Disneyland is a great place to make family memories and there is something for everyone to enjoy. There are some rides, though, that may be inappropriate for some small children, and even some adults. Let’s talk about some Disneyland rides and attractions that you or children may want to avoid so that you can create only magical memories during your Disney vacation.
Although a ride may have a low height requirement or no height requirements at all not all rides are appropriate for everyone. Some rides may be scary for your little ones and this does not just mean babies. Know what your child likes and dislikes and don’t force them to do something that they don’t want to do just because you think that they’ll end up liking it.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – With a low height requirement of 40in this is a great started coaster, but because it is a coaster it can also be slightly scary. Part of the ride also take place in the dark.
Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters – This is a great ride for most kids, however, it is much louder than its Disney World counterpart – so if loud noises are an issue avoiding this ride may be best.
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – If your little one is not a fan or going under water or small spaces it may be best to avoid this ride.
Haunted Mansion – Even before you board your Doombuggy this experience can be scary. The stretching room, which you enter before actually boarding the ride does go dark, it can be loud, and there is a flash of lightning. Also, be aware that you may not want your child to look at the ceiling in this room towards the end. The actual ride itself is also dark.
Hyperspace Mountain – This is an indoor roller coaster that takes you into the world of Star Wars! However, space means darkness.
Indiana Jones Adventure – This ride takes place mostly in the dark, there is also fire, an unexpected drop, and the whole ride is pretty jerky. On a recent trip I shared a row on this ride with two kids that were around 10-years old. Throughout the ride they were screaming, scared screaming, and covering their eyes. After the ride I asked if they had fun – the answered was NO!
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – I know this may seem like a strange one, but the music on this one is played through a speaker in your vehicle – it is pretty loud. So, while Pooh and his friends are certainly lovable, if loud noises are a problem this ride might be one too.
Matterhorn Bobsleds – First and foremost for this one, it is a roller coaster. A good portion of the ride takes place in the dark and you come face to face with the Abominable Snowman.
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – Just as the name says, this ride can be wild. The scare factors here are loud noises, darkness, and special effects.
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey – If you’ve seen the movie you know that parts of it can be scary for children and the same goes for the ride. Parts of the ride are dark, there are some unsavory fellows and scary looking toys, Monstro is also found near the end of the ride, and it is loud.
Pirates of the Caribbean – Most of the ride takes place in at least semi-darkness, there are also two small drops, and the ever present pirates may also be scary for some little ones.
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin – This ride is dark and can be loud. There are some situations, like electrocution, that could be frightening along with special effects and animated figures that talk.
Snow White’s Scary Adventures – Scary is in the name of this ride and it does not lie. It is a dark ride, it can be loud at points, there are special effects, and of course the Evil Queen/witch are present.
Splash Mountain – My favorite ride! Most of the ride is full of the upbeat songs and cheerful characters. There are some parts of the ride that take place in the dark. There are also a few drops, the biggest of which is a 5-story drop!
Did we miss a scary ride or attraction? Let us know in the comments.
Every child is different, so what is scary for one may not be scary for another. Do you have questions about rides or attractions? My name is Miriya Whitaker and I am a travel agent with World of Magic Travel! I love rides and I would love to help you find out what rides are right for you! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to start planning your next magical vacation! Also, follow me on Facebook!
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