When you think of the Magic Kingdom, you often think about children – picture-perfect little girls dressed up like princesses frolicking in front of Cinderella Castle, or rambunctious little boys dressed up like pirates brandishing plastic swords.
It is true that the Magic Kingdom is a great place for kids of all ages, including those of us who are adults with a bit of kid still left in us. However, it doesn’t mean that every experience in the Magic Kingdom is suitable for every child of every age.
While the Magic Kingdom is considered by many to be the most kid-friendly of the Disney World theme parks, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t experiences which aren’t appropriate for all kids.
Let’s take a look at five different attractions that might not be right for all kids.
1 – Pirates of the Caribbean
Height requirement: None
How it’s scary: Dark scenes, cannon fire, simulated fire.
The pirates in the Pirates Of The Caribbean may be singing and jolly, pillaging with smiles on their faces, but the environment might be too much for kids who don’t like the dark or who are frightened by some of the special effects like fire and cannons.
2 – Haunted Mansion
Location: Liberty Square
Height requirement: None
How it’s scary: Dark scenes, scary images of ghosts.
If it has the name “haunted” in the title, it might be at least a little scary. Fortunately, the Haunted Mansion isn’t a typical haunted house with loud noises and grotesque ghouls that pop out to frighten you. Even though these ghosts sing and dance, the darkness and the environments – which range from haunted ballrooms to graveyards – might be too much for some.
3 – Stitch’s Great Escape
Height requirement: 40 inches
How it’s scary: Dark scenes, inability to move, loud noises.
Stitch’s movie wasn’t scary, so it might be a bit of a surprise that the attraction that carries his name can be a bit on the terrifying side. It involves plenty of darkness, loud noises, and a seating system that constrains people in a way that can freak out even adults.
4 – Tomorrowland Transit Authority (PeopleMover)
Height requirement: none
How it’s scary: Darkness.
This one might be a surprise. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority is a slow moving and scenic voyage around Tomorrowland that is neither fast nor surprising. However, when the ride enters Space Mountain, things get very dark for a few minutes. Youngsters who are afraid of the dark might become frightened.
5 – Space Mountain
Height requirement: 44 inches
How it’s scary: Darkness, fast movements.
If the kids in your life are tall enough to ride this roller coaster, they will probably be mature enough to deal with the scary elements. However, there is plenty of darkness, many unexpected turns and dips, and a few bright flashing light effects. It might be sensory overload for some.
Is The Future Scary?
Did you find it interesting that three of the five items on this list are located in Tomorrowland? Perhaps that is a lesson to kids of all ages that the future can be a bit scary.
Which Magic Kingdom ride to you think may be too scary for little kids?