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5 Rides You Should Always Avoid at Walt Disney World

We would be lying if we said we loved every single ride at Walt Disney World. There are some rides that we avoid each time we visit Disney Parks. There are five big areas that cause us to skip out on rides, and you should skip them too if it applies to you.

Mission Space
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5. Rides That Make Us Sick

If you struggle with motion sickness, have a weak stomach, or quickly get migraines, there are a few rides throughout the four Disney Parks that you will want to avoid. Although these rides a great, they aren’t worth feeling awful the rest of the day.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind- EPCOT

For those that haven’t experienced the newest coaster at Walt Disney World, you might want to think twice before purchasing that Individual Lightning Lane. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a fantastic indoor coaster with a reverse launch and new ride vehicles that rotate Guests 360 degrees throughout the ride.

This is exciting and thrilling but can cause many motion sickness issues. This new coaster might not be for those who have trouble with screens or spinning. Watch a ride through to see if you will have problems with it before riding. Consider taking medicine or wearing a relief band to help if it is something that you want to ride.

Star Tours: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The original Star Wars ride at Walt Disney World, Star Tours, is a classic screen ride that takes Guests through different scenes from the Star Wars movies. The combination of 3D glass, screens, and jerky movement can lead to headaches and motion sickness.

We love the fun storyline, but the fear of getting sick and ruining the rest of our day in the Park isn’t worth the ride for us. Instead, we enjoy having a snack or people-watching while others enjoy.

Mission Space: EPCOT

The biggest offender for causing motion sickness is Mission Space in EPCOT. This ride simulates a trip to space and all that is included in that experience. From spinning to screens, Mission Space has it all. This ride even has warnings throughout the wait to warn people of the possibility of becoming ill.

Those three top rides can cause motion sickness that you might not have known about. We will avoid these rides while at Walt Disney World if you struggle with motion sickness.

Dumbo Ride

4. Ride Repeats

Don’t waste time in the Disney Parks experiences rides that are repeated. The primary example of this is the classic spinner attractions you can find at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom.

Considering what rides to experience, believe that the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Astro Orbiter, and Triceritop Spin are all the same ride with a different theme. Because these rides are all the same, we don’t feel you need to ride all of them during your trip.

Dumbo, the Flying Elephant, is perfect for little ones as they can run off some energy in the interactive queue area before riding. For those who like some thrill, Astro Orbiter is the best option. It is high above Tomorrowland and has a little more speed to it. As for the Magic Carpets of Aladdin and Triceratops Spin, we would only focus on other ride options if you have little ones that love Aladdin or Dinosaurs.

tinkerbell and spaceship earth

3. Rides You Know You Won’t Like

If you have been to Walt Disney World before and know that you aren’t a fan of certain rides, then allow yourself to avoid them. Don’t force yourself to experience rides that cause you to be uncomfortable or even sick.

Space Mountain is a wonderful indoor coaster, but if the jerky movements cause you to get a headache every time your ride, sit it out the during your visit. Does Twilight Zone Tower of Terror leave you feeling a little off afterward? Skip it, enjoy the great gift shop, or get a coffee or snack while others wait.

Be okay with avoiding those rides that you already know you don’t care for. Being off the rest of the day isn’t worth the few minutes on the ride.

Imagination Station

2. High Wait Times

Sometimes your favorite rides have high wait times, and you must decide if waiting in line is worth it. What we want to make sure you avoid is getting in line for rides whose wait times are long but shouldn’t be.

In each of the four Disney Parks, some rides see wait times hover around 15-30 minutes most days. Stay in line for these lines when wait times are longer than this. The wait times will go back down as the day progresses, and you don’t want to waste time waiting in line when you don’t need to be.

So what are these rides? In EPCOT, The Seas with Nemo and Friends and Journey into Imagination with Figment. For Disney’s Hollywood Studios, keep walking past Alien Swirling Saucers if the wait times in more than 20 minutes.

Magic Kingdom, avoid waiting in long lines for Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover or Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. These rides should have a minimal wait, and if they don’t, come back later.

Avoid waiting in line for rides that you shouldn’t need to. Use the My Disney Experience app to see what project wait times are to help determine when you should and shouldn’t get in line.

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1. Basic Rides

Finally, avoid taking time to experience rides. You can use places other than Walt Disney World. Disney does a fantastic job creating unique rides throughout the four Disney Parks. Focus on those rides and avoid rides that you can experience back home.


We know that Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is beautiful, but it isn’t any different from the carrousels you ride back home at the zoo. Same with the Mad Party Tea Cups. These are very similar to the tea cups you probably see at your local amusement parks. Skip these to experience some of the more unique and Disney-focused rides instead.

You should always avoid those five rides at Walt Disney World. Be okay with sitting out a few rides if it means feeling better the rest of the day.






Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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