Top 10 Scary Rides & Attractions at Disneyland

Here's a list of rides and attractions at Disneyland that are scary to some kids and adults.
Past and present

The Top Ten

1 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (May 5, 2004 - January 3, 2017)

I never rode this cause it was closed when I went but it's a drop tower ride so it's obviously not scary. ( I love drop tower rides)

RIP - Maddox121

This was my favorite ride between both of the parks at the resort. I'll miss it.

The Tower of Terror was a ride where you board a haunted elevator in your own episode of the Twilight Zone, but chaos takes place and the elevator falls and goes out of control.
It was the scariest ride in all of Disneyland, though not like Disney World's version, which is the original version.
The Disneyland ride was scary, but the drop sequence was the same for every rider, so it got old for those riding it many times expecting more fun and scare, whereas the Disney World one has a random drop sequence, so it's a different experience for every rider, and also, the DW one has more scenery and stuff, more story and is longer, Disneyland's was short and more predictable.
Shame of Disney for closing this ride down so soon to be re themed into Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, which is still scary and intense, but bad and unoriginal in theming, showing you Disney is greedy these days.
R.I.P. Disneyland Tower of Terror. - Gregory

2 California Screamin’

It’s a launched roller coaster themed to The Incredibles where you go from 0 to 55 mph in 4 seconds and it was the only ride at Disneyland with inversions, 1 loop, and as it's name tells you, it's so scary it'd send you screamin'.
P.S. the ride's minimum height requirement was 48", so it wasn’t for little ones anyway.
It closed on January 8, 2018 to be rethemed into the Incredicoaster. - Gregory

3 Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout

It's just such a shame Disney would turn Tower of Terror at Disneyland to this.
It's so unoriginal in theming and shows you Disney is Greedy, true Disney fans don't like Guardians of the Galaxy at Disney parks.
However, like it's predecessor, it's a truly scary ride, and the drops are surprising.
Now Disney World's Tower of Terror has a random drop sequence, so that'll really surprise you. - Gregory

4 Indiana Jones Adventure


It's a truly scary dark ride for many who go to Disney, and it's rough and contains scary images and sounds, yet a scene at the end with the boulder will scare you.
It's like the Disneyland counterpart of Animal Kingdom's Dinosaur at Disney World.
Plus, it has a minimum height requirement of 46”, so it’s pretty much not for little ones. - Gregory

5 Matterhorn Bobsleds

Knowing it's a roller coaster and what to expect might make this ride a low contender, but the story of a yeti and an intense plunge will make kids scared. - Gregory


@ Gregory-No. I went on this. The Yeti is NOT scary. It is cute. The darkness is really cool. Thus, this ride is NOT scary. Argument invalid

6 Goofy's Sky School

This is a kid’s coaster, how is it scary?

It’s a wild mouse coaster, so the turns weren't banked like normal coasters and is like what you'd find at a carnival.
It's basically Barnstormer and Primeval Whirl had a child.
Like Primeval Whirl, the turns were very sharp and jerky, so anyone with even the slightest back or neck problems should not ride.
That's how it got it's Main scare, from the sharp turns, where you felt like you're gonna get thrown off the track. - Gregory

7 Pirates of the Caribbean

This Pirates of the Caribbean ride is much scarier than the Disney World counterpart since it has 2 big drops, and the 1st is the biggest, in the dark, and will surprise you for scare.
The Disney World one has only 1 small drop, also in the dark, but small, so nothing like this. - Gregory

8 Me. Toad's Wild Ride

It's very scary for a Disney dark ride because you almost get hit by a runaway train and fall straight to hell, who,e the fire is and looks fake, the story is enough to scare many children and adults alike. - Gregory

9 Snow White's Scary Adventures

The idea of the witch showing up and trying to scare you throughout the ride is scary, which was why Disney World toned theirs down, though they sadly closed it for good in 2012. - Gregory

10 Space Mountain

I was out when I rode on it. - myusernameisthis

It’s a roller coaster completely in the dark.
Simple as that.
Plus, on Halloween, there’s the Ghost Galaxy makeover, with ghosts and jump scares. - Gregory

The Contenders

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

I rode the Disney World one and it was NOT scary.

The Disney World one is only fairly scary for little ones, yet this and Disney World's has a minimum height requirement of 40", so many kids will be able to ride.
But the scary thing about this one is near the end where they have all the "dynamite", and you're thinking it's gonna blow up, and the fear of death at the end of this ride makes this one scary. - Gregory

12 Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

It put it on here reading that this ride (while filled with loud effects & a realistic storyline) has a sudden vertical free fall drop near the end (to represent an escape pod route) makes the ride pretty scary. WAY scarier than most attractions there though nothing like Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. - SamanthaRosie

13 The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure

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

14 Superstar Limo (Original Pitch, 1996)

This is scary as you are in a limo in the dark trying to escape the Paparazzi with Michael Eisner saying stuff we don't care about. It is most scary for people who have experienced Lady Diana's Death in person and/or the funeral on T.V./irl. It's also offensive to the royal family who have lost a family member too early. Thankfully, it was cancelled after Lady Di died. It toned down the scary & offensive factor by 90%. But it's still scary and offensive to the people who have ridden it during it's short span because it (the final 2001 version) stunk. - Maddox121

15 Pixar Pal-A-Round

As a Ferris wheel, it’s obvious that it’s scary for its heights, but this one has a side where the gondolas loop around like crazy as the wheel spins, making the ride feel more out of control while you’re high at the same time.
Scary right. - Gregory

16 The Incredicoaster

Rethemed for Pixar Pier in 2018, it’s launched roller coaster themed to The Incredibles where you go from 0 to 55 mph in 4 seconds and it was the only ride at Disneyland with inversions, 1 loop, and Elastigirl only adds to the thrills.
It’ll scare Winnie the Pooh out of you.
P.S. the ride's minimum height requirement is 48", so it isn’t for little ones anyway. - Gregory

17 The Haunted Mansion

It may be scary sometimes. - StevenUniverseIsAwesome

Basically the scariest part happens before you even set foot on the actual ride, the part where you see a hanging corpse in the room that apparently stretches. - SamanthaRosie

18 Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
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