Walt Disney World for Wimps: Scary Rides to Avoid
What Scary Rides Should Wimps Avoid at WDW?
If you are anything like me, you want to avoid roller coasters at all costs.
I love visiting Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris with the kids. It gives me a great reason not to join hubby on those incredibly fast, stomach-turning, drop from high levels while I can see half of the city of Orlando (I’m looking at your Tower of Terror). Since the kids can’t ride because they aren’t tall enough, somebody has to stay with them.
I humbly volunteer each and every time. Sure, we could use Rider swap, but who has time for that. Not, I, that’s for sure. I will happily take them to Dumbo for the 3rd time today if I can avoid Hyperspace mountain.
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Detailed Wimp Reviews Below
As the household wimp, I will show you a park-by-park look at what to avoid and what to try at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
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The Magic Kingdom for Wimps
Rides to (Probably) Avoid at the Magic Kingdom
In general, it’s likely you wouldn’t want to head to the mountains. In Disney terms, that means you should stay away from the big four rides that form the park’s “mountain range”:
- Splash Mountain
- I’ve done this one once. It was ok. I survived. Not gonna lie, it’s a good thing those characters are cute because I did not appreciate that last drop.
- Space Mountain
- Nope Nope Nope, with a side of Nope. Not only do we have to sit one in front of the other (which means I can’t hold someone’s hand for safety and security), it is dark and fast. No thank you.
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- This is the ride that my 6-year-old convinced me to go on with him while hubby watched the sleeping baby. I held his hand so tightly; “don’t worry mummy, I’ll keep you safe”. My 1st grader has more guts than I do. That’s terrific.
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Rides to (Possibly) Give a Try at the Magic Kingdom
- The Barnstormer
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
- This gentle ride takes guests on a “grand-circle tour” of Tomorrowland and enters into the show buildings of some of the attractions.
- The Haunted Mansion
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- This one seems perfectly chill at first, but be warned. There is a drop near the middle. It isn’t that big, but it exists
Everything else is safe to go on, without fear of wimping out
There are plenty of other great rides, shows, and attractions available, including the nightly fireworks show, Peter Pan’s Flight, the retro Carousel of Progress, and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
Epcot for Wimps
Rides to (Probably/Possibly) Avoid at Epcot
- Mission: SPACE
- Another nope ride here. This wild attraction uses an enclosed capsule in a rapidly spinning centrifuge to simulate space travel. To make matters worse, you are at the mercy of your fellow guests to press their launch buttons at the right time. If they don’t understand what is going on (language barrier) or just don’t care, you are in for one heck of a ride. Hubby convinced me to ride a second time and I wimped out just before boarding. He had a rough launch the second time and was squeamish for the rest of the day.
- Test Track
- I’m already not a huge fan of riding fast in cars. This did not help my fear.
Rides to (Possibly) Give a Try at Epcot
- Frozen Ever After
- We haven’t done this ride since it was changed from Maelstrom. As memory serves me, the drops weren’t crazy. About as tame as Pirates of the Caribean over in the Magic Kingdom. Totally doable, but again, the drops exist.
- If you haven’t ridden in Soarin’ yet, take a look at the video below. You are strapped into a harness that simulates being in a paraglider, sure. But you really aren’t more than a few feet off the ground. If you really are that scared, ask for the row at the bottom, the CM will know which one to sit you in. Also, the screen wraps all the way around so your peripherals are fooled into thinking you are actually soaring over Mount Everest. If it gets too much, physically move your head to the left or right and lock your eyes on the mechanics, or on to the floor. This will help stabilize your body and remind your brain that you are indeed only 3 feet above the ground.
You should do fine with just about everything else at Epcot, including Spaceship Earth, The Seas with Nemo and Friends Ride, the nighttime Illuminations show, and The American Adventure.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Wimps
It’s mostly a zoo. A piece of cake, right? Wrong. There are some rides at Disney’s Animal Kingdom that’d rattle the cage of any wimp.
Rides to (Probably) Avoid at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Expedition Everest
- Everest is another one of those rides that I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Hubby has a way with words and managed to convince me to try each ride, just the once. Starting off on the wrong foot, the ride goes straight up a hill and you are face to face with a broken track and they threaten to send you over the edge. Obviously they won’t but still, my brain doesn’t know that.
- Primeval Whirl
- Since I could see from the ground what was going to happen if I got into that roller coaster, there wasn’t a fighting chance of me joining that queue.
Rides to (Possibly) Give a Try at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Avatar Flight of Passage
- We haven’t been since Pandora opened, but we have heard a few stories. It’s like riding a motorcycle, many have said, and others say it is very real to the movie. Both of which make me nervous, so this may be a ‘need to try it once’ type ride, but if I can’t secure FastPasses for the whole family on this one, I won’t be disappointed.
- Kali River Rapids
- Kali River Rapids wasn’t as scary as I had imagined. I heard a lot of screaming while waiting in the queue. Turns out, it’s the cold water soaking everyone that got them going, not the dips. For being afraid of water, this wasn’t too bad.
- I don’t recall this ride being scary in terms of drops and fast motion. There are a lot of dark spots and dinosaurs coming out of nowhere, which I am ok with. Odd.
All of the other attractions, including Na’vi River Journey, Kilimanjaro Safaris, It’s Tough to Be a Bug, and Finding Nemo- The Musical (which is not to be missed), as well as consorting with the animals, are quite wimp-friendly.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Wimps
Rides to (Probably) Avoid at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Another dark and fast ride, this time with loud music. It reminds me of Space Mountain, so it is another Nope on my list
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Had to do it the once, mostly for the picture. I screamed the entire time; partly in anticipation of jolts and jumping ghosts, and partly because we were falling 40meters while staring out the window. The teenagers around me were not impressed with my vocal range.
Rides to (Possibly) Give a Try at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Star Tours
- It is fully immersive and the screen shows a lot of explosions. It’s clearly not real and you are in no way in danger (not that you are on Tower of Terror, but you could be, and that’s what paranoid minds like us wimps think about).
- Toy Story Mania!
- Not sure why some people put this on their list as possibly scary but since they mentioned it, I imagine there are people out there that this may bother. The spinning and jumping aliens may not appeal to everyone.
All of the other attractions, including the superb Fantasmic!
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