Alice in Wonderland is one of our favorite Disney films! We love the characters, colors, the songs and and of course the craziness!
1. Alice in Wonderland is unique to Disneyland Park in Anaheim. You won’t find another attraction like it at any other Disney Park across the world. Alice in Wonderland is based on Disney’s animated feature film Alice in Wonderland, which was released July 28, 1951. The ride premiered on June 14, 1958, nearly 3 years after Disneyland Park opened to the public.
3. The Doorknob was the only character in the film and ride that did not appear in Lewis Carroll’s books.
4. The caterpillar cars have six basic color patterns: all green, green/blue-green, all pink, pink/purple, all yellow, and yellow/orange. At least they don't make you recite!
5. Disney dark rides, such as Peter Pan and Snow White, operate in the dark. Only their load areas see any daylight—with one exception...Alice! Alice in Wonderland is also the only two-story Disney dark ride.
6. All of Disney’s parks include AIW inspired attractions. The most famous is the Mad Tea Party ride, which is featured at almost every Disney Park (excluding Shanghai). At Disneyland Paris there is Alice’s Curious Labrynth, a fun walkthrough maze! In California, Disneyland has ride simply called Alice in Wonderland and it depicts the adventure of following Alice down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Tokyo has a Queen of Hearts themed restaurant. Alice and the rest of the gang are frequent additions to many of the parades and character meet-and-greets.
7. Kathryn Beaumont provided the soundtrack for the ride. She provided the voice of Alice in the original 1951 animated feature film!
8. Alice in Wonderland is supposed to be as if you are viewing the ride through her eyes. However, Alice herself can be found in one place on the ride ... just before you enter the Queen's Courtyard. Look for her hanging out with the caterpillar reciting, "How doth the little crocodile improve his shining scales."
9. In 1984, new lighting and special effects were added and the painted cut-outs of the original attraction were replaced with three-dimensional sculpted characters. They also updated the lighting and special effects. Alice was remodled again in 2013 and opened July 4, 2014 with several new enhancements; many of the scenes were updated with digitally projected images and effects, some of which include footage taken from the film, as well as some new animation.
10. Ok we left this one for last and soley for you believers! We know there are plenty of stories and videos out there of ghosts at Disneyland, but the one on Alice is the one you may not have heard about before. Timmy is the ghost of a 10 year-old boy that haunts the Alice in Wonderland ride. Searching the internet there are only a few sightings but with most of them the names have been "changed" to protect the storyteller. Why a little boy named Timmy and who asked him his name is a mystery, but I'm going to pay a little more attention to what I thought was Alice laughing on our next ride.
We love the Tower of Terror in Disneyland California and are sad to see it go. So before we cry we thought we would throw out 10 fun facts for you!
1. Rod Serling passed away in 1975 - almost 20 years before the Disney team started working on the Tower of Terror. The opening intro in the pre-show video is really Rod Serling from an episode of the Twilight Zone titled "It's a Good Life". However with a little Disney magic, and the voice talents from a gentleman named Mark Silverman, Rod now brings his ominous introduction to an amazing ride.
2. The plaque out front of the DCA Tower of Terror is has the Hotel being built in 1929, but was struck by lighting October 31st, 1939. If the Disney California Tower would of remained for 13 more years, it's 2016 at the time of this writing, it would of been fictionally 100 years old in 2029! That would of been a party at DCA for sure!
3. For inspiration when creating The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror the Disney Imagineers viewed all 156 episodes of “The Twilight Zone”. Now thats some serious binge watching!
4. There are four Tower of Terror rides at Disney Parks in the world. Disney's Hollywood Studios (WDW), Disneyland California Adventure, Tokyo DisneySea, and Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris. Tokyo DisneySea is the only one not inspired by the Twilight Zone.
5. In the pre-show (exception Tokyo DisneySea) the little girl entering the elevator is holding a 1930's era Mickey Mouse doll. We must of watched that video a hundred times before noticing that, we just didn't want to miss our elevator!
6. There was a Disney Tower of Terror film made in 1997 starring Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst. The movie was shot between Tower of Terror at WDW and on Burbank movie sets.
7. Former CEO Michael Eisner once suggested as the Tower was being designed that it be an actual hotel as well as hosting the Tower of Terror! Imagine having one of the rooms closest to the elevators!
8. The Tower of Terror at Walt Disney World is exactly 199 feet tall. At 200 feet the FAA requires a fixed red light beacon be added to any building that height or taller. The Imagineers thought the red beacon would take away from the 1930's theme. Crazy enough its the second tallest structure in WDW...the first is Expedition Everest clocking in at 199.5 feet. So where does the Tower of Terror in Disney California stack up? 183 feet is the answer.
9. Can you name the 5 individuals in that step into the elevator on that dark and stormy night? If you know, give yourself a pat on the back! If not they were an elegant honeymooning couple, a child actress and her nanny, and a bellman. The bodies of the victims have never been found and are believed to still be roaming the hotel today! (Cue spooky music!)
10. OK lets set the scene. You're at the Tower of Terror DCA and you're in the upstairs queue in the boiler room. Suddenly you hear a little girls voice calling for help, it's coming from somewhere, but where? It's coming from another dimension. The Imagineers worked in many Twilight Zone props, images and sounds throughout the Tower of Terror. The little girls voice is from the episode "Little Girl Lost" where a girl falls through a dimensional rift in her bedroom. Look for the chalk outlines on the wall in the boiler room!
So as we wave goodbye to the Tower of Terror in Disneyland California, don't forget to wave a final goodbye to the five guests that will hopefully get to leave...the Twilight Zone.
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