Top 10 Theme/Amusement Park Rides and Attractions with the Worst Seating

Some theme/amusement park attractions are great, but the seating isn’t. For a variety of reasons, some seats don’t secure well & some don’t accommodate enough body shapes/sizes.
The Top Ten
1 TRON Lightcycle Power Run (Walt Disney World & Shanghai Disneyland)

It's the most thrilling attraction at Shanghai Disney and Magic Kingdom, but the seating is a serious problem for America. Not to shame Americans reading this list, but the ride was designed to accommodate the body types of those living in Shanghai. Americans have different body types. Men in Shanghai are around 5'6" and women there are around 5'3", whereas men in America are around 5'9" and women are around 5'4", all on average. Plus, the seats are very small for leg room, which adds to people's heights, so more than half of the Americans won't fit on the seats, therefore won't be able to ride.

2 Avatar Flight of Passage (Disney's Animal Kingdom)

It suffers from the same issue as TRON, though not as severely. It's still less inclusive in terms of seating than most attractions and has garnered complaints from many guests. Nonetheless, those able to ride it experience an indescribably breathtaking sensation of a lifetime.

3 Stitch’s Great Escape (Magic Kingdom)

When it was around in the form of Stitch, the seating harnessed riders even though it wasn't actually a ride. But what really made it bad was that the bars pressed down on your shoulders to simulate Stitch jumping on them. Some people couldn't handle the pressure. Lots of complaints followed for all the years until Disney finally closed it.

4 Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit (Universal Studios Florida, USA)

It was said to be a great ride back when it was in good shape. Lately, it hasn't been getting the necessary refurbishments, so it's gotten rougher, and the seating doesn't solve the issue. What's worse is that the seats lack cushioning to comfort the riders on this rough journey, so their heads bang rather violently on the hard plastic, harder on some seats than on others. Yet, its restraints press onto riders' tummies, making this a bad ride for people's stomachs. It's still known to be a thrilling and intense ride, but it's far from the smoothest and most physically comfortable.

5 Splash Mountain (Disneyland) Splash Mountain is a log flume at Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and formerly the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort, based on the characters, stories, and songs originally from the 1946 Disney film Song of the South until controversy & petitions regarding racial history since the George Floyd protests led to a retheming on the U.S. versions based on the 2009 film The Princess and the Frog... read more

The Disneyland version didn't have any restraints to secure guests, meaning kids had a chance of jumping off the ride on purpose for various reasons. Though that did add more realism to the story, as it's about riding a log, it's a case of better safe than sorry.

6 Kingda Ka (Six Flags Great Adventure)

It's the tallest operating roller coaster on Earth, so many want to experience the most extreme thrill. Airtime is such a crucial role in roller coaster thrills, but Kingda Ka has over-the-shoulder restraints, which causes riders to get crushed into the restraints, counteracting the airtime. Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point only had lap bars, which helped give riders the necessary amount of airtime the ride was made for.

It's because of New Jersey laws.

7 Skyrush (Hersheypark)

It's the most intense ride at Hersheypark, but the restraints make the ride painful for guests of certain body shapes and sizes, as they cut into their thighs particularly. It's been nicknamed by people as Thighcrush or Thighcrusher for obvious reasons.

8 Astro Orbiter (Magic Kingdom)

The seating is small and more suited for little kids. Not all little kids can handle significant heights or fast spinning, and that's a big problem for tiny seats. Dumbo, on the other hand, is no problem since it has good-sized seats that match the ride's nature.

9 Primeval Whirl (Disney's Animal Kingdom)

For such a slow and short-height coaster, the seating restraints were more like those found in bigger and faster coasters. Therefore, the minimum height requirement for this was like that of bigger coasters (48 inches). It was a wild mouse coaster designed to toss riders in every hairpin turn. Yet, it wasn't immersive, but a simple design found in carnivals.

10 Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge (Universal Hollywood)

Its seats are so restrictive that plus-size people can't ride. It has the worst seating at Universal parks.

The Contenders
11 Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom)

The seating isn't two per row, but single file, meaning parents can't sit beside their children. Yet, it's at a Disney park. Plus, it's somewhat small compared to the seating of other coasters, making it a big problem for taller people. Yet, many junior coasters have bigger seating than this, and so does Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which has better seating for the ride type. It's true this doesn't have the most ideal seating, but it has a reason to be on this list.

12 Mission: Space (Epcot) Mission: Space is a centrifugal motion simulator thrill ride at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

It's not just the seats, but mainly the fact that the "capsule" rooms are small for the era we're in today. Real space capsules have gotten bigger and more advanced, and Mission Space still keeps them the size such capsule rooms were no later than the '80s. The Walt Disney Company surely knows how much we've advanced in technology, and Mission Space simulates the 2030s. If it gets a ride vehicle capacity update, that would surely improve the attraction for many guests, though it would surely take a lot of time and budget. At least they already warn guests with claustrophobia not to ride.

13 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls (Islands of Adventure in Orlando)

This ride's seating is awful. I had to sit in the second row because I couldn't even fit in the front. I understand that rides like the Great Pumpkin Coaster or Python Pit have poor seating for adults since they are aimed at children, but there's no excuse for this. And I'm not even close to being overweight. I wasn't even allowed to ride the Soaky Mountain Watercoaster at Soaky Mountain in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, by myself.

There was one time where the weight scale accidentally included the tube as well, and I didn't tell the operator since I didn't want to be kicked out of my only chance of riding alone. I didn't weigh at least 150 pounds, yet I still couldn't fit on that thing. It's fast and frantic but not comfortable.

14 Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (Disney's Hollywood Studios)

It's said to have huge over-the-shoulder restraints which don't fit well with the security needs of the guests for the layout of the ride. After the launch, you're lurched forward and back, and your head's constantly banging on the restraints as you make your way through the turns, drops, and inversions. Somehow, the ride still got praise, though that likely ties in with the fact that some seats offer a smoother ride than others. Yet, this adds to the fact that it doesn't accommodate all body shapes or sizes. Obviously, some have bigger restrictions than others.

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