Musical Chairs with the Mad Hatter (and Giveaway!)

Yep, time for the second Fantasmic! popcorn bucket giveaway! Details below…

Today we’re going to chat about playing musical chairs with the Mad Hatter. I had heard of this but had never actually witnessed it myself until one day when I was enjoying the amazing hot angus beef sandwich at the Jolly Holiday Bakery (highly recommend) and I glanced over into the Coke Corner (also known as The Restaurant That Can’t Decide What It Wants To Be Called) to see Alice and the Mad Hatter come over and start arranging chairs in a circle.

This happened at about 2:30, by the way.

Participants: Alice, Mad Hatter, Piano Player, Children, and Chairs

My understanding is that Alice is not always present at this event.

The Mad Hatter selected children from the surrounding tables to play, and went into a lengthy speech that made little sense

In the way that speeches by the Mad Hatter never make sense

Thankfully, Alice was there to translate. Musical chairs then commenced, but the Mad Hatter couldn’t abide by a regular old game of musical chairs.

Oh no, he could not.

The children had to do a number of things while circling the chairs.

First they merely had to skip.

Pretty straightforward

But then, they had to pretend to be pirates with a peg leg, and hop on one foot, cover one eye with a hand to simulate an eye patch, and make the other hand into a hook.

Easier said than done

The Mad Hatter enjoyed waxing rhapsodically, but Alice did not approve.

Blah Blah Blah…

Get. To. The. Point.

A pair of sisters were responsible for the first “cheek check.”

Mine! No, mine! No, mine! No, mine!

The Cheek Check involved the pair having a dance-off.

This little girl spun in circles and also did an impressive cartwheel

This little girl did a seriously awesome Running Man.

The game continued until, predictably, there were only two children left.

And ZOMG only one chair!!!

The pianist struck up a tune and Alice led the finalists around the courtyard, through the quick service window, and basically around a lot of stuff while the Mad Hatter added a bunch of chairs to the stack.


The finalists were understandably confused about where they should sit when the music stopped. However, the Mad Hatter declared them both winners.

And the prize?

They got to put the chairs away. HA!

The musical chairs performance was such a fabulously fun performance, I highly recommend anyone hanging out near the Coke Corner at around 2 or 2:30 to see if you can catch it!

And oh yeah, the giveaway? Popcorn bucket number 2!!! Pictures are over on this entry right here. Enter by leaving a comment HERE saying…oh, I don’t care what you say. Just leave a comment, okay? 😉

33 responses to “Musical Chairs with the Mad Hatter (and Giveaway!)

  1. Helen T May 28, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Cool, I loved playing musical chairs when I was younger.

  2. Margy May 28, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Sounds awesome. Hopefully they will do this in November when we are there next!

  3. Traci May 28, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I’ve seen this tea party a few times and each time it’s been entertaining. Once, they let my friend play (who’s an adult btw, usually it’s only for kids.) I was wondering and since you’re the D-Land guru, do you know if the Mad Hatters Tea Party at Ca Adv. will be the same thing?

  4. Wantsback2dis May 28, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Yay! You finally covered Musical Chairs. This should be in the times/entertainment guide.

    And you gave me an idea on what to eat for lunch at the jolly holiday bakery 🙂

    • Shelby May 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Sandwich = amazing, and I am both very picky and a food snob. I ordered it without the horseradish so it did take a few extra minutes, but my sandwich was nice and hot.

  5. sunnydalegirl May 28, 2012 at 6:39 am

    How fun! When we were there in April we were coming out of the bathrooms behind the Plaza Inn and the Mad Hatter came out from the cast area there. He spotted my two-year old and asked her to go for a walk with him. They walked hand-in-hand all the way over to the castle, and he talked to her the whole time. It was so cute.

  6. JHealy May 28, 2012 at 6:42 am

    This will be one of the top things to do when we next go (whenever the heck that will be) – this and Jedi Acadamy (why don’t they have that one for adults?) !!

  7. Katy May 28, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Thank you for all the great posts

  8. Michael Patrick May 28, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Coke corner has the best hot dogs!! But I’m pretty sure they’re the same ones served around the entire park. 😛

  9. Kelli May 28, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I have not seen this little show before and will try to catch it today…………great action shots!

  10. kristina May 28, 2012 at 8:50 am

    How fun! How I would LOVE a Fantasmic popcorn bucket:)

  11. Naomi Johnson May 28, 2012 at 10:49 am

    That sounds confusing but funny to watch…and I would really like a fantasmic popcorn bucket!

  12. amber May 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Is it always around 2:00?

    • Shelby May 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      I caught it around 2:30 but I’ve heard it can start as early as 2. I recommend taking a late lunch at Jolly Holiday and see who shows up.

  13. Amanda Sikos May 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I’ve watched this several times, it’s always such a hoot. ❤ …..ALSO! I'd love a fantastic Fantasmic! popcorn bucket!!

  14. Mara May 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I was reading your post and my daughter walked over and shouted “Mickey Mouse!! Mikcey Mouse!!”. So, since it’s difficult for 3 year olds to enter…or type…I am entering for her! 🙂 She is into the Mickey Mouse…I want to play musical chairs with the Mad Hatter!

  15. mickey May 30, 2012 at 2:14 am

    So I haven’t been here since the horror of OMDD (shame on me) so I’m catching up…I had pictured a stuffed rather then slathered chili corn dog… which probably would have been gross but at least interesting–just slopping any food on there yikes. I love the pic of your dog—had a beagle once. AND AND AND…. I would PAY you for that bucket!!!…lol

  16. Erin French May 31, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Holy Banana’s that POPCORN BUCKET IS AMAZING! This is a great blog, very cool! I’ll “favorite” it now.

  17. Ruth May 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Reading your blog always makes me want to be 8 years old again (I like even numbers). It also makes we want a fantastic popcorn bucket. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.

  18. Molly May 31, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I just love the Mad Hatter! (Who doesn’t?) I’d also like to be entered in the giveaway. Thanks for hosting one! 😀

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