For Fred, The Mad Tea Party ends in the Washroom, for Sean it is Classic Nostalgia

First we will start with Fred’s love for the Madd Hatter's Teacups… Now we come to my least favorite ride. ever. At least the Rockin’ Rollercoaster was mercifully enough only to ruin a good nights sleep (and cancel a boat ride) the middle of the morning adventure that is the Madd Hatter's Teacup's took pretty much a whole day from me. I should have sent someone the bill for the Gravol (and we're not talking low dose here). The idea of being on a spinning vehicle that is seemingly randomly spinning around a center in a somewhat elliptical orbit does not seem like a great basis for a ride. Solar system, yes, thrill ride, not so much.....Except if you are my daughters.... then its a great idea. Lets put it this way, after the traditional Disney morning breakfast of nothing healthy followed by a mid morning snack of cotton candy and ice cream, they both got on and got off the ride in the same fashion, giddily happy. It seems as though they were somewhat immune to the maniacal spinning, protected maybe by their lack of fear and the amusing prospect of seeing a sick father. I on the other hand was somewhat prepared, having eaten a light breakfast followed by a healthy snack (at least nothing that could hurt if projectile vomited – a rare example of foresight!). No matter, even the Gravol I dutifully took before the ride couldn't protect me from the evil that is the mad hatter's Teacups. The whole experience starts in a charmingly Disney manner, with cheerful attendants guiding happy children to their ride vehicles which are wonderfully themed large teacups. The whole scene is beyond benign, and the wonderful theming invites you to the whole experience. I sat down with my children in the teacup and waited anxiously – no matter how happy everyone acted, I knew this was a mechanized stomach hurler. And I was right, the spinning started slowly enough, but despite my protests, and to my girls delight, everything sped up, and then it got really fast, and really blurry. Time seemed to distort (much like my breakfast) but still nothing seems to register. The spinning lasted forever. My daughters tell me that Alice and the Mad Hatter himself were on the ride with us……sure. Then it ended, well, the ride ended. The experience lasted all day for me. The spinning never seemed to stop. My breakfast dutifully left me and took its own “Magic Kingdom” thrill ride in a toilet next to Peter Pan. Oh well, at least it got a better ride than the poor souls standing in the line for that “ride”. Sigh. Have a magical day……   And now Sean's point of view...   Fred has missed his calling; he could work for Disney promoting this ride or better yet, the washroom locations!!! Anyway, enough with picking on Fred! There is nothing that brings back nostalgia for those local county/city fairs that traversed the country with fun yet basic rides. When you remove all the theming the Madd Hatter's Teacup's theming (Mad Tea Party), this is really a basic spinner ride from those county fairs. It brings back lots of memories from my childhood and unlike Fred, I do not get motion sickness from this ride. However, the funny thing is, as you get older these types of rides are not as easy as they once were. I remember getting on this type of ride at our local fair and spinning it so hard and then stumbling off the ride from being so dizzy On my last trip in 2011, my kids were 8, 6 and 4 and seemed to enjoy spinning it as hard as they could. Unlike Fred I was more concerned with them puking on me than me puking.  However, as luck would have it, we were all fine, well until I tried to walk. Let’s just say that stumbling was an understatement and it took me close to 10 minutes to recover – that’s what happens as we get older! However, unlike Fred, I did not visit the washroom, but enjoyed watching people walking funny – well really it was me, but it was still funny! This is still a great ride; it is really a classic that can return you to your childhood and then some. The beauty about this attraction is that you can spin as little or as much as you want so you are really in control. When you spin very little it is really a nice mild ride, but spin it harder and it becomes very intense. This is by no means on the level of Twilight Zone Drop of Terror or Rock’n Roller Coaster, but for what it is, it is enjoyable and well themed. Sitting in oversized tea cups with a tea pot in the middle that will show you a surprise through the ride as a special character pops out is Disney theming at its best. It is rides like this that show how Disney can take a basic off the shelf ride system and transform it into something else. While the system is your run of the mill county fair ride, the theming takes it into a class of its own. My family makes it a point to ride this at least once a vacation and on our upcoming Spring trip we will definitely be on it. Since there are 5 of us we need two separate tea cups which makes it that much more fun – together, but not! We break the group up between the slower mode (my wife) and the fast mode (me!). If Fred and his family were there we could have, slow, fast and puking!!!! Oh the fun. While this ride is outdoors, it is covered which is a nice reprieve of the hot Florida sun or the intense downpours of rain when they happen. This ride is not near as popular as the Winnie the Pooh or Dumbo rides, so it is a nice break when the more popular attractions have long lines or while waiting for your Fastpass time. I enjoy that Disney has some of these basic style rides along with the other major attractions. We would love to have your opinions or experiences, just register and post your comments. For you is this ride Slow, Intense, or Puking? Until next time…

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