Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The 58th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland turns 58 this week. Not Alice herself, nor the original Lewis Carroll story, but the Disney movie which was initially poorly received and later gained somewhat of a “cult” like following amongst Disney fans. The story is said to have been one of Walt Disney’s favorites growing up. Despite not receiving the accolades movies like Beauty and the Beast and Snow White received, Alice in Wonderland’s popularity remains in current pop culture. And while Alice isn’t usually considered a princess, nor are her friends, they are still some of the most recognized characters in the Disney parks. those who love the movie and the world of Wonderland have a variety of options for having their own “unbirthday” fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.

The Mad Tea Party is the most well-known Alice attraction at the Magic Kingdom. Located in Fantasyland ,“the teacups” as the ride is usually referred to, is a series of 18 painted teacup cars that spin around as fast as you want them too while “The Unbirthday Song” plays in the background. This dizzying ride is a favorite and definitely not recommended on a full stomach! Alice and friends show up around this ride throughout the day for photo ops and silly fun. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are known for playing tricks on guests as Alice has had to chase after quite a few swiped Mickey ears.

For your own little curious child, the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa offers their Wonderland Tea Party. Kids ages 4-12 can join the Wonderland characters for a tea party with chicken nuggets, turkey sandwiches and heart-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Let Alice and her friends tell your child a story during this hour-long event as they sip some tea (apple juice) and decorate their own cupcakes.

For the older Alice in Wonderland fans, check out the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at the Grand Floridian’s Victorian-themed 1900 Park Fare restaurant. This is your best chance to see all of the Alice in Wonderland (and Mary Poppins) characters you might miss at the park. The characters all stop by the individual tables for pictures and autographs. The food at the 1900 Park Fare is American cuisine with menus that constantly change, but we’re the tea is always available. Don’t forget the Mickey waffles, they’re popular for a reason!

While we doubt there will be any other official Alice adventures out of Walt Disney, fans can still buy merchandise at the theme parks and online. Not to mention, next year we’ll have Tim Burton’s interpretation of the Lewis Carroll classic and the Mad Tea Party will remain in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland. It seems Alice fans will have many unbirthdays and tea parties to come.


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