Fall down the Rabbit Hole: Disney California Adventure preps “Mad T Party”

In addition to Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and the Carthay Circle Theatre, Disney California Adventure will be premiering another new experience this summer. “Mad T Party” will open, along with the above additions, on June 15th. Inspired by Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” guests will be “invited to step through the rabbit hole and into an all-new fantastical world filled with music, games, dancing and fun for whole family!”

This experience will replace the popular elecTRONica nighttime dance party, which was originally introduced on a temporary basis, but was extended to Labor Day, 2012. Later, that date was pulled back to April 15, 2012, in order to make room for Mad T Party. This is a relatively easy transition for fans of the original party, like myself, as Mad T Party seems to be more of a re-skinning than a complete overhaul.

Still, it’s an exciting update. The Disney Parks Blog recently provided a glimpse at what guests can expect, including lots of great illustrations of the characters that will be involved. The Mad T Party band will feature some familiar faces: The Mad Hatter,  Dormouse, Cheshire Cat, and more, all with the White Rabbit serving as DJ.

DisneyAuditions.com has a posting for male vocalists who want to be part of the Mad T Party Band. They provide the following list of songs, which may provide a hint at what music guests can expect:

  • I Gotta Feelin’ (Black Eyed Peas)
  • Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder)
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)
  • Shout (The Isley Brothers)
  • Hot Hot Hot (Buster Poindexter)
  • We Will Rock You (Queen)
  • American Woman (Lenny Kravitz)

Finally, Disneyland’s website was recently updated to provide details about Mad T Party.

Overall, I think this is an exciting update. I’m a huge fan of the Tim Burton adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland.” After it achieved box office success, there was a lot of chatter that perhaps an attraction inspired by the film would enter the parks. While I wouldn’t support a ride, this nighttime party seems like a great way to include this version of the story in the parks.

8 thoughts on “Fall down the Rabbit Hole: Disney California Adventure preps “Mad T Party””

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  2. I literally just sat down to write this exact same post — except that my feelings on the Mad T Party were a bit different. Having visited numerous times during ElecTRONica, I have to say I’m not a fan (which is saying something) of the rave scene at DCA. Sure, there’s a time and place for that, but that time and place is in some warehouse district at 4 a.m., not in the middle of a family vacation. I get what Disney is trying to do, and I applaud the effort, but not the result. I’m pretty sure Uncle Walt would agree. Perhaps this will change when my kids are teens, I don’t know, but for now they just need to stay off of my lawn.

    1. If you think this is a legit rave, you clearly haven’t been to any 4am warehouse parties lately. I understand your point, but this is a very tame offering. It is Disney after all. And “family vacation” doesn’t always have to cater to the youngest member of the family.

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  4. I have to admit that I am too am not really excited by this. Perhaps if it were moved to a location were it would not take away from the family vacation scene. I also feel the same way about the Mickey Mouse show currently at DCA where Mickey does hip-hop. I’m sorry but to me, this snacks of cheapening your corporate logo’s naive innocence.

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  7. My family, including two boys ages almost 4 years old and a 1 1/2 year old, enjoyed this new experience just last evening at DCA. The boys enjoyed all the colors, interesting characters (including Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum who welcome you into the rabbit hole), the fun music and they danced along with all the other guests.

    Having been to a few raves in my younger days, I do not feel there was anything inappropriate about this interactive section and actually it was the highlight of our evening! In my opinion, the people at DCA are smart to keep introducing new entertainment options so everyone can choose in what they want to participate during their stay. If you don’t like that scene, you don’t have to go, especially considering there are plenty of options to choose from. I say visit it before pre-judging because I don’t see how it would take away from a family vacation scene. Or you can choose not to visit and potentially miss out on having a great time.

    Also, not sure why it was even open yet since the Disney website shows it will be open on June 15th? Maybe a preview event, but regardless, it was fun and we are looking forward to visiting again this summer.

    We also got to enjoy some fabulous dinner music by the Sligo Rags over near the Garden Grill and highly recommend checking them out too!

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