Putting together a plus size summer Disneyland outfit is a challenge. Unlike our skinnier friends, thick ladies have a few things to worry about for Disneyland trips: sweat, chafing, and ride weight limits. Ladies with a thigh-gap will never know the lengths and products us almost-mermaids go to in order to prevent thigh chafing.
For Disneyland first timers, I would highly suggest wearing leggings. If you fully want to enjoy your trip it is better safe than sorry. But for some us, annual passholders like myself, we go so often we have collected a few tricks to get us through a day at Disneyland in shorts! I’ve even done Disneyland in a skirt, and Orlando’s Universal Studios in a dress. It’s safe to say I’ve learned a thing or two on how to enjoy a theme park when you are plus size.
Comfort is the key to creating the perfect plus size summer Disneyland outfit. For me, that includes some fun overalls and my Mickey Mouse Crocs (yup these are Crocs!). Crocs actually have a wide range of comfortable shoe styles that aren’t the Mario Batali cheese-hole versions.
Not your average Crocs:
Plus size summer Disneyland outfit: Overalls
Disneyland ride weight limits
Growing up, I never considered my size or weight as hindering my life experiences. As I have gotten older, gained weight, lost weight, and then gained again…I have become more conscious of my weight from a safety perspective. I remember the first time I even considered my size to affect me was when I wanted to do gymnastics and my mom told me I couldn’t because of my weight. I’m sure she didn’t actually mean it back then but it stuck with me for a long time. Even until now.
As a plus size woman, you can’t go to fairs, theme parks, or Disneyland without wondering “will I fit on the rides?” “what is the weight limit?” and “am I prepared to feel humiliated if I can’t fit?” I can tell you that as a 200+ pound woman I have never had a problem fitting in, getting out of or buckling myself into a ride at Disneyland. For reference, I am 5′ 5″ so about the average American.
I did some digging and couldn’t find an official “weight limit” for Disneyland rides. I did however scan several forums to see what size ranges others who consider themselves plus size were. The largest saw was 320 lbs and 6 feet tall — still had no problem. As per the discussion I read, if you are really concerned, you can stop by City Hall in Disneyland they can give you suggestions.
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout
Combatting chafe at the happiest place on earth is an uphill battle. Between the intense heat, the constant walking, speed walking, standing, sitting, your thighs are always touching each other. Hence, why I do not suggest overall shorts for first timers. BUT, they are damn cute and with some chafing precautions like Body Glide; it’s totally doable.
My friend and I spent the afternoon trading off Minnie Mouse ears because mine would give me a headache after a while. Not only do I have big thighs, I also have a big noggin.
Our main goal with this Disneyland trip: ride the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout. Many people were sad to hear that the Disney classic and beloved Tower of Terror was being replaced with Guardians of the Galaxy. Many even wondered how the fudge they were going to pull it off and have it make sense. I was one of those people.
My friend and I waited a little more than an hour in the peasant line (non fast pass) to get in. It was worth the wait. The graphics were so high tech and clear. The story is brought you throughout the whole ride, even during the drops. Also, the drops were unpredictable! So it was 10x the fun. It didn’t have anything to do with the second movie though so don’t expect it to be related.
Read what some other bloggers had to say about Mission: Breakout.
- A Mom’s Review of Awesome Mixtape #2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- First Look at Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout Review
I have been a Disneyland annual passholder for five years now since I made the move from Seattle. People may complain the park is expensive, but we all prioritize how we spend our money. My pass doesn’t cost any more than a gym membership would. It’s a great escape from my day-to-day and I often will go after work as a way to get a mini vacation.
Don’t worry about your weight too much when at Disneyland. Focus on having a great time and if you need to take a break in the air conditioned rooms of the gift shops or restaurants, do it. For how much people pay to visit the park every summer, it should be a priority to enjoy it and not “try to get you money’s worth.” How you plan your summer Disneyland outfit can make your break your trip.
Some additional quick tips:
- Wear comfortable shoes with lots of arch support. Sandals may be comfortable for an hour or two but will hurt by the end of the day.
- Bring a backpack for sweaters, water bottles, and sunblock