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13 Disney Nights of Halloween #8 – 10 Best Scary Attractions at Walt Disney World

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It’s the scariest time of year!  So what’s the scariest attraction at Walt Disney World?  Our 10 Best list may hold a few surprises for you.


To be scared is to feel fear.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Fear is critical to our survival.  It’s how we respond to threats and prepare our bodies to deal with those threats.

Why is being scared fun?  Because an after effect of fear is pleasure.  This is the rush that thrill seekers are after.  The theory being that the more intense the thrill, or scare, the more intense the rush will be after.

Now the downside of having these amazing brains of ours is that they can become conditioned to fear anything by associating painful memories with objects, people or events.  On top of that, we have the ability to anticipate things and start getting scared before they even happen!

In addition to our instinctual fears, you may have a particular fear that determines what scares you, when it doesn’t seem to scare others around you.  However, for this list, we’re going to focus on those universal fears that are common to everyone, and which attractions do the best job of eliciting those fears from us.

*This list does not include the water parks

10 Scariest Walt Disney World Attractions

1. Tower of Terror – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Fears:  Heights, Falling, Darkness, Supernatural, Unpredictability

The infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel scores high for Heights, Falling, and Darkness.  It plays on the supernatural somewhat, but the special effects are a welcome distraction from the darkness.  Bonus points for the unpredictability factor.  You never know how many drops there will be.

 

2. Expedition Everest – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Fears: Heights, Speed/Falling, Darkness, Monsters/Predators

High scores for heights with it’s terrifying ascent with nothing on either side of you.  Great drops and bonus points for going backwards in the darkness.  The Disco Yeti is more amusing than scary.

 

3. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Fears:  Darkness, Loud Noises, Speed/Upside Down

They took one of my all-time favorite Disney thrills (Space Mountain) and made it faster, made it go upside down, and added a loud, rock ‘n roll soundtrack!  The only part that fails is the scenery.  I’d almost it rather be completely in the dark.

 

4. Dinosaur – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Fears: Darkness, Loud Noises, Speed, Monsters/Predators

The animatronics are impressive, but it’s more the loud noises, darkness, and jerky motion of your vehicle that make you wonder if you’ll survive the ride.

5. Space Mountain – Magic Kingdom

Fears: Darkness, Speed, Falling

This classic Disney coaster is all about rocketing through the darkness.  You don’t see the turns and drops coming.  It’s almost better to not be able to see how close you are to those steel beams.

 

6. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – Magic Kingdom

Fears: Speed, Falling

The tamest of the Disney adult coasters.  Fast enough with enough turns and drops to make you think you might come out of your seat.

 

7. It’s Tough to Be a Bug – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Fears: Darkness, Bugs, Loud Noises

The only attraction on our list to stimulate our instinctive fear of bugs.  Moments of nearly complete darkness, and loud special effects.  The scares are intermittent, but since there are multiple scares, it puts this attraction above the next two on our list.

 

8. Splash Mountain – Magic Kingdom

Fears: Heights, Falling 

Since most of the ascent occurs inside, your unaware of the height until it happens. When it does, it’s a decent thrill!

 

9.  Astro Orbiters – Magic Kingdom

Fears: Heights, Speed

Of all the elevated carousel rides, this one is the highest, and leaves you feeling the most exposed.   It’s not super fast, but both the height factor and movement factors are sustained for the duration of the ride.

 

10. Haunted Mansion – Magic Kingdom

Fears: Darkness, Supernatural

More spooky than scary, this is almost a completely honorary addition to the list.  This classic dark attraction is filled with supernatural illusions.  Adults will understand they are just Imagineering tricks, but kids may be more susceptible.  Watch out for Cast Members sneaking up on you!

So that’s our 10 best Scary Attractions at Walt Disney World.  We tried to make the list as objective as possible.  What do you think?  Did we leave anything out?  Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Kimberly

Thursday 15th of October 2015

I love that photo of the castle! It's funny how your list of scary attractions could almost double as my list of favorite attractions. I guess I'm a fan of scary rides. I LOVE Tower of Terror and Dinosaur!

Howard Henry

Tuesday 24th of June 2014

Expedition Everestis one of my favorite Scariest Walt Disney World Attractions! I have been visited few months ago during my new york to niagara falls with my family. It is a Tibetan-style stone structure at the foot of towering Mt. Everest and makes our way past the booking office of Himalayan Escapes Tours and Expeditions.

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