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.
Our next meeting, in Toronto and environs October 3–5, promises to be a doozy! Check out our Events Page for all the details. See you there!
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.
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!
One of our trusty mimsy minions passed along this link to a recent NY Times travel article. It’s basically one writer’s personal tour of Oxford, England. Surprisingly, there is only a fleeting mention of Alice, and that’s about the treacle well. But perhaps the writer assumes others have covered the Carrollian elements sufficiently elsewhere. Never, say we! ;-)
If you’d like to read the Oxford travelogue, click me.
If you’re a fan of theme parks, you might enjoy this vintage promotional clip from the early ’60s for Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, CA. Alice appears as tour guide at around 3:55, and at 9:20 she shows the little Wonderland Carousel. Staff claim their park inspired Walt Disney to create his own. If nothing else, this clip makes for an interesting cultural time capsule!