Motion sickness is frequently thought of as an issue when sailing on an ocean cruise, and some Disney Cruise Line guests do indeed contend with this problem. A smaller, but not insignificant, subset of Walt Disney World guests also suffer from motion-related illness. This might be from travel on swaying transportation like the Skyliner or a bus with soft tires, from a spinning ride like the Magic Kingdom teacups or EPCOT’s Mission Space, from a roller coaster like Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, or from a motion simulator attraction such as Star Tours.
My personal worst motion sickness experience was at a completely stationary attraction, the latest version of the film in EPCOT’s Canada pavilion. The simulated soaring over Canadian vistas had me sweating, hiding my head, and eventually running out the exit to escape the waves of nausea.
Any tendency toward motion sickness might be exacerbated by the Florida heat, an indulgence in rich or unfamiliar foods, and exhaustion from travel.
If you, or your children, are prone to motion sickness in non-vacation situations like riding in the backseat of a car, riding on a train, or while experiencing stimuli such as IMAX movies, then chances are you may experience it at Walt Disney World as well.
The good news is that there are many different ways to remediate that situation so that you can enjoy your vacation to its fullest. To have the best chance of success, practice with various methods at home, prior to your vacation, so that you know what works ahead of time.
Please note that I am not a doctor. Consult with a medical professional if your case is severe or if you have any concerns about combining motion sickness solutions with other medical issues. And of course, be particularly aware that early pregnancy can add layers of nuance to motion sickness and requires extra care with finding a solution.
Here are some solutions to consider:
- Ginger supplements. Many brands. Widely available at drugstores and online.
- Queasy Pops or Queasy Drops. Available at drugstores and online to soothe a queasy tummy.
- Peppermint or spearmint essential oils. Many brands. Available at drugstores and online.
- Seabands. Accupressure wrist band. Available at drugstores and online.
- Motion Sickness eyeglasses. Available from Boarding Glasses and other online sources.
- Electrical stimulation bands. Available from Reliefbands.
- Meclizine Hydrochloride. A common brand name is Bonine. Widely available at drugstores and online.
- Dimenhydrinate. A common brand name is Dramamine. Widely available at drugstores and online.
- Scopalamine. A patch, worn behind the ear. Must be prescribed by a doctor. Known to have a number of side effects; speak with your prescriber about this.
In addition to finding solutions, there are a number of things you can do to help derail motion sickness before it starts. These include:
- Eat lightly. If eating lightly isn’t an option during your entire vacation because, well, vacation, try to arrange for your high-motion activities to take place early in the day, prior to any big meals.
- Stay hydrated.
- Take an antacid. Tums and Zantac are popular brands.
- Avoid carbonated drinks.
- Wear loose clothing that does not compress your abdomen.
- Wash your hands often. Intestinal upset can start with germ-based problems that become exacerbated with motion.
What are your favorite motion sickness remedies? Which Disney experiences do you find most problematic? Let us know!