Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Oct 14, 2008
    Jodie from WI Asked

    I get motion sickness fairly easy. It says even the "big" rides are fairly tame and smooth. I want to be adventurous, but I also don't want the rest of the day ruined. Any tips?

    There are many rides and attractions at WDW that are very tame. However, NOT all of the rides at WDW are mild and NOT all of them should be ridden by a person with severe motion sickness.

    A great place for you to get information would be a book called PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line. This is available for approximately $20 on Amazon.com and larger bookstores. The Open Mouse guide is for people traveling to WDW with challenging circumstances: allergies, visual impairment, mobility issues, etc. Among the topics covered is motion sickness. Every ride in the parks is discussed in detail including physical sensations like speed and spinning. This information will allow you to make the best possible decision based on your own needs.

    Another guide is the ride's height requirement. In general, rides with no or low height requirements are more mellow. Is is not, however, always the case. For example, Goofy's Barnstormer in the Magic Kingdom is a "starter" roller coaster aimed at young children. But it is still a roller coaster with dips and turns.

    Another tip is to use the advice of the cast member attendants at each ride. You should formulate a list of very specific questions about the rides based on your needs. Does the ride spin? How often? How fast? Is there a drop of more than 10 feet in the ride? Does the ride travel backwards? Etc. This will get you better information than just a general question like, "Will the ride give me motion sickness." An example of a ride where pointed questions could get you a better evaluation would be Toy Story Mania at Disney's Hollywood Studios. By most counts this is a tame ride -- for much of the ride you are not moving at all, there are no dips, etc. However, during the transitions between the scenes in the ride, the vehicles do spins around fairly quickly, and this information may be relevant to you. Very specific questions about each attraction should get you the information you need.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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