Alice in Wonderland reopens with new technology while maintaining it’s classic charm

Alice in Wonderland reopened at Disneyland this week after a four month refurbishment. The main focus of the refurbishment was to make the outdoor section of track compliant with OSHA’s new standards. The attraction had temporary scaffolding placed on the outdoor section in 2010. Now the track “flows” together and is on one large ramping platform while maintaining the original layout. The attraction had a major refurbishment in 1983 and had many scenes changed or removed. The most recent refurbishment added many projections and new figures. This attraction has the best blend of projections and physical sets I’ve ever scene. They have animatronics and figures in the forefront and projections mostly add to the realism and bring the figures to life. For example, they have projections of flowers and butterflies dancing above and steam flowing out of teapots. They also added a screen with Alice chasing the White Rabbit. This part uses a technique call “squinching“. They even updated the last scene before the unload.

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Here is a video of the attraction before its refurbishment.

And here is the new version.

Congratulations to everybody involved with this project. I can’t wait to see what updates will come to the other Fantasyland dark rides over the next year.

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