Celebrities Reveal their Fears in Friday the 13th 'What Scares You?' Survey

- Daniel Radcliffe, Serena Williams, Sheryl Crowe and Others Share Their

Scares! -

- Despite Fears, Disneyland Resort in California Welcomes Monsters -

Jan 12, 2006, 00:00 ET from Disneyland Resort

    ANAHEIM, Calif., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Fears, phobias and superstitions
 are the topic of the day every Friday the 13th and this Friday the 13th is no
 exception. As part of the upcoming opening of its newest attraction,
 "Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue," Disneyland Resort in southern
 California announced today results from its national "What Scares You?" survey
 conducted by Harris Interactive. When Disneyland asked some of today's hottest
 celebrities "What Scares You?" they were surprised to learn that "Harry
 Potter" himself, Daniel Radcliffe, fears clowns while Jennifer Love Hewitt and
 Serena Williams are still afraid of monsters under their bed! The national
 survey revealed that 56 percent of American adults* admit they fear, or have
 feared monsters.
     The Disneyland "What Scares You?" survey polled top celebrities, more than
 4,000 adults (aged 18+) and 1,600 youth (aged 8 to 17) across the United
 States to gauge their biggest fears.
     Celebrity Scares:
     -- Daniel Radcliffe may not scare easily as Harry Potter or in real life
        but when it comes to clowns, forget it. The star of "Harry Potter"
        series says "scary" noises also give him the spooks!
     -- It seems Jennifer Love Hewitt can handle the dead in her new TV drama
        "Ghost Whisperer," but she better not run into any monsters! She and
        tennis great Serena Williams admit they are still afraid of the dark
        and monsters under the bed.
     -- "Joan of Arcadia" actress Amber Tamblyn says monsters under her bed and
        aliens, no problem -- just no crowded elevators, please!
     -- Pop singer and tween heartthrob Jesse McCartney says he doesn't scare
        easily, but definitely does not want to be locked in a closet,
        surrounded by clowns or stranded in a deserted area with no one around.
     -- Rock star Sheryl Crow was nice enough to share her scares too --
        heights and hearing "scary" noises frighten her the most!
     -- He plays "Walt Lloyd" in "Lost" who's best friend is his dog Vincent,
        but Malcolm David Kelley is just a good actor. In reality, he's really
        scared of animals, especially large dogs and sharks!
     A Monster's Haven
     Disneyland's "What Scares You?" survey found that 55 percent of youth and
 43 percent of adults remember thinking that monsters were in or around their
 house. Where exactly? Many kids and teens thought monsters were in their
 closet (25 percent) or under their bed (21 percent), compared to adults who
 feared monsters were in their closet (20 percent) and/or under their bed (20
     Who's More Scared? Grownups or Youngsters ...
     The survey found that 86 percent of adults and 91 percent of youngsters
 admitted to being very scared of something. Nearly one-in-five adults (18
 percent) also said they are scared of more things now than they were as a
 child. Adults admit to other scares, including snakes (38 percent), fear of
 heights (36 percent), watching scary movies (22 percent) and the dark (eight
     In addition to scary noises (42 percent), 40 percent of youngsters admit
 they are scared of bugs, while 39 percent say scary movies do the trick.
 Children also admit they are very afraid of the dark (29 percent) and being
 home alone (22 percent).
     Robyn Spizman, co-author of "Monsters Under the Bed and Other Childhood
 Fears," commented on the "What Scares You?" findings: "Childhood is a time for
 facing many fears. As children get older, their fears change as a result of
 their surroundings. Eventually, they either outgrow or overcome them and then
 suddenly the thought of monsters in the closet isn't so scary anymore."
     Highlights from the National "What Scares You?" Survey
     -- 43 percent of adults and 55 percent of youth remember thinking monsters
        were in or around their house
     -- As children (under the age 13), 22 percent of adults were very scared
        of monsters under their bed and 20 percent of adults were scared of
        monsters in their closet
     -- 12 percent of children between the ages of 8 and 12 are "very scared"
        of monsters under their bed and/or monsters in their closet
     -- 45 percent of youth said they have trouble falling asleep when they are
        scared - 32 percent will sleep with a light on
     -- 42 percent of youth are scared of hearing scary noises, 40 percent are
        afraid of bugs and 39 percent are frightened by scary movies
     -- Both youths and adults who are scared of something typically remember
        being scared for the first time around the age of five
     -- 86 percent of adults and 91 percent of youth admit they're scared of
     -- 86 percent of adults say they have overcome many of their childhood
     -- 24 percent of adults remember being scared the first time by a
        real-life situation that happened to them, 18 percent recall a
        nightmare as their first scare, 14 percent said it was something they
        saw in a movie did it, while 13 percent said they were scared the first
        time by their own imagination
     About the Survey
     Harris Interactive fielded three online surveys on behalf of Coyne Public
 Relations. The first survey was conducted between November 21 and November 23,
 2005 among a nationwide sample of 2,311 U.S. adults 18 years of age or older,
 of whom 1,962 are very scared of something.
     The second was conducted between November 16 and 22, 2005 among a
 nationwide sample of 1,602 U.S. youth ages 8-17 years, of whom 1,449 are very
 scared of something. The third was conducted between December 20 and 22, 2005
 among a nationwide sample of 2,013 U.S. adults 18 years of age or older, of
 whom 996 have been afraid of monsters.
     Contact Coyne Public Relations at 973.316.1665 or via email,
 lmackiel@coynepr.com, to obtain a copy of the complete methodology statement
 for the surveys aforementioned.
     About Harris Interactive
     Harris Interactive Inc. (http://www.harrisinteractive.com), based in
 Rochester, New York, is the 13th largest and the fastest-growing market
 research firm in the world, most widely known for The Harris Poll(R) and for
 its pioneering leadership in the online market research industry. Long
 recognized by its clients for delivering insights that enable confident
 business decisions, the Company blends the science of innovative research with
 the art of strategic consulting to deliver knowledge that leads to measurable
 and enduring value. Harris Interactive serves clients worldwide through its
 United States, Europe (http://www.harrisinteractive.com/europe) and Asia
 offices, its wholly-owned subsidiary Novatris in Paris, France
 (http://www.novatris.com), and through an independent global network of
 affiliate market research companies. EOE M/F/D/V
     About Disneyland Resort
     "Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue" joins an incredible array
 of innovative new adventures and spectacular entertainment premiering at
 Disneyland during its 18-month 50th anniversary celebration, continuing
 through 2006.
     The 500-acre Disneyland Resort in southern California features two
 spectacular theme parks -- the world-renowned original Disney theme park,
 Disneyland ("The Happiest Place on Earth)" and Disney's California Adventure
 where Disney magic meets California fun, plus the Downtown Disney District, a
 public esplanade of unique and exciting dining, entertainment and shopping
 experiences. Resort hotels include the elegant 751-room Disney's Grand
 Californian Hotel, the magical 990-room Disneyland Hotel and the surfside fun
 of the 502-room Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel.
     More information about the Disneyland 50th anniversary celebration and
 vacations at the Disneyland Resort is available at http://www.disneyland.com,
 by calling (877) 700-DISNEY, or by visiting local travel agents.
     * Adults age 18 to 54

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