Mad Tea Party is a classic attraction at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World. This attraction is often referred to as the teacup ride. It was inspired by a scene from Disney’s animated film Alice in Wonderland. In the film, the Mad Hatter and March Hare are holding an afternoon tea celebrating what they call an unbirthday party when Alice stumbles upon them.
Below, we’ll go over the specifics for taking a spin on the Mad Tea Party at Magic Kingdom. The real question is–will you end up getting dizzy? Let’s hope not. But it’s something you will want to consider beforehand.
Here is a quick reference chart for the Mad Tea Party.
|Mad Tea Party
Yes, with Genie+
Spinning Tea Cups
Seats Per Vehicle:
Two to Three
Extra Morning Hours:
Extended Evening Hours:
1.5 minutes (90 seconds)
You might get dizzy!
Guests in a wheelchair or ECV must transfer to a teacup to experience this attraction. Details for those with mobility issues (i.e., wheelchair, ECVs) can be found on Disney’s site.
If you have difficulty remaining upright, this attraction can make things more difficult due to the spinning motion.
Mad Tea Party at Magic Kingdom
Mad Tea Party is one of those attractions that guests will either love to ride or prefer to watch from the sidelines. I’m the first to admit that, in some instances, I love to ride, while in others, I prefer to watch.
It is not uncommon for guests to experience motion sickness when it comes to this kind of attraction. First, the ride rotates on a spinning platform that makes the teacups sail across it in a circular motion. In addition to that spin, the teacups have an extra spinner inside the teacup. You can manually spin the center wheel to make the teacup spin individually. Here is a look at the extra spinner in the center of the cup.
As far as riding the teacups without using the interior spinner, the ride is relatively mild and easily doable for most. However, you probably don’t want to ride this attraction right after you’ve eaten unless you have a strong stomach.
Mad Tea Party at Magic Kingdom has a stand-by entrance and an individual Lightning Lane. However, in most cases, you won’t need to use Lightning Lane for this attraction.
Since the queue is outside, you can usually gauge the wait time based on how many guests are ahead of you. If a long wait is posted for this attraction, you know you’ve picked a busy day at Magic Kingdom.
After joining the queue, guests are eventually placed in a holding area before their turn to ride. Once the current ride stops, those guests disembark their teacups. Meanwhile, a cast member will allow the next set of guests out of the holding area to choose a teacup. You can pick any teacup you like!
The Mad Tea Party does not have a height requirement, and the oversized teacups do not have restraints. However, you’ll want to remember Disney’s rules when riding with children: Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.
A giant teapot sits in the center of the attraction. During the attraction, The Dormouse pops his head up from the lid. You might notice him while you’re waiting.
Taking a spin on the teacups is fun for those who don’t mind the spin! It’s a beautiful attraction with pretty pastels.
The teacups are gorgeous in the evening. This ride sometimes has a unique ride overlay during Mickey’s Halloween Party. It’s also where special characters meet during the Halloween Party. Those meets include the Queen of Hearts, Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum, Alice, and the Mad Hatter.
Fun Facts about Mad Tea Party
Mad Tea Party is an original opening day attraction at Walt Disney World. It was modeled after the original version of the attraction at Disneyland.
Mad Tea Party is replicated in several Disney Parks. For example, it’s Alice’s Tea Party in Tokyo Disneyland, Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups at Disneyland Paris, and Mad Hatter Tea Cups at Hong Kong Disneyland.
This attraction goes by the same name at Disneyland Park in California. California’s Mad Tea Party is the only version of the ride that doesn’t have an overhead canopy.
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What do you think of the Mad Tea Party at Magic Kingdom? Will you take a spin on the teacups?