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!



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Mike Ellis ()

Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever. His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion! Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for six years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and . Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!


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