Alice in Wonderland

And here’s another one of those rides I haven’t ridden since forever! The good thing was that my friend Lyn was game, so we went on.

Alice is in one of the brighter pastel colored areas of the park. I know, brighter and pastel don’t really go together, but hey, I never claimed to be good at colors.

Theo's new favorite ride

I don’t know how often the wait is usually but we didn’t have to wait very long.

Wait time is...indecipherable in this picture

The Mad Hatter gives some jacked up directions, which pretty much exemplifies my own sense of direction.

I kept expecting this flower to burst into song

There are a number of switchbacks in the line

Lots of people

Now here’s the bummer part–Alice is under construction so a lot of the loading area is actually tarp. But the problem is that it’s been like that for.ev.er and seriously, some of it is held up by zip ties!

Is that a tarp? Yes it is.

Anyway, next you get into your Seriously Pissed Off Caterpillar car

I'd be kind of pissed off it I spent my life running on a track at Disneyland

Now, kind of the cool thing about Alice is that there are actually portions where you’re outside. And that’s a good place to be if the parade is passing by.

Heading in...

Now, the track  is slower and doesn’t yank you around like some other dark rides, so I was able to get better pictures.

I AM AN AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHER!

Oh, another nice thing about Alice is that it’s not scary. Unless you take a smeared picture of the Queen of Hearts

OMG SHE'S GOING TO KILL ME!!!

After that you head back outside again for a leisurely couple of gentle back and forths

Awesome when it rains!

And you get to see the inside of The Secret Book

Not really a secret book

You head back in for some more stuff and then see the Cheshire Cat

Not even close to the drug trip that is Winnie the Pooh

And you’re all done!

Caterpillar butt

I actually enjoyed Alice a lot more than I remembered enjoying it. We also took Theo on it and he was totally not scared, which is more than I can say for, well, Pinocchio. I still feel bad about that.

 

5 responses to “Alice in Wonderland

  1. Linus V November 4, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Alice In Wonderland is one of my favorite attractions, a perennial, not to be missed each visit. I believe it, along with Pinocchio’s Daring journey, is only in the California park and not in Florida. But there is a small aspect that bothers me every time I experience it. One of the inspirations for the artwork and settings in the ride is Lewis Carroll’s verse. In partcular both the attraction and the Disney movie borrow from “The Jabberwocky,” a poem that appeared in “Through The Looking Glass,” the sequel to the first book, “Alice in Wonderland”

    To refresh everyone’s memory, here is a portion of that poem full of delicious nonsense verse:

    And as in uffish thought he stood,
    The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
    Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
    And burbled as it came!”

    Please note that exactly like the playgrounds of Winnie The Pooh, the hundred acre wood and the tulgey wood are both presented as singular. It is NOT the hundred acre Woods. Why then is there a sign in the middle of the Alice in Wonderland attraction that directs the rider to “Tulgey Woods?” I can understand the error of inadvertently capitalizing such a fictional directional sign, but the only tulgey wood anywhere in Lewis Carroll’s work is the singular “tulgey wood” Every time I see that horrific bastardization of Lewis Carroll’s superb verse, it breaks all sense of imagined verisimilitude that this ride brings on.

    However, as much as I have issue with this small piece of set decoration, I really do love this attraction. In particular, how a guest can’t read what is on the pages of the storybook until he or she is outside the track at the very end of the ride.

    • Shelby November 4, 2011 at 9:41 am

      I just can’t get all worked up about Tulgey Woods, honestly. At least it’s not Tulgey Wood’s. What minorly irritates me is Disney’s habit of combining two books into one. As you mentioned, Jabberwocky is from Through The Looking Glass, not Alice in Wonderland–two very separate and structurally very different books. Disney freely grabs from both in their movie (Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are another Looking Glass example) which, as a writer and purist, always bugs me a little. Not as much as Winnie the Pooh in which the character of Tigger doesn’t even appear in the first Pooh book and plays only a very minor role in the second. That irritation is probably mostly due to the fact that I don’t like Disney’s version of Tigger or the prominent role Disney has given Tigger in their story.

  2. Lyn Miller-Lachmann November 4, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I can see why one would miss it for so long. It’s tucked away in a corner behind the Magic Tea Cups. But the ride is definitely worth seeking out, and the wait really isn’t that bad.

  3. Naomi Johnson(Kat's friend) November 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite rides in the park and I always drag whoever is with me on it multiple times throughout our trip! The wait in line is really slow going but I think it’s worth it! I love how fantastical it all is and that you go outside for a time(as you pinted out-it’s a great place to watch the parade if you can get on at the right time!)! True that it’s not for everyone but I love it! Glad you enjoyed it too!

  4. BassBone March 31, 2012 at 2:47 am

    The reason for the construction on Alice in Wonderland is because Cal OSHA came by for an inspection and while they didn’t cite Disneyland for anything they said, “Hey, you might want to do something about that outdoor ramp with no guardrails on it.” Despite the fact that there was neither a citation nor an implication that there would be one in the future Disney got freaked out that a maintenance CM or even a guest might fall from the outdoor portion of the ride and put up those eyesore guardrails.

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