Top 5 Spinning Attractions at Disney World
If you have a child with sensory integration disorder, you know how easily they can become overwhelmed. Activities that stimulate specific senses help them stay calm and relaxed, and provide relief from sensory overload. Not every sensory-friendly activity is appropriate for every child, or every situation. For sensory seekers who crave a spinning motion, here are my top 5 spinning attractions at Disney World:
Dumbo the Flying Elephant: This ride is a classic spinning attraction. Guests sit in gondolas that fly through the air and can maneuver up and down. [box type=”info”] Tip: If the line is too long at Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Head to Adventure Land and ride Aladin’s Magic Carpet or Tomorrowland for the Astro Orbiter – they’re all the same ride with different theming![/box]
Mad Tea Party: The classic teacup ride spins in two ways at once. The entire floor spins in one direction, while riders have the ability to control how fast their individual teacup spins in the other direction. This is great for sensory kids who need control over their sensory input.
Toy Story Mania: While this ride has less intense spinning action than the others, guests can control the ride vehicle’s motion and get some video game time in while they’re at it! [box type=”info”] If you’re in Magic Kingdom, check out Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. It’s very similar to Toy Story Mania.[/box]
Kali River Rapids: This is a classic white water rafting ride, that combines intense sensory input with a story of conservation. You will get wet, although Disney does dial down the water during the cooler months. The raft spins, drops, and is swept along the river. This ride may be too intense for younger children, or for ones who are sensitive to cold or wet.
Primeval Whirl: The ride vehicles on this mini roller coaster spin as they fly down the track, giving guests both linear and spinning motion input. This is a fairly mild ride, more of a classic carnival kiddie coaster than a full-scale roller coaster.
What’s your favorite spinning attraction at Disney World – one of these or something I missed?