Every parent goes to Disneyland with some trepidation — will your kid like it? Will there be a lot of crying and concern that they aren’t enjoying the day.
I wanted to give you all a run-down of what rides are scariest at Disneyland.
I wanted to give rides a “scare factor” — but there are too many different triggers.
So, instead, I listed each ride — and what was scary about it. This post includes a printable list that you can use at your leisure.
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No more surprises by rides at Disneyland. Know which ones might be too scary, and which will be just right for your child!
Includes descriptions, scare triggers and tips for each ride in both Disneyland & CA adventure!
Hopefully that — combined with your knowledge of your child will allow you to make great choices for your day at the happiest place on earth (and keep it that way).
Please keep careful thoughts of the notes at the bottom:
- Be sure to download my Disney Day Planner
- Dark rides sounds like they will be child-friendly, but my kids often have the hardest times with them because they are SO dark and vibrant. A good “test” dark ride is Ariel or Winnie the Pooh — those are probably the two least scary ones.
- While it can seem like you are “getting your money’s worth” to spend your day on the popular rides, don’t forget to see it from your child’s perspective. We have had a great time at the Redwood challenge trail that is mainly line-free.
- Fantasmic is a fun show, but has some affects that kids might not love including fire and a giant dragon
- The fireworks are very kid-friendly, but they are loud as they light them off close by.
- World of Color is kid friendly, but also has fire effects (although, I think it is less scary than fantasmic)
- Parades are all VERY kid friendly unless a particular character gives them the creeps.
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Included on this printable are:
- Alice in Wonderland
- Astro Orbitor
- Big Thunder
- Casey Jr Circus Train
- Chip & Dale Treehouse
- Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
- Great moments with Mr. Lincoln
- Donald’s Boat
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Tiki Room
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
- Go Coaster
- Goofy’s Playhouse
- Haunted Mansion
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- Small World
- Jungle Cruise
- King Arthur Carrousel
- Mad Tea Party
- Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mark Twain Riverboat/Columbia Riverboat
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
- Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin
- Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
- Snow White’s Scary Adventures
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours
- Storybook Land Canal Boats
- Tarzan’s Treehouse
At California Adventure:
- Animation Academy
- CA screaming (soon to be the “incredicoster)
- Flick’s Flyers
- Ladybug Boogie
- Golden Zephyr
- Grizzly River Run
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout
- Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train
- Jumpin’ Jellyfish
- King Triton’s Carousel
- The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
- Luigi’s Tire Spin
- Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
- Mickey’s Fun Wheel
- Monster’s Inc
- Radiator Springs Racers
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
- Silly Symphony Swings
- Soaring’ Around the World
- Toy Story Mania
- Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies
- Turtle Talk with Crush
The list is current as of 12/2017 – I will try to update as I go in the coming years.
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Do all the popular rides in both Disneyland and California Adventure!