• On Apr 12, 2008
    Jeff from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My daughter is really afraid of the dark -- really. really afraid of the dark. Can you tell me any rides at the Magic Kingdom that a four year old can experience without being in the dark AT ALL.


    Although darkness is a special effect used by several attractions at the Magic Kingdom (hence the term "dark rides"), there are numerous attractions that do not have any darkness.  

    To make sure you avoid the appropriate attractions, I'll list the dark/darkish attractions to avoid...

    Main Street USA: None 
    Adventureland: Enchanted Tiki Room, and Pirates of the Caribbean
    Frontierland: Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain Railroad (brief darkish moments), and Tom Sawyer Island (only the cave are dark - the rest should be fine)
    Liberty Square: Haunted Mansion
    Fantasyland: Peter Pan, Snow White's Scary Adventure, and Winnie the Pooh
    Tomorrowland: Space Mountain, Stitch's Great Escape

    If you have any further doubts, a good way to preview attractions for any possible issues is to search for them on  Most attractions have multiple videos posted on YouTube, so you can get a fairly good idea about the attraction in advance (may spoil the fun a little for you, but you're willing to "take one for the team" - right?!)

    Please write again if you have further questions.


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