Alice In Wonderland: A Disney Parks Comparison
Did you know there are only two Disney intellectual properties that can be found as an attraction in every Magic Kingdom style park around the world. It’s not Star Wars or Marvel. It isn’t Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid or even Frozen. In fact, neither were blockbuster hits, and the one we’re studying in this post and podcast failed in the box office. One is Dumbo with it’s symbolic spinner style. But the other surprisingly is Alice in Wonderland. Five of the six parks have spinning cups but many of them have attractions that are beyond that. And some have multiple retail or food & beverage experiences. Parades, entertainment and other offerings showcase Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and more. We’ll get into the rabbit holes of all these places to understand this creative Disney property. We’ll go across the globe to see how this unique Disney film has been retold in parks near and far. In celebration of your Un-Birthday, join us as we share Alice in Wonderland: A Disney Park Comparison.
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As an overview, we’ve provided the following park comparison that accompanies our podcast discussion:
Let’s head down the rabbit hole of each of the Magic Kingdom-style parks to see where Alice could be found.
Disneyland has not one but two shops named The Mad Hatter. And one is on Main Street, U.S.A.
The Mad Tea Party here is the first park with the spinning cups. It was moved from behind the Carrousel in 1984 to this location near the Alice in Wonderland Dark Ride.
Arguably one of the best dark rides Disney Parks have ever created. Alice in Wonderland is a two story ride in a double seated caterpillar.
Off with your head!
Is it your un-birthday too?
Walt Disney World
The Mad Tea Part was the first to get a roof.
Topiaries grace this area.
Cheshire Cafe next to Mad Tea Party.
Alice in Wonderland is a big part of the Main Street Electrical Parade.
Imagineers at work creating the Alice in Wonderland scene in the Mickey Mouse Revue.
Easter means Easter egg–Wonderland style.
The Royal Banquet Hall at Tokyo Disneyland
Alice appears in “it’s a small world”.
Main Street Electrical Parade: Dream Lights–only at Tokyo Disneyland.
Check out this room at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.
Along with a beautifully created tea cup attraction, Disneyland Paris introduced a maze based on Alice in Wonderland. It is beautiful and beautifully themed.
Hong Kong Disneyland
The most disappointing of all the parks is Hong Kong which only has the Mad Hatter Tea Cups. No retail, no food & beverage, not even meet ‘n’ greets based on the characters.
Shanghai Disney has no tea cup style attraction (the only park that is missing it!) but it does have a maze. Only this one is based on the Tim Burton film. It is spacious and beautifully themed.
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