Mad T Party Arcade

Have you ever walked around the Disneyland Resort and thought, “Man, I wish I could party like it’s 1999”?

Well you can!

Yep, I’m once again referring to the Mad T Party, as you no doubt deduced from the clever title of this entry and/or have read Mad T Party (Part I) and Mad T Party House of Cards. (the House of Cards entry really should have been Mad T Party Part II, but I’m just full of contradictory continuity errors)

But what makes this part of the Mad T Party most like 1999 is the arcade.

Come on in


It’s like my mother always said–it’s not a party until someone busts out the Skee-Ball machine


My mother didn’t actually say that


Once upon a time, I was very good at Skee-Ball, or as it’s known in Mad T Land, Queen’s Croquet. I’m still decent at it, but in my younger days, I was a Skee-Ball champion of epic proportions.

Like many retired athletes, I peaked too soon.

Anyway, the Mad Arcade is where you want to go when you love the vibe of the Mad T Party but are tired of dancing, or maybe you just have a bunch of quarters weighing you down with a need to play Skee-Ball and win  nothing.


There’s also the Smile Smash, where you shoot balls at the creepy-looking Cheshire Cat


If you can’t get enough of the Lewis Carroll references, here’s a Jabberwocky game


Callooh! Callay!

Shoot the thingies!


The children’s writer in me wants to take a moment to point out that some of what the public has come to believe as a part of the original text of Alice in Wonderland (since I’m being really picky, properly-titled Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) is really just Disney’s mishmash of the original book and its follow-up, Through the Looking-Glass (properly-titled Through The Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There) (told you I was picky). Jabberwocky is one of the things found in Looking-Glass but not in Wonderland. Most notably, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are also in Looking-Glass and not Wonderland.

Incidentally, while I’m being snobbish, Tigger was a very minor character in the Winnie the Pooh series. In fact, he didn’t even show up until the second book. His Disney-elevated sense of importance remains a mild irritation to me.


There’s also one of those electronic jump-roping games. I once had a co-worker who was INSANELY good at these.


By this time of the night, my photography skills had started to wane. For example,



That, like, literally hurts my eyes looking at it.


Did I mention you can also play Sony Kinect?


Because you can.


Outside of the arcade, there are Cast Members in funny outfits


Like this


A snack and drink cart/window/thing




And face painting.




Here is a picture I took of the projections on one of the walls outside of the Mad Arcade


They move. It’s cool.


So that wraps up my 3-part series of the Mad T Party. If you’re wondering about whether or not the Mad T Party is for you, here’s a handy quiz.

The Mad T Party is for you if:

  • You’re in California Adventure and it’s night and you’re looking for something to do.
  • You really, really like neon. REALLY like it.
  • You love to dance and would love an excuse to dance except you’re old, like too old for clubbing, and all of your friends have gotten married except for the ones who aren’t going to throw big weddings anyway and when else do you get a chance to just dance?
  • You like Alice in Wonderland (and Through the Looking-Glass)
  • You own a pair of Glow with the Show mouse ears and want to hang out somewhere they actually do something
  • You’re thirsty and the idea of drinking alcohol inside a Disney park is so appealing you’ll pay a LOT of money to do it
  • You wanna wanna wanna have fun fun fun!










4 responses to “Mad T Party Arcade

  1. Linus V. August 8, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Speaking us overused and exaggerated Disney characters, my favorite example is Gopher, from the Winnie The Pooh shorts “Winnie The Pooh and The Honey tree,” and “Winnie The Pooh and The Blustery Day”, Gopher was not part of any Of the Milne stories on which the movies were based, he was just added to the cartoons. Gopher even makes fun of the fact, by popping up out of the ground and claiming that he can’t participate because he is not in the book. If you were not aware of this little humor, you would think the character was simply complaining that he was not listed in the phone book or something.

    Both of those cartoon shorts were collected in the Disney release, “The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh in 1977

    • Shelby August 9, 2012 at 12:25 am

      OMG yes. Milne’s work was genius–why invent these new characters? In the tv series now, they’ve done away with Christopher Robin altogether and now the human is “Darby.”

  2. Brenda O August 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I think it is a good thing that you have documented this area for eternity on your blog because I have a feeling in 18 months this place will be nothing but a fleeting memory. But thanks so much for showing us what areas we can skip on our next trip and what we must see. Your comments, fun facts and photography skills are always appreciated.

    Also my daughter and I were also annoyed in the way they borrowed characters from the other stories for the Alice movies, and please don’t get us started on the Voyage of the Dawn Treader!!

    • Shelby August 10, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      CS Lewis is positively rolling in his grave over the latest movie adaptations of his books. I mean, I really did like the most recent The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe movie but really, they totally made it all about the battle scene when in the book, the battle scene itself took place in TWO PAGES. Like, I literally looked it up and it was two pages. And the book isn’t that long. I haven’t seen Dawn Treader–gotta tell you, having a toddler seriously cuts down on your movie watching–but I’ve heard it…veers from the book a little. I’ll consider myself warned.

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