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Rides Even Adults Find Scary in Disney

Most Guests probably think of cute kid-friendly rides when they think of Walt Disney World rides.  This isn’t the case for all of them.  There are some rides in the four Disney Parks that even adults say “No Thank You” and find themselves skipping out on because they are just too much.

Not all rides in Walt Disney World are created for every Guest.  Be aware of these rides throughout the four Disney Parks that might be too scary even for the big kids in the group.

Dinosaur Animal Kingdom
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Dinosaur-Disney’s Animal Kingdom

One might think that this ride is one that will teach us about the amazing dinosaurs of the past.  As you walk through the amazing queue, you are able to see a variety of artifacts and how we continue to learn about these amazing animals.

Don’t be fooled though by this museum-like walk-through.  You will quickly be strapped in and taken on a jerky, fast-paced race through time.

There are many reasons why even adults might find this ride too intense.  First is the fact that it is super dark.  Sometimes even pitch black.  If you are one that likes to see where the ride is taking you, this isn’t happening on Dinosaur.

This leads us to the next reason why some Guests might skip this ride.  Because you can’t see where you are going, you are often jerked around from side to side making it not a relaxing experience.

Finally, and this is the big one, there are very large, very real-looking dinosaurs throughout the rides.  These dinosaurs are large, intense, and extremely intimidating.  At the very end of the ride, there is even a carnotaurus that jump out at the vehicle.

For Guests that don’t care for jerky, dark, intense rides, Dinosaur in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is definitely one that should be skipped.


Twilight Zone Tower of Terror:  Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The spooky feels begin before you even get close to this ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  As you begin your walk down Sunset Boulevard, you will hear the screams coming from the run-down hotel.

Just the looks of the hotel itself with the burnt exterior and the old sign give the impression that it hasn’t been taken care of in a while.  This feeling continues as you enter the courtyard where the fountains are broken, the plants are dead, and spiders have taken over.

Once you reach the lobby of the hotel, the overall creepy feelings begin to intensify.  The lobby, which hasn’t been touched since the awful night years before, is a snapshot of what once was.

If all of these aspects aren’t enough to put a shiver down your spine, then the combination of the introduction video and the wait in the boiler room might just do it.

Most adults are okay with these tiny spooks along the way; however, what truly gets most adults is the drops that are to come.  After traveling through a part of the twilight zone, Guests are dropped multiple times in their service elevator.

Those not a fan of drops often stays away from the Tower of Terror.  As each ride is different, it is impossible to know how many times you will be dropped making some adults say no thank you.

Space Mountain at Night
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Space Mountain- Magic Kingdom

Over in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, Space Mountain is another ride that some adults just find to be too much.

The rocket coaster can be too much due to the fact that you are mostly in pitch black as you dip and turn your way through space.   Again, if you are one that likes to see where you are going, Space Mountain is not the coaster for you.

Even though it isn’t the fastest coaster in Walt Disney World, the fact that you are in pitch black and get tossed around causes some adults to prefer a nice, relaxing ride on the PeopleMover instead.

It's Tough to Be a Bug

It’s Tough to Be a Bug- Disney’s Animal Kingdom

For those adults that are not fans of creepy, crawlers the 4D show in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a no-go.  It’s Tough to Be a Bug might seem like a nice, kid-friendly show put on by Flit and friends, but that is not the case.

When Hopper, the BIG grasshopper, crashes the party, the show gets intense.  With bees, spiders, and other bugs all coming together in the dark, many find this show a little too intense.

Take time to enjoy the amazing creepy crawlers on the Tree of Life, but if you don’t like them in real life, skip this show.

Haunted Mansion
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Haunted Mansion- Magic Kingdom

Although the Haunted Mansion is supposed to be a combination of spooky and silly, some adults still might find these friendly ghosts a little too much to handle.

The stretching room that leaves Guests in the pitch black can cause a lot of stress for many.  Throughout the ride, there are many loud, creepy noises that some might not care for.  And in the graveyard scene, the fact that things jump out can be too much.

If you prefer to stay away from ghosts and happy haunts, skipping this ride might be a good option.

Overall there are a lot of rides throughout the Walt Disney World Resort that the whole family can enjoy together.  We actually have a post HERE about what little ones can enjoy.  Just keep in mind that even adults have some things that they aren’t comfortable with making a couple of rides ones that they skip out on.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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