Alice in Wonderland Ride

Alice in Wonderland has some of the cutest ride vehicles in Disneyland, made to look like colorful caterpillars. It follows Alice's adventures with the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts.

The story is based on the 1951 "Alice in Wonderland" film. After you board your caterpillar vehicle, you'll travel through a stylized garden of oversized plants that help create the illusion that you shrank, just like Alice. You go uphill and then down the rabbit hole. You'll pass scenes from the movie that includes the Queen's rose garden, the croquet match, and the Mad Hatter's Un-birthday party.

Along the way, the Queen of Hearts will order your execution: "Off with their heads." But don't worry, you'll escape unharmed. The vehicles descend in a winding path on a giant vine on their way to the final scene at the Mad Tea Party. 

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What You Need to Know About Alice in Wonderland Ride at Disneyland

Scene from the Alice in Wonderland Ride
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For most people, Alice is a must-do or ride it if you have time.

  • Location: Alice in Wonderland is in Fantasyland.
  • Rating: ★★★
  • Restrictions: No height restrictions. Children under age seven years must be accompanied by a person aged 14 years or older.
  • Ride Time: 3 minutes
  • Recommended for: Smaller children
  • Fun Factor: Medium
  • Wait Factor: Medium
  • Fear Factor: Low
  • Herky-Jerky Factor:  Low
  • Nausea Factor: Low
  • Seating: The ride vehicles look like a caterpillar. They have two rows of bench seats that can hold two people per row. You step up just slightly to get in.
  • Accessibility: If you are in an ECV or wheelchair, ask a Cast Member where to enter.. You have to transfer into the ride vehicle, either on your own or with help from your companions. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
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How to Have More Fun

Alice in Wonderland Ride Vehicle
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  • This ride closes if it rains, so if it's threatening, head here early.
  • Music from parades can drown out the audio in the tunnel when you first enter Wonderland. Go at another time if you can.
  • The ride also closes early when there are fireworks.
  • If you're riding with a child, the safety bar may not come back far enough to hold them securely. Hang on for extra safety. Read here to find more rides for your children.
  • Don't let the lines confuse you. Alice and the Mad Tea Party are so close together that it's easy to get in the wrong one. All you have to do is pay attention to the sign when you get in line.

You can see all the Disneyland rides at a glance on the Disneyland ride sheet.

While you're thinking about rides, you should also download the essential Disneyland apps (they're all free!) and get some proven tips to minimize your Disneyland wait time.

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Fun Facts

Alice in Wonderland at Disneyland

Betsy Malloy Photography

Alice is the only dark ride (an indoor ride that appears to be in the dark) built at Disneyland between 1955 and 1983.

The narrator is Kathryn Beaumont, the original voice of Alice.

Alice in Wonderland is unique to Disneyland Park; you won’t find it anywhere else. It doesn't seem like it, but it is built over Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. It's also the only example in all of Disney parks of two rides designed using the story from the same film.

Outside the ride, you'll find the Cheshire cat lounging in a hole in the rock. The nearby restrooms have an Alice in Wonderland theme, with playing card doors.

Disney's WED Enterprises (the precursor to Imagineering) designed the ride, but Arrow Development in Mountain View, CA did all the engineering work, construction, and installation.

In the beginning, Alice had two rooms which have now been removed: The Upside Down Room and the Oversized Room. In 1983, those rooms were eliminated, and the Mad Hatter's Un-Birthday scene moved to the end of the ride. At the same time, the Mad Tea Party ride moved in right next door, making a double dose of Alice all in a small area.

In 2014, an upgrade to address a safety issue also included improvements inside, including digitally projected images and effects and Cheshire Cat special effects. At the same time, Imagineers addressed a common complaint. Many people said that Alice did not appear anywhere in the ride with her name so they added her to the Tulgey Wood and Mad Tea Party scenes.

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