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Mad Tea Party
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Mad Tea Party at Disneyland
Area Fantasyland
Coordinates 33°48′49″N 117°55′06″W / 33.8135°N 117.9183°W / 33.8135; -117.9183
Status Operating
Opening date July 17, 1955 (Original)
May 23, 1983 (reopening)
Closing date 1982 (Original)
Magic Kingdom
Area Fantasyland
(Enchanted Forest)
Coordinates 28°25′12″N 81°34′47″W / 28.42°N 81.5798°W / 28.42; -81.5798
Status Under refurbishments
Opening date October 1, 1971
Tokyo Disneyland
Area Fantasyland
Coordinates 35°37′52″N 139°52′52″E / 35.6312°N 139.881°E / 35.6312; 139.881
Status Operating
Opening date March 8, 1986
Disneyland Park (Paris)
Area Fantasyland
Coordinates 48°52′28″N 2°46′31″E / 48.8744°N 2.7752°E / 48.8744; 2.7752
Status Operating
Opening date April 12, 1992
Hong Kong Disneyland
Area Fantasyland
Coordinates 22°18′48″N 114°02′24″E / 22.3133°N 114.0401°E / 22.3133; 114.0401
Status Operating
Opening date September 12, 2005
General statistics
Attraction type Teacups
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Theme Alice in Wonderland
Height restriction No restriction for the American attractions
Manufacturer Arrow Development (Disneyland)
FastPass+ available

Mad Tea Party is a spinning tea cup ride at five of the six Disneyland-style theme parks around the world. The ride theme is inspired by the Unbirthday Party scene in Walt Disney's Alice In Wonderland, and plays a carousel version of the film's "Unbirthday Song". It was one of the opening day attractions operating at Disneyland on July 17, 1955.

The attraction is called Mad Tea Party at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom. It is known as Alice's Tea Party at Tokyo Disneyland, 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, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland versions do not have a big teapot in the center of the ride platform. The ride has gained infamy over the years for the number of guests who get motion sickness as a result of the spinning component to the ride.

Like Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Disneyland and its Hong Kong counterpart have a replica of one of the teacups located outside the attraction to be used by guests for better photo opportunities.

Attraction facts

  • Ride system: Three small turntables, which rotate clockwise, each holding six teacups, within one large turntable, rotating counter-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; Hong Kong Disneyland and the March Hare Refreshments at Disneyland Paris feature their own teapots apart from the ride.
  • Restrictions: The original attraction at Disneyland is unable to run in the rain because once the turntables are saturated with a moderate amount of water, they slip and can no longer spin. The 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 to protect riders from extreme heat and sun. Unlike its Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Hong Kong Disneyland counterparts, the Disneyland Paris version has a petal-shaped glass roof.
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