115 Park Tip: Fear’s Guide to What’s Scary at California Adventure


Megan & Kris talk about what’s scary at California Adventure (Disneyland Park is in a past episode) for young kids preschool aged and younger.


Fear’s Guide to What’s Scary at California Adventure

We’re mainly pointing out California Adventure Attractions that can be scary for kids 5 and under (preschool age) or a 40 inch height requirement and lower.



Monsters Inc: This ride is a dark ride and features monsters. If your kids are familiar with the movie Monsters Inc., the monsters really aren’t scary at all. Parents, use your discretion.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!: Having not opened as of the time of this recording, we really can’t speak to this attraction, though it can be assumed that it will still be thrilling, especially since they’re not changing the ride concept.


Bugs Land

It’s Tough to Be a Bug: This is a 3D show that features startling aspects, smells and other interactive elements. Also, the villain from the movie, Hopper, makes an appearance which may be frightening to young ones.

All Rides are ok: This is basically a “kiddie land,” with all rides being designed specifically for young children.


Cars Land

Radiator Springs Racers: This is a dark ride, as well as a thrill ride. The beginning bakes you through various scenes from the movie Cars as you’re gearing up for a race, which takes up the second half of the ride as you speed through a race course. A couple things you’ll encounter in the dark ride portion are the harvester vehicle and an oncoming train.

Luigi’s Rollicking Roadsters: There’s nothing really scary about this ride.

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree: This is a ride in which you ride in trailers that spin around. It can tend to be a little rough and if your child doesn’t like spinning, you might want to move onto something else.


Paradise Pier

Little Mermaid: This is a dark ride that features scenes from the classic movie The Little Mermaid, including a scene with Ursula, the sea witch, which may be scary for young kids.

Toy Story Midway Mania: This is another dark ride which is a fun interactive game. Between sections though, the cars spin rather vigorously and may be an issue for youngsters.

Triton’s Carousel: It’s a carousel, have fun!

Mickey’s Fun Wheel: This is basically a Farris Wheel with some fun modifications! Some of the gondolas (which you can choose) are on a track the makes it swing more than a normal gondola would swing. Plus, you have the heights. The gondolas are enclosed though, so it’s safe.

Mickey’s Silly Symphony Swings: The issues you’ll deal with here are swinging and heights.

Jumping Jellyfish: This is a ride that takes you up high, and then lowers you down again. Think if it as a kiddie version of the Hollywood Tower of Terror without the “terror.”

Goofy’s Sky School: This is a mini roller coaster with sharp hairpin turns and extreme ups and downs. It’s a little rough too and the vantage points might be scary for young kids riding with you.


Grizzly Peak

Grizzly River Run: this is a fun raft ride that takes you through some rapids with plenty of spins, drops, and water. It is a bit if a thrill ride, and you will get wet!

Soaring’ Around the World: This is a wonderful ride that basically takes you up into a video projection transporting you to different places around the world as if you’re visiting them via hang glider, granted, a very large hang glider that seats about 75 people. Simulated heights would be the biggest scare factor here.



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