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05 October 2012

Memory 079 - Mad Tea Party (aka The Teacups)

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Come and join us for another installment of the WDW-Memories podcast, where I try to make it possible for you relive your Walt Disney World Memories when you can't actually be there.

So how many of the Walt Disney World attractions have you done? Alright, maybe it’s easier to ask, how many have you not done? Well as of June my list of missing attractions got one shorter, and because of that, I finally have this audio memory I can share with you. Today we’re going to catch a ride on the teacups, or more formally known as the Mad Tea Party in the Magic Kingdom.
This memory was first requested by Alex back in April of this year. Alex wrote:
“...Can you do a podcast on The Mad Tea Party? I like that ride especially when you go early morning when the park opens and your one of very few people in the teacups. :) I would only really like the music of the full duration of the ride and the part when Alice comes on and says all of the safety instructions.”
As always, I tossed the podcast idea out to the social media world to see if there were other great memories people had of riding the Mad Tea Party. This time on Facebook, we heard from two new people. First, Alisha wrote:
That was the first ride my dad took me on and one of my daughter's favorite rides (my parents also went with us- 3 generations on the side ride)
And then Tina wrote:
took our son for the first time last year and he rode it 4 times loved it
I had to confess to Alex (and now to you), but at the time, I had never been on the Teacups. I’ve been BY them many a time on my way between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, but never actually stopped by to catch a ride on this classic attraction. There’s a part of me that was afraid I might get sick, but also that most of my family would DEFINITELY get sick, so it’s never really been an option.

Thankfully, when my trip to Orlando came up in June, I was pretty sure I was going to be able to spend some time in the Magic Kingdom by myself, and that would definitely lend itself to a ride on this classic attraction. So I programmed my choice attractions in my custom Lines itinerary to make sure I would not miss it.

I arrived in the evening and caught a few rides around the park. As the sun went down, the lights came up and the park revealed it’s magic. I caught Wishes from my favorite place to watch them (on the bridge to Tomorrowland) and as it ended I was pretty easily able to slip back into Tomorrowland and around to the Teacups. The wait was almost nothing. We’ll join this memory as I’m walking up to the ride and getting into line. We’ll wait our turn, and then we’re on.

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