You know I guess I"ve been lucky, my boys have never been scared of any of the dark rides, HM or POTC. They've been riding them since they were
18 mths & 12 mths repectively. So far the only issues we've had with rides was the one time Shawn decided he needed to leave Bugs Life NOW(after seeing it 5 times go figure)and he decided not to ride Splash because of the set up on the logs(but he loved the side by side seating at WDW and rode it twice there!)
He's not one for coasters though, he has no desire to try Screamin until his "12" his words and he says he'll ride TOT when he's "7" and Space when he's "10"
Certainly for some children they are scared, but that is part of the "thrill" of the ride. It is sort of a thrill ride for the pre-7 set. I don't think any permanent damage was caused. I am sure they wouldn't have to see a psychotherapist for years to overcome their fear of moving vehicles or frogs...
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I wasn't allowed to ride that one until I was like 11. Didn't ride HM until I was 10. Didn't ride Snow White hardly ever. Mom decided they were too scary for me. Really a pity. I'm sure Iw ould have died had I seen HM too soon, but Mr. Toad? She doesn't like the idea of going to hell.
But really, this all had to be done on a person-by-person basis. Some kids may be scared, some kids not.
True that. However, I think the real appeal before was watching your car run over people and things. That was the real draw to this one imho. Now it's all PC... bleh.
And regarding the 7 crying kids. You see kids crying and there could be a hundred reasons why they are actually crying. It could be hell, it could be the dark, it could be the scary judge, it could be that 7 kids don't fit into one car so they were separated from an adult or someone they wanted to sit next too, or the one it usually is: kids were crying because they should be taking a nap and not walking around at the most crowded and hot places on earth.