The Mad Tea Party is one of the few remaining attractions from Disneyland's opening day on July 17, 1955. The ride was made to look like The Very Merry Unbirthday Party scene from Disney's Alice in Wonderland and it is the first of two attractions themed after that movie.
The attraction is in Fantasyland and used to be situated behind King Arthur Carrousel in the castle courtyard, and was in front of Mr. Toads Wild Ride and the Mickey Mouse Club Theater (Fantasyland Theater). Below are pictures of the original ride and a video about it.
When Fantasyland had it's facelift in 1983 the Mad Tea Party was updated and moved to in front of the Alice in Wonderland ride because the two rides are based on the same movie. In 2004 it was made more difficult to spin the tea cups, but if you want to spin the as fast as you can the plain lavender teacup spins the fastest. This is another attraction in Disneyland that can not operate in the rain. The ride has 18 teacups and plays the Unbirthday Song while guest are on the ride, and above the ride there are lanterns that look like to ones from the movie. Below are pictures and a video of the ride now.
This is a ride that can be found at all five Disneyland style theme parks around the world. The one at Disneyland is the only one without a cover over the top of it and all of them are located in Fantasyland.
Magic Kingdom: Mad Tea Party
The ride at the Magic Kingdom is also called Mad Tea Party and opened with the park on October 1, 1971. The ride duration is 1 1/2 minutes.
Tokyo Disneyland: Alice's Tea Party
This is the only one of the five rides that was not an opening day attraction with the park it is in. Alice's Tea Party opened on March 8, 1986 about 3 years after Tokyo Disneyland opened.
Disneyland Paris: Mad Hatter's Tea Cups
Mad Hatter's Tea Cups has a very elaborate cover on top of it. The attraction opened on April 12, 1992.
Hong Kong Disneyland: Mad Hatter Tea Cups
Opening on September 12, 2005 Mad Hatter Tea Cups is the newest of the five tea cup rides.