This reddit thread on what to do if you have severe anxiety about Splash Mountain will make you feel so seen

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HelloGiggles/Gina Vaynshteyn

Okay, so, let me explain. I have a fear of big drops, which is normally a non-issue when I go to Disneyland, because most of the rides are so mellow (with maybe the exception of Space Mountain, which is just really fast and twisty-and-turn-y, but has no drops). While a lot of people love the sensation, drops make my organs feel like they’ve been tied together with twine and suspended in the air. Not a huge fan. So a month ago I was at the park for my husband’s birthday and we went on all the rides except for Splash Mountain, which has a 50-foot drop. You’re also in a log without seat belts.

We were going to skip Splash Mountain until I decided we shouldn’t. I was going to face my fear. I was going to face my fear, and it wouldn’t be so bad. Plus, there’s so much existing folklore surrounding Splash Mountain; everyone from Chrissy Teigen to Angry Mom to that guy who proposed to his lady friend has a great Splash Mountain story.

To remedy my ride anxiety while waiting in the 90-minute line, I googled “Is Splash Mountain actually scary?” because there’s no better feeling than reassurance from the internet. I came across a Disney reddit thread that seemed to have permeated into my brain and extracted exactly what I was experiencing, even though it was posted five years ago. For the record, I was so nervous, I felt shortness of breath and abdominal cramps — my body was physically revolting, saying “Gina, GTFO. Get out of this line before it’s too late.”

Instead, I stayed and skimmed the thread, which comprised of 42 comments, all trying to comfort this uneasy Disneyland go-er.

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Reddit user nvrwastetree wrote, “I am terrified of splash mountain [sic] and the drop that comes with it. To put it into a sentence we can all understand, I can basically ride everything in disneyland/world with absolutely no problem.”

SAME, nvrwastetree!

For context, they write, “Space Mountain and Matterhorn are my two favorite rides. Space Mountain because I cannot see where I am heading because of the darkness; and The Matterhorn because I will always sit in the rear of the sled, but will refuse to ride if i [sic] have to sit up front. I am visiting Disneyland for the first time since 1998, and in all my 27 years of being alive, I cannot ride Splash Mountain.”

Literally me. I’m also 27!

“I get extremely nervous and anxious when I am 50 feet away from it,” they wrote.

Me too! Omg!

They ask reddit users, “So how would I go [about] facing my fears??? I have previously thought about taking a couple Xanax pills in order to get rid of the anxiousness, but I want to be awake for the picture…help please!”

The good people of the internet provided thorough responses, some more helpful than others.


This user’s tips include:

1. Ride Pirates of the Caribbean first

2. Know that Disney is known for their safety standards.

3. Don’t wait in line for a long time because waiting psyches you out even more.

4. Go with a good pal.

5. Ride Splash Mountain multiple times!

Another suggested to watch the video of the ride, which I also did in line for Splash Mountain. At this point I think I was in the shady cave part (in other words, there was no turning back).