The Mad Hatter’s Mad Tea Party

Mad Hatter

 

Hello everyone, and welcome to the next installment in our Disney attraction series!  Today we are taking a look at the Mad Tea Party, located in the Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland!  This attraction is your typical tea cup ride, with crazy spins — or not so crazy depending on how much you like to spin — and the attraction is themed after the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland!

I don’t think I knew this before I started this series, but the Mad Tea Party is an Opening Day Original at the Magic Kingdom, and opened for business on October 1, 1971!  Of course, like most of the attractions at Walt Disney World, the Mad Tea Party first opened in Disneyland on July 17, 1955.  The interesting thing about the original Disneyland version is that for the first two years,  the tea cups had no brakes or clutches; nothing limited how fast they could be spun. I’ve got to tell you, I’m glad that isn’t the case at the Magic Kingdom because that would be a nightmare for me — Sophie would have that thing revved up so fast it would drive me insane!

The theming for the Mad Tea Party is the Unbirthday Party scene from Alice in Wonderland.  In addition to Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom, you can also find Mad Tea Party rides at Tokyo Disneyland (under the name Alice’s Tea Party), Disneyland Paris (under the name Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups), and Hong Kong Disneyland (under the name Mad Hatter Tea Cups).

Did you know…

That at all of the parks that have the Mad Tea Party — or it’s alternative names — at all of the parks except Tokyo Disneyland the attraction was an opening day attraction?

Personally, Cindy and I don’t dislike riding the Mad Tea Party — but for us, we don’t like spinning out of control like Sophie does!  So, what we generally do is put Sophie with someone that likes spinning, like her cousin, and we’ll just ride in a separate tea cup and only spin at the gentle spin that not turning the wheel creates.  That’s perfectly okay with us!

Thank you for taking the time to explore the ins and outs of the Mad Tea Party!  Is this a must do attraction for you, or can you take it or leave it?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Wordless Wednesday – Pinterest Pic

Cinderella Castle

Welcome to another week of Wordless Wednesday!  Today the subject is “Pinterest Pic”, and as always, I would like to thank my good friend Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this awesome series!  The My Dreams of Disney Pinterest Page is an expanding one, and has become quite a good traffic feeder to the blog!  Pinterest is a lot of fun, and it is, in my opinion, a great way to look at Disney pictures and get a quick Disney fix, or click on them to read more about a particular subject!

It was really hard coming up with one picture that I thought would be my Pinterest Pic for this post — but in the end I thought Cinderella Castle in Royal Blue or Purple was the pic to go with.  If you click on the picture above, it will take you to my Pinterest Pin for this picture, and from there you can go see the rest of the pictures I have displayed!

Thanks for stopping by this week!  To see the rest of the entries for this week’s post, please click on the button below to head on over to Focused on the Magic!  Thanks, and make it a Disney Day (or night!)

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Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Walt Disney World Resorts!

Contemporary Resort

 

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!  Along with my wonderful co-hosts Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and our fearless leader Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, I’m Mike from My Dreams of Disney, here to give you a little tidbit of Disney Trivia!

My daughter Sophie has been really great about looking up the trivia questions for me, so I have given her the opportunity to look up the trivia throughout the month of February also!  Here is what she found out for today:

Katielu from Knoxville, TN writes: “Which Walt Disney World hotel was the first to be built? How many rooms are there? And is Walt Disney World considered the biggest resort in the world?”

Dave Smith answered: “The Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Resort opened first, in 1971.  Today, there are almost 25,000 rooms in Walt Disney World hotels, making it by far the largest resort in the world.

Today’s trivia, of course, comes to us from Mr. Dave Smith’s excellent book, Disney Trivia from the Vault.  If you are interested in purchasing the book, click on the link to go to his book site on Amazon.com!  Thanks for stopping by, make sure you visit the rest of the sites by clicking on the links below!  Thanks, and make it a Disney Day (or night!)



Dumbo the Flying Elephant – an original classic

Mickey and Minnie on Dumbo

Hello everyone, and welcome to our next look at what makes the attractions at Disney second to none!  Today we are focusing on the Opening Day attraction Dumbo the Flying Elephant, which first opened at the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971.  Prior to that opening, it opened at Disneyland on August 16, 1955.  In addition to these two locations, Dumbo was also an opening day attraction for Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Dumbo is located in Fantasyland, and features characters from the movie.  Guests that ride the attraction sit in one of the Dumbo cars, and you can move the car up or down as needed and wanted.  With the expansion of Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, there are now Dueling Dumbos — meaning that they actually have two of the rides, and they have been updated to look really cool at night!

Did you know…

that, according to Wikipedia, the original design of the Disneyland attraction had ten ride vehicles which were intended to represent not the “one and only” Dumbo, but the alcohol-induced “pink elephants” scene from the film. In fact, the working title of the attraction was “10 Pink Elephants On Parade” and the elephants were painted pink on installation. However, Walt Disney objected, not wishing Disneyland’s guests to ride vehicles themed to a hallucination and thereby ordered them painted gray.

Additionally, in honor of Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary in 2005, one of the Dumbo elephants was donated to the National Museum of  American History.

As you see from the picture at the beginning of this post, one of my favorite Disney memories was created on June 21, 2010, at 12:06AM, during Extra Magic Hours, when my wife and I saw Mickey and Minnie riding Dumbo with two very unsuspecting Guests.  It was a surreal moment, and like many very important events, this event is one that I’ll never forget where I was when it happened.

In this case, Stephanie and Sophie had gone on to get in line for Dumbo, and Cindy and I were heading over to ride Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel.  It had rained hard that day, but had stopped in the early evening, but as a result of the rain, the Magic Kingdom was practically empty.  The ground was wet, but as we were getting ready to get in line for the Carrousel, we happened to look over and see Mickey and Minnie in line with the guests, who look dumbfounded at their good fortune!

To top it all off, being the true Gentlemouse that he is, when the ride was over, Mickey got off, went back to Minnie’s Dumbo car, and helped her off as well.  Chivalry is not dead!

I hope you have enjoyed this look at Dumbo the Flying Elephant!  Tell me, is this an attraction that you and your family must ride, or can you do without?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Friendship Friday – My good friend Monica

My good friend Monica, posing with Sophie at the Animal Kingdom Villa

My good friend Monica, posing with Sophie at the Animal Kingdom Villas

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of Friendship Friday!  Today I am turning my attention to one of my best friends — our dear friend Monica!  Monica, her husband Doug, and her daughter ML go to the same church we do, and the highest compliment that I can give Monica is that she walks with the Lord, and is a strong Witness to His word!

We first met Monica several years ago at our church, Edenton Street UMC, but we only knew her as “the lady that does the children’s sermon.”  Later on, though, we re-met her when her daughter Madelyne-Lois started taking dance in the same class that Sophie did, and it was then that we remembered where we knew her from.  From that moment on, ML and Sophie became almost sisters, and Cindy and I were blessed to have Monica and her husband Doug in our lives.

Over the years, we’ve laughed together, cried together, prayed together, and counseled together.  Doug and I attend the same Bible Study — it’s called The Mens Study, and it is comprised of about 250 men, learning more about God, Jesus, what it means to be a Christian, what it takes to be a Christian, and reaping the wonderful benefits of being in fellowship with your fellow believers.  I will tell you right now, I don’t think there is anything more powerful that I’ve experienced with regards to my faith then hearing 250 men singing hymns at the top of their lungs in church.  It brings chills down my spine just to think of it!

As I’ve said before, one of the main reasons we bought our DVC membership was so that we could invite our dear family and friends to enjoy all that Walt Disney World has to offer with us, and not have to worry about the hotel costs associated with such a trip.  This past June, Cindy, Sophie and I were able to take our dear friends Kerry and Neal and their kids, my niece Stephanie, her (at the time) boyfriend Shane, his brother Kyle, and Monica and ML with us — and it was a wonderful time.

When I think of the blessings that I’ve received in this life of mine, first and foremost, of course (other then Jesus, of course), is Cindy and Sophie, and all that they mean to me.  Our family is certainly second, and of our friends, Monica is at the top of the list.

As I wrap up this week’s Friendship Friday post, I think the three things that best sum up Monica is this:

  1. She walks with the Lord, she talks with the Lord, and the Holy Spirit is plainly evident at one glance.
  2. Not a day goes by when she isn’t doing something for someone other then herself, whether it be family, friends, co-workers, or a stranger she meets on the street.
  3. Just knowing Monica is a blessing, because she has the kind of spirit that stays around long after she leaves the room.

My whole family is blessed to know Monica, her husband Doug, and their wonderful daughter Madelyne-Lois.  God knew what He was doing when he put that family back into our lives, and we are the better for it.

Thank you so much for joining me this week on my Friendship Friday post!  As you all know, this great idea was the brainchild of my dear friend Heidi from Heidi’s Head!  Click on the button below to see who she is featuring this week, and thanks for stopping by!