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New Harry Potter Ride Not For Overweight People

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The new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida is receiving some flack after refusing to let overweight people ride The Forbidden Journey roller coaster because it isn't equipped to handle weights over 265 pounds.

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152 comments to “New Harry Potter Ride Not For Overweight People”

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  1. 1

    lol too fucking bad there is no reason people need to be that fucking fat anyways!

  2. 2

    If I were the person running the ride I'd be like 'well that's what you get for being a fatso!!!!'

  3. 3

    I guess you won't be riding fattie

  4. 4

    who gives a shit. Why endanger the rest of the visitors by letting someone whos too heavy onto the ride? Other parks do this…why is this such a big deal?….oh yea cos its fox news and everything is a fucking big deal to them!

  5. 5

    Fox News spewing bs again. DISNEY isn't the correct company. Lame. I'm glad there's a limit. I don't want to have my car come off the track because the weight is too high thanks to some fatty in the back.

  6. 6

    Isn't there limits on all rides!

  7. 7

    I guess you're outta luck hey Perez !!!

  8. 8

    Good. Even more incentive to lose some weight.

  9. 9

    Are all Harry Potter fans morbidly obese though? Fail!

  10. 10

    So people are in an uproar because they are too big for the ride? Would they rather endanger themselves and others to taking a stupid ride? How is it different from height requirements?

  11. 11

    Why does this moron reporter say that Disney should have planned ahead? the ride isn't even at Disney World! What a doofus. It's a shame though. My dad won't be able to ride when we go in September. Cuppcakez, you are an idiot.

  12. mscl says – reply to this


    there's weight limits on all rides. unless you're super tall, or some kind of athlete, you shouldn't weight that much anyway. maybe it'll encourage some fattys to loose weight just so they can ride…

  13. Shino says – reply to this


    Finally…someone's standing up and saying "it's NOT ok to be a blithering fatass!!!" Shame on all of you who say that being unhealthy and overweight is ok. You're the one's who make these people think they're ok and nothing's wrong. This is a win, not a fail.

  14. 14

    If it is a safety issue then the decision stands!

  15. 15

    Seems like a reasonable limit.

  16. 16

    Re: pookiebear79 – Your dad needs to lose weight then, lol

  17. 17

    Have they *seen* a roller coaster? It wouldn't be safe! Not everything can be equal when you're talking about lifting people super high off the ground, supported by a series of metal poles.

  18. 18

    It's for the best, I think…I don't like sitting next to fat people anyways…

  19. 19

    The problem isn't that there is a limit you morons. The problem is that they should have planned better when creating the ride so that it would be able to have a higher weight limit. This clearly shows a lack of thinking on their part that they didn't take into thought that the average size of the world is changing. Seeing these MORONIC replies reminds me of why I rarely come to the comments section. Apparently 90% of your readers Perez are complete douchebags. I hope the idiots posting such mean comments realize that they are the main reason people end up hating themselves. What a pathetic group of jerks. Also, the doofus reporter says Disney should have planned better, but this ride isn't even at Disney World. What a tool. I look forward to riding this in September but it is a shame that my dad won't be able to ride. :-(

  20. 20

    This place is geared towards kids! I don't know any 265 lb kids! People need to get a life…

  21. 21

    Why would critics yell at Disney? Did they have something to do with this? Oh right! They didn't…this news story is worthless. Lose some weight, fat-ass. 265 is not hard to manage.

  22. 22

    Look, if you are over 265 pounds and you are NOT a line backer or a sumo wrestler…go on a diet. Don't bitch and moan about the seat not fitting you…if u wana ride it so badly make your ass fit the seat. But no, we live in America, where people are lazy, spoiled and complain about everything. And all u fatties would rather see them close down the ride, take it apart and put in bigger seats for you instead of dropping your weight to 250 pounds…i mean …really?

  23. 23

    maybe they should make a special ride for people who abuse substances like food, alcohol, drugs, and maybe one for every single disorder out there. bs.

    Actually overweight people should thank the park for giving them some motivation to lose the unhealthy blubber.

  24. 24

    Fat people need to stop blubbering - it's a ride. They squeeze themselves into shit they have no business wearing anyway - that's punishment for our eyes. Get over it. You're fat. It's a ride. Put down the fries and take a walk.

  25. Cedon says – reply to this


    Got to love all the negativity on this bored. Are you people really still stuck in elementary school maturity levels that you have to make fun of overweight people on the internet now?

  26. 26

    A little discriminatory, however, it might be a great incentive for some to lose a little weight (if they really want to ride). Most places have those types of restrictions anyway. I work with a guy that needed to be under 300lbs to do a zip line thing on his vacation, and guess what, he lost the weight and made it. Sometimes that is all people need if they are really into something!!!

  27. 27

    If your at that weight maybe the least of your worries should be a Harry Potter ride.

  28. 28

    Re: pookiebear79 – This clearly shows a lack of thinking on their part that they didn't take into thought that the average size of the world is changing.

    HELLO! It's because more and more people are becoming more and more lazy and fat! This isn't okay!

  29. 29

    A lot of rides are like that.

  30. 30

    There are limits like this on ALL rides. WHich is good, I don't want to die in a roller coaster wreck b/c someone who was morbidly obese felt the need to ride no matter what. Also, their seat probably doesn't hold them, really is it worth the risk. Loss some weight!!!!

  31. 31

    Re: Greatdane/:D Well said!

  32. 32

    Re: MoodySpring – LMAO exactly!!

  33. Eris says – reply to this


    265 pounds seems quiet reasonable. However, posting such mean comments on overweight people isn't acceptable. There are many factors of why a person can be overweight, other due to bad genes, slow metabolism, etc… and which have nothing to do with a person's consumption of food, get your facts straight and don't judge people just by appearances, but oh well some people remain ignorant on this planet unfortunately.

  34. 34

    I guess that rules out most football/NFL players.

  35. 35

    Re: Cedon – *board..and there is no reason people need to be obese so they have no reason to complain, they put themselves there.

  36. 36

    Re: pookiebear79 – SHUT THE FUCK UP

  37. 37

    Excuse me 'Disney should have planned ahead' last time i looked Disney had nothing to do with Universal studios. Get it right Fox. Dont make Disney look bad !!!!!!!

  38. 38

    Well…tough shit! So that ride isn't for everybody.
    265 is a lot of weight and it is a pretty high weight limit.
    Most rides have some sort limitations, sometimes age, height and in this case weight.

  39. 39

    Now if only the airlines would follow suit….

  40. 40

    This news guy says Disney instead of Universal. What an idiot.

  41. 41

    265 is fucking fat. Lose weight, fat Americans. You can't ride any rollercoaster with that weight. That's normal.

  42. 42

    265 is pretty big . Its physics people and for safety. I can not get on some rides due to my height and I don't think its because the park hates short people.

  43. 43

    Re: MoodySpring

    LOL sooooooo true!

  44. 44

    People who weight that much should be hospitalized, and not go to roller coasters that could cause them to die of a heart attack. Just eat some salad and come back later. No big deal.

  45. 45

    I do not weight that much but its not just the weight limit that is a problem on the ride. It is how your weight is distributed on you. i have wide shoulders and a large chest and i could not ride the ride. i have been following harry potter since it first came out and i was more than upset with the freakin seat. Universal must change the ride because for someone to fit on every single other ride and npt fit on this one is bad. also to all those commenting that people should never be that big. yes i agree it is not an ideal place to be but you never know why someone is that large. you cannot assume its laziness, for example medical conditions or emotional issues can also be to blame. also, they knew fully this would be the most widely anticipated ride of the decade and they should have planned accordingly

  46. 46

    This ride has been around since Islands of Adventure opened- it's not new for Harry Potter World….

  47. 47

    It was called Dueling Dragons and I am sure it had the same weight restrictions then as it does now…

  48. 48

    Re: stichie79 There is a guy who was denied on opening day, he's started a blog about his weight loss journey to ride the ride and continue on after he's made it. He thanked them for the incentive to get healthy.

  49. 49

    Re: Eris I agree, but there's also people born with palsy, Down's, etc. that may not get to ride either. Just because you are born with something, shouldn't exclude you from safety. There are other rides out there that can accommodate. While I sympathize with them (as I noted, I'm a fattie myself) I was in a wheelchair after my child from breaking my pelvic bone and gained weight. That doesn't give me the right to tell other people to risk their safety for 2 minutes of excitement for me.

  50. 50

    by the way this ride was built new its inside hogwarts. the dragon challenge roller coaster was not knew that was there before but this ride is brand spankin new

  51. 51

    Advice for the seriously obese: LOSE WEIGHT TO LIVE A HEALHTY AND LONGER LIFE!

  52. 52


    i've rode this ride, and they do "security checks" when you're in line to make sure everyone can fit in the seat…it sucks, and i'm sorry so many disappointed fans get turned away…but you know, i think it's a good wake-up call! they SHOULD lose some weight before they give themselves diabetes or worse…

  53. 53

    Re: voldemom – LOL HAHAHAHAHAAAAAA

  54. 54

    I was just there this past Saturday and one guy had to get off the ride last minute because his beer belly was in the way and the safety bar above wouldnt lock downward…and that was after a 2 hour wait in line! they should probably warn people before hand if they are overweight which will of course cause a riot (tourists are psycho here in orlando) …wouldnt be surprised if they had to rebuild ride

  55. 55

    Re: pookiebear79
    Look, I agree people on here are making fun over overweight people and that's stupid. However, the entire world is not getting larger. This is an American problem. Go overseas, they do not have THAT many people who are over 265. And to those saying they could have some type of genetic disorder. It is true, there are people out there like but those disorders are incredibly rare. The majority of overweight Americans comes from mulitple problems like poor diet, lack of exercise, lack of daily physical activities, etc. So I believe some of you should sit back and do your research. These people need to lose weight for their own sake and the sake of their familes as they are likely to die MUCH younger. Does it suck for them they can't get on? Yes but they can't endanger themselves and everyone else on the ride. Which is why this just isn't a big deal. It's just a safety issue.

  56. 56

    by the way Universal is already looking into changing the seats , it may take over a year though because they have to re program the entire ride

  57. 57

    I just love how everyone becomes Fat Haters… while they're probably sitting behind their desks overweight themselves.

    Anyway, I don't think 265lbs is that bad of a weight limit.
    It was a bit of an oversight though. Considering that the park is in the US, and well.. a lot of American's are overweight… you would think that they would've done something to up the weight limit.
    But like I said, 265 isn't some impossible weight limit. Not being able to ride 1 ride isn't that big of a deal.

  58. 58

    Re: hpfan4ever – Thanks- you are right- looks similar to Dragon Challenge!

  59. 59

    LAME! its not even in Disney…

    and I find that 265 lbs isn't really fat for a tall muscular guy… some weigh a whole lot more than that!!! pretty steep weight cut off

  60. 60

    Re: James DeanRe: pookiebear79Re: agenttrav

    You do know that Disney bought out Universal about a year ago, right?

  61. 61

    GOOD! Hopefully some incentive for those who need to lose the poundage.

  62. 62

    Its not at Disney…its at Universal….IOA to be exact. The anchor man was wrong.

  63. 63

    GOOD, lose weight and come back, its about time it becomes socially unacceptable to be that fucking huge!

  64. 64

    Re: pookiebear79 – Why would they plan the rollercoaster around a person who is obviously sick and instead spend the money on a ride should spend it on a doctor?.

  65. 65

    Lose weight losers!!!!

  66. 66

    I weigh 350lbs and agree with everyone's comments. Haven't been able to ride a them park ride 4 years. I need to lose weight plain and simple to fit the ride; it's not the amusements park fault it's mine

  67. 67

    If you go in to Disney there are no rides with overhead lap-bars, mostly every person will fit in a traditional lap-bar. When Universal bitches a moans it doesn't make 1/3 of what Disney World does yearly. The ride should accommodate the guest, not the other way around. Most people who are over weight know what rides they can not go on and they don't. Most of those with the over head lap-bars are roller coasters. If they would of made there seats sturdier and wider they could of easily had people buying tickets, now people are worried if they are going to fit. I am not talking about just over weight people. I am talking about the people who are 6'2 and 270lb. You can tell when a park rushes a project they haven't thought about all guests. They want it done as fast as they can. lastly, all of you teenagers/trolls get a f*ck*ng life!!!!!! No one cares what you think, because you don't have the balls to say it in public. You hide on your computers like a little b*tch, moan and groan about petty stuff. Grow the F*CK UP!!!!!!!

  68. 68

    Disney? Don't blame them!

  69. 69

    I was on the ride last week and I think the seats would be too small for heavy riders. If they were any bigger normal-sized people would probably fall out! There is no need for anyone to weigh that much! Although they actually stopped another ride while I was there so that 700-pound man and his 400-pount girlfriend could squish themselves into a log flume boat.

  70. 70

    260 pounds holy shit
    wake up america you wernt that fat 100 years ago

  71. 71

    Re: pookiebear79 – tell him to go on a diet. I'm tired of paying outrageous premiums for health care because other people can't take care of themselves.

  72. 72

    I can't ride the ride, I'm not overweight, I just have a large chest. There were a couple people also asked to get off the ride with me - only one was overweight. We had a guy who was 6'4” and broad shouldered, another big chested lady who was even smaller than me. It broke my heart I couldn't ride it - and I can't do a damn thing about my chest unless I go under the knife. But you guys are just cruel heartless bastards - say what you want about this post, but you guys need to grow the fuck up. Yes, there are overweight people, some can help it, and some can't.

  73. 73

    Re: pookiebear79 – hahahaaa keep trying to justify your dad having a weight problem. There's no reason why the ride should accomodate someone that fat. He'll probably have a heart attack on the ride, anyway. Tell him to lose some weight.

  74. 74

    there is no reason anyone should be that fat…they should be at the gym, not an amusement park! losers! have some discipline

  75. 75

    Re: zuluvsit The way I hear it - there are seats sitting out in the line you can test yourself in. I didn't go there, but that's what some fans were saying…

  76. 76

    Re: rei1992 Wow, a tantrum like that and you tell people to grow up? My husband IS 6'2 and is paunchy at 220… I don't want to know how big he'd get at 260.

  77. 77

    I guess you won't be riding it then Mario

  78. 78

    Im glad this is the case!! I went to disney land a few years ago and there were so many obese people in wheelchairs because they are too heavy to walk for any length of time!!! Then because they are in wheelchairs, they get to go to the front of the line!!!!!

  79. 79

    Re: pookiebear79 – because Harry Potter is a Trademark of Disney… lets do some research before we call someone an idiot next time shall we

  80. 80

    Re: rei1992 – lmao you're a freak

  81. 81

    It's all about balance. I work at Disneyland during the high season and I can tell you that every ride has a weight and head count limit(On each car or boat). You have to have balance on the ride, up front in the middle and at the tail of the ride. Everything must be even to avoid tipping (if it's a track type ride) or "Bottoming out" a water/boat ride. Bottom out means the boat stops going because there is too much weight on it and the bottom of the boat hits the ride floor.

    So lets say you have a heavy guest, you put that person in the middle and load the rest of the ride around that person. So if you have 2 or 3 people that are 250 plus, that's alot of weight to work around. It's not a discrimination thing, it's a safety thing.

  82. 82

    Re: iloveapplejuice – It makes me sick when obese people use wheelchairs! You're not disabled!! YOU ARE FAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  83. 83

    It's not a rollercoaster though, it's a robotic arm.

  84. 84

    Re: pookiebear79 – but you've commented calling everyone a douchebag….so clearly you're part of the 90%….and they shouldnt have to plan ahead to let people over 265 pounds get on this ride….unless u play football or are really really tall no one should be that weight….its unhealthy and puts everyone else on the ride at risk!

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  86. 86

    It Europe almost every rollercoaster is made for people under 150kg = 330.
    So what?!

  87. 87

    that encourge people to lose weight ;D guess you will really have to wait one year to go huh? but anyway obese people can't use rides in many parks, why so surprised??

  88. 88

    Re: Eris – You're obviously a fattie!
    It's been proven that obesity is NOT genetic. Just plain greed and lazyness! I'm no size 0, but bloody hell, 265 pounds is gross

  89. 89

    Well there goes half their fan base!

  90. 90

    Well if theres ever the inscentive for chubs HP fans to loose weight… that was it!

  91. 91

    i used to work at a theme park. ALL rides have weight limits. If someone is over the limit we tell them kindly they cannot ride this ride due to safety reasons. Its for their own safety. Every ride has limits, its just because this harry potter park is new and theres so much hoopla surrounding it that is causing everyone to get pissed. chill out and dont be pissed.

  92. 92

    First of all, too bad if you weight over 165 lbs!! And second of all, that ride is not at Disney. Go local news!

  93. 93

    people are idiots, you shouldn't be riding rides if you're that fat.

  94. 94

    Re: pookiebear79 – They planned it just fine, it would appear that YOU are the moron here. If you knew anything about rollercoaster design, you would know that there has to be a weight limit built into the design because of the weight vs. speed quota that makes these rides possible. You can't just keep upping the weight limits to accommodate fat people because the structures would become to cumbersome, and the speeds (which is what makes people ride these things) would suffer. It's not a matter of "make it stronger for fatter people", it's a matter of "you have to plan the safety limit by figuring that every person riding is at the maximum weight limit, then decide how high that number can safely go before the ride becomes unstable, unsafe, or not move as it is intended". I'm sorry for your father, but this is as it needs to be.

  95. 95

    But there are limits n ALL rides. Just lose the weight fatty. Join a gym, buy some dvds or just start walking. Damn. Come to my house, we'll sweat to some Turbo Jam.

  96. 96

    LOL not smart on those guy's parts. Most twilight and harry potter fans are fat and homely so I guess none of them can ride..and boo hoo, If you're fat stop eating.

  97. 97

    Re: Wenchtits – They bought Marvel, not Universal. Universal is still separate.

  98. 98

    too bad they dont have the same rule against gay people…..really dont want to contract aids while on a ride…..

  99. rex85 says – reply to this


    i love the fact that rides like this helped me to loooose the 175 xtra pounds my FATass gained when my xgrlfrnd left …lol…. i didnt realize i was 350 pounds till i went to magic mountain and couldnt fit on a ride and my nephew laughed … this is very motivating 2lose weight SO STOP COMPLAINING…….if i can do it so can you ppl its not that hard

  100. 100

    If you are over 265 pounds, you fat, disgusting, miserable mess, stay home and eat a carrot. What you doin trying to go on that ride in the first place.

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