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For the 1951 movie, of the same name, see Alice in Wonderland.
For the character, see Alice.
For the Tim Burton 2010 live-action movie, see Alice in Wonderland (2010 film)
Alice in Wonderland
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Disneyland
Land Fantasyland
Designer WED Enterprises
Attraction type Dark Ride
Theme Alice in Wonderland
Opening date June 14, 1958
Hosted by Alice
Ride duration 3:38 minutes

Alice in Wonderland is a dark ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland. Based on the animated Disney adaptation of the same name, the attraction resides next to a second ride, the Mad Tea Party, based on a scene in that same adaptation. The presence of two rides based on the film is unusual in that Walt Disney said he regretted making it because it lacked a connection to the audience's hearts.

The ride follows the path of the movie, as the guests follow the White Rabbit down the Rabbit Hole into Wonderland. They spin through scenes in a madcap fashion, dodging absurd creatures in the Tulgey Wood with some questionable guidance from the Cheshire Cat. When the Queen of Hearts loses to Alice at croquet, she threatens to chop off the innocent girl's head as she (and the ride vehicles) make their escape. The vehicles then leave the ride building's second floor (a rare occurrence in a non-thrill ride at a Disney park) and descends by people waiting in line on a winding giant vine, before heading to the climactic scene at the Mad Tea Party. The White Rabbit quivers as a giant unbirthday cake with a dynamite candle on top of it explodes and the ride vehicles escape back to where they began.

Until the 2014 refurbishment, Alice herself was only seen in the singing flower garden, hidden behind a leaf to the visitors' right. Now, she is featured in several scenes.

The attraction's second floor is located in the same building as Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, which is on the lower level.

Summary

Guests board a magic Caterpillar and go down the rabbit hole, where pieces of furniture, picture frames, vases and other objects swirl around the tunnel. Then, the Doorknob swings his door open for the guests to pass through, entering Wonderland, seeing the White Rabbit running off with Alice in pursuit, encountering the Tweedles and seeing the White Rabbit bouncing up and down outside his house complaining about how late he is.

Swerving quickly to the left, guests encounter a grove of singing flowers doing a performance of "All in the Golden Afternoon" while smoke appears on a black screen above the Caterpillar saying "Who are you?". Once finishing the climb to the ride's second floor, a Dandelion pops up, roaring, thinking that Alice and the guests are weeds.

The guests then enter the Tulgey Wood, where they and Alice meets the Cheshire Cat, a pencil bird who writes words on a series of signs, an accordion-necked owl, an eyeglasses bird, an adult honking horn duck with its ducklings, an umbrella vulture, a birdcage bird, and a pair of hammer birds nailing up signs that read "Watch Out".

From there, the guests enter the Queen of Hearts' garden and hedge maze, passing cards desperately painting the roses red to please the queen. Card soldiers, along with the whit rabbit announce the arrival of the Queen of Hearts, who offers to play croquet. She proceeds. using a flamingo as a club and a hedgehog as a ball. The King of Hearts, standing behind the Queen, says "Rule 42: The Queen always wins" as the hedgehog ends up rolling into a rose tree.

The guests then enter the courtroom where the guests see an angry executioner card brandishing an axe. The Queen shouting "Off with their heads!" caused by her defeat at croquet. While a brigade of Cards leap towards the guests, they escape by pushing their way through the courtroom doors past two guards poised to attack. The vehicles then leave the ride building's second floor and descend down a winding path on a giant vine past the ride's queue area before heading to the final scene.

The ride culminates at the Unbirthday Party, where the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse sing "A Very Merry Unbirthday to You", followed by Alice proclaiming that it's her unbirthday too.

The White Rabbit stands next to a giant unbirthday cake with a dynamite candle on top of it, shaking nervously. The cake explodes as the guests exit the scene and arrive at the unload area to exit the caterpillar.

Voice Credits

Changes

In 1983, the ride was updated as part of an overall refurbishment of Fantasyland, as the Upside-Down Room and Oversized Room were eliminated and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party was moved to the very end of the ride. A new narration track by Kathryn Beaumont, the actress who voiced Alice in the film, was recorded. To create more unified theming in Fantasyland, the Mad Tea Party attraction was moved from a location at the rear of Fantasyland to a location adjacent to the Alice in Wonderland ride that same year. The Alice in Wonderland ride, however, did not reopen until April 14, 1984, one year after the rest of the New Fantasyland opened.

The ride was temporarily closed on July 15, 2010 after California's Department of Occupational Safety and Health pointed out that it lacked handrails on the second floor exterior track portion of the ride. The ride re-opened with temporary safety rails on August 13, 2010. The permanent design would not be implemented until 2014.

On March 10, 2014, the ride closed for an extended refurbishment. In addition to regular maintenance, changes were made to the attraction's exterior. Walt Disney Imagineering also did some work on the ride's interior. The attraction officially reopened on July 4, 2014 with several enhancements; many scenes were updated with digitally-projected images and effects (many of which include footage taken from the film), the Cheshire Cat figures received new special effects and new figures of Alice were added to the Tulgey Wood and Unbirthday Party scenes. In addition, the second story exterior track path was widened and themed safety railings were added to the left side of the path.

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Media
Films: Alice in Wonderland | Video | Remake | Through the Looking Glass | Who Framed Roger Rabbit
TV Series: Adventures in Wonderland | Bonkers | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Shorts and Specials: A Lesson in Appreciating Differences | Donald in Mathmagic Land | Reading Magic with Figment and Alice in Wonderland | One Hour in Wonderland | Operation Wonderland
Books: Book for Colors | Alice Favorites | It's About Time! | Little Golden Book | Disney Read-Along | Classic Storybook | Big Golden Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Paper Doll | Paper Dolls | Finds the Garden of Live Flowers | Alice in the White Rabbit's House | Meets the White Rabbit | Alice's Tea Party | Alice's Wonderland Adventure | Mad Hatter's Tea Party | Grin and Play | Down the Rabbit Hole | Alice Meets the White Rabbit | Disney Classics Little Golden Book Library | Wonderland
Music: Alice and the Mad Tea Party | Alice and the Trial | Alice and the White Rabbit | All the Songs from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland | Little Nipper Giant Storybook Record Album

Video Games
Kingdom Hearts series: Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts coded
Other: 2000 game | Alice no Paint Adventure | Disney INFINITY | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | 2010 game | Kinect Disneyland Adventures | Hidden Worlds | Disney Magical World | Disney Universe | Disney's Villains' Revenge

Characters
Original: Alice | Dinah | Alice's sister | Mad Hatter | March Hare | Dormouse | White Rabbit | Cheshire Cat | The Doorknob | Dodo | Caucus Race Animals | Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum | The Walrus and the Carpenter | Curious Oysters | Bill the Lizard | Bread-And-Butterflies | Rose and the Flowers | Rocking-horsefly | Caterpillar | Mother Bird | Tulgey Wood Animals | Birdcage Bird | Hammer and Pencil Birds | Mome Raths | Card Soldiers | Queen of Hearts | King of Hearts | Flamingos | Hedgehogs | The Jury | Dog and Cat Caterpillars
Remake: Alice Kingsleigh | Margaret Kingsleigh | Lady Ascot | Lord Ascot | The Chataway Girls | Fiona Chataway | Faith Chataway | Nivins McTwisp | Tarrant Hightopp | Thackery Earwicket | Mally | Ansolem | The Tweedle Boys | Chessur | Uilleam | Bielle | Bayard | Frog Servants | Tall Flowers | The Red Queen | The White Queen | Knave of Hearts | Monkey Servants | Bandersnatch | The Jub Jub Bird | Jabberwocky | Armoured Cards | Armoured Chess Pieces
Other: Mary Ann | Humpty Dumpty

Objects: Drink Me Bottle | Eat Me Cookies | Mad Hatter's hat | Oraculum

Deleted Concepts and Characters: Jabberwocky | Anthropomorphic "Drink Me" Bottle | The Puppy | The Gryphon and the Mock Turtle | 1933 film | 1939 film

Locations
Original: Wonderland | Rabbit Hole | The Exterior | White Rabbit's House | Shoreline | The Meadow of Living Flowers | The Mushroom | The Mad Hatter's House | Wonderland Maze | Tulgey Wood | England | London
Remake: Underland | The Red Queen's Castle

Songs
Original: Alice in Wonderland | I'm Late | In a World of My Own | Sailor's Hornpipe | The Caucus Race/Reprise | How Do You Do and Shake Hands | The Walrus and the Carpenter | Old Father William | All in the Golden Afternoon | The Unbirthday Song | Very Good Advice | Painting the Roses Red | Dodgsonland | Ocean of Tears | Simon Says | Whooooo Are Youuuuu?
Remake: Alice's theme
Deleted: Beyond the Laughing Sky | Beautiful Soup | Beware the Jabberwock | I'm Odd

Disney Parks: Alice in Wonderland | Celebrate the Magic | Disney Dreams | Main Street Electrical Parade | Mickey Mouse Revue | Fantasmic! | Mad Hatter's Tea Cups | The Mad Tea Party | Alice's Curious Labyrinth | Alice's Costumes Through the Years | The White Rabbit Costumes Through the Years | Once Upon a Time | World of Color

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