Top Five Disney Attractions That Might Make You Sick

Most attractions (you may call them rides) in Disney World are pretty tame by amusement park and theme park standards.

However, there are some attractions that may make you feel a little woozy. Many people think huge rollercoasters flying you around and upside down would be the primary culprits. Although that’s true, there are some surprising ones on the list.

Here are the top five attractions in Disney World that may make you sick. Some just might surprise you!

5. Star Tours

Star Tours in Hollywood Studios is a pretty basic ride. You grab your 3D glasses, hop into a motion simulator, and soar through scenes from Star Wars. Some folks don’t care for the experience – maybe it’s the 3D-ness combined with moving at the same time, but they may get nauseated when they ride it.

It’s said that this ride got a lot smoother with the 2011 update. Perhaps the Imagineers can smooth it out even more when they add the much-awaited Star Wars Land to the new Hollywood Studios.


4. Primeval Whirl

Primeval Whirl in Disney’s Animal Kingdom‘s Dinoland USA looks like an unsuspecting children’s coaster. However, you’ll quickly realize that this wild mouse attraction will whip you around at every turn. Although the theming is a lot of fun boasting a trip through time back to the dinosaurs, if you are prone to motion sickness, you might be too busy worrying about your stomach to pay attention to the funny signs throughout the ride.

3. Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest, also in Animal Kingdom, is one of my favorite rollercoasters in Disney World. It’s also in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive rollercoaster ever built!

The story is that you’re flying through the Himalayan Mountains, specifically Mount Everest. You’ll get to the end of the track, which is broken, then be launched backwards. If you’re lucky, you’ll quickly get to see the Yeti.  Sadly, the Yeti hasn’t been functioning fully for many years.  It has been in what is called “B” mode, or a non-moving mode.  Some folks also call this disco mode, since strobe lights try to simulate some Yeti movement where there is none.  Enough about the Yeti, and back to your stomach!

The track itself is pretty smooth, but most people who are bothered by this ride don’t like the part that goes backwards.

Going backwards gets to some people.
Going backwards gets to some people.

2. Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster

Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is not likely to go anywhere when the park is re-themed and made over because it’s one of the most popular attractions in the park and in all of Walt Disney World. It’s also the only one that goes upside down, which is the primary culprit for upset tummies.

Hop in the stretch limo, and you’ll be launched to 57 miles per hour in less than three seconds while experiencing up to 5 G-forces.  Wow!  Whether it’s the speed or the inversions, this ride can leave some folks feeling weak in the knees.

1. Mission: Space

Mission: Space in Epcot‘s Future World was so intense when it opened in 2003 that the less intense Green Team version was added in 2006. Astronauts who helped create the ride then rode it before it opened to the public and said it was the closest they’ve ever felt to actually launching into space.

Although the very intense (read: spinning) Orange Team is still available, those who are bothered by motion sickness or dark, enclosed spaces should choose the Green Team. Even still, those who have health issues including high blood pressure and heart problems among other things shouldn’t ride at all. The 2.5 G-forces can cause riders to experience migraines, vertigo, anxiety, dizziness, and disorientation.

Only those with strong stomachs should ride Mission: Space.
Only those with strong stomachs should ride Mission: Space.

Do any Disney attractions make you sick?