Thursday, May 15, 2008

Disney World After Dark: Mad Tea Party

Alright, it is time for another true confession. I have never been on this ride. There, I said it. I just don't see the attraction. Now. Yes, it is cute. But I am not the type of person who will knowingly (in most cases) go on a ride that could possibly make me sick. Now. And, there has never been enough pressure, peer or otherwise, placed on me to ride it.

Once upon a time, when I was younger and somewhat more bold than I am now, I would ride something that would spin me both clockwise and counter-clockwise concurrently. There was once a music themed park where I live that was called Opryland U.S.A. and in it was a Mad Tea Party type ride called the Little Deuce Coupe. Like I said, it was a music themed park. Many times my friends and I would stumble off that ride dizzy, disoriented and on some occasions rather sick. It was fun...at the time.

But now is not then. Thankfully, I have lived to grow older and hopefully a little wiser. Now I am content to watch others try to out-do each other in this ritualistic test of intestinal fortitude, knowing that one day, they too will be where I am at; on the outside looking in, with the same slight knowing smile on their face.

And now, you can look in too.

The Mad Tea Party, spinning since October 1, 1971.

4 comments:

Well Behaved Krissy said...

My tummy goes into KNOTS every time I think hard about the swirley twirley bucket of wildness that IS the tea party. It is beautiful at night though.

Doc Terminus said...

I'm with you on this one... I think the one and only experience I had on the Mad tea Party was in 1986... Coincidentally, the same year I first visited Opryland... Also my first ride on the "Rock N' Roller Coaster"... (The Opryland one).. I think its now a BASS ProShop...

Greta picture of the Tea Party... Love the "movement"

sambycat said...

think about this - next time you go to disneyLAND, to ride this (you don't have to make it all twirly) at night, under the lanterns, the glow from alice in wonderland and the distant shrieks coming off the matterhorn - you will love this ride!!! (watch out for crazy teacup guy)

Andy said...

Great photo! I have ridden it once - though the one in Disneyland still is begging to be ridden at night just to say I experienced the party after dark...