Leg room on attractions is an issue for riders with disabilities
Leg room in a ride vehicle is something that anyone with no mobility with their legs cares about when deciding which attraction to ride. If the space for the legs is too narrow, it could mean a very hard transfer. I will give some examples of wide and narrow leg rooms.
Splash Mountain has a very narrow leg room; so much so that even ambulatory people have to put their feet over the seat to get into the log. Pirates of the Caribbean, on the other hand, has a much wider leg room, so getting in is much easier.
New rides tend to have more leg room than old ones; Tomorrowland’s Speedway has a very narrow seating, but Radiator Springs Racer and Test Track is wider. Although, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train’s seating looks like it was made for dwarfs.
The best rides are the ones that don’t have space limits for the legs; Soaring and Forbidden Journey comes to mind. The worst are the log flumes as mentioned above.
As someone with no mobility on my legs, sometimes I wish I didn’t have them – that way I could ride Splash Mountain, but of course that is a crazy thought.
If you are interested to know if the leg room will be a problem for you before going to a Disney park, go to allears.net where there is a link to the attraction’s seating photo gallery.
7 dwarfs has a really small ride vehicle. My wife has a knee injury and can't bend it much so she couldn't ride that one because of the lack of legroom. (And was deeply disappointed.)
Leg room is a problem regardless of disability. People are generally getting larger and fatter. I'm a tall person. Most seats are rather uncomfortable. Thus, the older rides with the smaller vehicles are a problem. As Disney retrofits older rides with new tracks and vehicles, they can alleviate the situation, but nothing will truly fix the problem. Only new rides seem to resolve the situation.
Dudley Do-Right has the worst leg room on any ride, ever. I love the attraction, but have to hurdle obstacles for it.
Throwing fuel onto the flames... Matterhorn Bobsleds (post-refurb), anyone?
I agree with Robert - Matterhorn in DLR
The Cars ride in Disneyland Paris has hardly any leg room, especially in the front seats!
Here's a list of rides that I have trouble fitting on due to legroom. (I'm 6'6".)
Forbidden Journey is not designed for larger people. If you have a large belly you can forget this ride and it is one of the newer rides. I wish designers would consider all sizes and situations when designing ride cars. We all come to these parks for one reason, FUN!!!!!!!
Every time I ride Jurrasic Park my legs and knees are smashed by the big drop at the end. EVERY TIME! Why do I still ride it?
I have room issues on the Superman coaster cars at SFNE & Darien Lakes there is NO leg room whatsoever! My shins and knees got squished & bashed pretty good b/c of the strange restraints.
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