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
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.
-- 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,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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
SOURCE Disneyland Resort