Are there any overweight Cedar Point Riders out there?Cedar Point: I just wanted to know recent experiences at Cedar Point for overweight riders
From Donna O'RiordanI am going to Cedar Point in 2 weeks. I am 5/3 but I weigh 250.. any overweight people have any experiences recently there about not being able to get on any rides? Thanks
Posted July 1, 2007 at 8:55 PM
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
From steve leeMF, TTD, and possibly Maverick may be problematic for you. I think you'll be fine everywhere else, but those three are the ones that are iffy. It really depends on where you wear your weight.
Posted July 2, 2007 at 4:28 AM
From Ben JamesI just went the weekend before memorial day. MF, Mantis and TTD were a tight fit (I am 275lbs.) but I got on.
Posted July 2, 2007 at 7:47 AM
Maverick had lots of extra room. You should have no problem there. I fit the test seat with lots of room to spare.
Mantis has more room in the rows in the middle. I did manage to squeeze in front row on it, but, it was tighter than the other rows (and uncomfortable). You may have to sit in order for the restraints to fit you. but then you can stand back up afterwards.
Wicked Twister has a funky seat design. So I couldn't sit all the way into the seat therefore the harness would not come all the way down to meet the seat belt.
Speaking of seat belts...I appreciate the concern for safety however, I felt like CP was a little Seat Belt happy.
Good luck and enjoy the park.
From Michael SantmyerDoes Millennium Force Seem tight to anyone?
Posted July 2, 2007 at 9:13 AM
From Jake CountissI am not big but you should have no problem with Maverick. The restraints are designed to fit anyone. Millinieum Force,Top Thrill Dragster, Raptor, and Wicked Twister may be tight but I think you could fit in those rides.
Posted July 2, 2007 at 11:47 AM
From Donna O'RiordanThank you! by the way, are you a tall 275 or short like me? Sometimes that makes a difference. Thanks again. I just hope I can ride something!!!
Posted July 2, 2007 at 2:05 PM
From Ben JamesI am 5'7".
Posted July 2, 2007 at 2:08 PM
From steve leeSorry for the misinfo on Maverick. I just assumed that it would follow the Intamin/CP "no fatties" policy (being a fattie, I can say that).
Posted July 2, 2007 at 2:46 PM
Cool that it's not as restrictive. I guess I'll give it a shot when I'm there in August after all.
Jake - are you sure you meant Raptor? That one gave me no grief whatsoever.
From robert millerI am 6'2 255 pounds 40 inch waist. Last time I went to Cedar point I struggled to get the seatbelt on on Millineum force. TTD was no problem at all. I actually got the belt on without too much difficulty, but they made me pull an extra inch of slack (which seemed stupid to me). This took me a few minutes and was pretty embarasing.(sp) I thinking about going on a diet for a couple of weeks before this years trip. I will be p**** if I cannot get onto Millineum Force. Ben, how big is your waste, I'm suprised you did not have a prob on mf.
Posted July 3, 2007 at 3:43 AM
From Adrienne McDonaldI have major knee problems & never had any problem whatsoever on a standup coaster. Is Mantis different somehow than say other B&M standups or Intamin for that matter? Standups are actually my favorite type. I did, however both sit then stand on Scorcher. I prefer sitting but standing on Riddler's Revenge was somehow more enjoyable for me than Standing on Scorcher for some reason. Intamin cars are different but have wider 'bike' seats which fit my 'wide load' a lot better & a LOT more comfortably than B&M bike seats but feel the knee presser more in Intamin as opposed to not in B&M. Anyhoo, just curious if Mantis was different somehow. Thanx!
Posted July 2, 2007 at 11:25 PM
From steve leeNah, Mantis is pretty much basic B&M standup restraints. If you're cool on one, you're cool on all of them.
Posted July 3, 2007 at 1:57 PM
From Ben JamesI have a 42" waist. (I can't believe I am going to say this.) I lifted my "belly" up and pulled the belt across my lap and it fit fine. In fact I had about 3 1/2" of slack. However I struggled in the test seat with the slack issue. They did say that the coaster has bigger belts.
Posted July 4, 2007 at 7:30 AM
I beg to differ about the seats on Mantis. I felt a difference big time between riding in the 4th or 5th row vs. riding in the front row. The front row was absolutely uncomfortable. While I did enjoy the other row I was in.
From Russell MeyerMF and Dragster have much shorter belts than just a few years ago. They don't discriminate against people with guts as much as they do against people with big legs and hips. The seat betls fasten below the waist area, so even those of us with beer bellies are not affected, but powerlifters with muscular thighs may have trouble. The T-bar will accomodate just about anyone who can fasten the seat belts. Intamin required the belt shortening on all of the trains with T-bars because of the Superman: Ride of Steel accidents at SFA and SFDL (no longer owned by SF). Maverick has OTSRs similar to Storm Runner at Hersheypark and Kingda Ka at SFGAdv. I would not anticipate problems with the B&M unless you have a chest measurement exceeding 52".
Posted July 5, 2007 at 9:14 PM
From Adrienne McDonaldSee, I rode in the front row on Scorcher the second time (the time I stood up) & was a TOTAL different feel to riding in the third or forth row. I also felt looser somehow. Now I can't remember if on this last trip to SFOG if I stood or sat, probably stood, but I just stuck to being in the third or fourth row. Now on Riddler's I stood in the fourth row I believe it was & was totally enjoyable so I know front rows on some coasters seem to slow down at the turn or be jerky like on Poltergeist. Third car is great, second car is jerky, dunno about front car. Scorcher, front row slow but third row good. Weird.
Posted July 6, 2007 at 2:10 AM
From Rachel CrichtonI have about your stats, and went to Cedar Point today.
Posted July 21, 2007 at 4:28 PM
I only stood in line for 5 rides before giving up on the park, and being brutally embarrassed at 3 of them, I managed to fit Mean Streak, and Gemini just fine, but was asked to get off of the mine ride, blue streak, and didn't even bother trying to fit my ass into magnum.
Each of those rides i was turned away from say to try a test seat before waiting in line, and i gladly would've done that... except they only have test seats at like 4 rides, and none of them were rides i tried getting on. The website claims you can skip the line to try out the seats before waiting in line, but if you ask me that's even more humiliating than waiting in line and then getting turned away.
Anyway, I wanted to give you my honest experience.
From Tyler W.I'm sorry Rachel, that would have been horrible.
Posted July 22, 2007 at 6:52 AM
From Donna O'RiordanI am back from the trip and had a great time... I did not try the MF or Dragster because of what I heard about the seats on them. The Dragster I didn't care about but I would have enjoyed MF. I got on Magnem XL just fine and loved it.. I rode that one 3 times. Maverek was no problem and Gemini, Iron Dragon, Disaster Transport were not a problem... However, Meanstreak was too tight, which was no biggie.. we have a bigger one in St. Louis and Mantis I couldn't get on. I was ok since I was worried about not getting on anything. I will have a goal to get on MF next time. It did make me mad at myself that I couldnt ride them all though
Posted July 22, 2007 at 10:26 AM
From Ashley CoeDonna, what size are u? I am 240 but a size 20 with DDD so I am more worried about the tatas than the weight, can u help me??!!
Posted July 19, 2009 at 6:06 PM
From Scott Polidoreim 6'0'' 295 and the body shape (upper and lower) DOES come into play on all rides. got pretty much embarassed by my brother in front of everyone with his "not again, not here" speech. so needless to say it was a long ride home for me. i even told him i didnt want to go there in the first place, call it a hunch.
Posted March 19, 2010 at 10:00 PM
dragster is horrible for people with big legs as the seatbelt is shorter than an airplane seats'
From D-Man O'Connell
Posted March 21, 2010 at 6:04 AM
From Joshua CounsilI'm 5'11", 230lbs - broad shoulders, 36-38 waist, and an ass that won't quit. I'm nowhere near obese, but I am hefty, and MF was a tight squeeze. If I recall correctly, an attendant needed to help me.
Posted March 21, 2010 at 10:57 PM
I'm not that big of a guy, so I can only imagine how many bigger people get shut down. And I don't just mean wide people - tall people and jacked (muscular) people must struggle, too, as I just barely fit. The shoulder restraints were often a squeeze, too, so broad-shouldered people must struggle in that department.
From Scott Polidorepeople with smaller waists get by no matter how big they are everywhere else
Posted March 25, 2010 at 8:17 PM
From Michelle MeaI'm 5'7 about 220, thick legs and hip, not a big belly and I got on the MF a few years back and had to get off cause I couldn't get the seatbelt on. No problem with the TTD at all. The seatbelts have NO give on them what so ever. Like the Magnum you are able to adjust the belt but with the MF you can't really. I'm going tomorrow and kind of not looking forward to not being able to ride certain rides because my hips are too big. Like i said. It's about you hips and butt...
Posted May 18, 2010 at 1:48 PM
From Mike GallagherThis is unconfirmed from another site, but word has it the belts on MF and Dragster have been shortened again. Since I've put on some weight again, I'm a little worried. I'm going in late June. In 2003 or '04, I had to take the walk of shame on MF and didn't try Dragster. I wet on easily in '07 and '09, but I'm back up to about 225. At the time I didn't get on, I was 250 or so.
Posted May 18, 2010 at 5:03 PM
From Gary PiperJust back from Cedar Point and had to take my first walk of shame on MF. I'm not sure if the belts have been changed from last year or not, however the belts are definitely not consistent between trains. I rode MF earlier in the day and was buckled with no issue, then later that night, I went again and there was a good 1" gap that there was no way the belt was going to close. I mentioned to her that I had ridden earlier in the day with no issue and she asked me what color train I was on...so it's obviously a known issue by the employees that the seatbelt lengths vary between trains. FYI - it was the red one that I didn't make it on...so stay away from that one I guess. Time for some diet and exercise so I don't have issues come fall.
Posted June 21, 2010 at 8:43 AM
From Dave Rosewent to Cedar point this weekend. I am 6'3 280 Lbs. 42" waist. I was able to ride everything but the melenium Force and the top thrill dragster. Only reason being is that they use a seatbelt sytem. the overhead harnesses fit fine. was about 6 inches too short on the test chair for the TTD which seemed a little rediculous because I saw "normal" size ppl not being able to strap it. The MF was only about 3 Inches too short. Hope this helps, Dave
Posted July 19, 2010 at 7:38 AM
From brooke knedgenI might be going to cedar point soon and i haven't been there in 2 years so I don't know what rides I should avoid. I'm about 5'8 and around 240 pounds and around a 43 inch waist. Are there any rides that would be okay to go on?
Posted July 28, 2010 at 4:31 PM
From Janie dawsonI am very well endowed/top heavy. My chest measures around 54in(42H). I am 5'10" and weigh around 275 but a size 20/22. Hips are around 54in also. And my thighs are also big. I am proportioned well for how big I am, but I was wondering would there be any rides I would be able to ride? It would be so embarrassing to have to wait in line all that time to just be told, oh, you're too big...sorry. Please, any advice would be helpful! Thanks
Posted August 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM
From Mike GallagherJanie,
Posted August 9, 2010 at 12:37 PM
Are you going to Cedar Point? If so, most of the rides that might have trouble accommodating you provide a test seat. They may not be 100%, but it's a good measuring stick.
1st time? When are you going?
I never knew there was a town called Friendly. That's nice. I hope you have a FRIENDLY's there :) MMMMM...ice cream! I love Friendly's.
From Joshua CounsilI just got back from Cedar Point. I agree with the inconsistencies. On my last trip (as noted above), MF was a squeeze, but everything else was fine. On this trip, Dragster was a squeeze while MF had plenty of room. Still, I made it on everything.
Posted August 9, 2010 at 5:32 PM
The test chairs would be a good idea if they didn't put them out at the front of the line. As much as big people love to squeeze into tiny chairs in front of large crowds, I'm sure nobody would be complaining if they put the chair to the side, away from the entrance of the queue.
From Peggy MeredithI'm planning a trip to Cedar Point at the end of August. I went there in 1999 when I was 185 lbs and was able to ride everything I tried (although admittedly I think I didn't go on one of the big coasters).
Posted August 11, 2010 at 2:27 PM
I'm worried now that I won't fit. I weigh 205 lbs and am 5'1" (misses size 16) and I have a large chest and hips. I think most of my worry stems from the fact that I've gone from 325 lbs to 205 lbs in the last couple years and before I couldn't fit in hardly anything.
Any advice on rides to avoid? I read about the tester seats but do not plan on giving gawkers something to stare at as I try to wedge myself into a test seat.
Thanks for any advice!
From Michelle MPeggy, I just went to Cedar Point yesterday. I think at your size you should be fine on most rides. The trouble spots for me and my friends yesterday were Top Thrill Dragster, Millennium Force, and Wicked Twister.
Posted August 14, 2010 at 8:38 PM
As an indicator, I am about 5'4", 210lbs. I have a big chest, but my legs and hips are smaller than my weight indicates. I wear about a 16/18.
On TTD I had to squirm a bit but got in with the slack. Unfortunately my friend, who has bigger hips than me, had to take the walk of shame. She had some trouble on Millennium and Wicked Twister but they got her in.
I would imagine you would be okay, but the test seats can't hurt.
From Ivana AllenHi im goiong to cieder point with my church youth group and i really dont want to have to take the walk fo shame while im there with my youth so im 5'9 and weigh around 340 i wear a 22-24 and my weight is distributed well all over my body i dont have a big butt but i do have a belly of course. I want to know what you guys think? I know the MF TTD and the maverik are good to avoid but any others?
Posted September 11, 2010 at 5:05 PM
From steve leeI hate to be the voice of negativity, but I honestly don't think you're going to have a great day. You're absolutely right about avoiding TTD, MF, and Maverick. Intamins are extremely unforgiving, so Wicked Twister will also be highly questionable. Even with the "big boy" seats on the B&M coasters (Raptor and Mantis), you may have problems with the over the shoulder restraints. The best advice is to hit every test seat before you line up.
Posted September 12, 2010 at 9:56 PM
Have you been to any parks recently where you rode coasters? We may be able to use that information to get a better idea of what you'll be able to do...
From Derek Stewartive been reading some post and i have read the cedar point guidelines as well. Im 5'8 276 waist line is a 40" chest measures 52" as well. I have some weight in my mid section but im pretty well portion for the most part. IM a ex football player so have a big build. I was wondering if any recent cedar point riders could tell me if i can ride mf maverick and ttd also raptor and mantas. Im coming from louisiana so id like to be able to ride all of them if possiable.
Posted September 22, 2010 at 6:05 PM
From Steph SIf you fit on an Intamine ride at one park will you be able to fit in one at another??
Posted October 1, 2010 at 8:24 AM
From steve leeNo. Different restraint types, different standards as far as belt lengths and all that... there's really no way you can conclude that if you can ride one, you can ride them all.
Posted October 1, 2010 at 9:15 AM
From Joshua Romakerwell I am 6 foot 8 inches and around 270 I can fit on the maverick, gemini,wildcat,iron dragon, corkscrew very very tight fit,the blue streak if I can get seated right,the mine ride was wierd i got in just fine but it took me 3 minutes to get out everyone was mad, demon drop lots of room on this, the indoor coaster is iffy i fit but it hurt like hell on my knees and bum, I fit pretty good on magnum. and dont ask me how but i fit on the woodstock express with my tiny 6 year old cousin all others are no go for me mainly do to the shoulder harness seatbelt and leg room
Posted October 27, 2010 at 9:42 AM
This discussion has been archived, and is not accepting additional responses.
Theme Park Insider Guidebooks
Top U.S. Theme Parks
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Other Top International Parks
Readers' Top Themed Rides
Top Roller Coasters
Top Theme Park Shows
Features, News and Advice
2013 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2012 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2011 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2010 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2009 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2008 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2007 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2006 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2005 Blog PostsDec.
2004-2005Staff column archive