The Mad Tea Party, located in Fantasyland of the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, is one of those rides that you either love with a passion, or avoid like the plague.
Based on the UnBirthday Party from Walt Disney’s animated feature Alice in Wonderland, the ride attracts many people, especially teenagers, so plan on a wait. It involves small tea cups that riders sit in which spin around. Those prone to motion sickness will obviously want to skip the ride for that very reason.
For those that do want to experience the fun, pick a cup and have a seat. Each cup sits at most 4 people so plan your larger families accordingly. Once down, the 1.5 minute ride will begin.
The entire ride itself consists of three giant turntables that rotate clockwise as the entire platform rotates counter-clockwise. Add to that the spin you can put on the tea cup itself (counterclockwise) and you can see how those susceptible to motion sickness will have issues.
Magic Kingdom historians will be interested to know that the Mad Tea Party was an original attraction when the park opened in 1971. Slightly different than the original Disneyland version, the one in the Magic Kingdom has a canopy to protect from the rain and the sun, as well as a tea pot in the center featuring an animated mouse!
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Thanks to BlueBear21 for providing the video of the ride shown above. Of interest, Alice in Wonderland characters sometimes join in the ride like they did during this taping.