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Size-Friendly Amusement Parks: Top 10 Survival Hacks

Planning a trip (or trips!) to a giant Disney theme park or a smaller amusement park? Heat, excessive walking, ride size restrictions and expensive junk food can make your trip very uncomfortable. You can make your destinations size-friendly amusement parks by following a few travel tips to improve your comfort.

Survival Hacks for Size-friendly Amusement Parks

You can turn any amusement part into a size-friendly amusement park. All it takes is a combination of pre-planning, careful attention to what you wear and eat and a little resourcefulness.

    Before You Go

  1. Do research before you go. Learn the park layout, show schedule and the opening and closing times. Review a map of the park and plan your rest stops, water stops and meal stops.
  2. Check if the park has an online gift shop. It is more likely to have an inventory of larger sizes than the on-site gift shop. You can buy your souvenirs and leave them at home – no need to carry them around all day.

    Avoid Potential Problems

  3. Arrive early to beat the crowds. Go to the most popular rides first.
  4. Wear comfortable, light-colored, cool clothes. Don’t forget your hat to keep your head cool and shade your eyes.
  5. Wear comfortable, broken-in shoes. This is no time to wear your new strappy sandals. Instead, grab a comfortable pair of athletic shoes or a supportive sandal.
  6. Avoid chafing and blisters with a petroleum gel like Vaseline or Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm. If it is really hot, consider wearing bike shorts under your skirt. They absorb any perspiration and cushion any thigh rubbing.
  7. Carry sunscreen and basic first aid items. They are very expensive in the gift shop. Remember: It only take a few hours in the sun to get a wicked sunburn.
  8. Drink lots of water or sports drinks. Avoid caffeinated and high-calorie beverages that may cool you down but don’t hydrate your body.

    Make Wheels Your Friend

  9. Rent a stroller or wagon, even if your youngest child is ten. Load the stroller up with bags, extra clothes and snacks. Then, just push the stroller around the park instead of carrying all your items.
  10. Consider renting a wheelchair if your feet or legs get tired after a lot of walking. You don’t have be disabled to rent a wheelchair.

Don’t avoid the fun of a trip to an amusement park just because of your size. With a little planning and some concentration on how to stay comfortable, you can turn any parks into size-friendly amusement parks. Need more travel info? Check out GrandStyle’s recent plus size travel posts.

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How to Find a Size-Friendly Theme Park Epcot Center

With a little extra info you can be sure and enjoy and be comfortable at size-friendly theme park Epcot Center. The following info on attractions and shows is a compilation of info from the staff at Epcot as well as visitors. Remember, things change and different body shapes have different experiences.

Size-Friendly Theme Park Epcot Center – Rides and Attractions

ts = theatre seats
bs = bench seats
lb = low bars (lower deeply into lap)
hb = high bars (do not lower into lap, or lower slightly)
ss = small space
w = walking show, self-paced (wheelchairs allowed)
s = standing show (wheelchairs allowed)
nws = no wheelchair space, but handicapped accessible

All shows have handicapped access and all ts and bs locations except those designated “nws” (no wheelchair spaces) have wheelchair spaces. Additionally, all shows are set up so that the visitor never has to leave their wheelchair and provide a place for a companion.
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Editor’s Notes:
1. For info on rides and attractions at other Walt Disney parks in Florida check out our information on Walt Disney World and MGM.
2. The information provided in this article was compiled by Stef Jones in her online FAQ about Physical Resources for Big Folks in answer to the question “What theme parks are comfortable for larger bodies?”
3. If you are considering a trip to Walt Disney World we highly recommend PassPorter’s Walt Disney World for Your Special Needs: The Take-Along Travel Guide and Planner! (Passporter Walt Disney World) It is an up-to-date review of the Disney World facilities with lots of useful info on size-friendly rides, facilities and restaurants.
4. Need more travel info? Check out GrandStyle’s recent plus size travel posts.

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6 Top Plus Size Travel Clothing Picks

It’s never been easier to find stylish and trendy plus size travel clothing at prices anyone can afford. Top brands are catering to the plus size community, so there’s no excuse for you not to look stylish. If you’re traveling and are in need of affordable, fresh styles to boost up your look check out these top picks.

Must Have Plus Size Travel Clothing

Wherever you’re going, go for effortless outfits that will have you looking your best and feeling great.

Plus Size Maxi Dress

A maxi dress is a must-have for all shapes and sizes, but is especially great for plus size women. A maxi dress flows freely over curves, so you’ll look your best while being completely comfortable.plus size maxi dress

Floral Maxi Dress from Forever21.com is a comfortable, chic maxi dress with a stunning floral print.

Pair this maxi dress with your favorite accessories like a statement necklace and sunhat and hit the beach or just soak up the sun at a park.

Elevate your travel style by creating a relaxed look with this maxi dress.

Plus Size Little Black Dress

A vacation wouldn’t be complete without a fancy dinner, that’s for sure. You’re on vacation and you deserve to indulge a bit! A fancy feast wouldn’t be the same without dressing up and for that I recommend a classic little black dress.avenue black dress

You don’t have to go “Plain Jane” when it comes to this favorite dress style – spice it up with my modern pick from Avenue.

Cold Shoulder Crepe A-Line Dress is a sexy little black dress with a great fit and a modern twist. The shoulder cutouts give the dress an ultra fierce finish that’s a definite eye-catcher.

Wear to dinner or date night, chances are this’ll be your next go-to-dress on vacation and beyond.

Plus Size Print Bikini

Traveling to an island getaway or just a resort with a very nice pool? A bikini is a must! Don’t be afraid to show off your curves—all it really takes is the right bikini to boost your confidence.bikini

ASOS.com’s CURVE Exclusive Pansy Print Bikini is a colorful bikini set that is perfect to keep you stylish while getting wet. The floral print gives off a unique pop of color and the black elastic design accentuates your curves creating a beautiful form-fitting bikini.

The bikini provides just the right amount of flash and flair to have you looking good while feeling great.

Plus Size Travel Tunic

I like to pack light when I’m traveling, so only bringing what I need is essential. I love garments that that are versatile enough to be worn over & over again and in various styles. A tunic gives you that versatility while still being completely fashionable.tunic

A tunic is a must for those like me who pack as little as possible, but still want to look great while on vacation. Mix & match your favorite bottoms with a tunic for an easy-breezy ensemble.

This trendy & stylish basic tunic from HM.com features a V-neck design that’s airy and perfect to pair with skirts, shorts, and jeans. Even wear it over a bikini when you want to cover your curves when you’re not splashing around in the ocean or pool.

This tunic is not only gorgeous, but it’s also affordable enough for those on a budget this season.

Plus Size Poncho-Style Top

Just like a tunic, this Michael Kors Plus Size Poncho-Style Top from Macys.com is perfect to cover your curves while still looking fabulous.Michael Kors Poncho Top

This poncho style top features a loose-sleeve design that will transform your look.

Unlike a tunic, this top has design elements that make it classy & elegant. The v-neckline and bold metal rings bring attention to your face, and the loose sleeves make it breathable no matter the weather.

Pair this fancy top with your favorite dark colored jeans and wear this ensemble out casually or add your favorite bracelets and rings and white pants to give it a luxurious finish. It is great for any occasion!

Plus Size Rings

Accessorizing can be difficult, but thankfully there are plenty of online plus size stores that make it easy to find jewelry for any shape and size. Emitations.com for example, offers a wide range of plus size rings for any occasion.

Traveling with expensive jewelry can be a hassle for fear of getting your items lost or stolen, thankfully Emitations offers affordable CZ (cubic zirconia) jewelry that looks just as good as the real deal.

ringPlus size rings like Enya’s Round Cut Cubic Zirconia Engagement Ring is a classic ring style if that’s what you need to replace your engagement ring for your trip.

Maybe you’re just looking to live a little lavish and over the top? Go for a large carat cocktail ring like Heiress’ Style Large Engagement Ring. This enormous rock features a whopping 24-carat center CZ stone that will make people think you’re a celebrity.

There’s no better time than a vacation to upgrade your outfit. Love your curves by wearing stylish outfits that are comfortable and affordable. Before you arrive at your destination, shop these styles to make the most of your vacation look wherever you’re going this summer. Bon voyage!

Guest Contributor Breanne Banessi is a recent college graduate, blogger, and fashion aficionado. You can find her over at her blog, Proper & Pink! You can also find her on Google+. This article was updated in August 2017 to reflect new styles.