1. Don’t feel bad, when my kid said it, I silently called him a wuss.
2. Don’t fret. I personally think Disney World does a great job giving insight into what you will experience on the rides.
|Rock'n'Roller Coaster, one of the most thrilling attractions at WDW!|
Can you fully explain the drop on Tower of Tower to your kiddo? No. But, you do have a great visual of the ride from the street below and you can hear the sounds of the people screaming on the ride. This unveiling is true with most of Disney’s “thrill” rides.
For example, Rock'n Roller Coaster allows you to view the launch while you still have a chance to take the chicken exit. Expedition Everest and Splash Mountain show you the drops from different areas, giving you the option to ride or skip waiting in line. By taking a ride on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority you can view part of the Space Mountain ride.
We didn’t push the issue with any of our kids. If they wanted to ride-- fine, and if not they would wait for us by the ride photos at the end. I know not everyone has kids old enough to do that, so in that case you can take advantage of Child Swap so both parents can take turns riding.
The one unexpected wildcard—The Haunted Mansion. If you think any part of it will scare your kiddo, skip it, or ride it alone first and judge. While as adults we understand what is real and what isn’t, kids of all ages still get very scared by the darkness, and those 999 happy haunts aren’t ALL as happy as they might lead you to believe. Don't assume they will be fine and take the chance of traumatizing them for the rest of the day (or week!)