Mad Hatter's Tea Cups

Mad Hatter's Tea Cups

Mad Hatter's Tea Cups

Mad Hatter's Tea Cups

Mad Hatter's Tea Cups

Mad Hatter's Tea Cups

Mad Hatter's Tea Cups

Mad Hatter's Tea Cups

Mad Hatter's Tea Cups

Mad Hatter's Tea Cups

A merry "Un-Birthday" to you! Celebrate at the Mad Hatter's party while spinning around in huge tea cups.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups is the classic example of a standard fairground ride given that Disney twist. Here the "waltzer" style spinning ride becomes a giant tea tray, sitting upon it 18 large tea cups become the carriages, whilst the ride is operated by a castmember who stands behind a control box which bares more than a passing resemblance to a sugar bowl. Guests can even find the oversized tea-pot at nearby March Hare’s Refreshments.

Its theme is taken from Disney’s classic 1951 interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s "Alice in Wonderland", to be more exact from the Unbirthday-Party the March Hare and the Mad Hatter are celebrating.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups is now a standard in many theme parks around the world (even so the mouse in the tea pot is still unique - take a look at it at the "Did You Ever Notice"-page). The Disneyland Paris version is beautifully sheltered below an ornate glass roof pergola, which is illuminated at night with hundreds of tiny fairy lights transforming it into one of the areas most beautiful structures (a ride at night gets an added effect from this multicolored lights, one should try).

At the centre of each tea cup guests will find a turntable that will help to put that extra "spin" in the ride. By turning the table each teacup spins independently around therefor offering each guest the opportunity to control the speed of his cup. The only limit here is the muscle-power of the guests.

Surrounding the attraction beyond a small water beautifully manicured gardens are adorned with perfectly formed topiaries in all manner of shapes. An optical feast.

Tips

Be warned the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups is a deceiving ride which looks innocent but has the real possibility of making it's riders feel quite ill.

Although the general turning of all the cups is felt as being gentle by most riders, add the frantic spinning of every cup on it's own and it is very easy to become queasy. So before riding make sure you want to spin the same speed as your fellow rides - otherwise you could find yourself in an out of control spinning nightmare at the hand of a spinning monster!

Compact

  • Duration: About 2 minutes
  • Cups: 18
  • Waitingtime: Waitingtime: 2 of 5

Specials

Walt Disney's relationship to "Alice in Wonderland" goes back to the 1920's, even before Mickey Mouse was conceived.

His "Alice in Cartoonland"-series opened the doors for Disney and his brother Roy to go to Hollywood and produce their cartoons from now on there.

"Alice in Cartoonland" was a series starring a little girl, that encountered a number of cartoon characters in her adventures.

The idea of doing a full-length "Alice in Wonderland"-feature came as early as 1933. Disney had planned once again to combine animation and a real-life actress for that movie. The popular young actress Mary Pickford did some test-screenings for the project, but it was never realised.

In the mid-40's, Disney resurrected his plans after he had seen how well the animated sequences went along with the rest of "Songs from the South". This time, Disney wanted Luana Patten (the little girl from "Songs from the South") to star in his picture. However, those plans were changed during the pre-production of "Alice in Wonderland" to an all-animated movie.

"Alice in Wonderland" opened in 1951 to mixed reviews and a disappointing box-office result, but its collection of unique characters and beautiful songs kept it fresh and memorable throughout the years.

Limits

Not recommended for guests with motion sickness. It is also saver not do to this ride right after a meal.

DLP.info votings

Child:
3,0 Spacer
Atmosphere:
3,5
Youth:
4,0  
Thrill:
3,5
Adult:
3,0  
Music:
3,0
Senior:
2,5  
Themeing:
3,5

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