Most Controversial Disney Rides and Attractions

Gregory
Disney is thought of as a place of happiness, it's supposed to be a place for everyone, but there are some things that prove too controversial.

The Top Ten

1 Mission: SPACE (Epcot) Mission: SPACE (Epcot)

Mission: Space is a ride at Epcot that simulates a flight through space.
It includes a simulation of g-forces from launch and re-entry as well as weightlessness.
The effects are achieved by spinning, which is similar to those you find at NASA.
Which means that some people will get motion sickness.
Which is where the controversy comes in.

First of all, the minimum height requirement is only 44” and riders should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated, and that those who have headaches, inner ear problems, or a history of migraines, vertigo, or elevated anxiety should also not ride.

And the controversy gets even bigger...

From June 2005 to June 2006, paramedics treated 194 Mission: Space riders.
The most common complaints were nausea, dizziness, and vomiting.
Of those 194 guests, 25 people passed out, 26 suffered difficulty breathing, and 16 ...more - Gregory

2 Snow White’s Scary Adventures (Disneyland, Magic Kingdom 1971-2012, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris)

When you think about Snow White, you think of a lovely happy movie with princess Snow White and the funny Seven Dwarfs).
But with the scenes of with the Evil Queen, the ride has become scary.

The one in Magic Kingdom was originally about the Evil Queen trying to kill the riders, and involved throwing a huge boulder at them.
It was so scary that Disney toned it down and added Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and gave it a happy ending.

But still, so many people were scared, that Disney closed the ride down in 2012.

The other versions follow the story more accurately, but are still scary.
The name never lies. - Gregory

Some people remember the movie different than me, remember the dark Evil Queen & Tree sequences? I guess you don't. - Maddox121

I went on the Disney World version in 2006. It was too tame for me.

3 The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (Magic Kingdom 1995-2003) The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (Magic Kingdom 1995-2003)

Come on, this ride was great! - Maddox121

This ride was popular, but became notorious for being too scary.

It started off with guests being strapped into their seats, which have restraints that press down on them, while they experienced darkness, loud noises, and special effects that mimic the Xenomorph touching you, breathing on you, and spitting acid on you.

It was so scary that Disney closed it down and rethemed it into Stitch’s Great Escape, which is so gross that it’s the worst Disney attraction of all time.

Disney is supposed to be a happy place, and this attraction scarred children for life. - Gregory

4 Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disneyland) Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disneyland)

The fact that the Wench Auction has gained controversy for being politically inaccurate, about brides, has become so notorious, that Disney is removing them from each ride.

There were incidents in Walt Disney World's version as follows:
In February 2005, a 77-year-old woman from Minnesota lost consciousness and died after riding the Pirates of the Caribbean.
A medical examiner's report said the victim was in poor health and that she had had several ministrokes.
The report concluded that her death "was not unexpected."

On August 6, 2009, a 47-year-old employee playing the role of a pirate in the "Captain Jack's Pirate Tutorial" show slipped on a puddle on the stage and hit his head on a wall.
He was taken to Florida Hospital Orlando with injuries including a broken vertebra in his neck and severe lacerations on his head that required 55 stitches.
He died on August 10 due to complications.

On July 10, 2014, a 12-year-old boy from the United Kingdom ...more - Gregory

Every single Pirates fanboy disagrees with you. Pirates = Rape, Sexual Assault & Murder against Latinos, Woman & Homosexuals. This is only making the situation worse. - Maddox121

5 The Hall of Presidents (Magic Kingdom)

As an attraction at Disney World, it’s hard to believe the controversy involved in this.
We’ve had presidents, both republican and Democrat, and this involves politics.
The latest president is Donald Trump, and he’s notorious for banning Transgender people from serving in the U.S. Military as well as his offensive comment about other countries. - Gregory

6 Splash Mountain (Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland) Splash Mountain (Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland)

Splash Mountain has gained controversy from it's theme, Song of the South, which is about the adventures of Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear on a Journey that leads to falling into the Briar Patch, but includes Zippity Do Dah, which is notorious for racism.

It was set around the Civil War, and among much stir, it stems from that fact.

There was 1 incident in this attraction:
On November 5, 2000, a 37-year-old man from St. Petersburg, Florida, was critically injured while trying to exit the ride vehicle while it was moving.
He told fellow passengers that he felt ill and attempted to reach one of the attraction's marked emergency exits.
He was struck by the following ride vehicle and died at a local hospital.

On November 14, 2018, an ex-Marine veteran held a Trump 2020 sign while riding Splash Mountain.

It happens to be against the rules stating no rude gestures or political protests/demonstrations/rallies of any kind in the parks.

He was banned from ...more - Gregory

7 Avatar Flight of Passage (Disney’s Animal Kingdom) Avatar Flight of Passage (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)

My farovite ride! -Ossie Shidesu

The most popular at Animal Kingdom, a ride that simulates flying over Pandora on a Banshee.
Therefore it’s become an e-ticket attraction.

At least it has been.

The seating and restraints may prohibit guests of certain body shapes or sizes from riding, which is what this ride is especially notorious for.
So therefore they added a test seat outside the attraction for people uncertain about their shape/size.

Yet there are warnings that tell you that it’s a highly immersive 3-D experience, and that those who have a fear of heights should not ride.
Also, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure.

Sadly, 4 people were unlucky.

On June 12, 2017, a 79-year-old woman became dizzy and briefly passed out during the ride.
On June 24, 2017, another woman, 31 years old, also became ill and passed out while on the ...more - Gregory

8 It’s a Small World (1964 New York World’s Fair, Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland)

A classic ride that originated at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
It became a staple in amusement parks.
The ride follows the story of sailing through many different parts of the world.
However, this ride is notorious for breaking down and having a song that gets stuck in riders’ heads, so this ride may trigger earworm.

Earworm isn't the only incident on this attraction, but there were much worse ones:

Magic Kingdom:
On August 18, 1994, a 6-year-old girl from Miami, Florida, fell out of one of the ride's boats while it was in the loading area.
Orange County authorities believe an incoming boat then struck her after the fall.
The girl suffered a broken hip, a broken arm and a collapsed lung, but paramedics took her to a hospital and was expected to recover fully. The ride was closed for an inspection and re-opened the following day.

On December 25, 2014, a 22-year-old woman lost consciousness after riding the attraction.
She later ...more - Gregory

9 Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Disney Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland) Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Disney Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland) Space Mountain is the name of a space-themed indoor roller coaster attraction located at five of the Magic Kingdom-style Disney Parks.

There's nothing wrong with it, some people are just physically/mentally ill. - Maddox121

Yup, though the controversy is how large the number of casualties is and would take place on a classical ride. - Gregory

What's wrong with Space Mountain? - CloudInvasion

Yet on October 2018, Disney refurbished the theme of the ride into Deep Space Mountain and included pitch darkness and replace the stars and galaxies with a few eerie ghosts.

They not only made it scarier, they made it too scary.
Lots of people were scarred for life after riding the Halloween version of this.
It’s the 1st time Disney World got its own version of Ghost Galaxy.

Hasn’t Disney learned lessons about the Alien Encounter and the original Snow White Scary Adventures?
Disney Rides are supposed to be fun for everyone, not too scary or traumatizing.
At least this was just for Halloween season, which seems to make sense. - Gregory

10 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disneyland 2004-2017, Tokyo DisneySea, Disneyland Paris) The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disneyland 2004-2017, Tokyo DisneySea, Disneyland Paris)

Based on the Twilight Zone, riders hop aboard an elevator that gets hit by lightning, goes crazy and drops 13.1 stories.
Yet the sequence is random, so that no 2 rides are ever the same.
The theme and the ride itself as well as the randomness is so scary that many children walk away from it.

Much of the controversy revolves on how scary it is.
The minimum height requirement is only 40", and many people come of this ride traumatized.

The point is that that Disney rides are supposed to be fun and enjoyable for everyone, and that everyone comes off with smiles.
While some people love this ride, others come off crying after this.

And there was 1 known incident on this ride:
On July 12, 2005, a 16-year-old girl from Kibworth, Leicestershire, United Kingdom, complained of a severe headache and other symptoms after riding the Tower of Terror.
She was taken to an Orlando hospital in critical condition, where she underwent surgery for intracranial ...more - Gregory

The Contenders

11 Slinky Dog Dash

Seriously, exposed supports at a Disney PARK? - Maddox121

I know this ride is new, but here’s the main thing.
Disney built Toy Story Land, and upon doing so, it became so popular that crowds packed up and waited all night for it to open.
Then when it opened, there was a line where they waited 4 hours to enter the land and a line to Slinky Dog Dash that stretched all the way from the Chinese Theater to the ride, and the actual wait time was 7 hours.

The Avatar Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom may have occasionally 5-6 hour waits, but it’s shaded and has cool neat interactive things that are distracting, entertaining and totally suspending one’s disbelief.
Most of the queue on this happened to have no shade, so it was in the hot, blistering sun.
Many people who didn’t expect such a long wait for it were stuck outside and got dehydrated and even severely sunburnt, melted their shoes and burned their feet on the hot asphalt ground, and some passed out due to heatstroke and were taken by paramedics.
And the fact ...more - Gregory

12 Journey Into YOUR Imagination (Epcot)

Do I even need to explain? It should be #2. - railfan99

Even today’s attraction, Journey into Imagination with Figment has controversy.

There’s a scene with a skunk spraying it’s foul odor into you, and Disney lets even little kids experience that.

Then there’s frightening scenes, such as an upside down room and a creepy face on the moon.

Let’s not forget the end where Figment says “Imagination Is A Blast! ” and inserts a loud electric burst, which scares many children.

The fact that this ride’s still open makes it crazy how Disney exposes even little kids to such vile garbage. - Gregory

13 Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout (Disneyland)

It’s here since taking away the Tower of Terror at Disneyland for this was a stupid decision that Disney made.
They closed it down for this.
The controversy is also that it’s intense and how a Disney ride could be like that.
Remember, the best Disney rides are meant for the whole family.
Yet 1st of all, when this opened, the wait time was 7 Hours long, and most of the line was shadeless, leaving everyone all hot, dehydrated and sunburnt, which are all risks in one's health, and the ride is intense and puts a lot of stress on people's bodies, therefore warnings should be taken seriously.
The biggest controversy is that the music played in this is known to be music in pop culture, which could mean that Disney is copying their songs, which is copyright infringement.
I don’t know why they didn’t get sued.
It’s a stupid ride and not something worth going on. - Gregory

14 Frozen Ever After (Epcot)

It replaced Maelstrom, and when Disney opened it, it caused much stir among guests.

It takes place in the Norway pavilion, and many people who love and expect the charm of Norwegian culture are disgraced by this attraction.

This focuses on the animated fairy-tale story of Anna and Elsa.
It has the song Let It Go, which is an earworm monster, and then since this ride’s debut, Disney started adding Frozen merch and themes through the parks.

Ever since then, the education turned into a money-making machine we know of as Modern Disney.

Yet when it 1st opened in 2016, people reportedly waited 5 hours to ride it, and almost all of the wait was in shadeless heat, exposing riders to high temperatures and direct sunlight, causing sunburn, dehydration and heat exhaustion.
All these safety hazards and misery for a 5 minute ride about Frozen.

No wonder this was such a big deal. - Gregory

15 Rock N' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disneyland Paris)

One of Disney's most thrilling types of roller coasters, where riders meet Aerosmith and hop aboard a superstretch limo that launches up to 57 mph in 2.8 seconds through L.A. and goes through a rollover loop and a corkscrew.

The thing is that it exists at a Disney park, and that many children and some adults find this too intense for a Disney ride.
Disney is a place for families, and this ride is not for everyone.
After all, it is a roller coaster.
It exposes riders to nearly 5 g-forces as they enter the 1st inversion, which, at that rate, can cause blackouts, and if higher, g-loc (Gravity-induced Loss Of Consciousness), and even death.

Disney is also known for high safety measurements in rides and attractions.
So therefore this ride requires being in good health with no conditions that could be aggravated.

Yet the concern especially revolves around an incident that occurred more than a decade ago.

Disney's Hollywood Studios:
On June 29, ...more - Gregory

16 Expedition Everest (Disney's Animal Kingdom) Expedition Everest (Disney's Animal Kingdom)

D I S C O Y E T I (play SpongeBob Jellyfish Jam theme) - Maddox121

The ride with the fabled Yeti, the tallest mountain in Disney.
It’s on here because the controversy relies a lot on how scary and intense it is.

The minimum height requirement is only 44”, and many guests who meet that height requirement (5-6 years old) come off traumatized.
There is known to be a backward portion, darkness, and an 80’ drop, taking riders by surprise.

There is also known to be a big fat Yeti who appears to jump onto you and eat you.
Which is surprising considering Disney is a place for families.

However, the Yeti stopped working and Disney couldn’t fix it because it would interfere with the whole ride structure.
Shocking how the most important part of the attraction no longer works, taking away the icon of it.

Yet the seatings are not able to accommodate all body shapes or sizes, and this ride has gained some complaints of that.
So, they warn riders of that.

It’s a good ride, but all the controversy keeps it ...more - Gregory

17 Stitch’s Great Escape (Magic Kingdom)

This is like comparing perfect pizza (Alien Encounter) to Dominos Pizza (Stitch's Great Escape) I hate dominios in my opinion. - Maddox121

After Disney closed the Alien Encounter down due to all the trauma it gave guests, they decided to retheme it into Stitch’s Great Escape.

However, while it’s not as scary as it’s predecessor, it still scares many kids and adults with the restraints, which cut down into you, and the imagery and effects.

Not only is it scary, it’s also rather gross.
It has a rotten chili dog smell mixed with Stitch’s breath, and it’s one of the worst smells known to man.

The whole thing is so awful that it has no lines and that even Disney doesn’t like it.
Thank goodness it’s only in seasonal operation, but it sucks anyway. - Gregory

18 It's Tough to be a Bug (Disney's Animal Kingdom)

It's neat that the idea of this show is to give us an idea of what it's like to be a bug.
But they put in things that make us question the joy of Disney.

In the show, there are parts where they spray people with "stink acid"(using water and scents) and in 1 part, there are "Hornets" that "sting" the guests, using needles and mini-tasers in the seats.
Yet there are giant spiders hanging down from the ceiling.
And in the end, the "bugs" "crawl" over the guests, which is really using seat vibrations.

Why would Disney want to hurt guests with special effects? I know they wanted to make this realistic and give us an idea of the bug world, and it does teach people lessons about how we treat bugs, and how they have defense mechanisms.

It's disturbing how spiders and painful stings could target guests in a Disney attraction, yet didn't we all get over the huge stir Mission: Space at Epcot gave people, yet they wanted to make that realistic and that caused chaos ...more - Gregory

19 Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom)

It’s a “roller coaster” based on Snow White the Seven Dwarfs where you roll along the countryside and go into the diamond mine where you meet the Seven Dwarfs.

First of all, the idea of making it a roller coaster means it’s a scary ride, though it fails to properly induce thrills that real roller coasters provide.
Yet one major issue is that it almost always has long wait times, usually anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes, and after all that waiting, you get on the ride only to realize that the theming is not enough and that they didn’t put enough story into it, yet given that the budget is tight, and that the ride is short and doesn’t have enough thrills to make up for the long wait.
Yet one time, years ago, it had a wait time posted at 230 minutes, though we’ve seen guests wait the longest at 160 minutes, which is still close to 3 hours.

Yet recently there was a fire on the ride from an ember from the now defunct Wishes fireworks show, though thankfully ...more - Gregory

20 The Barnstormer (Magic Kingdom)

The Barnstormer used to be a classic ride, but when Disney closed down Toontown Fair and replaced the land with Storybook Circus as a part of the New Fantasyland Expansion, they gave the Barnstormer the Dueling Dragons treatment by taking away the barn and replacing it with a billboard.

The only “barn” there now is the queue room, and now you won’t crash into the barn anymore, just a billboard.

They took the most iconic part of the ride away, not to mention the same controversy that happened with Expedition Everest with the Yeti no longer working.

Yet another issue is that there are no handrails on each seat as with bigger coasters(but neither does Space Mountain).
That’s a huge problem for children riding roller coasters for the 1st time.
At least the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Slinky Dog Dash, Expedition Everest and Rock 'N’ Roller Coaster all have them, but not this or Space Mountain.
I’ve known a lot of 1st ...more - Gregory

21 Slinky Dog Dash (Disney's Hollywood Studios)

I know this ride is new, but here’s the main thing.
Disney built Toy Story Land, and upon doing so, it became so popular that crowds packed up and waited all night for it to open.
Then when it opened, there was a line where they waited 4 hours to enter the land and a line to Slinky Dog Dash that stretched all the way from the Chinese Theater to the ride, and the actual wait time was 7 hours.

The Avatar Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom may have occasionally 5-6 hour waits, but it’s shaded and has cool neat interactive things that are distracting, entertaining and totally suspending one’s disbelief.
Most of the queue on this happened to have no shade, so it was in the hot, blistering sun.
Many people who didn’t expect such a long wait for it were stuck outside and got dehydrated and even severely sunburnt, melted their shoes and burned their feet on the hot asphalt ground, and some passed out due to heatstroke and were taken by paramedics.
And the fact ...more - Gregory

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1. Mission: SPACE (Epcot)
2. Snow White’s Scary Adventures (Disneyland, Magic Kingdom 1971-2012, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris)
3. The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (Magic Kingdom 1995-2003)
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