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Mad Tea Party
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Disneyland
Land Fantasyland
Opening date July 17, 1955
Mad Tea Party
Mad Tea Party of Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
Land Fantasyland
Opening date October 1, 1971
Alice's Tea Party
TDL Alice's Tea Party
Tokyo Disneyland
Land Fantasyland
Opening date March 8, 1986
Mad Hatter's Tea Cups
Disneyland 2 (16)
Disneyland Park (Paris)
Land Fantasyland
Opening date April 12, 1992
Mad Hatter Tea Cups
HKDL Mad Hatter Tea Cups
Hong Kong Disneyland
Land Fantasyland
Opening date September 12, 2005
Mad Tea Party is a spinning tea cup ride at all five Disneyland-style theme parks around the world. The ride theme is based on the Unbirthday scene from Alice in Wonderland. The ride has gained infamy over the years for the amount of guests (and even Alice and the Mad Hatter themselves) who get motion sickness as a result of the spinning component to the ride.

The attraction is called Mad Tea Party at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom. It is known as Alice's Tea Party at Tokyo Disneyland,[1] Mad Hatter's Tea Cups at Disneyland Paris, and Mad Hatter Tea Cups at Hong Kong Disneyland.

All five versions of the attraction are located in Fantasyland, and all except the Tokyo version were opening day attractions at their respective parks. The Disneyland version was originally located directly behind Sleeping Beauty Castle (in the present-day location of King Arthur Carrousel) and was moved to its present-day location in 1983. This version was modified in 2004 to make it more difficult to spin fast after a disabled rider lost his balance and slipped from a teacup.[2] The Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland versions are the only Mad Tea Party attraction that doesn't have a big teapot in the center of it.

Attraction Premise

  • Pour yourself into an oversized teacup and twirl quickly or slowly amid a menagerie of color and sound. Celebrate your “un-birthday” in Wonderland as you sail back and forth around a towering teapot beneath a windswept party of paper lanterns, as festive music fills the air.
  • Each tea cup includes a wheel in the center that lets you control the direction and speed of your spin. If you decide you want a wild ride, simply turn the wheel fast and hold on. If you want a gentler ride, you may opt to not turn the wheel at all.

Attraction facts

  • Ride system: Three small turntables, which rotate counter clock-wise, each holding six teacups, within one large turntable, rotating clockwise.
  • Theming: The Dormouse can be seen popping his head out of a large teapot in the middle of the large turntable. This occurs only at Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland as the other parks do not feature a central teapot.
  • Restrictions: The original attraction at Disneyland is unable to run in the rain, once the turntables are saturated with a moderate amount of water they slip and can no longer spin. All other versions of this attraction at Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland are covered to prevent such situations, as well as protect riders from extreme heat and sun.
  • However, in the early days, the Magic Kingdom's version was uncovered until around 1975.

References

  1. Tokyo Disneyland ride description
  2. At Disneyland, slower teacups

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See also


Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
Main Street, U.S.A.: Walt Disney World Railroad| Main Street Vehicles | Disney's Electrical Parade

Adventureland: Swiss Family Treehouse | The Magic Carpets of Aladdin | Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room | Jungle Cruise | Pirates of the Caribbean

Frontierland: Splash Mountain | Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Tom Sawyer Island | Country Bear Jamboree | Frontierland Shootin' Arcade

Liberty Square: The Hall of Presidents | Liberty Square Riverboat | The Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland: Cinderella Castle | It's a Small World | Peter Pan's Flight | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Dream Along With Mickey | Prince Charming Regal Carrousel | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | Mad Tea Party | The Great Goofini | Cinderella's Royal Table | Pinocchio Village Haus | Sword in the Stone

New Fantasyland: | Seven Dwarfs Mine Train | Ariel's Grotto | Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid | Be Our Guest Restaurant | Enchanted Tales with Belle | Princess Fairytale Hall | Pete's Silly Sideshow | The Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini | Casey Jr. Splash and Soak Station

Tomorrowland: Tomorrowland Speedway | Space Mountain | Astro Orbiter | Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover | Carousel of Progress | Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin | Stitch's Great Escape! | Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor | Push the Talking Trash Can

Resorts: Disney's Contemporary Resort | Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa | Disney's Polynesian Resort | Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Former Attractions: The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) | Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes | Mike Fink Keel Boats | Mickey Mouse Revue | Mr. Toad's Wild Ride | Skyway | Snow White's Scary Adventures | 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage | If You Had Wings | Delta Dreamflight | The Timekeeper | Magic Journeys | The Legend of the Lion King

Others: List of Magic Kingdom attractions | Mickey's Toontown Fair | Virtual Magic Kingdom



Disneyland
Disneyland Postcard
Main Street, U.S.A.: Disneyland Railroad | Main Street Cinema | The Disney Gallery | Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

New Orleans Square: The Haunted Mansion | Pirates of the Caribbean

Frontierland: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island | Mark Twain Riverboat | Sailing Ship Columbia | Big Thunder Ranch | Golden Horseshoe Saloon | Fantasmic!

Critter Country: Splash Mountain | Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Adventureland: Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room | Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye | Jungle Cruise | Tarzan's Treehouse

Mickey's Toontown: Chip 'n' Dale's Treehouse | Donald's Boat | Gadget's Go Coaster | Goofy's Playhouse | Mickey's House and Meet Mickey | Minnie's House | Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

Fantasyland: Sleeping Beauty Castle | Alice in Wonderland | Casey Jr. Circus Train | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | It's a Small World | King Arthur Carrousel | Mad Tea Party | Matterhorn Bobsleds | Mr. Toad's Wild Ride | Peter Pan's Flight | Pinocchio's Daring Journey | Snow White's Scary Adventures | Storybook Land Canal Boats | Pixie Hollow | Sword in the Stone

Tomorrowland: Astro Orbitor | Autopia | Space Mountain | Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Disneyland Monorail | Captain EO | Innoventions | Starcade | Star Tours: The Adventures Continue | Push the Talking Trash Can

Resorts: Disneyland Hotel

Former Attractions: Country Bear Jamboree | Star Tours | Honey, I Shrunk the Audience | Ariel's Grotto | PeopleMover | Skyway | Carousel of Progress | 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage | Fink 169 Boats | Swiss Family Treehouse | Adventure Thru Inner Space | Magic Journeys | Rocket Jets | Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland | Midget Autopia | The Party Gras Parade | Space Station X-1 | Flying Saucers | Aladdin's Royal Caravan | One Man's Dream | Mickey Mouse Club Theater | Fantasy Waters | Fantasyland Autopia | Rocket Rods | Snow White: An Enchanting Musical | The Lion King Celebration

Other: List of Disneyland attractions



Tokyo Disneyland
Cinderella Castle of Tokyo Disneyland Japan
World Bazaar: The Disney Gallery | Omnibus

Fantasyland: Cinderella Castle | Snow White's Adventures | Snow White Grotto | Pinocchio's Daring Journey | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall | Castle Carrousel | Alice's Tea Party | Peter Pan's Flight | Pooh's Hunny Hunt | It's a Small World | Mickey's PhilharMagic | The Haunted Mansion | Sword in the Stone

Westernland: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Mark Twain Riverboat | Country Bear Theater | Tom Sawyer Island | Westernland Shooting Gallery

Critter Country: Splash Mountain | Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes

Adventureland: Swiss Family Treehouse | Western River Railroad | Jungle Cruise | Pirates of the Caribbean | The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents Aloha e Komo Mai!

Toontown: Mickey's House & Movie Barn | Minnie's House | Goofy's Bounce House | Donald's Boat | Chip 'n' Dale's Treehouse | Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin | Gadget's Go Coaster | Toon Park

Tomorrowland: Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek | Space Mountain | Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Star Jets | Grand Circuit Raceway | Captain EO | Star Tours: The Adventures Continue | Push the Talking Trash Can

Resorts: Tokyo Disneyland Hotel | Disney's Ambassador Hotel

Former Attractions: Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour | Mickey Mouse Revue | Honey, I Shrunk the Audience | Skyway | Magic Journeys | Disney's Party Express | One Man's Dream | Star Tours | The Party Gras Parade



Disneyland Paris
Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant
Main Street, U.S.A.: Disneyland Railroad | Liberty Arcade | Discovery Arcade | Main Street Vehicles

Frontierland: Legends of the Wild West | Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Phantom Manor | River Rogue Keel Boats | Rustler Roundup Shooting Gallery | Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing | Woody's Roundup Village

Adventureland: Le Passage Enchanté d'Aladdin | Adventure Isle | La Cabane des Robinson | Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril | Pirates of the Caribbean | Following the Leader with Peter Pan

Fantasyland: Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant | Le Carrousel de Lancelot | Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains | Les Voyages de Pinocchio | Peter Pan's Flight | Alice's Curious Labyrinth | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | It's a Small World | Mad Hatter Tea Party | Le Pays de Contes de Fées | Casey Jr. - Le Petit Train du Cirque | Sword in the Stone

Discoveryland: Autopia | Space Mountain: Mission 2 | Orbitron, Machines Volantes | Videopolis Theater | Les Mystères du Nautilus | Buzz Lightyear Laser Blasts | Star Tours | Captain EO | Push the Talking Trash Can

Hotels: Disneyland Hotel | Hotel New York | Disney's Sequoia Lodge | Newport Bay Club Hotel | Disney's Hotel Cheyenne | Disney's Hotel Santa Fe

Former Attractions: Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes | Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage | Le Visionarium | Honey, I Shrunk the Audience



Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland logo

Main Street, U.S.A.: Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad | Hong Kong Disneyland Band | Main Street Vehicles | Animation Academy | Ragtime Piano | The Art of Animation | Magic Access Member Service Center | City Hall

Fantasyland: Cinderella Carrousel | Court of Miracles Sideshow | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | Fantasy Gardens | Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad - Fantasyland Station | The Golden Mickeys | It's a Small World | Mad Hatter Tea Cups | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Pixie Hollow | Sleeping Beauty Castle | Snow White Grotto | Sword in the Stone

Adventureland: Festival of the Lion King | Tarzan's Treehouse | Rafts to Tarzan's Treehouse | Jungle River Cruise | Liki Tikis

Tomorrowland: Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Stitch Encounter | Space Mountain | Autopia | Orbitron | UFO Zone | Muppet Mobile Lab | Push the Talking Trash Can

Toy Story Land: Toy Soldier Parachute Drop | Slinky Dog Spin | RC Racer | Toy Soldier Boot Camp | Barrel of Fun | Cubot

Grizzly Gulch: Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars | Geyser Gulch | Grizzly Gulch Welcome Wagon Show

Mystic Point: Mystic Manor | Garden of Wonders | Mystic Point Freight Depot

Current Entertainment: Flights of Fantasy Parade | Disney in the Stars | Jammitors | Mickey's Rainy Day Express

Seasonal Entertainment: Mickey's WaterWorks | Glow in the Dark Halloween Parade | Main Street Haunted Hotel | Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy

Former Attractions and Entertainment: The Disneyland Story presenting How Mickey Mouse Came to Hong Kong | Disney on Parade | The Dapper Dans | Mickey's Main Street Express | Turtle Talk with Crush | Mickey's House | High School Musical: LIVE! | Tinker Bell Castle Illumination | "The Magic Continues" Preview Gallery | Lucky the Dinosaur | Jungle Puppet Carnival | Jungle Drumming

Upcoming: Iron Man Experience (opening Fall 2016)

Resorts: Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel | Disney's Hollywood Hotel



Alice in Wonderland
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Media: Alice in Wonderland | Who Framed Roger Rabbit | Bonkers | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts coded | Alice no Paint Adventure | Disney Infinity

Characters: Alice | Dinah | Alice's sister | Mad Hatter | March Hare | Dormouse | White Rabbit | Cheshire Cat | The Doorknob | Dodo | 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 | Card soldiers | Queen of Hearts | King of Hearts | Flamingos and hedgehogs | Hammer and Pencil Birds

Locations: Wonderland | Rabbit Hole | White Rabbit's house | Shoreline | Tulgey Wood

Songs: Alice in Wonderland | I'm Late | In a World of My Own | Sailor's Hornpipe | The Caucus Race | 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 | The Caucus Race (Reprise) | Dodgsonland | Ocean of Tears | Simon Says | Whooooo Are Youuuuu?

Deleted Songs: Beyond the Laughing Sky | Beautiful Soup | Beware the Jabberwock | I'm Odd

Disney Parks: Alice in Wonderland | Mad Tea Party | Alice's Curious Labyrinth

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