As much as I love hopping on the rides at Universal Orlando Resort, I have to be cautious because of my motion sickness. Rides such as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey can quickly turn my day upside down. It's something I've had to deal with since I was a small froglet. My family learned about this—the hard way—when we did a spinning ride at a local fair. Let's just say that the words "funnel cake" stir up some bad memories.
If you’re like me and unfortunately suffer from motion sickness, then this post is for you. Here we’ll hand over our secrets and tips for overcoming motion sickness at Universal Orlando. Of course, most of these tips can also be applied to overcoming motion sickness at any of the theme parks!
Top Tips For Overcoming Motion Sickness at Universal Orlando
Plan, Plan and … PLAN
You can save yourself a headache—as well as a stomachache—if you do your research and know what rides have the biggest potential of inducing motion sickness at Universal Orlando. Showing up completely unaware that Revenge of the Mummy or Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts can upset a sensitive stomach can quickly lead to a nightmare once the rides get going. You’ll want to know what rides have the biggest motion sickness potential; that’s why we’ve listed a few that have been known to turn me green (err... I should say greener). Hop here to see them now!
It should also be said that not everyone has the same type of motion sickness. High speeds may make you feel worse than a 3D ride. You may be fine with 3D ... as long as your seat doesn't move. Be aware of the factors that lead you to motion sickness and steer clear of the rides that have them!
Pack the Right Stuff
If the warnings aren't enough to keep you from swinging with Spider-Man—even though this motion-sickness-inducing ride will shake your stomach— then I suggest packing the right products and using them. Pack plenty of Pepto Bismol (the pill form is most convenient while at the parks) or whatever nausea medicine works best for you. I find that Dramamine is the best for me. It's most handy if you're able to take one before you hop on a ride!
Want to try something more natural? Ginger root is known for its soothing elements; try taking a ginger root supplement before and after, and drink plenty of water. Some people also swear by acupressure bands for overcoming motion sickness. I have yet to try this out, but hey, it is worth a shot!
Watch What You Eat
What I eat before I ride at Universal Orlando largely impacts my potential for getting sick. While it's hard to resist some good ole cheesy nachos, it might not be so great when I feel them slowly coming back up on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Slugulus Eructo! Bland foods are the best to soothe and prevent upset stomachs—think pretzels, crackers or a bland sandwich. Just try to avoid anything too spicy, greasy and fatty! Caffeine can also make an upset stomach worse.
While on the Ride
So, you didn't listen to any of the warnings, you went ALL IN at the Hot Dog Hall of Fame at Citywalk and didn't take a Dramamine before, and now you're sitting on TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3-D feeling pretty green... what to do?
Believe me when I say this has happened plenty of times to me before. It can easily make a 4-minute ride feel like 30 minutes! If you find yourself in this situation, there are a couple of things you can do to try and ease the symptoms a bit. Try closing your eyes for the duration of the ride, lay your head on the head rest and keep it as still as possible! Take slow, deep breaths to help calm yourself. You could also try applying pressure at the top crease of your wrist with two fingers. (This works similar to an acupressure band.)
I'm not sure of the scientific reasoning behind this, but I always find smiling helps me get through a nauseating ride. Maybe it's convincing me that I'm having a great time or there really is something scientific ... whatever it is, it works for me! You'll find tricks that work for you, as well.
You love Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, but you know it will knock you down for the rest of the day. Plan your day around it! Make sure whatever ride triggers your motion sickness the most is one of—if not the final—attraction of your day. It's never fun to walk around with the results of motion sickness at Universal Orlando, but knowing that they won't spoil your entire day can make things a little better.
Rides with the Biggest Potential for Motion Sickness at Universal Orlando
As promised, here are the Universal Orlando rides that can induce motion sickness. Ranging from motion simulators to roller coasters, these rides have the potential to make you sick. Remember, what makes me sick might not trigger your motion sickness. Use this list simply as a guide.
Universal's Islands of Adventure
- The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man: motion simulator and 3D
- Storm Force Accelatron: spinning ride
- Skull Island: Reign of Kong: motion simulator and 3D
- Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey: motion simulator
- Dragon Challenge: roller coaster
- Incredible Hulk Coaster: roller coaster
Universal Studios Florida
- Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts: motion simulator, roller coaster sequences and 3D
- Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit: roller coaster
- Revenge of the Mummy: indoor roller coaster
- The Simpsons Ride: motion simulator
- TRANSFORMERS: motion simulator and 3D
- Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon: motion simulator and 3D.
- Kang & Kodos' Twirl and Hurl: spinning ride
What are your tips for overcoming motion sickness at Universal Orlando? Let us know in the comments below!