Magic Kingdom

Fantasyland

Mad Tea Party

(October 1, 1971 - present)

 

History and photos of the Mad Tea Party ride in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

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Located on the eastern side of Fantasyland near the entrance to Tomorrowland is the Mad Tea Party, a spinning teacups ride inspired by the Unbirthday Party scene in the 1951 Walt Disney animated film, Alice in Wonderland.

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Mad Tea Party - 1971 - 01 Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Mad Tea Party - 1971 - 02

The Mad Tea Party is a ride where guests sit in large teacups, and they revolve around the room on a giant turntable.  Each teacup is capable of being spun independently.  It's up to the riders to turn a wheel in the middle of the teacup to control the speed of the spinning of their ride vehicle.  Needless to say, the ride could be pretty interesting with a few strong / determined people spinning the teacup.

Music on the ride includes "I'm Late," "The Unbirthday Song," "The Caucus Race" and "March of the Cards."

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Mad Tea Party - 1984 - 01

The Magic Kingdom's Mad Tea Party is an original attraction that opened with the rest of the theme park on October 1, 1971.

The original version of the Mad Tea Party was similar to the one at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.  Both versions of the ride had no roof or any major theming.  If it rained, then the attraction had to be temporarily closed.  The same was true for the central Florida lightning storms.

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Mad Tea Party - 1992 - 01 Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Mad Tea Party - 1992 - 02

The Mad Tea Party received its first upgrade in 1974 when a roof was built over the attraction.  This allowed riders to enjoy the ride in the rain, and it also provided some much-needed shade from the hot Florida sun.  In that year the large teapot with the Dormouse was added to the middle of the turntable.

In 1994 the ride was repainted with a new color scheme, had its music changed, and Japanese lanterns were added to make it more festive.

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Mad Tea Party - 1997 - 01 Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Mad Tea Party - 1997 - 02

Later, the topiary figures of Alice, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare were added outside of the attraction along with an assortment of teapots.

Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland - Mad Tea Party - 2006 - 01

There is no height requirement for the Mad Tea Party.

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The Mad Tea Party is considered to be a secondary / optional attraction for many park guests.  This ride tends to be more popular with children and teens, especially since they can control the speed of their spinning.  That spinning has also caused the ride to receive somewhat of a negative reputation as many people believe that the spinning will make them sick, especially after eating a meal.

Crowds for this ride are the lowest in the morning as well as the evening.  The Mad Tea Party tends to see its biggest crowds in the early to mid afternoon.

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