Mad Tea Party Fantasyland Magic Kingdom
Mad Tea Party Hightlights:
- Disney Genie+ Attraction
- Classic Disney Attraction with no height requirement
- Take a spin on the Teacups from Alice in Wonderland
It’s the Mad Hatter’s “un-birthday” party and you’re invited to spin your way across the floor in oversized teacups. The Mad Tea Party is located in Fantasyland, across from the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, on the pathway leading to Storybook Circus.
Mad Tea Party — Inspired by the unusual tea party scene in the 1951 Disney adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” the Mad Tea Party is one of the original Magic Kingdom attractions.
You wait in a mostly covered queue for your chance to spin around for 1.5 minutes in one of 18 pastel-colored teacups. Dizziness is sure to ensue! It’s good, clean, non-thrill fun for all ages, and a Disney classic.
For those who get dizzy, note that YOU control how fast the teacups turn. They do spin slowly on the ride tea cups, but the individual cups are controlled by the guests. There is a silver wheel inside each cup, so you can go as fast — or as slow — as you’d like!
Lightning Lane access for the Mad Tea Party is available with the purchase of Genie+. However, this attraction doesn’t typically have a long standby wait compared to other attractions in the park.
Accessibility: Wheelchair/ECV users must transfer out to experience this ride.
The Mad Tea Party is open as one of the Magic Kingdom’s Extra Magic Hour attractions. This program allows resort guests entrance to the park one hour earlier or later than normal operating hours on designated days.
Warnings: If you have problems with spinning, avoid this ride! Not only do the teacups spin on the platform, but you can turn the wheel in the center of the cup to make your individual teacup spin as well! Not surprisingly, you can get quite dizzy on this ride.
It’s also probably wise to avoid this ride immediately after eating, unless you have a strong stomach!
Ride Restrictions: The door to the teacup is small, and may be difficult to board and exit. Seats might be restrictive; there is room from side to side, but is limited front to back. The pedestal you use to spin the cups is in the center of the cup, like a small round table.
Each teacup will hold three average-sized individuals, but it may feel like a tight squeeze. There are no restraints, but there is a door closing off your teacup.
Watch for the Dormouse, who periodically pops out of the teapot in the center of the platform.
Kids generally love this ride — there’s nothing scary about it at all, and most kids still love to make themselves dizzy. If your child has motion sickness issues, though, it’s best to avoid the teacups.
Characters from the Disney animated feature “Alice in Wonderland” greet guests throughout the day near this attraction. Most days you can find Alice, and sometimes she’s joined by the Mad Hatter or Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Special characters may appear here during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Check your daily Times Guide for exact times.
Near the Mad Tea Party, you can find the Cheshire Cafe. This snack stand sells beverages, including slushys, and treats such as the iconic Cheshire Cat Tail.
The Mad Tea Party opened with the Magic Kingdom in October 1971. (It was also an original attraction at Disneyland, opening there in July 1955.)