Walt Disney World, the most magical place on earth. You've been planning your families vacation for a year now. You've had your Fastpasses reserved for months. You and your family get on your favorite attraction and the worst possible thing happens, your youngster screams bloody murder the whole time. People are staring at you like you're a terrible parent and all you can do is sit there and wait for the ride to be over. We've all been there before and we know exactly how that feels. We have written this article in the hopes of preventing this from happening to you on your next Disney vacation. We have included the attractions in every park that have been known to scare children in the past as well as a POV ride along video so you can see exactly what each ride looks like once you're on it.
Thunder Mountain-Thunder Mountain may be one of the most family friendly Roller Coasters at any amusement park ever, its not too fast, doesn't have any huge drops and it has tons of tight turns and hills that make it fun for everyone. There is a catch though. As soon as your train takes off you enter a very loud very dark cave that is known to scare smaller children. You are only in this dark cave for a minute or two so it may be ok for some children but keep this in mind when you're planning your vacation.
Space Mountain-If there is one attraction in all of the Magic Kingdom I would recommend you don't bring young children on it's space mountain. Not only does the entire ride take place in the pitch black, this ride also has its fair share of sudden drops and tight turns that can make even the most seasoned park goer a little nervous.
Haunted Mansion-This one may seem like a no brainer for some given the fact that the Haunted Mansion is for all intents and purposes Disney's version of a haunted house. While the goal of this ride is not to scare people (quite the opposite actually) there are plenty of things inside this attraction that have been known to scare younger guests which include darkness, loud noises, monsters, ghosts, and ghouls. If this sounds like something your child may be afraid of we recommend steering clear of this one as well.
Expedition Everest-This one if kind of a no brainer but I've seen my fair share of children come screaming off this attraction so i figured i may as well include it. If the huge climbs and drops aren't enough to scare your kids the giant screaming yeti with glowing red eyes will be. Unless your child absolutely loves Roller coasters and doesn't mind monsters and such, I would avoid bringing them on this attraction.
It's Tough To Be A Bug-It always seems to surprise people when I tell them that I wouldn't bring a child into this attraction but once you've experienced the screams this one always seems to bring from younger guests you will know exactly why. It's Tough To Be A Bug seems like it would be an enjoyable attraction for all ages from the outside, who wouldn't want to go exploring under the Tree Of life and hang out with Flick? While the whole show isn't scary, as soon as the films antagonist Hopper is introduced all bets are off. The theater gets loud and dark, there are tons of sudden noises and giant spiders start dropping from the ceiling. Heck i'm 25 and this attraction still scares me a little bit.
DINOSAUR-It's really too bad this ride has such a bad reputation with younger guests because in my opinion this is one of the most fun attractions in all of Walt Disney World. With that being said i can completely understand why a parent of a youngster wouldn't want to take their child on this ride. It takes place almost entirely in the dark, the ride vehicle is designed to be very jaunty and shaky and the giant dinosaurs popping up out of nowhere don't exactly scream "Child Friendly."
Mission: Space-If you ask me, Mission: Space is the scariest ride in all of Walt Disney World. It will roll you, flip you, make you feel like you're falling out of the sky and if that wasn't enough, because this ride is constantly spinning (That's what gives you the feeling of G-Force) if you close your eyes on this ride for even a couple of minutes it will almost certainly make you feel queasy. My entire family was sidelined after riding this attraction for almost 2 hours the last time we rode it.
Hollywood Tower Of Terror-The Hollywood Tower of Terror is an acquired taste. If you and your children love that feeling of butterflies in your stomach than this attraction has no equal. The theming is overall very fun and there are no scary instances you have to worry about. You take a quick tour of the "Hotel" before you get dropped a few times and that's all there really is to it. If your children are like me however and don't really care for that feeling you get from big drops and such, you may want to second guess this one.
Rockin' Rollercoaster-Hollywood Studios Rockin' Rollercoaster is yet another Disney attraction that takes place almost entirely in the dark (You may be sensing a theme here.) While complete darkness may not scare your young ones off, the neck breaking start, multiple upside down loops and corkscrews almost certainly will. I highly recommend thinking real hard about this one before having your children ride this one.
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