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 & Magic Kingdom, but the seating is a serious problem for America. Not to shame on Americans reading this list, but the ride was designed to accommodate body types of those living in Shanghai. Americans have different body types. Men in Shanghai are around 5'6" & women there are around 5'3" whereas men in America are around 5'9" & such 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 the same issue as TRON, though not as bad. It's still less inclusive for seating than most attractions & garnered complaints from many guests. Nonetheless, those above to rise 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 & 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 in 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 & intense ride, but it's far from the smoothest & 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.

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

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 roll in roller coaster thrills, but Kingda Ka has over the shoulder restraints, which causes riders to get crushed into the restraints which counteract 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 to guests of certain body shapes & sizes, as they cut into their thighs particularly. It's been nicknamed by people as Thighcrush or Thighcrusher for reasons.

8 Astro Orbiter (Magic Kingdom)

The seating is small & more for little kids. Not all little kids can handle sizeable heights or fast spinning & 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 & short-height coaster, the seating restraints were more like those found in big & faster coasters. Therefore the minimum height requirement for this was like that of bigger coasters (48"). 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. The worst seating at Universal parks.

The Contenders
11 Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom)

The seating isn't 2 per row, but single file, meaning parents can't sit besides their children. Yet it's 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 & 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's 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 simply the seats, but mainly the fact that the "capsule" rooms are small for the era we're in nowadays. Real space capsules have gotten bigger & more advanced & Mission Space still keeps them the size such capsule rooms were no later than the 80's. The Walt Disney company surely know how much we advanced in technology & Mission Space simulates the 2030's. 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 & budgets. 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 get that rides like the Great Pumpkin Coaster or Python Pit have crappy seating for adults since they are aimed at children, but there's no excuse for this. And I'm not even close to being fat. I wasn't even allowed to ride the Soaky Mountain Watercoaster at Soaky Mountain in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee by myself. Except for one time where the weight scale accidentally calculated the tube as well, and 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, and yet I still can't fit on that thing. Fast and frantic, but not comfy.

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

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

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