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Have Motion Sickness? Skip These Rides in Disney

There is nothing worse than feeling icky during your Walt Disney World vacation.  If you are prone to motion sickness, we have some rides that you are going to wait to skip during your Walt Disney World vacation.

These rides are prone to causing issues for Guests, some even come with warnings, and if you are sensitive to motion sickness you will want to skip them so you don’t feel bad all day.

If you do happen to ride and find yourself not feeling the best, know that there are first aid stations in all four Disney Parks that have medicine if you don’t have any and offer a quiet place to rest.

Mission Space
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Mission: Space- EPCOT

The first ride we are going to suggest you skip if you have motion sickness issues is Mission: Space in EPCOT.  This ride is designed to simulate being an astronaut with all the spins and zero gravity that goes with it.

Even though there are two sides to choose from:  green (less intense) and orange (more intense) we find that those that struggle with motion sickness can have issues with both sides.  The tight seating area combined with the spinning and lack of air movement is a combination that doesn’t sit well for many.

Mission: Space is at the top of our skip list when it comes to motion sickness.

Mad Tea Party- Magic Kingdom

This ride is the famous tea cups that so many hear about and we see on the Walt Disney World Resort commercials.  This outdoor attraction gives Guests their own teacups that they can spin all on their own as their teacup spins around the other tea cups.

Did you catch how many times we used the word spin?  This is why we would recommend skipping out on the teacups if you have problems with motion sickness.  Even though you can control your individual teacup and how fast you spin, we find the spinning around the other teacups to be enough to cause us issues.

For us all spinning isn’t worth it so we skip this ride in Magic Kingdom.

DPS_StarToursStar Tours:  The Adventure Continues- Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The original Star Wars ride in Walt Disney World at a Theme Park, Star Tours:  The Adventure Continues is a 3D motion simulator that takes Guests on an adventure with their favorite Star Wars droids through the galaxy.

The jerky nature of the ride as you bump and crash into things as well as blast off into lightspeed causes all sorts of issues for those that have motion sickness.  With the addition of the 3D effects this ride is one that we definitely skip out on.

Avatar Flight of Passage
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Avatar Flight of Passage- Disney’s Animal Kingdom

This ride has mixed reviews when it comes to causing motion sickness.   This is another 3d motion simulator ride where Guests are seated on a motorcycle style seat as they fly through Pandora.

Because this is such a large screen and there is air movement, some Guests don’t have issues with motion sickness.  Others suggest avoiding the beginning as you connect to your banshee and transport to Pandora as that part is harder than the rest of the ride.

Simulated quick turns and drops as you fly along with your banshees through the beautiful land of Pandora can cause some stomach unease.

This is one that you might need to do more digging to determine if it is right for you or if you need to sit this one out.

AStro Orbiter
Astro Orbiter

Astro Orbiter- Magic Kingdom

High above Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom is Astro Orbiter.  This classic spinner ride puts Guests into a rocket where they can control the height of their rocket as it spins around the center point just like Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

So why might Astro Orbiter cause issues?  It does spin slightly faster than Dumbo the Flying Elephant or Magic Carpets of Aladdin, but it is also up super high.  For some Guests the height along with the spinning might cause some issues that the other two spinner rides don’t.

If you are unsure about heights or don’t like to spin, consider skipping Astro Orbiter.

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure- EPCOT

We are sad to say that this new adventure in the France Pavilion is causing some motion sickness issues for some Guests.

The shift between oversized sets and screens throughout the 3D ride can cause some motion sickness issues for Guests.

The trackless ride vehicles also spin, twist and turn in all directions which can leave you feeling a little off by the end of the ride.

It hasn’t been a big issue for everyone that rides, but those that have more intense issues with motion sickness might think twice about joining on this adventure.


Twilight Zone Tower of Terror- Disney’s Hollywood Studios

For those that don’t like sudden drops up and down as it makes their stomachs queasy,  thien Tower of Terror is one that should be sat out.

Tower of Terror simulates a broken elevator and Guests are “dropped” multiple times down the elevator shaft.

If you don’t prefer that stomach dropping feeling, then consider walking through the amazing queue and then skipping out on the ride itself.

Space Mountain at Night
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Space Mountain- Magic Kingdom

Finally we have Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom.  This high speed roller coaster through the dark can cause all sorts of motion sickness even though we love it.

Guests are rocketed through space and because of the dark atmosphere of the ride, it is hard to determine which way you are going, leaving you feeling jerked around throughout the ride.

If loud noises, quick and sudden drops and turns along with the dark leave you feeling uncomfortable then you might want to skip out on this roller coaster.

Those are some of the main rides in Walt Disney World that can cause some major motion sickness issues for Guests.  There are some other rides that sometimes cause issues:

Rock n’ Roller Coaster

Expedition Everest

Rise of the Resistance

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Are all rides that depending on how well you do with certain situations (going backwards in the dark- looking at you Expedition Everest) you might want to sit them out as well.

We hope that this list helps you think about whether you will be able to ride these rides without issues while you are in Walt Disney World and at a Disney Park.

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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