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Rides and motion sickness at Disney World

by JonG
(Wet Yorkshire, UK)

Hi Dad,

I have a quick question about rides and motion sickness at Disney World.

We go to Walt Disney World in a couple of weeks. When we went to Disneyland Paris a couple of years ago, I found that my balance is no longer what it once was. I was fine on Big Thunder Mountain, but felt pretty ill on, and for a while after riding Space Mountain. I tend to be worse on rides involving spinning. Most of what I can find online lists pretty much the same cautions about both those rides for those with motion sickness (though I know that I will NOT be riding Mission to Mars, even the wuss version!)

You hint in one or two of your posts that you don’t enjoy some rides, any tips on what I might be best avoiding, or any which may not be as bad as they look, either at WDW or any of the other local parks? Don’t worry, I won’t hold you to it as I know we are all different, but it sounds like you at least have an idea of what I might suffer!

Great site, many thanks for all the advice, I wish I had found it a few months ago!

Dad’s you can’t make me Answer

JonG, in your question, you accuse me of being subject to motion sickness – You hint in one or two of your posts that you don’t enjoy some rides.

Guilty as charged.

Yes, it’s true sports fans, Dad is sometimes less than superhuman. I know, it’s a bit disappointing, but it is true. I do suffer from a mild (or sometimes extreme) case of motion sickness.

OK, enough about Dad’s little problems. So let me give you a list of the rides that give Dad motion sickness at Disney World in the order I have a problem with them.

Here are the rides I have problems with –

  • The Mad Tea Party – I hate this ride. I can’t really tell you if it gives me motion sickness, because I won’t ride it. (I can’t even watch the family ride this one.)
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel – yes, I can’t even ride a merry-go-round. It’s sad.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – is a great ride. It’s a little rough, but doesn’t bother me.
  • Space Mountain – the only problem I have with Space Mountain is I feel like my head is going to get hit by every brace that comes by.
  • Astro Orbiter – this one bothers me, but Dumbo doesn’t. It may be that I because of a small case of batophobia.
  • Mission Space – I really enjoyed this ride, for about 30 seconds, at the two minute mark, I wanted to scream. The reality is great, but after it was over I spent 30 minutes in a cool place (luckily the coolest bathroom in Disney World is just outside Mission Space.) The Green Line was OK. No nausea at all.
  • Body Wars – bothered me a bit at times.
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. is my favorite roller coaster in the world. I love this ride.
  • Star Tours didn’t bother me much. I’m a bit worried about the new version.
  • Expedition Everest – even going backwards with this one didn’t bother me.
  • Like you said JonG, everyone is different. I don’t really have any problem with roller coasters. (Although I did get sick on the Hulk at Universal a couple of years ago.)

    I hope this helps with rides and motion sickness at Disney World.

    Comments for Rides and motion sickness at Disney World

    Apr 19, 2011


    by: Anonymous

    We take Bonine with us. My daughter and hubby get a little (or a lot) motion sick with some spinny rides. Its non drowsy, can be bought anywhere. It was recommended to us by a fisherman when my hubby went deep sea fishing 7 years ago and it’s all we buy now. It’s not a cure all, but, it does help abate things on some of the questionable rides.

    Oct 06, 2010

    Many thanks

    by: JonG

    Thanks for the advice, quite reassuring about some of the rides. I now know where to be most careful!

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