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Italy - Da Vinci's Garden - 2014
Italy - Da Vinci's Garden - 2014

BGW For larger Guests

Let’s start this with my story, so you understand that I know where you are coming from.  My name is Cody and I am a co-creator of this site.  Before 2012, the only trip I had taken to BGW was Howl-O-Scream of 2001.  In April of 2012 my wife suggested we get season passes because we were expected at a birthday party at the park.  At this point I was 5’6″, 320 lbs.  My oldest son was tall enough for everything in the park and was excited to hang with dad.  We went to get on Apollo’s Chariot, only for me to be turned away because I couldn’t fit.  I was ashamed of myself for allowing myself to get that big, but more so, I was ashamed for my son, who was 9 at the time.  I found that day that the only coasters I could fit on were Verbolten and Loch Ness Monster.  That flipped the switch for me.  I promised my sons that I would lose the weight so we would never have to go through that again.  I made drastic changes in my day to day activity, but no real big changes in my diet.  That Howl-O-Scream, I rode Griffon for the first time!  The following opening day of 2013 I fit on Apollo and Alpengeist!  I am no where near my goal weight yet, and some of the rides I still have to ride in the “big” seats, but it is a motivation and it is also how I came to love the park!  Use this section as a support group if you would like.  Message me if you are not prepared to do so publicly.  So now, on to what can be done for the plus-sized guest like myself.  Some of the rides have larger seats or bigger restraints.  Some have test seats, but keep in mind, not all of the test seats are the retro fitted seats.

Flat Rides: I have never had a problem on flat rides at the park.  There are no bigger seats on the flats, but they are usually very forgiving.

Apollo’s Chariot: It is a lap bar restraint that has bigger seats on the outside of each row.  The test seat in front matches the bigger seats.

Alpengeist: This ride has over the shoulder (OTSR) restraints with 2 big seats, one on row 4 and one on row 5 for guests that have a chest larger than 52″.  The test seat is a bigger seat.

Griffon: Griffon has OTSRs and has larger seats in all three rows, one in the front and back and 2 in the middle.  The larger seats have 2 buckles.  There is a bigger test seat.

Loch Ness Monster: There should be no problem for most guests on Nessie, she is very forgiving.

Verbolten:  There is a test seat out front, but Bolt has no larger seats.  Give the seat a try, you might be surprised.

Mach Tower: The test seat is the regular size, but there are bigger seats in the blue section.

Escape from Pompeii, Roman Rapids and Le Scoot:  No problems that I have seen for larger people.  As a matter of fact, we had 3 guys that weighed 1020lbs together ride in one log on Le Scoot.