Prone to motion sickness? Nothing can put a damper on a Disney World trip, like feeling nauseous or sick after getting off a ride.
While many rides are safe and accommodating for everyone, regardless of age. Some are known to make people sick after riding. Every ride can affect people differently. So it is essential to always read the warnings before you get in the queue.
These warnings are typically located at the entrance to the attraction. They will warn riders of what to expect on the ride, such as spinning, drops, darkness, and other vital factors. You can also look up ride-through videos on Youtube to know what to expect for every ride.
Here are the top 5 rides to avoid on your next Disney vacation.
Ride Type: Thrill, spinning, dark
Mission: SPACE is located in World Discovery at Epcot and is well-known among locals for making guests feel nauseous and dizzy. Riders are assigned roles (navigator, pilot, commander, or engineer) before climbing into a ride vehicle designed to resemble a deep space shuttle. The green version of the ride simulates a trip around Earth’s orbit, while the orange mission is a more thrilling mission to Mars.
The orange mission includes spinning and tilting to simulate rocketing through space. Many guests have reported getting incredibly sick due to the enclosed area and the amount of spinning they experienced.
The green mission is gentler and designed to be more family-friendly. This version does not spin, but guests may still suffer from motion sickness due to the simulation screens.
Suppose you are uncomfortable with enclosed spaces, spinning, or space. In that case, spending your day in Epcot on more relaxing rides, such as the Gran Fiesta Tour, is highly recommended. This is one of the few rides on Disney property that provides motion sickness bags for guests who need to vomit during or after the ride.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
Ride Type: Thrill, dark
The next attraction to avoid if you’re prone to motion sickness is another Epcot thrill ride: Cosmic Rewind. This indoor roller coaster takes you on an adventure with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. One of the best features of this ride is that it is set to music, and you only know which song you’ll get once the coaster takes off.
This indoor roller coaster includes a backward launch, screens, high speeds, and a vehicle car that can do 360 spins. Since the ride turns back and forth throughout your adventure to show different scenes on the large screens, many guests have reported feeling ill by the time the ride is over.
As guests leave the attraction, cast members will offer bags to those who appear sick. As fun as this adventure set to an exciting soundtrack might be, people who are worried about spending their day feeling sick may want to avoid riding.
Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
Ride Type: Small drops
Star Tours is a ride located in Hollywood Studios. During this attraction, you board a Starspeeder 1000 for a tour of the galaxy. C-3PO accidentally becomes your pilot and guides you through an exciting flight as you try to escape Imperial or First Order members attempting to find the rebel spy aboard your ship.
There are numerous adventure sequences for this ride, and you will know which planet you’ll end up flying through once the ride begins.
While this exciting Star Wars attraction does not involve high speeds or spinning, it has made many guests sick due to the use of 3D glasses. The ride is a motion simulator that rocks forward, backward, and side-to-side, contributing to motion sickness for guests.
Fortunately, Hollywood Studios opened Galaxy’s Edge in 2019. Now, Star Wars fans can still get their fix of adventure without worrying about feeling sick the rest of the day.
Avatar Flight of Passage
This breathtaking flight through the fictional planet of Pandora is famous for having one of the most extended wait times in Disney World. Located in Pandora at Animal Kingdom, this ride is unique in its design. Guests ride on the back of a mountain banshee, a fictional creature from James Cameron’s 2009 Avatar.
Rather than sitting down and being strapped in, guests mount the ride vehicle, which looks similar to a motorcycle or exercise bicycle. When you straddle the bike, you lean forward as a restraint is pressed against your legs and back to keep you secure. This is to create the sensation of riding a banshee.
Like any motion simulator ride, motion sickness is highly likely. This ride includes 3D glasses and can be unsettling for those afraid of heights. The flying sensation and 3D screens are likely to make people feel sick.
Suppose you’re nervous about riding but still want to experience the beauty of Pandora. In that case, Na’vi River Journey is a more relaxing and peaceful ride.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Type: Thrill, tiny drops, dark, loud
If you’re noticing a pattern with our top 5 rides to avoid, you’re right. Many rides that simulate being in space will likely make guests feel sick. The last attraction on our list is Smugglers Run in Galaxy’s Edge.
On this ride, guests board the iconic Millennium Falcon, the fastest ship in the galaxy. You’ll be assigned to be a pilot, gunner, or engineer. The pilots control the motion of your ship, so the more reckless and chaotic their steering is, the more likely you are to feel sick.
Even if you have some of the smoothest pilots in the galaxy, the screens and rocking motion of the ride may make you feel nauseous.
Research Rides Before You Go
The magic of Disney is that there is something for everyone. For those who suffer from motion sickness, Disney World still has dozens of slow rides that are just as much fun as the fast and thrilling ones.
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