Universal Orlando has some of the most thrilling rides and roller coasters in the city. While Disney’s attractions tend to lean toward the tamer side, Universal is ready to throw you though intense twists, turns, and loops. The drawback, however, is that these rides often have strict rider size restrictions that don’t allow all guests to ride.
If you’re larger than average in any way, you may have trouble getting on many of Universal’s most popular rides. Keep in mind that these restrictions often have little to do with being fit. Professional athletes can have the hardest time on these attractions. If you think this may apply to you, read on to find out where you could run in to trouble and what to do about it.
1. The Incredible Hulk Coaster
The Incredible Hulk Coaster features an individual shoulder harness that comes down over each guest. If you have a long torso, broad shoulders, or a larger midsection, the harness may not come down far enough to properly lock in place. Two seats on each train have shoulder harnesses with different straps that will accommodate some guests with slightly larger body dimensions. However, there are still many people who simply won’t be able to ride.
There are two test seats out front so you can see if you fit into either the standard or extended seat. If you need the larger seat, you should tell the team member who is grouping you (that’s the one that asks “how many”) to expedite your ride experience. Extended seats are located in rows 3 and 6.
2. Dr. Doom’s Fearfall
Like the Incredible Hulk, the harness on Dr. Doom’s Fearfall fits down over the rider’s shoulders. The restraint must be buckled, not simply locked into place. Dr. Doom does not have any extended seats, so if your torso is too tall, or your shoulders too broad for the buckle to clasp properly, you will not ride. There is a test seat outside you can use to determine whether you will fit.
3. Revenge of the Mummy
Revenge of the Mummy uses a lap bar to keep guests secure. The bar must lock down securely for guests to ride. Team members can see a colored indicator on the side of the vehicle that will let them know whether the rider is secured. Tiered seating on the ride vehicles makes the back rows slightly larger and more comfortable for larger guests. Both long legs and wider midsections can be a problem on this ride. Check the seats outside before getting in line if you’re concerned about fitting.
4. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is unique in that it has a height restriction for riders as well as seat restrictions. Riders cannot be any taller than 79”. If you’re extraordinarily tall, you will not be allowed on the ride. Each seat has a circular lap bar that locks down over the rider. This creates additional limitations for guests with a wider midsection. Test seats are available out front.