Thanks! I guess I'm just wondering what the images project. If it's bloody corpses, we might stay away. If it's less scary stuff that goes "boo", not so bad.
There's nothing violent about it. It kind of looks like fire in the shape of a demony thing. Really just Google Image it and you'll get an idea of what it's like. Also keep it mind it's primarily projected on the walls and thus flat in the actual ride.
To be completely honest, if it is a problem, you can just close your eyes, since it's not like you can see the track or anything else in the ride anyway.
And heed this warning: The spirits will materialize only if you remain quietly seated at all times and stop taking flash pictures, you moron.
My daughter is 4 and did it for the first time last weekend and she was fine. But all kids are different. The music can be intense and the fire demon image follows you around. Like someone else said show him the image first and gauge his reaction from there.
I think it totally depends on the child. Though my son is six, I'd have no problem with him going on it. His favorite part of Matterhorn is the "snow man". Last year, when he had just turned six, he rode CA Screamin, repeatedly and TOT without any issues. Some kids are daredevils for things like this and some are not.. there's a lot of variables and you, of course, know your child the best.
Explain it to him in this manner: the "ghost" galaxy is so far away that you can plainly see the entirety of the galaxy, which means that, even if it were real, which it's not, it would be so incredibly far away from your little "ship" that it would pose absolutely zero threat to him, at all.
Ghost Galaxy is a pretty stupid idea, honestly, when you take that into account. Something that far away has no chance, at all, at being able to see one little ship flying around at that distance, let alone consider it a threat enough to attack wildly, despite the attacks still falling short by immeasurable light years of distance, since you can fully see the attacks from a GALAXY.
So, yeah, it's fake, and once you get that into his head, there is nothing for him to fear. If I were to venture an opinion, I'd have to state that the only thing that isn't stupid about the Ghost Galaxy overlay is the light and sound effects outside the attraction. Everything inside the attraction is incredibly stupid, once you realize how far away the ghost galaxy would have to be in order to see the thing in full.
Reading over this points at the argument being incredibly one-sided. It is. Educating a child about what is going on, and the reality of the situation might diminish the magic slightly, but if you're worried about him being afraid of the attraction overlay, diminishing the magic could go a long way towards having him enjoy the ride.
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My son is now big enough to ride Space Mountain, and we happen to be visiting Halloween week. He's a tough kid, but I'm curious about how far Ghost Galaxy goes on the scariness scale
You didn't even say how old he is.... only you can make a real estimation... I can say that my 8 year old daughter was scared the first time she road it, in part because of the sound effects along with the projected images... That said she wanted to ride it again after we got off. So it really is hard to say how he might react... I can say of all the ride the 8 year old will not ride tower of terror again or the California Scream'n... All other ride including the Space Mountain overlay are not a problem... So that's the view of a 8 year old girl...