If you suffer from motion sickness, a fear of heights or claustrophobia, there are some rides you should probably avoid when visiting Disneyland California.
These rides aren’t scary for the vast majority of people.
However, others (in some instances, myself included) have found that these rides trigger panic, fear, sickness and anxiety and should be researched more thoroughly and avoided for those who struggle.
Of course, this isn’t to say that you should avoid Disneyland California altogether.
There are so many rides and so much entertainment; there’s more than enough here to fill anyone’s day – even if you choose to skip a ride or two!
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1. Star Tours
While Star Tours is often on the ‘must do’ list for Star Wars fans, its motion simulation can trigger nausea in those who struggle with motion sickness.
However, motion sickness might not be the only reason you want to avoid this ride since the majority of it takes place in relative darkness.
Therefore if you’ve kids who are scared of the dark and meet the minimum height requirement for the ride, it might be best to prepare them first by watching the ride from a POV on Youtube in advance.
2. Astro Orbiter
The Astro Orbiter is a spinning rocket ship that gives riders a bird’s eye view of the entire park.
While this experience can be fantastic, it’s sadly often not the case for those who are scared of heights or dislike feeling dizzy since it takes guests up 70 feet in the air and spins relatively quickly.
Pro tip: If you’re still determined to ride, some people find that looking at a fixed point while riding helps them cope with the motion.
3. Soarin’ Around The World
While this ride is one of my personal favourites, it can be a problem for those who have a fear of heights or suffer from claustrophobia.
That’s because the ride lifts guests 40 feet in the air and simulates the sensation and sounds of flying with 4D.
For some, this is an exhilarating experience. However, if you don’t do well with enclosed spaces or heights, you might want to give this one a miss.
4. Pixar Pal-a-Round California
Pixar Pal-a-Round California is a Ferris wheel that offers guests breathtaking views of the entire park.
This 150-foot-tall eccentric wheel opened back in 2001 as the Sun Wheel at Paradise Pier but was rebranded as part of the Pixar Pier construction in the summer of 2018.
This is an incredible way to see the Disneyland Resort in California from a whole new perspective. However, if you’re prone to vertigo or fear heights, you might want to skip it.
However, if you do decide to put your fears aside to experience this fantastic ride make sure you opt for a static gondola since a select number of them swing back and forth which can be pretty scary.
Incredicoaster is another ride that was rebranded as part of the refurbishments at Pixar Pier and is the only ride at Disneyland California that has an inversion (it goes upside down).
Therefore, if you fear going upside down on a rollercoaster, you’ll likely want to skip out on this one.
Pro tip: Incredicoaster is one of the iconic sights at Disneyland Resort in California. As such you can see it from your hotel room window when staying in selected nearby hotels.
Themed around The Incredibles film franchise, this 6000ft rollercoaster is one of the longest coasters in the world and breaks many of the Disneyland California ride records, including;
- Going from 0 to 55mph in 4 seconds
- A drop of more than 108 feet
- Tallest rollercoaster in any Disney park around the world at 122 feet
However, this doesn’t prevent the Incredicoaster from being one of the most popular rides, with wait times often reaching two hours in peak travel periods.
How To Avoid Motion Sickness On Rides
While there are several motion simulated rides at Disneyland California that might make you feel sick, you might still want to experience the ride for yourself at least once.
In which case, I’ve found a couple of handy tips and tricks that could help to minimise the impact of motion sickness on rides.
These over the counter motion sickness remedies vary by brand but can ease the sickness feeling.
However, keep in mind that these tablets may cause drowsiness – not ideal for a day at a theme park!
Sea-Bands are acupressure bands pressed on a wrist point related in Chinese medicine to nausea.
Whether they work or have a placebo effect, they’re harmless and worth trying as there are no side effects.
In some cases, simply sniffing the essential oil of peppermint on a tissue before the ride can help reduce the feeling of motion sickness.
However, carrying about this liquid all day and remembering to take some in the ride queue could prove difficult.
Another substance that’s kind to the stomach is ginger, so it’s worth taking some ginger biscuits along to nibble on while waiting in line.