Though many of us go to Disney for the thrills, for tiny travellers there are few Disneyland attractions that can send our children into floods of tears and can make hopping on any ride after that a bit difficult. If this is your little one’s first visit to a Disney theme park or you know that your son or daughter scares easily then you may want to consider giving the rides on this list a miss.
1. The Haunted Mansion -Disneyland – With the whole premise centered around ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night, this may be a bit much for tiny travellers. The ride is also very dark which can in-and-of-itself be scary for young visitors. This is one I skipped with my daughter until she was 7 and it still gives her the heebies.
2. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – Disneyland – This classic Disneyland attraction may seem tame enough on the outside. However, it is dark, jerky, at one point it appears like you are going to get run over by a train and then there’s the whole driving into a fiery hell thing. It’s not uncommon to see tiny children bursting into tears on this ride so moms and dads, I’d give it a miss if you children scare easily.
3. It’s Tough to Be a Bug – California Adventure Park – Slated as a fun-filled show that gives us insights into the lives and characteristics of many of our tiny insect friends, its narrated by Flick from A Bugs Life. Though on the surface it can seem innocent enough, I’ve seen so many children get upset on this attraction that I’ve lost count, particularly if creepy crawlies aren’t your thing. There are also moments where the lights go out the room is filled with fog and insects descend from the ceiling.
4. Snow White’s Scary Adventure – Disneyland – Parents be wary of any attraction that has scary in the title. This classic dark ride that retells the story of Snow White may be just fine for young children familiar with the movie. However, those that aren’t may be frightened by the scenes featuring the Evil Queen, dark dungeons, skeletons and scary ravens. There are even Haunted Trees that can pack a punch.
5. Pinocchio’s Daring Journey – Disneyland – Though audiences young and old love the tale of Pinocchio becoming a real boy, this ride can be downright scary for small visitors. Another dark ride, visitors are being chased by the really frightening puppeteer Stromboli, you go through a very spooky carnival with a pretty ominous looking Jack-In-The-Box and scary clowns. Though all ends well, the journey getting there can be a little unsettling.
6. Fantasmic! – Disneyland – Though this dazzling Disney nighttime spectacular can really be a highlight of your Disney visit, it pays to know what you are getting into. During the story, Sorcerer Mickey does do battle with the forces of evil. There are villains projected on to the screens, there can be loud noises and the moment that usually frightens children is the presence of a pretty formidable looking dragon. Fantasmic! can be a great way to see a lot of your Disney friends, especially during the grand finale, but if kids scare easily be prepared for a few cover your eyes moments.
It’s important to point out that each child will react differently to each attraction. What you think might put them over the edge may not bother them at all and vice versa. All of the attractions on the list can be wonderfully enjoyable but also a bit scary. So it pays to proceed with caution and know what you are getting into.
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