After years of being draped in hideously ugly tarps to cover the makeshift scaffolding erected to correct a supposed OSHA violation, the Imagineers at Disney finally unveiled their new enhanced Alice dark ride at Disneyland on Alice Day, July 4th. Hooray! Check out this POV video for the new experience. I must say the new effects look great, and the changes to the downramp vine could have been much worse, but I will always miss the old vine. For additional commentary go here and here. We’ll be riding it ourselves shortly, and will comment here with our take.
The Botanical Gardens in Huntsville AL have an Alice theme running all summer (May-Aug), titled Alice’s Garden of Wonders. including a week-long camp for kids running from July 28-Aug 1. Information can be found at their website here. Read a review of the experience here and see some photographs here. Being a botanical garden I’m sure they have a most excellent garden of live flowers.
I have never heard of this, but looks like it must’ve been quite bizarre. Blogger Lindsay Eryn stumbled upon the abandoned park and shared some photos. Sadly the park has since been completely demolished.
Ok, I want to work here. A Serviced Office space in London where everything is themed to Alice in Wonderland! I’d take a meeting here any day!
The town of Llandudno in Wales has come up with a novel aid to tourism – an app! The app will provide tourists with 3D adventures and take them on an enhanced digital tour of all the Alice related places in town. Available in June, not much has been revealed as of yet, but we’ll keep you posted!
From one of our Twitter follows comes this link to a very nice Alice themed event locale in Brighton. The Wonderland House is “the perfect base for large family gatherings, friendly get-togethers, vintage themed hen parties or a corporate team-building activity. WONDERLAND HOUSE has stunning sea views and is arranged over 5 floors with 6 exciting, individually designed bedrooms to discover. Sleeps up to 24 guests.” I say Frabjous!
I bet if we all pooled our money we could buy this as our official residence and meeting place. Ah well, I can dream can’t I? Click me to see some actually quite nice photographs of the the house. And if any of you Mimsy Minions do in fact buy it, I would love to visit!
Our Secretary, Clare Imholtz, reports that in January, Foyles Bookstore on Charing Cross Road in London underwent renovations. Rather than just boarding up their windows while the changes were made, Foyles covered the windows with a creative history of the venerable bookstore–much of which was Alice-themed.
If you see something fun and Alice-themed in your own travels, send us a photo and a brief description so that we can share it with all our blog readers!
Are you looking for someplace special to take your Valentine this year? Well, if you happen to live in or near London, the Sanderson Hotel now offers a not inexpensive but very festive-sounding “Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea” including creative baked treats, a “Jelly Wonderland,’ and even custom crockery (which is also available for purchase separately, for you teapot lovers–and you know who you are).
To see a description, menu, and make reservations, click me.
Here is another missive from one of our most active minions:
“Carroll’s Isa Bowman and ’60s icon Petula Clark? In the same movie!? Yep, Vote for Huggett (1949) featured Isa (then 75), her sisters Nellie and Empsie Bowman, and former child star Petula Clark (17, singing “In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree”). Also in the cast were David Tomlinson (George Banks in Mary Poppins), popular screen beauty Diana Dors (18), and Anthony Newley. Based on the radio series Meet the Huggets (1953–61), the movie is now available in a 4-DVD set called The Huggetts Collection, from ITV.”
Isa Bowman of course was one of Lewis Carroll’s closest child friends after Alice, and wrote a book about her visits with him, Lewis Carroll As I Knew Him (and later published under another title, as well). She had a small role in the first authorized stage production of Alice in London, and played the role of Alice in the revival a few years later.
You can also find the set available from various vendors via Amazon.com. To see a list, click me.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are considering buying these DVDs, they are encoded for Region 2, so they will not play on standard U.S. DVD players.