|Mad Tea Party|
|The Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland|
|Opening date||October 1, 1971|
|Ride duration||1.5 minutes|
|Based on||Disney's Alice in Wonderland|
The Mad Tea Party is an attraction located in Fantasyland.
Although always envisioned as an attraction based on the "Unbirthday" scene from Alice in Wonderland, the original plans for the Mad Tea Party were drastically different from the final result. Early designs for the attraction called for guests to enter a "Mad Tea Party" that the Mad Hatter and March Hare were throwing. Guests would enter their tea cups (walking past giant depictions of the Cheshire Cat and the Caterpillar) and spin around a giant Unbirthday table, while the Mad Hatter and March Hare sang the "Very Merry Unbirthday" song . When the Mad Tea Party opened on Disneyland's opening day however, its scale had been drastically reduced. Gone from the attraction were the Mad Hatter, March Hare and the "Unbirthday" party. Instead guests twirled around inside psychedelically colored tea cups.
Due to its popularity in Disneyland, a version of the Mad Tea Party was recreated for the opening of Walt Disney World. Opening on October 1, 1971, the attraction was an exact copy of the Disneyland attraction. Shortly after the Mad Tea Party opened however, a large canopy was added to give the ride some cover from the Florida elements . Also added at this time, was a large teapot (housing the Dormouse from the film) which the teacups now rotated around . After the addition of the canopy, the attraction remained unchanged until 1992 when Japanese lanterns were added . At this time, the Mad Tea Party also received a new color scheme and new music. In 2010, the attraction was once again repainted .
Fun Facts and Trivia
- The canopy over the Mad Tea Party lights up at night, giving the attraction a very different look.
- The Doormouse only appears in the Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland versions of the Mad Tea Party.
- If you want to see an image of the Mad Tea Party before it got its canopy check out: