When you think of a ride at any amusement park, you don’t expect for it to be painful, but it happens. For me, one of the worst was The Matterhorn at Disneyland. It’s a fun ride, but when I got off I felt like I had been in a battle! Walt Disney World is not exempt from painful rides, but everything on this list is still a lot of fun. Don’t let the threat of pain keep you away. I haven’t included anything from the water parks, because all of those rides do have a chance of pain at some point.
Primeval Whirl – Disney’s Animal Kingdom
I’m sure that I’m not the only one who would say that this is the most painful ride at Walt Disney World. It whips you around, and you won’t know if you’re coming or going. There’s also a chance that you’ll bump into the person who is riding next you; possibly several times. Update: Primeval Whirl is now a seasonal attraction.
DINOSAUR – Disney’s Animal Kingdom
DINOSAUR isn’t necessarily painful, but it is jerky. I’ve found that it’s important to keep my feet firmly on the floor, pushed up against the front. For me at least, that cuts back on the possibility of pain.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – Magic Kingdom
It’s next to impossible to sit still on “the wildest ride in the wilderness”. You’ll slide across your seat, as will the person sitting next to you. There’s a high probability that one of you will end up squished. When you’re pulling up at the end of the ride, there is a sudden stop that can hurt if you’re not ready for it. (The same thing happens on Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.) Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is so jerky that it has helped people pass kidney stones. Don’t let any of this stop you from riding, it’s one of my favorites.
Space Mountain – Magic Kingdom
I wouldn’t call Space Mountain painful per say, but it can mess with people. I know several people who get headaches from it, and they won’t ride because they feel dizzy after they get off. If you have a problem with motion sickness, you might want to stay away.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Magic Kingdom
This is one of the smoothest family roller coasters around. The ride itself is not painful. What is painful is the design of the seats. They are just plain uncomfortable, even for people with a small stature.
Mission: SPACE – Epcot
Read the warnings before you get on, because this ride affects a lot of people. I wouldn’t call the Green Mission painful, but the Orange Team is a different story. You’ll feel your face and your neck being pulled back. It’s uncomfortable to say the least. If you have a problem with motion sickness, stay far away from Mission: SPACE.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Before the launch of this dark coaster, you’re warned to keep your head back against the headrest. If you do, you should be fine. If you don’t, your neck could hurt for hours and you might end up with a headache that won’t go away.