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 hope you can 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.
Rides That Cause Motion Sickness
Motion sickness can be a big issue for many guests traveling to Walt Disney World. Although Walt Disney World has fewer screen rides than its neighbor Universal Studios, some experiences can cause sickness. No one wants to spend their day in a Disney park feeling miserable. If you struggle with motion sickness, there are a handful of rides in Disney parks that you might want to skip out on during your vacation.
Rides We Skip Because of Motion Sickness: EPCOT
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
With the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, EPCOT now has a few rides that can cause motion sickness. Many guests want to be able to enjoy this new high-speed, thrilling coaster, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards for those with motion sickness.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind combines screens, rotating ride vehicles, and high-speed twists and turns. Putting all of these elements into one ride might be exciting for some guests, but it also causes extreme motion sickness for others.
Mission: Space is the other EPCOT ride that causes many guests motion sickness. This ride has been around since 2003, causing guests to feel ill. Disney added warning cards and announcements and now had two different versions.
Guests can choose between the orange and green sides. The green side is less intense but can still cause motion sickness. As the ride’s goal is to simulate going to space, it is unsurprising that most passangers feel slightly ill after their experience. Choose your side carefully.
Remy’s Ratotoulie Adventure
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 motion sickness issues for Guests. The trackless ride vehicles also spin, twist, and turn in all directions, leaving you feeling a little off by the end of the ride.
It hasn’t been a big issue for everyone who rides, but those with more intense problems with motion sickness might think twice about joining this adventure.
Rides That Cause Motion Sickness: Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
The original Star Wars ride at Walt Disney World, Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, is one many can’t handle because of motion sickness. It is fun to see R2D2 and C-3P0, but using 3D glasses, rough movement throughout the ride, and a screen cause motion sickness each time we ride.
The ride keeps changing as new scenes from the Star Wars movies and shows come out, such as Disney+’s Ahsoka (2023). Even though we would love to see these new scenes, we can’t handle the overall ride experience.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
As you climb on board the stretch limo that is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, ensure you are prepared. This indoor, high-speed coaster is an intense experience that can leave some guests feeling ill.
Guests fly through the darkened freeways of Los Angeles as Aerosmith songs blast. While speeding to the concert, guests quickly maneuver past traffic jams. With three inversions, the intensity of the ride’s speed can cause many to feel off once they arrive at their destination.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
A ride that might cause some motion sickness depending on your crew is Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This thrilling, interactive attraction puts guests in the driver’s seat of the Millennium Falcon.
Guests work together as pilots, engineers, and gunners to complete their missions. Depending on how well or how poorly your crew can drive, this can be a rough experience. The whole ride is based on a massive screen at the front of the cockpit.
The visuals can become nauseating for some as you fly through the galaxy and even head into hyperspace. Consider being a gunner or engineer to keep yourself out of the action if you are concerned about motion sickness.
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
For those that don’t like sudden drops up and down as it makes their stomachs queasy, the Tower of Terror 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, consider walking through the fantastic queue and skipping the ride. Even though it won’t impact everyone, those with big-drop issues will want to reconsider their stay at the Hollywood Hotel.
Rides That Cause Motion Sickness: Magic Kingdom
This high-speed roller coaster through the dark can cause all sorts of motion sickness for guests. As guests are rocketed through space, the dark atmosphere of the ride makes it hard to see where the track is going. This leaves many feeling like they are being jerked around.
As you “fly” past the stars in the ride, these can cause a queasy feeling for many, making this beloved roller coaster one that is often skipped.
Mad Tea Party
This ride is the famous teacup ride many hear about and see in the Walt Disney World Resort commercials. This outdoor attraction gives Guests teacups that they can spin 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 recommend skipping the teacups if you have problems with motion sickness. Even though you can control your teacup and how fast you spin, turning around the other teacups is enough to cause us issues.
Spinning isn’t worth it for us all, so we skip this ride in Magic Kingdom.
This classic spinner ride puts guests above Tomorrowland with amazing views of the Magic Kingdom. As they fly around in the rocket, guests can control the height of their rock as it spins around the center point.
Astro Orbiter might look similar to Dumbo the Flying Elephant, but the intensity of the spin is a lot more extreme. The combination of being up high and spinning quickly makes this one that those with motion sickness should skip.
Rides That Cause Motion Sickness: Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Avatar Flight of Passage
Avatar Flight of Passage is another 3D motion simulator ride. Guests are seated on a motorcycle-style seat as they fly through the land of Pandora. This ride gets mixed reviews when it comes to motion sickness.
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 more challenging than the rest of the ride.
Simulated quick turns and drops as you fly with your banshees through the beautiful land of Pandora can cause stomach unease. You might need to do more digging to determine if it is right for you or if you need to sit this one out.
Expedition Everest- Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
One of the most thrilling coasters in Walt Disney World is Expedition Everest. This outstanding roller coaster takes guests into the mountains and rushes them back to safety.
With a considerable portion of the ride that is both backward and in the dark, this coaster experience isn’t for everyone. Expedition Everest is a definite no if you struggle on coasters such as Slinky Dog Dash or Big Thunder Mountain.
When we visit Walt Disney World, the fear of experiencing motion sickness is the main reason we skip rides. We don’t want to ruin our vacation experience by spending the day feeling ill in the parks.
After motion sickness, there are a few other reasons why we skip rides when visiting Walt Disney World.
Rides We Skip Because They Are Repeats
Some other rides that we tend to skip when at Walt Disney World are those that are repeated. This might mean they are found in different versions throughout Disney parks or are ones we experience at home.
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel: Magic Kingdom
We have nothing against this beautiful, iconic attraction in Magic Kingdom but often skip it. In Magic Kingdom, we feel like there are so many other outstanding and unique rides we want to focus on during our visit. We would instead take time to experience Peter Pan’s Flight, it’s a small world or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
Even though we can’t experience this exact carousel at our local zoos and theme parks, there are very similar ones. That also adds to our decision to skip it when visiting.
Magic Carpets of Aladdin and Triceritop Spin
We skipped these two rides because they are repeats of the classic Dumbo the Flying Elephant. We don’t feel the need to ride both Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the 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.
Alien Swirling Saucers
We realize there isn’t a ride precisely like Alien Swirling Saucers, but we have discovered similar rides in local theme parks. Since this ride is not overly exciting, we skip it for other thrilling attractions such as Slinky Dog Dash or Toy Story Mania.
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 colors under the lights at night.
Rides We Skip Because They Aren’t Worth Long Waits
We skip rides at Walt Disney World because the ride experience isn’t worth the long wait. We know that waiting is part of a Disney vacation; however, we like to ensure we are waiting for rides worth it. This means rides we know we enjoy are longer experiences or unique to Walt Disney World.
This list is our opinion, but we wanted to share why we skipped these experiences so you can determine if you should.
Journey Into Imagination with Figment- EPCOT
This might make some people mad, but we skip out on Journey Into Imagination with Figment when in EPCOT.
Even though we find Figment cute, his ride confuses us each time we ride. We like learning about the five senses but feel it needs adjustments or improvements along the way. 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.
Kali River Rapids: Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Although kids might find this ride a blast, we skip Kali River Rapids as grown-ups. We don’t like walking around Disney Park with wet clothes, socks, and shoes all day, so we want 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 a scorching day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, that might sound like a great relief. We prefer to skip this one to keep our shoes and clothes dry while walking around the theme park for the day.
The Seas with Nemo and Friends: EPCOT
This basic moving dark ride is one we tend to skip when visiting EPCOT. We love Dory, Nemo, and all their friends, but there isn’t much to this ride.
It is fun to see how Disney used the actual aquariums in the ride, but we feel like more could have been done with it.
Also, there is one scene that makes us a little nauseous. We just feel like there are better options, such as Turtle Talk with Crush next door.
Tomorrowland Speedway: Magic Kingdom
Tomorrowland Speedway is another ride we skip on most trips into Magic Kingdom. We don’t care for the heat of this ride, the smell from the fumes, or the headache it brings because of those two elements. Little ones love this ride once they can drive, but adults often find it frustrating and not worth the wait.
We would love to say that we enjoy every ride experience at Walt Disney World, but that would be a lie. Unfortunately, we skip some rides because of motion sickness, time, style, or personal preferences.
Will you skip some of these rides during your next Walt Disney World trip? If so, which ones?