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    Default Motion Discomfort Guide for the theme parks

    MOTION DISCOMFORT GUIDE

    There are several attractions within the theme parks that may cause motion sickness in susceptible guests. We categorise them here on a scale of 1-4, then give the reason each particular ride may cause discomfort so that you can make a decision based on your particular ‘triggers’.

    Category One includes attractions that can be slightly disorienting visually, some giving the sensation of movement without actual movement.

    Category Two includes attractions that involve some physical movement, of a mild variety. Most can be viewed prior to riding.

    Category Three includes attractions with a definite physical sensation: weightlessness, stomach-dropping sensation, or intense feeling of motion.

    Category Four are the attractions that are known to be uncomfortable for most susceptible (and some non-susceptible!) guests. They include extreme physical sensations, some including visual disorientation as well.


    Category One (slight visual disorientation)

    Magic Kingdom:
    Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin- section inside room where visuals spin around you

    Epcot:
    Soarin’- slight sensation of motion due to on-screen visuals
    The Seas with Nemo and Friends- bubble room seems to spin around you

    Hollywood Studios:
    Muppet*Vision 4-D- 3-D experience

    Animal Kingdom:
    It’s Tough To Be A Bug- 3-D experience

    Universal Studios:
    Terminator 2: 3-D Battle Across Time- 3-D experience

    Islands of Adventure:
    None

    SeaWorld:
    None

    Busch Gardens:
    Pirates 4-D- 3-D experience

    Category Two (some motion or spinning, not intense)
    Magic Kingdom:
    Dumbo- slow spinning ride
    Magic Carpets of Aladdin-slow spinning ride
    Cinderella’s Golden Carousel- slow spinning ride
    The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm-fast turns, slight drops
    Astro Orbiter- moderate spinning ride

    Epcot:
    Mission: Space green- very slight simulator motion; tipping and slight bumps, accentuated by visuals
    Maelstrom in Norway- moderate drop

    Hollywood Studios:
    None

    Animal Kingdom:
    TriceraTOP Spin- slow spinning ride
    Kilimanjaro Safari- bumpy jeep ride

    Universal Studios:
    Disaster--A Major Motion Picture Starring You- jerky side-to-side movements

    Islands of Adventure:
    One Fish, Two Fish- sharp, short spinning elements
    Caro-Suess-el- slow spinning ride

    SeaWorld:
    Swishy Fishies- slow spinning ride
    Jazzy Jellies- lifting, spinning ride
    Shamu Express- mini-coaster with short drops, tight turns

    Busch Gardens:
    Rhino Rally- bumpy, jerky jeep ride
    Carousel Caravan- slow spinning ride

    Category Three (intense motion or disorientation)
    Magic Kingdom:
    Splash Mountain- short drops, big final drop; may be Category 2 for some guests
    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad- tight turns, quick drops
    Space Mountain- fast coaster in the dark, quick turns, moderate drops

    Epcot:
    Test Track- high-speed banked turn; may be a Category 2 for some guests

    Hollywood Studios:
    Twilight Zone Tower of Terror- intense drop sequences
    Rock ‘n Roller Coaster- fast turns, loops and drops, in the dark
    Star Tours- motion simulator; may be a Category 4 for some guests

    Animal Kingdom:
    Expedition Everest- big drops, disorienting backward element, in the dark

    Universal Studios:
    Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast- simulator-like motion; some stationary seats available
    Revenge of the Mummy- coaster with sharp drops and turns, in semi-darkness
    Men In Black Alien Attack- spinning ride vehicle during two short moments
    Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit (coaster)

    Islands of Adventure:
    The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman- jerky, bumpy simulator-type 3-D experience with short spinning ride vehicle moments
    Dr. Doom’s Fearfall- intense drop sequences
    Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls- big final drop; may be Category 2 for some guests
    Jurassic Park river Adventure- big final drop; may be Category 2 for some guests
    The Cat In The Hat- spinning ride vehicle during two short moments

    SeaWorld:
    Wild Arctic (called Polar Express at Christmas)- bumpy, jerky simulator ride
    Journey To Atlantis- big final drop on water ride sequence
    Manta (coaster)

    Busch Gardens:
    Scorpion- sharp drops, one loop
    Cheetah Chase- quick, tight turns, short drops
    Python- short drops, corkscrew
    Gwazi- moderate drops, jerky motion

    Category Four (strong caution! Likely to induce motion sickness)
    Magic Kingdom:
    Mad Tea Party- intense spinning in two directions simultaneously

    Epcot:
    Mission: Space orange- extreme centrifuge spin with visual disorientation

    Hollywood Studios:
    Star Tours- bouncy, jerky motion simulator with some visual disorientation; may be Category 3 for some guests

    Animal Kingdom:
    Primeval Whirl- quick turns, sharp drops, spinning elements
    Dinosaur!- jerky, bumpy dark ride with strobe light effects

    Universal Studios:
    The Simpsons Ride-motion simulator with intense visual and physical sensations

    Islands of Adventure:
    Incredible Hulk Coaster- powerful launch, loops, barrel rolls, big drops
    Dragon Challenge- sharp drops, loops, barrel rolls
    Storm Force Accelatron- intense spinning in two directions simultaneously
    Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey-intense movement combined with strong visual sensations

    SeaWorld:
    Kraken- sharp drops, loops, barrel rolls
    Manta- sharp drops, loops, barrel rolls

    Busch Gardens:
    The Phoenix- powerful swinging ride, intense dropping sensation
    Sandstorm- intense spinning ride
    SheiKra- massive drops, intense loop
    Kumba- diving loop, spiral, drops and camelbacks
    Montu- sharp drops, loops, barrel rolls

    If you are unsure about how you will react to any particular attraction, you may wish to send a trusted family member on the ride first to get an idea of whether or not that attraction is suitable for you. Some attractions have spinning elements that only last a few moments, and although spinning may be a problem for you, the duration of the spin may be short enough to avoid triggering your symptoms. Some attractions (Test Track, 3-D attractions) do not typically trigger motion sickness, but are included for those who are extremely sensitive to physical sensation or slight visual distortions.

    Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin has a sequence where the room seems to be spinning around you, but this can be overcome or avoided simply by closing your eyes during that sequence.

    There are also several options for avoiding motion sickness without avoiding the attractions. You may wish to try Dramamine (the Low Drowsy version works well, without tiredness), Bonine, meclizine or ginger tablets. Some guests also find relief with Sea Bands, an acupressure-type wrist band. *The Brit’s Guide/Simon and Susan Veness do not endorse any method of relief. Consult your doctor for a medical recommendation.

    Copyright Simon and Susan Veness, October 2006-2009
    Last edited by Susan Veness; 26-06-2010 at 01:28 PM. Reason: updates











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    Many thanks for this post Susan, I'm sure it will be helpful to many of us. It's funny how motion sickness can affect us all differently, I had a bad experience with the original Mission Space ride despite following the instructions to look straight ahead and not close my eyes but found Star Tours a breeze. I've only done the Rock'n'roller Coaster at DLRP but that made me feel as though I'd left my stomach at the start! I love motion simulators but not keen on coasters with big drops -maybe I'm just a wuss!

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    You're so right, Claire. It's really down to the particular attraction in some ways, and not necessarily down to a certain movement or 'type' of ride.

    I've never had a problem on any ride EXCEPT the old Body Wars simulator. Made me feel awful for hours afterwards. Turns out the picture wasn't perfectly timed to the motion, and it was a real problem for lots of people who don't suffer motion discomfort.











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    Aarrrrhhhhhh the dreaded Body wars! Dh & I went on it in 1998 and had to sit down for ages after riding it! Most of the people in our 'car' came out looking very pale or green

    Do you have any idea what they are going to do with the building it was in? It's been shut for ages now.

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    It's actually still in use, loobylou. Disney are using it for private (and corporate) events, as they do the old Millenium pavilion (remember that one? It's still there, between the UK and Canada).

    If Disney can find corporate sponsorship for the old Wonders of Life pavilion, they'll certainly bring in a new attraction. It's just a matter of 'funding' (or so the story goes).











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    This made me laugh

    Susan wrote
    "you may wish to send a trusted family member on the ride first to get an idea of whether or not that attraction is suitable for you."

    We have used this method on a number of occasions.

    My sister in law says 'Whats this ride like'

    We say "its great, you will love it"

    She says "are you sure"

    We say "oh yea, just look at that family, the child must be only 3 years old"

    She says "oh well if your sure"

    We say " Yea you will be fine. We will look after the kids and then have a go"

    She says "Are you really sure? Remember the Tower of Terror"

    We say "Dont be silly we thought it was a different ride and anyway we would not do that to you again"

    She says " Oh ok then"

    We say " See you in a minute"

    We say - to each other " Wouldnt get me on that one "

    She says while trying to walk " I cant belive you have done it to me again"

    We say "So tell us about the ride then"

    She always has plenty of time to tell us as she needs to take an hour or so break.;)
    Last edited by Ret400; 13-08-2008 at 08:01 PM.

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