shows!
When you are in Disney World, remember to take breaks and cool off from the Florida heat! Beyond the rides, Disney offers some great shows that help keep you entertained while also resting from the sun and all the extra steps. My favorites are: Finding Nemo, The Lion King, Hall of Presidents, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and the Frozen Sing Along.
I hope this post helps you, as you plan your next visit to the happiest place on Earth! Please sign up below for my free complete Disney packing list. Keep reading for more great travel tips!