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    Matterhorn speed/motion sickness

    I need honest answers here--what is the approximate speed (mph) of the Matterhorn, the Fantasyland side? That is the side I might ride on my trip. Also, do you think it could trigger motion sickness? Or is it tame enough to handle for almost everyone?

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    I get the worst motion sickness, my inner ear is really sensitive, and I have never gotten sick on the Matterhorn. The Mad Tea Party on the other hand... yuck.

    I'm not sure about the speed of the Matterhorn bobsleds...

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    It looked kinda bumpy on the video I saw. I cannot stand it to be too bumpy. I seem to be especially prone to headaches tying to my motion sickness.

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    The two sides are really not that different from each other in terms of dizzyness or sickness. You either will or will not get sick.
    Couple of bruises on the arms (and legs) will be all the damage.
    Which rides have you gotten dizzy/sick on? It's pretty tame, really. 25mph, I think, at most.
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    id say that it reaches speeds up to 20 mph at the most.
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    The Matterhorn is bumpy. I'll give you that one. In fact, I think the FL side is bumpier than the TL side. But that's one cricket's opinion...

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    Slower than most would think...

    Quote Originally Posted by MotorBoatCruise2005
    I need honest answers here--what is the approximate speed (mph) of the Matterhorn, the Fantasyland side?
    18mph... yes, it's that slow...

    As for the motion sickness issue, I'm not sure what would set it off most on this ride. I'd imagine the tunnels and such though might not help too much. There are a few real sharp direction changes that also might not be too fun. However, on the flip side... there aren't any helixes on the ride, so there's no constant "spinning" or anything like that. But there are a few tunnels that might change direction just enough to make you think "where am I?" when you come back into the light.

    I've never really held the ride to be all that intense... it is old and bumpy, but not too bad by any means. Hope that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sediment
    Which rides have you gotten dizzy/sick on?
    The Tea Cups, even without spinning the actual cup...I felt queasy.

    Carrousel when I look up or down as it moves. I'm fine looking straight ahead, but if I look up or dont, I feel sick.

    Those are two major motion-sickness-causing rides of mine.

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    It sounds like Star Tours might be the one you should be more concerned about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MotorBoatCruise2005
    The Tea Cups, even without spinning the actual cup...I felt queasy.

    Carrousel when I look up or down as it moves. I'm fine looking straight ahead, but if I look up or dont, I feel sick.

    Those are two major motion-sickness-causing rides of mine.
    I think you'll be fine. As a not-medical-doctor's opinion.
    And I agree that Star Tours can be a bit more disorienting.

    I have similar issues with spinning rides. I once rode one of those standing spinning ride with my eyes closed the whole time, just to see if I would be affected. I wasn't.
    I don't ride the carrousel or the teacups. But, I have ridden in them at least once.
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    The matterhorn is pretty slow (I think it was slowed down significantly after its last big refurb) and very bumpy, esp on the Fantasyland side (in my opinion). We're talking bumpy like driving on a dirt road, not bumps that make you feel weightless. I doubt it would induce motion sickness.

    I think Thunder Mountain probably has more motion sickness moments than the Matterhorn. Star Tours definitely does.
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    As "coasters" go Matterhorn is one of the tamest that I've ever been on. Be more concerned about Star Tours, Tea Cups, the Carousel and maybe even Indy. Granted everybody is different, but my wife gets a little motion sickness on some of the more "spinny" and "bumpy" type rides, but she loves the Matterhorn. It has no effect on her. It's probably a pretty safe bet.

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    According to Ultimate Rollercoaster, top speed of the Matterhorn is 18mph. Not very fast at all. Space Mtn. is 30mph, Big Thunder is 28mph. Even Gadget's Go Coaster is faster than Matterhorn at 25mph

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    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot
    According to Ultimate Rollercoaster, top speed of the Matterhorn is 18mph.
    I always thought one side was faster than the other... I guess I was wrong.

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    What really affects speed is weight distribution. Put heavy people in front, cars go faster.

    As far as bumpy, bear in mind that the imagineers were trying to recreate the sensation of being in a real bobsled. It's purposely rough.

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