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Jennifer Stauch: I have enjoyed your "WDW at Large" pages. I was really sad to read that a lot of folks suffered through the La Nouba show because they really did not have to. We have been twice and each time when we booked we asked for the last row in the theater. There is an elevator to this level and there are regular chairs. Once they were with arms and I asked for one without arms and was given one without incident. I feel like these might be the best seats in the whole place as they allow you to see the whole theater. I hope this helps someone as your other posts have helped me.
A word to the wise for WDW At Large readers: the seats at Cirque are TIGHT! My husband, mother, father and I are all of the "larger persuasion" and were pretty uncomfortable throughout the show. We decided that the person with the largest hips (me) should sit first, then the second largest and so on. We did the patented, sit-kind-of-sideways-and-slide-back trick and it worked out pretty well for us. My poor six foot four husband had no where to put his knees, though, but into the back of the seat in front of him. He was in a lot of pain by the end of the show. But please, don't get me wrong, seeing La Nouba is SO WORTH IT, even despite the bruises on my thighs and my husbands sore knees. The bruises will disappear, but the memories from this amazing show will last a lifetime! Go see it!! A Zimmerdorf
I also had something to add about the Cirque show. When I attended I was going with my 7'1" 375lb fiance. I went to the box office the morning of the show to see if they could move our seats. I found out there are a few sections of accessible seats behind the first tier of stadium seats that are regular chairs and aren't bolted to the floor so you can move them back a little bit for more leg room and to the side a little for more shoulder room. (But you have to make sure to keep the aisle behind you clear for the perfomers). If these seats are available and you explain you will be attending with someone who needs them they will happily change you to these seats. One time I went and none of the chairs were available so they moved us to 2 aisle seats which, while not as comfortable as the chairs, allowed us to lean over into the aisle. This is an absolutely amazing show and hopefully the seating won't prevent anyone from experiencing it.
My husband is 6' and 360 lbs. and I am 5'10" and 270 lbs. We went to see La Nouba (Cirque du Soleil) and had a very hard time fitting into the seats there. Every time someone wanted to get past us we had to stand up, so each time we sat down again the arm rests dug into our thighs - I have a huge bruise on each thigh! We saw another couple there that was MUCH larger than us, and they could not even fit into the seats - they sat on the top step at the back of the theatre. This needs to be added to your web site because La Nouba is a fabulous show but the seating is not "fat friendly".
My husband (5'11", 360) and I (5''7", 260) went to La Nouba in February. When I purchased the tickets over the phone, I requested special seating because we are not dainty. After very little confusion on the phone, a ticket agent sold us two fabulous aisle seats on the top row of the bottom section. These two seats stood alone next to the wheelchair rail, left of center stage, and the arm rest between the seats lifted up. A little planning ahead really paid off and we were very comfortable through-out the show. (We have used this approach at several live venues and it has rarely failed.) Also, if you arrive at a show and your seats won't "seat" you, wait until close to curtain time and if there is room, you can usually get folding chairs set up at the lowest handicap rail. Never be afraid to ask and be prepared with your own solution. Instead of just accepting sitting on the steps, suggest a chair brought to the rail.