Beyond the Teacups: Walt Disney World Attractions for the Queasy

Traveling to Disney World with someone who needs an air sickness bag to ride a carousel? Or who does not find whimsy in being tossed about in a spinning teacup? Not to fear. Disney World is actually one of the best places for non-theme park types (yes, they do exist).

Visiting the theme parks in Disney World is an experience that goes far beyond thrill rides. Many of the attractions are not rides at all, but entertainment experiences that you will not find anywhere else.

Here's just a small sampling of what you can experience at the Disney theme parks that are not rides in the traditional sense of the term:

Magic Kingdom

Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin – take aim at the evil emperor Zurg with your "laser gun" as you travel through outerspace

Hall of Presidents – history lesson given by audio-animatronic versions of the US presidents

Goofy's Country Dancing Jamboree – learn country line dancing with Goofy and friends

Mickey's Philharmagic – 3D magical adventure with Mickey, Donald Duck and a host of other characters

Share a Dream Come True Parade – held every afternoon at 3:00 pm

Wishes fireworks – evening fireworks set to music (check park map for times)


Spaceship Earth – ride through time as you learn about the history of communications

Honey I Shrunk the Audience – 3D theater experience with a few unexpected surprises

Living Seas – first rate aquarium and oceanography exhibit

World Showcase entertainment – a host of entertainment can be found each day in each of the countries around the World Showcase, all of it top notch (consult the park map for times)

Illuminations – fireworks and laser spectacular set to music, held at park closing each evening

Impressions de France – large screen movie on France and its people

The American Adventure – a multi-media telling of American history by Ben Franklin and Mark Twain

Disney-MGM Studios

Great Movie Ride – ride through sets of some of the most popular movies ever made

Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular – stunt show based on the popular movie trilogy

Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show – an auto stunt show imported from Disneyland Paris

MuppetVision 3D – a funny 3D movie experience with Jim Henson's puppets

Voyage of the Little Mermaid – a live stage version of the classic children's movie

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Play It! – play along with the game show using a touchpad in front of every seat

Fantasmic – an evening fireworks and water show with Mickey overcoming the Disney villains

Animal Kingdom

Kilimanjaro Safaris – ride through the savannah and see many animals from Africa and Asia

Festival of the Lion King – a theater in the round musical and stunt show based on the Lion King movie

It's Tough to Be a Bug – fun 3D movie on the life of bugs

Flights of Wonder – learn about birds and see some amazing stunts in this live show

Mickey's Jammin 'Jungle Parade – held every afternoon at 4:00 pm.

Pagnani Forest Exploration Trail – explore a tropical forest's vegetation and animal life at your own pace