Hair-raising ride adventures: 13 favorite frights from the wickedly wonderful world of Disney

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Disney theme parks are renowned for their thrilling thematic attractions. Hair-raising ride experiences, either seasonal or always around, bring boo-worthy excitement to a new level for Disney Halloween fun.

From across nine Disney theme parks, 13 hair-raising ride adventures emerge for fall thrills and chills. These roller coasters, haunted houses, and dark delights designed to immerse riders into fiendishly fun experiences are listed, alphabetically below.

ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (Magic Kingdom FL)

As Mission to the Moon and eventually Mars became dated delights, a true terror took over in 1995. ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter was originally supposed to based on the sci-fi horror franchise “Alien.” Even though that never materialized this imaginative, immersive experience was a truly horrific experience in the best way. That is until it was replaced by the much tamer “Stiches Great Escape” in 2003.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters after Dark (Disney’s California Adventure CA)

Recently reimagined Tower of Terror transformed into a Marvel-ous new ride, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! in 20017. That same year at Halloween season, a nighttime overlay, “Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark” continues the story with new monsters, a new soundtrack and a brief appearance of Yondu’s ghost.

Haunted Mansion (Disneyland CA)

Walt’s original haunted house opened in 1969 and inspired macabre mazes around the world. Added attraction appears when two holidays collide for a spooky seasonal “Nightmare Before Christmas” inspired Haunted Mansion Holiday.

Journey to Halloween Town (Hong Kong Disneyland)

New (for 2018) guests enter a crypt within Memento Mori cemetery to wind up in Halloween Town. Amazing animatronics, live actors (including Oogie Boogie, Sally and Jack) and immersive ambiance boo-tifully recreate environments from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in this enchanting walk-through experience.

La Tanière du Dragon (Disneyland Paris)

Within Disneyland Paris, Sleeping Beauty’s Castles offers guests the opportunity to roam the castle and surrounding grounds. Upon doing so, Sleeping Beauty’s story, or “Belle au Bois Dormant,” as she is called in France, can be witnessed – as told in a series of scenes, depicted in stained glass and tapestries. These scenes, along with access to castle parapets overlooking Fantasyland, are found on the second floor of the castle. Meanwhile on the ground level, and below, those brave enough to enter the “Taniere du Dragon,” will find themselves face to face with an awakened dragon who roars and breaths smoke.

Monsters Inc. Ride & Go Seek (Disneyland Tokyo)

During a visit to the scare factory, a seemingly innocent game of flashlight tag goes awry. Guests board specially equipped (with flashlights which act like shooting gallery devices activating ride elements) security vehicles, joining Mike and Sully and Boo in the darkened factory. Boo wanders off and must be found.

Phantom Manor (Disneyland Paris)

Disney’s Haunted Mansion materializes in a different land at each park which hosts the spirited attraction. In Paris, Phantom Manor is set in Frontierland, with ties to nearby Thunder Mesa (home to Thunder Mountain). Western themes haunt the attraction, including a nightmarish ghost town (in place of the graveyard in other versions).

Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure (Disneyland Shanghai)

Found within the Treasure Cove section of the Shanghai Disneyland, this high-tech pirate adventure is filled with creepy cool creatures and immersive amazements. State of the art special effects and familiar film franchise scenes take guests over and under the ocean on this feast for fans of the films. Of course, as with the movies, there are a few nods towards the classic Pirates of the Caribbean attraction from Anaheim, but even those come with a twist.

Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull (DisneySea Tokyo)

Japan’s hair-raising ride version of the Indiana Jones attraction from California pours on the creepy factor with scores of spooky skeletons, creepy crawlies in a much darker adventure.  Monsters, magic, and mishaps prove that tourism and foreboding temples don’t mix.

Raging Spirits (DisneySea Tokyo)

Ancient Peruvian ruins provide the backdrop for a thrilling roller coaster ride. A similar version of this coaster with cool creep factor exists as “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril” at Disneyland Paris.

Snow White’s Scary Adventures (Disneyland CA)

An original opening day attraction, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, showcases scenes from the 1939 animated motion picture. “The ride does contain some scenes that might be frightening for young children—including creepy dungeons, human skulls and skeletons, evil ravens, hungry vultures, haunted trees, unexpected transformations, poisoned apples and the murderous Queen.” –Disney
This attraction also appears in Tokyo and Paris parks. The Florida version closed in 2012.

Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy (Disneyland Hong Kong)

A race through space on board a speeding coaster in the dark can be quite exhilarating on its own. Exterior enhancement (projected horrors) and subtle spooky changes to this classic coaster’s on ride experience (floating ghosts, surprise spirits, sinister new soundtrack) give it a ghoulishly great Halloween makeover.

Tower of Terror (Disney’s Hollywood Studios FL)

At the end of Sunset Boulevard, a tall foreboding hotel stands as a testament to her former glory.  The Hollywood Tower Hotel, with its creepy Twilight Zone theming, begs for guests to drop in for a visit.

Ghosts, monsters, thrills, and chills from Disney theme parks across the globe give guests hair-raising ride excitement for fearsome fall fun.  Spooky seasonal Halloween engagements breathe boo-tiful new adventures for attraction favorites, while other adventures thrill with brilliantly built in dark themes. All 13 of these favorite frights fuel fearsome fun for Halloween happiness.

4 Comments

  1. Correction: Journey to Halloweentown is in Hong Kong Disneyland, not Tokyo.

  2. Michael Gavin

    Thank you. I knew that, too (wrote the linked story). Appreciate the heads up.

  3. EricJ

    Wait, this can’t be Inside the Magic! Where’re the horror films? Where’re the video games? Where’re the upcoming DC Comics movies, with updates on the new Joker movie? Isn’t this site about the “Magic of entertainment”?

    (…Yeah, I’ve been away for a year or two, and just came back to rub it in.) 😉

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