OK -- I'm 53 and used to love spin rides and every roller coaster on the planet. Since age 40 though, each year more and more rides are just not that fun for me (motion sickness, too jerky, feel discombobulated). On our next Orlando trip (December, the week before Christmas week) we are doing one day at Universal / IOA, mostly to hit the Harry Potter stuff, but will be able to fit in a handful of other attractions. I'm looking for advice on which of the attractions on the list below I should do and which I should skip, given susceptibility to motion sickness and not enjoying being twisted and turned too much. Others in our party will be doing all of these, and I'll just skip and wait for them at the exit.
Here's what I like / don't like at other parks in case that helps you make recommendations for me:
These days (how sad) -- I love smooth and fast, but that's about it. Still do the Manta at SeaWorld because I love that beginning loop that almost takes your breath away. I skip the Kracken now, though, as it doesn't do anything for me, and the Wild Artic simulator ride makes me feel sick. All I really like at Cedar Point now is the short, fast, smooth Top Thrill Dragster (120 miles per hour) - my all time favorite coaster still, the old time wooden Blue Streak, and the drop ride the Power Tower (love the lamer, but wonderfully themed Tower of Terror at Disney too). The fast steel coasters are OK also. The ones that really do me in now are inverted coasters like Cedar Point's Raptor, Busch Garden's Montu, and the twisty Wicked Twister at Cedar Point. I actually now don't like any of the coasters at Busch including the ShieKra that used to be a favorite. // I still do all the coasters at Disney except for Expedition Everest. Rock n Roller coaster is really too jerky for me, but I love Aerosmith, so riding a coaster with Aerosmith tunes playing is worth a ride. PIus I don't have any motion sickness problems with that one either. // Tame stuff like Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, etc. are still fun.
So here's a list of a handful of things at IOA/Universal we'll be doing other than a few shows and HP visual / look at areas, and what I was planning to do vs. skip. Please let me know your opinions (Should I do some I was planning to skip? Should I skip some I was planning to do?)
My day at Universal / IOA
-- First of all I'm going to do something I've never done at a theme park before -- wear those wrist bands you wear on cruises to help avoid motion sickness. They help me on cruises, helicopter rides, small plane rides, small boats, so why not coasters.
-- Will try Escape from Gringotts (just because I really want to see it). I realize I might feel a little motion sickness) // I want to limit what I do that might give me motion sickness, though.
-- Assuming Twister is fine
-- Assuming E.T. is fine
-- planning to skip the Dragon Challenge (looks like one of those inverted coasters that I don't care for anymore.)
-- Forbidden Journey (Like Gringotts, I plan to do it, just because I really want to see it. But I expect I might feel a little motion sickness.
-- Amazing Adventures of Spiderman -- ?? (Should I skip it, as it's a simulator like Wild Artic at SeaWorld, and that definitely doesn't work for me??)
-- Incredible Hulk -- looks like one of those steel coasters with a design similar to the Millennium Force at Cedar Point that aren't too bad, so thought I'd be fine with this.
Appreciate opinions and comments. Thanks.