Monday, July 28, 2014

#Disneyland60.....Today In Disneyland History......July 28, 1951

Alice In Wonderland Released in US

July 28, 1951

On July 28, 1951, RKO Radio Pictures released Walt Disney’s 13th animated film Alice in Wonderland in U.S. theaters two days after it’s UK premier.  Featuring Kathryn Beaumont as the voice of Alice, Kathryn would later narrate the Alice in Wonderland attraction, which first opened June 14, 1958 in Fantasyland.  Alice in Wonderland is a dark ride based on the animated Disney adaptation of the movie.  The attraction resides next to a second ride, the Mad Tea Party, based on a scene in that same adaptation.  

In 1983, the ride was updated as part of an overall refurbishment of Fantasyland as the Upside-Down Room and Oversized Room were eliminated and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party was moved to the very end of the ride. A new narration track by Kathryn Beaumont was recorded. To create more unified theming in Fantasyland, the Mad Tea Party attraction was moved from a location at the rear of Fantasyland to a location adjacent to the Alice in Wonderland ride that same year. The Alice in Wonderland ride, however, did not reopen until 1984, one year after the rest of the New Fantasyland opened.  Until the most recent refurbishment in 2014, Alice herself was only seen in the singing flower garden, hidden behind a leaf to the visitors' right. Now, she is featured in several scenes.  Next time you’re in Disneyland, hop on board your very own caterpillar for a ride through the looking glass.  And that’s what happened today in Disneyland’s history.

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