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There are certain Disney Parks rides that are more iconic than others — these generally appear at multiple theme parks around the world and often have something of a cult following in the Disney fan community. Among these rides are “it’s a small world,” Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Mad Tea Party (colloquially referred to as the “tea cup ride” or simply “tea cups”).
Iterations of the Mad Tea Party — though some with slightly different names — can be found at five of the six Disney theme park properties worldwide. All of the rides, though, are inspired by Mad Hatter’s unbirthday scene in Walt Disney’s Alice In Wonderland (1951).
The original Mad Tea Party was an “opening day attraction” at Disneyland Resort in 1955. Walt Disney himself was, of course, involved in the development of the Alice In Wonderland-themed ride, which was manufactured by Arrow Development.
The ride — as is true for most Disney rides — went through numerous iterations before it became what it is today. A brief history of the first version of the teacups notes:
Several concepts for the Mad Tea Party were originally much more outrageous compared to today’s version. One drawing showed the Mad Hatter’s dinner table featured in the center of the ride with various lanterns and decorations all around. Another drawing showed 20 teacups circling a central hub, making it similar to a racetrack with banked curves.
For the first few months after the ride first opened, the tea cups spun on a bare platform before it was painted with the psychedelic spiral that exists today. Also, during the ride’s first two years, the tea cups had no brakes or clutches; nothing limited how fast they could be spun.
The attraction’s original location was directly behind King Arthur Carrousel and Sleeping Beauty Castle. It was given slight modifications in 1972 with ornamental arches connecting the light posts, and again in 1978 with the platform and teacups being repainted. In 1983, the whole attraction was completely remodeled and relocated to its present location near Matterhorn Bobsleds. It also incorporated a few ideas from the original concepts, such as colorful lanterns.
In 2004, the attraction was modified to make it more difficult to spin fast after a disabled rider lost his balance and slipped from a teacup. Like other remaining 1955 attractions, one of Disneyland’s teacups was painted gold in honor of the park’s 50th anniversary in 2005.
Walt Disney World Resort’s Mad Tea Party can be found in Magic Kingdom Park’s Fantasyland area. The ride has undergone some changes over the years, as noted below:
Like Disneyland, Magic Kingdom’s original 1971 version of this attraction opened without a roof. It was eventually added in 1973 (along with the central teapot) due to extreme weather conditions. It was updated in 1992 with a new color scheme, new music, and the colorful lanterns. In 2010, the canopy was repainted.