Top 10 Scariest Attractions at Disneyland and Disney World

Halloween is almost here! So let’s take a look at the scariest attractions at Disneyland and Disney World!
The Top Ten
1 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, also known as Tower of Terror, is an accelerated drop tower dark ride located at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Tokyo DisneySea, Walt Disney Studios Park, and formerly located at Disney California Adventure Park. Except for the Tokyo DisneySea version, the attractions more.

Tower of Terror is the best ride at Disney World! It has such an excellent spooky feel to it! It really makes you feel like you're in a haunted hotel! The story is that people who checked into the hotel disappeared and that we, the guests, will disappear too. By entering "The Twilight Zone". The ride itself drops in a random pattern. It's different each time you ride it. It even spins a little bit. It also moves you forward through the 5th dimension. That's the coolest part of the whole ride. It does it's absolute best to show you that the place is haunted! The music does a great job at making the ride scary! The scenery does an excellent job as well! I know people are mad about the ride at DCA being gone, but at least the one at Disney World still exists!

My friend who went on it told me it was pretty scary that it's theme and drop sequence were random, though she was more scared of Dr. Doom's Fearfall at Universal due to the open heights.

2 It’s a Small World

I can really see where the inspiration for the It's a Small World Clock Tower boss from Epic Mickey came from. After listening to what appears to be an overly optimistic and cute jingle for what seems to feel like you're listening to it on repeat for hours, It's easy to see how some people would go just as berserk over the song like the Clock Tower did in Epic Mickey. On another side note, correct me if I'm wrong, but don't they replace the smiley face of the Clock Tower with a scary grim face during the Halloween season that should look exactly like the one it inspired for the Epic Mickey boss itself?

This ride is extremely scary! Because of how bad it is! Every second of this thing gives me nightmares. Just look at the animatronics! They're so happy and stuff that it makes me feel weird. They keep singing the same song over and over! The lyrics are atrocious! I feel like these doll things want to hurt me or something. And the boat moves so slow and I'm just waiting for it to end! Even the exterior is scary! The giant face gives me nightmares! That wait time sign with the face gives me nightmares! This whole ride gives me nightmares!

This ride isn't really even scary in the slightest, the people scared of this are babies who hate dolls and have had nightmares from scary movies.

Scary just because of the horrifying song.

3 It’s Tough to be a Bug

I go to this attraction almost all the time. Mainly to see people's reactions. And they are hilarious! The point of the attraction is that it gives you a feel of what it's like to be the size of a bug. Of course, the bug world can be pretty scary. And this attraction does a great job of doing that. A spider throws acorns at you and you feel a air hit you, a bug hits you with acid and you actually get hit with water, you get to smell a stink bug's stink, which isn't as bad as the chili dog smell from Stitch's Great Escape, you get poked in the back by hornets, black widow spiders come down from ceiling, and bugs crawl under you butt at the end. A lot of people find the attraction to be pretty scary. I've seen parents take their little kids in there and the kids would sometimes cry. That's bad parenting since there's a sign that clearly says the attraction might be frightening for children! But then again, Disneyland seems to be the place for bad parenting.

Jeez I went to this attraction at bugs Land and I didn't know it would be that scary. I thought it would just be a cute little show but instead I get weird liquid shot at me, lights turned out while little "spiders" touch my head. what!

4 Mission: SPACE Mission: Space is a centrifugal motion simulator thrill ride at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

One of my friends told me she went on this once and she couldn't take it.
She says the g-force was WAY too much and that she was fine on every coaster at Disney, Universal, and Busch Gardens, but she could NOT handle This.

I told her that the g-forces on this are sustained rather than transient, so there's more effect on the body.
Yet it's only said to be 2.5 g (same g-force rating as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom and Primeval Whirl at Animal Kingdom and little more than Test Track, which is also at Epcot), yet 75% of all the people who ride orange get super sick and develop suicidal thoughts.

After what she told me about it, she would never want to go to space, which proves that this and real space travel is not for the faint of heart, nor faint of stomach.
It takes a diamond stomach to ride this or go to space, and she told me she's had migraines before, which also made it worse.

Make sure you're in good health(and free of any condition ...more

If you can handle this ride, then you can probably handle being an astronaut. I haven't ridden this one but my sister has. And she hated it. It literally made her sick. It gives you almost the exact feel of being in a rocket ship! The g-force and the spinning! It has actually been said that the ride has gotten quite a lot of people sick. As a result, they decided to add a side that isn't as intense. So that's good. Still, I don't know what they were thinking.

Why is this here? This ride is NOT scary!

5 Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark

People were upset when Tower of Terror closed at DCA. But to people's surprise, the Guardians of the Galaxy ride turned out to be great! Some might even say it's better than Tower of Terror! A few months later, it was announced that the ride would be getting a Halloween overlay for people to ride in the evening. I was skeptical about it, but I ended up really enjoying it! It definitely has more of a Tower of Terror feel to it. Even in the queue I was feeling a little unsettled. And on the ride, there is a monster that's chasing Rocket and Groot! The monster is actually kind of frightening! There's even some kind of scary heavy metal music playing in the background. I'm not even a fan of heavy metal but I enjoyed the music. And just like Ghost Galaxy, the ride ends with a jump scare! But this one is more surprising than the one in Ghost Galaxy! A great overlay and a truly scary one!

6 Stitch’s Great Escape

Stitch's Great Escape SUCKS! Why haven't they closed it yet? Pretty much everyone hates it! I was going to put the original alien encounter attraction on this list, but Stitch is much scarier than a generic alien. The entire attraction is literally just you sitting in a room with uncomfortable restraints while Stitch is just going crazy and messing with the guests. My dad forced me to go in this when I was a kid and I got mad at him for it! Not only is the attraction awful, it's horrifying! You get sneezed on, Stitch bounces on you shoulders, and there's a horrible chili dog smell! It actually feels like something is in the room with you! It feels real, but they made it feel too real! I hope one they did get rid of this monstrosity!

My friend told me she hated this attraction because the restraints cut into your shoulders even when you move the slightest, and the plot is just sick and disgusting.
I knew it was bad even before she told me, so no way am I going in there.

Absolutely horrifying to sit through. Screamed the whole way through. Why'd I say this still here?

This one sucks! Worst Disney attraction ever

7 Matterhorn Bobsleds

The Yeti appears in the beginning and end of the ride.

8 Dinosaur

Dinoland is the worst land in any Disney theme park. But there's at least one good thing about it! The Dinosaur ride! Is it based on the movie Dinosaur? I don't exactly know. But either way, it is awesome! When I first rode it, I was kind of scared. The whole thing is these animatronic dinosaurs roaring very loud and trying to eat us or something. Some people who have a fear of dinosaurs might find the ride to be pretty scary. It also uses the same ride technology as the Indiana Jones ride which adds to the experience. If you ever go to Animal Kingdom, you should totally go on this ride!

9 Haunted Mansion

This one is debatable because despite being called "Haunted Mansion", people don't find it scary. I don't exactly consider it too scary. It's a little more creepy than scary. And that's why it is one of the best Disney rides ever! The music gives the ride kind of a spooky feeling to it, there's a bunch of ghosts dancing around, and there are things floating in the air. At one point, you come across a bride who has apparently cut of the heads of her husbands. The bride is so scary! Not just because the projection of her face is awful. There's also a hatbox ghost! An animatronic that debuted when the ride first opened but they took out due to technical difficulties and then brought back in 2015! Basically, his head can disappear and it reappears in a hatbox! It's very spooky! The first half of the ride has a darker tone than the second half. The second half is a little more happy. But it still manages to end on a scary note. The hitchhiking ghosts ride in your vehicle and it's said that ...more

10 Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy

Every year at Disneyland, Space Mountain gets a Halloween overlay. It's an okay overlay, but it can be pretty scary. They even have signs warning people that the attraction might be scary for younger children. Makes sense because the ride includes ghosts in outer space trying to get us. Even the music has a pretty dark tone to it. It really makes the atmosphere a lot more scary. The ghosts are obviously projections, but there are times when it feels like they're actually there. There's a ghost that even tries to grab you. You also see an eyeball at one point. The ride even ends with a jump scare! The overlay is okay, but they still did a good job at making it scary.

The Contenders
11 Snow White’s Scary Adventures

No no no. The current Snow White attraction isn't scary in the slightest. But have you seen the original Disney World version? That is some scary stuff! First of all, Snow White herself doesn't appear in the ride at all. It mostly focuses on the Evil Queen. And the animatronic for the Evil Queen disguised as the old hag is extremely creepy! It's nightmare fuel! Most of the ride takes you through these very dark scenes. And you hear the old hag's laugh a lot. It's very creepy. But the absolute scariest part is that it ends with the guests dying! You see the old hag trying to push a boulder on us and then you hear a sound, you hear her laugh, and the ride ends. The ride was said to be too scary for children. Which is why they changed it. They added Snow White to the ride, changed the look of the old hag animatronic, and gave the ride a happier ending. I actually kind of miss the original to be honest.

I went on the newer Disney World version in 2006. It wasn't scary. I saw videos of the original version on YouTube and those weren't scary, either.

They closed it in 2012. They still have the ride at Disneyland but I didn't go on that version.

12 Expedition Everest

This is the scariest ride in Animal Kingdom besides Dinosaur.
You climb up high and eventually see a broken track, and you realize you go backwards in the dark, and then you drop 80' at 50 mph and wind through turns in and out of the mountain back to back.
You face the Yeti, who tries to capture riders.
Although Disney considers this a family ride, many people, especially those who just met the minimum height requirement of 44", find it too intense and also scary.

13 Avatar Flight of Passage

I haven't been on this yet, but I read about how it's a simulator that simulates a flight over Pandora on a banshee (or Ikran by the Na'vi).
It simulates extreme heights as well as sudden drops and acrobatic aerial maneuvers.

If you can handle this, you might no longer have to worry about heights.

It's said to be like Soarin', but FAR more realistic, immersive, and more thrilling.
It's unlike anything you've ever experienced, and there are warnings about acrophobia, motion sickness, and seating.

This ride is notorious for not accommodating all body shapes or sizes, so there's a ride vehicle outside the attraction to test out.

There were incidents where several people passed out because of pre-existing conditions, so therefore Disney added warning cards similar to Mission: Space for riders about acrophobia, motion sickness, and the seating.

I met a friend months ago who went on this ride, and she was scared out of her wits.
She told me that ...more

Yes, it's scary for some, but I thought Flight of Passage was exhilarating!
It actually feels like you're flying on the back of an Ikran!

14 Splash Mountain Splash Mountain is a log flume at Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort, based on the characters, stories, and songs originally from the 1946 Disney film Song of the South until controversy & petitions regarding racial history since the George Floyd protests more.

It's a famous and classic log flume ride where you go on an adventure and meet Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear.
You go through the 1st lift, which takes you on an outdoor river tour, leading to the 1st drop, which takes you into the forest with the characters.
There are 5 drops throughout the ride, most of them are mild, until the grand finale, where you see vultures and hear scary music, and you go up the big lift, which creates a huge build up, and then yo go down the big 50' drop where you appear to crash into the head chopping Briar Patch.
You get wet, and there's 1 more, tiny drop, which also gets you wet and leads you into the happy Zippity Doo Dah song, and then the ride's over.

I haven't been on it yet, but I have been on Journey to Atlantis at SeaWorld Orlando years ago(before any of the big roller coasters were built), and I was traumatized after the big drop, which is actually 60', and this year I went to Magic Kingdom on my birthday, and when I saw Splash ...more

15 The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (1995-2003)

I haven't been on it when it was around, and I haven't been to Disney World in most years in my life, but I read about this, so let me tell you what it says.
The attraction first opened in 2003, and guests were strapped to their seats while the Xenomorph Alien came down and then the theater went dark and the he breathed on you, touched you, and spat acid on you, which is really just cold water.

The attraction was so scary yet parents didn't know enough about it, so they thought the kids would be fine, until they ended up scarred for life.

It was so scary that Disney shut it down in 2005, and rethemed it into Stitch's Great Escape, which is nowhere near as scary, but I read it's stupid and gross and not worth going on even once.

NOT for sissies. Also, anyone who thinks evil male robots are attractive would LOVE S.I.R.

It looks like the Stitch attraction but creepier.

16 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a mine train roller coaster located in Frontierland at several Disneyland-style Disney Parks worldwide.

At Disneyland, as well as Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland, this popular roller coaster takes riders through Thunder Mountain, where they see rocks and go through caves.

The scary thing is that there are parts where you go through caves, which means darkness, and in Disneyland at California, Paris, and Tokyo, there's a part where you go through dynamite, causing massive panic on riders.

The Magic Kingdom and Tokyo versions don't have dynamite, so those aren't very scary.

17 Space Mountain Space Mountain is the name of a space-themed indoor roller coaster attraction located at five of the Magic Kingdom-style Disney Parks.

It's a roller coaster, which might seem scary to begin with, but since it's in the dark, you can't see where you're going or what's coming, so you can be scared, and each turn and drop is surprising and unexpected, there's no anticipation, and also the ride has gotten quite rough over the years and should be fixed.
Many children who go on this ride will find the combination of a roller coaster and darkness quite scary, which is to say the least, but as it's a space themed ride, darkness is necessary.

18 Rock N’ Roller Coaster

This ride is here because it is intense, for that it launches you from 0 to 57 mph in 2.8 seconds, and includes a sea-serpent roll (containing 2 inversions), and 1 corkscrew (the 3rd inversion), and the ride pulls nearly 5 g's during the 1st loop, and the Aerosmith music is really loud, yet the minimum height requirement is 48".
So all of that proves this isn't a ride for the faint of heart.

19 California Screamin’ (2001-2018)

It's the fastest and most intense roller coaster at Disneyland, and it launches you from 0 to 55 mph in 4 seconds, and includes big drops and turns, along with a loop in the middle, meaning you go upside down, and the scary thing is, that for those afraid of heights, it's outside, so they'll see that they're very high up and that they're upside down, yet not to mention the minimum height requirement is 48", so little kids can't ride this.

20 Journey into Imagination with Figment

The end is startling to myself and many others. Imagination is a BLAST! *Loud air hiss*

21 Soarin' Around The World

The 1st Flying Theater ride on Disney property, the ride simulates traveling around the world on a hang-glider.

There's a giant 80' IMAX dome screen in front of you to simulate the views, along with fans for wind and spray to simulate mist.

The ride warns you not to ride if you're scared of heights or prone to motion sickness, which makes sense because although I haven't ridden this, I read some acrophobic people who rode this find it pretty intense, and that they're holding on for dear life.

However, since this ride is in 2-D, it means it's it's not so realistic in the visual aspect, and you might see seams across the screen, and if you sit near the end rows on the sides, you'll notice the movie looks distorted, which takes away the magic from the experience.

Still, though I know many people came off with smiles.

Originally, it was Soarin' Over California, and then turned around the world, which was actually stupid for Disneyland, since it shows no ...more

22 Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Opened at Magic Kingdom and Shanghai Disneyland, riders board a mine train and go on an adventure through the rolling countryside with some hills and go into the mine, where the Seven Dwarfs show up.
There are diamonds throughout the scene, and then there's the main lift, leading to a fairly large drop near the end of the ride.

Although this ride won't scare many kids, it is the most intense attraction at Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland, so it might take a child by surprise.

23 The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure
24 Deep Space Mountain

You may have been to Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom at Disney World, but have you been to it before Halloween in 2018? They gave it a nightly overlay where they changed the music and turned all the space effects OFF, so people who ride it hear loud and terrifying rock music and LITERALLY NEVER saw where they were going! Seriously, they made it so scary because of that. People who rode it said they've been on Space Mountain so many times, but have never experienced anything as scary as this on the ride, they said they felt like they were falling into hell and going to die! SCARY! Like I said, this is a nightly makeover, so it only happened at night on the days leading to Halloween, but it was truly scary, and not only did Disney make it scary, they made it too scary, they made it terrifying. It's Magic Kingdom's definition and equivalent to the Tower of Terror(which is at Hollywood Studios), and it's the scariest thing at Magic Kingdom after the Alien Encounter, which scared too many ...more

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