Top 5 Scary Rides

5 Scariest Rides for Kids at Walt Disney World!

Walt Disney World is a destination that many families go to for the vacation of a lifetime.  Families can forget the real world and explore the sights, sounds, and wonders of some of their favorite movies.  While most of the rides and attractions in the parks are suitable for guests of any age, there are a few that are definitely scarier than others.  We will explore our top 5 scariest rides for kids at Walt Disney World!

5.  Space Mountain

Space Mountain
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Space Mountain is a roller coaster type ride located in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom Park.  It opened on January 15, 1975.  Some may say it is one of the scariest kids rides in all of Magic Kingdom Park for one reason – it is totally in the dark!

Guests are whisked away on an exciting trip to the darkest depths of outer space!  Another reason this ride can be scary for kids is that this is one of the only rides on property where guests ride single file and not in groups of 2 or more.  That can be kind of scary for a kid, heck it can even be scary for an adult!  To ride Space Mountain guests must be 44″ (112 cm) or taller.

4.  Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain
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Splash Mountain is a log flume ride located in Frontierland in Magic Kingdom Park.  This attraction opened on October 1, 1992, and is one of the most popular rides in all of Walt Disney World!  It is based on the 1946 Disney movie Song of the South.  Guests follow Br’er Rabbit as he journeys to find “the laughing place.”  Sounds cute right? 

What makes this one of our 5 most scariest rides for kids is the 50 foot, 40 mph water-soaked drop into the brier patch!  While this attraction is one of the most popular rides in all of Walt Disney World, we found it also to be one of the scariest as well!  To ride Splash Mountain guests must be 40″ (102 cm) or taller.

3.  The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
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The Tower or Terror is a scary, drop elevator ride based on the popular television series The Twilight Zone located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This attraction opened in July 1994 and it’s one of the favorite attractions for thrill-seekers!

With this attraction, as soon as guests enter the queue in The Hollywood Tower Hotel the scene is set of a seemingly deserted hotel covered in cobwebs and dust.  As guests descend to the basement where they board the ride the spookiness is essentially turned up a notch.  Guests will hear loud noises and the distant screams of guests already on the ride.

As the bellhop guides you onto the service elevator, or ride vehicle, your breathing begins to get heavy and palms begin to sweat.  Before you know it you are hurtled up and down on a haunted elevator ride!  To ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror guests must be 40″ (102 cm) or taller.

2.  Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

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Expedition Everest is a roller coaster located in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  The theme of this attraction is based on the Yeti protecting the Forbidden Mountain next to Mount Everest.

Guests will experience an 80 foot drop, yes 80, along with speeds up to 50 mph.  Once you reach the top of the mountain you realize the Yeti has broken the tracks and there is nowhere to go – until the vehicle starts to move backwards!  At last, you’ll see the Yeti’s shadow as he’s breaking additional tracks.  Before you know it you’re moving forwards again on the roller coaster.

When the ride opened in 2006 the Yeti was able to move and it appeared to reach down and take a swipe at guests.  A few months after the attraction opened there was a failure in the framework of the Yeti and it had to be frozen in place.  Now, a series of strobe lights gives the illusion that the Yeti is reaching right for you!  To ride Expedition Everest guests must be 44″ (112 cm) or taller.

1.  Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith
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The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is located on Sunset Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  During this ride guests will board a super-stretch limo and race around the freeways of Los Angeles while listening to the sweet tunes of Aerosmith.

What makes this ride our number one most scariest ride in all of Walt Disney World for kids is not the fact that it goes from 0 to 57 mph in 2.8 seconds, it is the fact that this ride goes upside down and may experience up to 5 G’s!

During the 1 minute 22 second ride guests will experience 3 inversions, and like Space Mountain, it is completely in the dark!  This ride is quite an experience and thrill, but for a kid, it may just be a bit too scary!  Guests must be 48″ (122 cm) or taller to ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster will be coming to Epcot and Tron Lightcycle Power Run will be coming to Magic Kingdom.  Those new rides will certainly make the list, but until then these are our top 5 scariest rides for kids at Walt Disney World!

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