Universal’s Forbidden Journey or Disney’s Cosmic Rewind: Which Gives Guests More Motion Sickness?

harry potter and the forbidden journey (left), cosmicrewind (right)

Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World Resort could be considered next-door neighbors in the grand scheme of things. They’re not far from each other, so it is no surprise that many visitors have visited both Resorts.

Those who have visited Universal’s Islands of Adventures and Walt Disney World’s EPCOT recently had an interesting online discussion regarding two of the most infamous, albeit beloved attractions.

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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind are easily two of the most popular attractions in Central Florida, despite being very different.

For example, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is a thrilling dark ride, full of special effects and a level of immersion that rivals the prowess of Walt Disney Imagineering.

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The ride vehicle consists of a bench that moves in directions while multiple screens simulate movement, and the scenes change between physical sets full of frightening creatures and screens full of dips, drops, and speed.

As for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, the thrills occur on the rails. This roller coaster also utilizes multiple screens, and the ride vehicle is capable of swiveling Guests, giving them a full 360-degree view.

How does Cosmic Rewind compare to Forbidden Journey at Universal? (Motion sickness-wise)
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As expected, both rides are infamous for making Guests feel sick to their stomachs. So fans of both theme parks asked each other: which one is worse? Here are the results.

Reddit user u/wackyHair wrote, “Forbidden Journey is the only ride that completely ruined my day. Cosmic Rewind I’ve done four times over two days. Much better. I think it’s the lying flat that bothers me most with Forbidden Journey.”

Reddit user u/iam_grooooot wrote,

“Forbidden Journey is SOOOOOO much worse. I hated every second of it and will never ride again.Love Cosmic Rewind even though it makes me a little woozy, but it’s so smooth. I’ve ridden it probably 10 times now and just make sure to keep my head as forward as possible.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind

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Another Reddit user wrote,

“The issue with forbidden journey, to me, is the turning circular screens. The technology is amazing, and the ride is a marvel, but I have to close my eyes on the screen sections or I’ll get motion sickness. Like, day is ruined motion sickness. I got a little motion sick the first time I road GotG CR, but I sat for 15 minutes, drank water, and I was fine.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind

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However, one responder wrote,

“I could do Forbidden Journey twice in a row no problem. Guardians I was throwing up in a bag immediately after getting off and messed up for the next six hours. Guardians was so much worse for me than anything else because of the screens and the spin, Forbidden Journey wasn’t as rough in the motion, kept you focused where you needed to be, and had enough real sets without screens.”

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The results were nearly unanimous: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey makes Guests feel sick more often than Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

Of course, everybody is different, and everyone’s motion sickness is triggered and affected differently. So, use discretion if you’re thinking of riding either of these attractions but are worried about feeling icky afterwards!

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.