Mad Tea Party

Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom Park

  • Land: Fantasyland
  • Type: Mild Thrill Ride
Where: Fantasyland
Height: Any Height
Experience: Fun for Everyone, Outdoor
Duration: 1 minutes, 10 seconds

Mad Tea Party is a giant tea cup ride that spins big kids, teens and adults in circles at Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom theme park.

Take a giant tea cup out for a spin! Pour yourself into one of 18 colorful oversized tea cups and feel like you've entered Wonderland for a colorful, musical party ride that is sure to send you spinning.

Enjoy wide, gradual turns as you glide along or go on a wild, dizzying madcap adventure that spins you frantically round and round in circles. Each tea cup ride vehicle has a wheel in the center that lets you control how fast your cup spins. The faster you turn the wheel, the faster you spin!

This wonderfully wacky tea party is right out of The Mad Hatter and the March Hare's "Unbirthday" party from Disney's Alice in Wonderland. It will have you dizzy with laughter!

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.

Touring Tips

  • Like most rides that are not continuously loading, lines for the Mad Tea Party can get fairly long. Try to visit this ride early in the morning or during parade times for shorter waits.
  • 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 than normal operating hours on designated days.
  • The ride has gained infamy over the years for the number of guests who get motion sickness as a result of the spinning component to the ride.
  • You can control the rate of spin of the Tea Cup. There is a wheel in the middle that you turn to make the Tea Cup spin. The faster you turn it, the faster you spin.
  • Each teacup will hold three average-sized individuals fairly easily. There are no restraints, but there is a door closing off your teacup.
  • Characters from the Disney animated feature "Alice in Wonderland" greet guests throughout the day near this attraction. You may spot Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Queen of Hearts, or the Mad Hatter, as well as Alice herself.
  • The Mad Tea Party is a great backdrop for a souvenir photo.
  • Look for the dormouse popping out of the teapot in the center of the ride.


  • The Mad Tea Party opened with the Magic Kingdom October 1, 1971.
  • The attraction is called Mad Tea Party at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom. It is known as Alice's Tea Party at Tokyo Disneyland, Mad Hatter's Tea Cups at Disneyland Paris, and Mad Hatter Tea Cups at Hong Kong Disneyland.
  • Three small turntables, which rotate clockwise, each holding six teacups, within one large turntable, rotating counter-clockwise.
  • This is a very short ride, one of the shortest in the Magic Kingdom.


This ride is based on the Mad Hatters and the March Hare's Unbirthday Tea Party from the movie Alice in Wonderland. The first version was introduced at Disneyland when the park opened. This ride opened with the Magic Kingdom in October of 1971.