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Sh! Don’t Tell, But We Always Skip These Walt Disney World Rides

Even though we would love to say that we try to ride all the rides in the Walt Disney World Resort each and every visit- that isn’t possible and it isn’t the truth.  There are some experiences in Walt Disney World that we just don’t enjoy and we skip each and every Disney vacation.

This doesn’t mean that these rides are bad, it is just that we enjoy other experiences more and with limited time we choose to skip them in favor of our top rides (see our Top Ten Magic Kingdom Rides).

Take a look at the rides we tend to skip each Walt Disney World vacation and see if you skip them as well.

Mission Space
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Mission: Space (EPCOT)

The first ride we always skip in Mission:Space.  The sole reason for skipping this ride is because of motion sickness.  It doesn’t matter if we ride the green (less intense) version or the orange (intense) version, we feel sick afterwards.

The ride simulates a launch into outer space and even though the green version doesn’t spin as much, we still find ourselves not feeling the best afterwards.

The details and technology is great and if you want to feel like a true astronaut, try it out, but as for us, we will be skipping Mission: Space.

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

Although kids might find this ride a blast, as a grown-up we find ourselves skipping Kali River Rapids.  As we don’t like walking around the Disney Park with wet clothes, socks and shoes all day, we like to pass this ride up during our vacations.

It is more than likely you will get wet if not soaked on Kali River Rapids and if you are visiting on an extremely hot day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, that might sound like a great relief.  We personally prefer to skip this one in favor of keeping our shoes and clothes dry as we walk around the Theme Park.  If you do prefer to try it out, check out what to pack HERE.

AStro Orbiter
Astro Orbiter

Astro Orbiter- Magic Kingdom

This two-passenger spacecraft takes Guests high into the sky above Tomorrowland as they spin around.

There are a few reasons we skip Astro Orbiter during our Magic Kingdom visits.  First is because it often has long wait times.  Because Guests have to use an elevator to go up to the loading dock and back down again, this process is rather long.  If we want to ride a spinner ride, we would prefer the classic Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

The second reason we skip this one is because for a spinner, it does go around faster than the classic Dumbo or Magic Carpets in Adventureland.  Because of this increase in spinning, we do find ourselves a little dizzy and not feeling 100% after we ride.

Another reason that we skip Astro Orbiter is because of heights.  Although we love Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Astro Orbiter is high up – like way high up- and that causes us to be a little uncomfortable.  If you too have a fear of heights, consider that before boarding the elevator to go up.

We do love the sights from high above that Astro Orbiter provides and if you can catch a spin during the fireworks, it is truly amazing, but we still tend to skip this one when in Magic Kingdom.

It's Tough to Be a Bug

It’s Tough to Be A Bug- Disney’s Animal Kingdom

It’s Tough to Be a Bug is a unique experience in Disney’s Animal Kingdom; however, it is also an intense experience that might surprise Guests.

Guests become insects during this experience inside a theater inside the Tree of Life.  During the 3D show Flik helps us understand how insects make it in the wild.  During this, there are some effects that can really freak Guests out and are why we often skip it.

First of all, bugs run under your seat!  There is a stink bug that releases an awful smell and there are some intense insects like spiders and grasshoppers that are just too much for us.

We do love the movie, but this 3D experience is just too much for us and we skip it in favor of less creepy experiences.

_goofy barnstormer
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Barnstormer- Magic Kingdom

This mini roller coaster is a perfect first coaster for kids, but as an adult it is one we skip while visiting Magic Kingdom.

This coaster is extremely short (perfect for little ones that might be scared) and the seats are extremely uncomfortable for adults.  Because of these things we tend to skip it in favor of bigger coasters like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

If you have little ones, your opinion might be different when it comes to this ride and we get that, but as adults we tend to skip it when in Magic Kingdom.

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Journey Into Imagination with Figment-EPCOT

We know that this might get us kicked out of the Disney club, but when visiting EPCOT we often skip past Journey Into Imagination with Figment.

Although we think Figment is adorable, we find the ride lacking and needing some love.  The different scenes often leave us confused and wondering exactly what is happening.

EPCOT has so many amazing experiences such as Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Soarin, Test Track and the festivals that we often skip over this ride in favor of these other experiences.

Those are the Walt Disney World rides that we often skip over when visiting the Disney Parks.  Do you skip them as well or are they on your must-do list?

Check-out more of our ride suggestions with 5 to Skip, 5 Not to Miss- Breaking Down Walt Disney World Rides and Top Rides in Magic Kingdom.

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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