Top 10 Scary Rides & Attractions at Disney World

Here's a list of rides and attractions at Disney World that are scary to some people.
Past and present.

The Top Ten

1 The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (1995-2003) The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (1995-2003)

I wish I could have ridden this. This ride must have been AWESOME! - RyanSmith123014

It was about an experiment involving an alien who came to Earth and caused mayhem around us.
Seating restraints were involved and would cut into anyone who tried to move a muscle, therefore it had a height requirement of 40".
It scared so many kids and parents were ignorant about the warning signs, that Disney decided to close it down and replace it with Stitch's Great Escape.
Stitch is not as scary, but it is disgusting and suckish, as to be the worst Disney attraction of all time. - Gregory

I miss this ride to be honest. I like Mature rides at Disney. Too bad the whiny idiot Roy E. Disney closed it down. - Maddox121

2 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Not that scary but fun

SO SO FUN! My whole family except me and my dad were scared! My brother was most scared lol he’s such a wimp. Long live this epic ride! - DaringXx

It is so cool

It's a ride where you go on a haunted elevator that takes you on your own episode of the Twilight Zone, but the elevator falls down, and goes out of control.
Alien Encounter was the scariest Disney attraction of all time until Disney closed it, leaving Tower of Terror as the crown of scary Disney rides.
I haven't been on it yet, though I have been on Magic Kingdom's roller coasters, and each drop on this is known takes you by surprise, as it’s unexpected, intense and even random.
If you're even the least bit worried about heart attacks, you should skip this.
Yet somehow the height requirement is only 40", yet it's so intense and scary for many. - Gregory

3 Dinosaur

When I was little my mom took me to ride this ride. To this day, I wish she didn't. I was so scared that I screamed and cried the whole time. Those dinosaurs got way to close to my face! And they were loud. - RedTheGremlin


You ride this EMV back in time on a quest to find the carnotaurus before the meteor strikes.
The ride is dark, jerky and has loud dinosaurs, it's not for everyone, as many get scared, even by the storyline. - Gregory

4 Rock N' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

You launch from 0 to 57 mph in 2.8 seconds, and it's the only roller coaster at Disney World with inversions, with the 1st inversion giving riders almost 5 g-forces.
Yet being in the dark and loud music also makes it scary for many.

It's so intense it's not for the faint hearted.
The minimum height requirement is 48". - Gregory

5 Expedition Everest Expedition Everest

Broken tracks + yeti + backwards= scary

Fun fun fun! It was so thrilling, I loved it. I even got the “ I CONQUERED “ tshirt it was so cool! I recommend this to everyone in existence! - DaringXx

You're on a train on an expedition at Mt. Everest, but the Yeti causes chaos, and it's up to you whether you decide to conquer the yeti.
The ride is a big coaster and goes backwards during part of it, in the dark.
Not for anyone under 44" or with high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness or other conditions, and not for expectant mothers.
It's so intense, as to scare many people, even those who met the minimum height requirement. - Gregory

6 It's Tough To Be A Bug (Animal Kingdom)

I'm not a huge fan of TheTopTens but I just went on this site to vent about this show. WORST THING AT WALT DISNEY WORLD! Seriously, it's physically impossible to like this show unless you enjoy being pelted with stink bombs, fake acid and other unpleasant experiences. BECAUSE THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO IT! I went on when I was 18 and it was too intense for even me. Okay, I'm autistic so I might be biased but I sat through Stitch's Great Escape fine and even if I am biased the show still sucks. I'm not even that scared of bugs!

It's one of those 4-D experiences that involves scary sensations during the dark parts as well as scary sights.
It's based on a Bug's Life, and it involves giant bugs popping out of the screen and the feeling of bugs crawling, yet hornets "sting" you in the back one time during the show.
It's really scary Disney warns you about it. - Gregory

7 Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom) Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom)

It’s horrible

Fly through the galaxy and the darkest reaches of space beyond the speed of light.
Well not really, it's only 28 mph, but being in the dark with space effects and not seeing the tracks, makes it seem a lot faster, and gets your heart racing faster than you think.
Yet to actually feel like the speed of light in 1 second would require g-forces of 8.9 x 10-20 g's, which is WAY more than enough to kill you before you know it, and would splatter you, and worse, punch a hole and destroy the total building.
Being a roller coaster in the dark and not seeing where you're going makes it pretty scary, yet the ride has a 44" height requirement, so many little ones won't be tall enough to ride anyway.

Yet in 2018, during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween, Disney renamed it Deep Space Mountain and enhanced the ride by turning off the star effects and replacing them with ghosts and the original music with scary rock music.
They made the ride a whole lot scarier.
You feel like ...more - Gregory

8 Stitch's Great Escape Stitch's Great Escape

It's a sensory experience where experiment 626 a.k.a. Stitch causes mayhem.
Like the Alien Encounter, the show has a minimum height requirement of 40" and involves seating bars, yet you feel sensations of Stitch jumping at and "spitting" on you (which is achieved by water sprinklers).
Yet the worst part is when Stitch steals and eats a tourist's rotten chili dog and burps your face (done by seating nozzles that spray scents), and releases one of the worst smells known to man.
Yet it's not as scary as its predecessor, Alien Encounter.
No wonder it's the worst and most disgusting Disney attraction of all time, and my girlfriend went on it and loved it, is she out of her mind?
Thank goodness it's in seasonal operation, so it's days are numbered. - Gregory

9 Avatar Flight of Passage Avatar Flight of Passage

This is my favorite ride at Disney world! I recommend it but my 5 year old sister didn’t like the drops so if you don’t like drops or stuff like that I wouldn’t really suggest it but, the other ride at pandora is amazing and it’s just a boat ride with amazing animatronics and the whole world of pandora is simply amazing but make sure you get fast passes for both rides because they can be looonnngg also go there at night everything is lit up and beautiful so stop by there at animal kingdom!

Avatar is ❤️

It's one of the rides in Pandora, and a simulator, but simulates flying on a banshee and it’s a wild ride.

It even simulates falling and the feeling is very realistic and may be too intense for some.
Yet you have to deal with heights, but even though they’re simulated, it’s so realistic that it tricks you in to thinking you’re really high, much more than Soarin’ does.

Yet the minimum height requirement is 44", so most little ones are too short to ride. - Gregory

10 It's a Small World It's a Small World It's a Small World is a water-based dark ride located in the Fantasyland area at the various Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide; these include: Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, more.

How is this even scary?


This is the most terrifying ride ever. Those dolls are TERRIFYING. Alien Encounter has NOTHING on this. - RyanSmith123014

Don’t hate on me, but I'm NEVER RIDING THIS AGAIN! I'm terrified of dolls, and a dark room with wailing water ITS FREAKISH.
Annabelle and
Chucky and
Freddy Fazbear and

This doesn’t compare to Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Goofy’s Barnstormer, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Stitch’s Great Escape, Space Mountain, Test Track, Soarin’, Mission: Space, It’s Tough to be a Bug, Kali River Rapids, Primeval Whirl, Expedition Everest, Dinosaur, Avatar Flight of Passage, Fantasmic, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Star Tours, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster or Tower of Terror in scariness.
And even though I haven’t been to all attractions, I know because of their nature amd that a number of people get scared on them.
Heck even the PeopleMover and Spaceship Earth are scarier than this for their darkness to be honest.
The only people scared of this are babies who hate dolls. - Gregory

The Contenders

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

@Gregory: Yes, I took the green version. I went on that one because I rode with my parents and sister, who was only 7 at the time. The orange one may be too intense for them, and they won't let me ride alone.

Yup, and as a matter of fact, the orange version wasn't meant to be family friendly anyway, and the fact that it takes being in perfect health and following all the health warnings to ride this.
People in poor health shouldn't go on thrill rides including this. - Gregory

It's a ride in Epcot that simulates spaceflight and comes in 2 levels.

Green and Orange.

It simulates the sensations from launch, which is 2.5 g's, and weightlessness, along with maneuvers and landing.

These effects are achieved by spinning on a centrifuge, it works like those found at the fairs and at NASA.

It's SO intense that you should be in GOOD health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness or other conditions, and expectant mothers should not ride, and when there was only 1 version, which opened in 2003, from 2005 to 2006, 194 people were treated to the paramedics, 25 people passed out, 26 people had difficulty breathing, and 16 had chest pains and irregular heartbeats, many people were taken to hospitals, and 2 people died.

Most of the injured riders were 55 years old, yet motion sickness was the biggest problem.

The 1st death was a 4 year old boy who met the minimum height requirement ...more - Gregory

Not scary

12 Haunted Mansion

I liked that ride. - StevenUniverseIsAwesome

The queue starts in a strange room, which gets scary, and then you board a "doom buggy" and explore the haunted environment and there are ghosts, and all of that can be scary to some people. - Gregory

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

My mom tricked me into riding this abomination. I hate roller coasters, but somehow they guilt tripped me into riding the Rock N Roller Coaster with my dad. - RedTheGremlin

What this is NOT scary!

It's a roller coaster, and as the spiel says, it's the wildest ride in the wilderness, you get bumped around as you go through turns and drops, yet part of it is in darkness, through the caves, so this ride might take little ones by surprise. - Gregory

14 Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

i love it

It's a roller coaster and it's the most intense attraction in Fantasyland, so it might take a little one by surprise - Gregory

15 Peter Pan's Flight

I went on this and it wasn't scary

I liked this one - RedTheGremlin

It can be scary to those afraid of the dark and the feeling of flying, so that might need a warning. - Gregory

16 Journey into Imagination with Figment Journey into Imagination with Figment

There's a skunk scene, an upside down room, and Figment says his famous quote "Imagination is a Blast", and triggers an electric explosion, and then there's a creepy face on the Moon.
Some might find this stuff way too scary. - Gregory

17 Churro Cart

A troll probably put this here. Churros are delicious. NOT SCARY.

I have a fear of Churros - RyanSmith123014

How is Churro's Scary - Maddox121

18 Splash Mountain 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 from the 1946 Disney film Song of the South.

I went on this. It was NOT scary.

It's a log flume dark ride, and aside from the 50' drop, the dark music and scenery leading up to the drop can be scary.
Plus, it's a problem for those afraid of getting wet as you may get wet. - Gregory

19 The Great Movie Ride (1989-2017)

It was known that it was scary because there was a shootout partway on the ride and the “bad guy” jumped aboard your vehicle.
Also, there was said to be the Alien scene, which was scary as well. - Gregory

20 The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure

The puppets are also creepu - Maddox121

The Ursula scene in this attraction may scare some youngsters. - Gregory

21 Slinky Dog Dash

Hardly scary - Maddox121

It's obvious because it's a roller coaster, and not everybody likes them, and there are 2 launches and the hills generate mild airtime, all of which take many kids and adults by surprise.
Though the scariest part is waiting in line in the shadeless heat and burning. - Gregory

22 Captain EO
23 Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (October 1, 1971 - September 7, 1998)

It was scary because of the part where a train is about to hit you and you fall into hell.
It was closed in 1998 and replaced with Winnie the Pooh, which is nowhere near as scary. - Gregory

24 Snow White's Scary Adventures (October 1, 1971 - May 31, 2012)

The original relied mainly on the witch trying to get the riders, and was so scary that Disney toned it down and made it revolve just as much on the Snow White princess and the 7 Dwarfs as did on the witch, and gave it a happy ending.
Sadly they closed it on May 31st, 2012, and replaced with Princess Fairytale Garden, which is a kiddie meet and greet with no story.
How stupid of Disney. - Gregory

25 Crush N' Gusher

It's just a normal master blaster - Maddox121

It's a water coaster ride, and it's in several different levels, but each one will provide thrills and scare, and a minimum height requirement of 48" is in place, so little ones won't ride anyway. - Gregory

26 The Seas with Nemo & Friends

Some scenes are scary and dark. - Gregory

27 Test Track

There's sudden stopping and turning, and then a high-speed lap on the track. - Gregory

28 The Barnstormer

It's a kiddie coaster, but a roller coaster nonetheless, so kids should know that, though it's a perfect start to see what kids think about coasters. - Gregory

29 Astro Orbiter

It might be like Dumbo, but it spins a lot higher and faster. - Gregory

30 Soarin' Soarin'

I am very afraid of heights, but I love Soarin'! I love the feeling. It's fun and exciting. - RedTheGremlin

The initial rise of the structure can be surprising and the feeling of flight can be scary for those afraid of heights.
A 40" height requirement is involved. - Gregory

31 Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean

I love this but hate the rapids/waterfall thing. It freaked me out. - RedTheGremlin

Why it could be scary? In the beginning, there are lots of skeletons, which some kids can find scary.
Also, the ride is dark and there's a small drop and then a scene in the middle where cannons are being fired, which can be scary for some kids. - Gregory

32 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

The ride is dark, yet bounces during the tigger part, and there's a nightmare scene which might scare some kids. - Gregory

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Top Remixes

1. The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (1995-2003)
2. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
3. Rock N' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith


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