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No Thanks! Rides We Always Skip at Disney

We would like to say that we love every ride at Walt Disney World, but that isn’t the truth. We avoid some rides in all four parks for one reason or another. Although we hoped you could decide whether you would enjoy these rides, we also wanted to share why we skipped them. By sharing our thoughts, we hope to help you avoid feeling uncomfortable on a ride that wasn’t made for you.

Mission: SPACE
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Mission Space: EPCOT

Mission Space in EPCOT is a ride that was a one-and-done for us. This ride simulates a trip to space, and everything included in that process. Not only did we not enjoy the tiny ride vehicle, but we also had extreme issues with motion sickness.

Even with two versions (orange: more intense and green: milder), we still struggled with motion sickness on Mission Space. Because of these issues, Mission Space is a ride we always skip to avoid feeling ill the rest of our day.

Related: Motion Sick? Skip These Rides

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind
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Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind: EPCOT

A new ride we have added to our skip list is beloved by many Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. We want to be able to enjoy this high-speed, thrilling coaster, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards for us.

The combination of screens and a rotating ride vehicle causes us many problems. It was still a struggle, even with motion sickness medicine and a relief band. It saddens us, but Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind might need to be on our skip list moving forward.

Magic Carpets of Aladdin: Magic Kingdom and Triceritop Spin: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Even though this ride spins, motion sickness doesn’t keep us from riding. We skipped this ride because it is a repeat; we don’t feel the need to ride both Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

The same goes for Triceritop Spin in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Since there are so many other fantastic rides throughout this park, we typically don’t choose to ride Triceratops Spin. Both of these rides aren’t a priority when we are in the parks.

Navi River Journey

Na’vi River Journey: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Another ride we skip in Disney’s Animal Kingdom that we skip each trip is the Na’vi River Journey. Unlike Mission Space and Astro Orbiter, which we skip due to motion sickness, Na’vi River Journey is one we skip because we don’t care to wait for the ride.

Not only have the Wait Times been longer than what we would prefer, but overall, it isn’t our favorite. It is beautiful, but the story is lacking and leaves us confused. We think the animatronic at the end is unbelievable, but we aren’t sure that a long wait is worth it. We prefer more of a thrill ride, and this Disney attraction is not thrilling, meaning it goes on our skip list.

Star Tours: The Adventure Continues: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

We love the fun storyline of this ride, but the fear of getting sick has us skipping it most days. This classic screen ride takes guests into the Star Wars story.

Combining 3D glasses, screens, and extremely jerky movements can cause headaches and motion sickness. We prefer to hang out in the area instead of taking a ride.

Kali River Rapids
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Kali River Rapids: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Because we don’t enjoy being wet, we skip the Kali River Journey each trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, no matter how hot each day.

We tend to skip out on this attraction because we prefer to avoid dripping wet as we walk around Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It can significantly relieve those hot and humid summer days, but we don’t care to get dumped on with water. This is one ride we are okay skipping each time we are in the park.

Alien Swirling Saucers: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Alien Swirling Saucers is one ride we skip when hanging out in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There is nothing overly exciting about this ride that has guests spinning around along with the aliens from Toy Story.

Little ones might find the ride entertaining, but we don’t care for the sudden movements and spins as adults. Most of the time, we prefer to watch this ride over actually riding it. It is beautiful to see all bright under the lights at night.

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Journey into Imagination with Figment: EPCOT

This might make many readers mad, but we skip the beloved Journey into Imagination with Figment. Even though this ride never has a long wait, EPCOT has many other outstanding experiences.

We have nothing against this ride, although we find it strange; there are so many other rides that we prefer to experience instead. When you can be riding Soarin’ Around the World, Test Track, Frozen Ever After, or Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure instead, Journey into the Imagination with Figment gets skipped over.

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel: Magic Kingdom

Finally, we skip over the Prince Charming Regal Carousel in Magic Kingdom. Again, we have nothing against this ride; however, Magic Kingdom has many other outstanding rides. We think that the carousel is gorgeous at night, but it isn’t one that we typically ride each trip.

In Fantasyland, we are heading to Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and other unique rides.

Those are some of the rides we skip during our visits to Walt Disney World. Some are because they make us ill, while others aren’t our favorites. We hope by sharing our list with you, you can make your skip list for your trip to Walt Disney World.




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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