Crocodile Topiary at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
  • On Apr 4, 2023
    Gabriela from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What area(s) to avoid in Magic Kingdom with a reptile phobia guest?

    Well hello there Gabriela, and welcome to planDisney!

    As the classic tune goes: "Never Smile at a Crocodile", which is certainly the last thing someone with herpetophobia would do should they ever encounter one. While many of the classic Disney stories over the past century have challenged our heroes and heroines to face their fears, part of the joy of coming to a place like Magic Kingdom Park is the ability to escape into a world where you can feel safe and comfortable enough to live your best Disney life without needing to feel afraid!

    Having phobias or aversions to things are fairly common and even something that folks may not be aware of; in fact, there are certain parts of the Theme Parks that I avoid depending on who I have in my traveling party. I'm glad that you've come here to ask this, as it's important to be prepared to handle anything that may trigger any particular phobias or anxieties - but better if you can avoid it altogether! Here is a comprehensive list that I've compiled of a few locations you may want to steer clear of, depending on the level of aversion to reptiles represented at Magic Kingdom Park - fictional, living, animated or otherwise:

    • The Jungle Cruise has the greatest number scattered throughout the attraction in spots specifically designed to provoke a reaction from the guests on board, including crocodiles, cobras and a massive python.
    • Peter Pan's Flight prominently features Tick-Tock the Crocodile towards the end of the ride.
    • In Frontierland, you may spot rattlesnakes from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and there is also a large skeleton of a Tyrannosaur that your train passes alongside!
    • The same rattlesnake may be seen on the right of the train while riding on the Walt Disney World Railroad; as you make your way toward Fantasyland you may hear Peter Pan commenting about a "big metal snake", with Wendy's voice letting him know that the "snake" is actually the train itself.
    • In the Haunted Mansion standby queue you may encounter the bust of a deceased man named Bertie with a serpent coiled around his neck, and one of the portraits found in the stretching room pre-show features a tightrope walker precariously perched above the waiting jaws of an alligator below.
    • You may find fanciful and cartoonish depictions of a snake charmer and a South American caiman as you drift along "it's a small world".
    • Louis, the trumpet-playing alligator from The Princess and the Frog can be seen on stage in front of Cinderella Castle in Mickey's Magical Friendship Faire, and may very likely play a prominent part in the upcoming ride, Tiana's Bayou Adventure!

    I hope this helps you plan a herpetophobia-friendly day; please come back to planDisney to ask me any other questions ahead of your next Disney adventure!

    Wishing you a successful, reptile-free romp this week!
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