Disneyland’s Fantasyland dark rides have received tweaks and improvements from time to time, even after their extensive 1983 remodeling. The first noticeable change after the summer of 1983 was the abandonment of an interesting but problematic special effect on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
Upon entering Toad Hall and encountering the foreshadowing tapestry, you hear jolly music — and a distinct CRASHING sound which repeats every fifteen seconds or so.
As you near the boarding area, you see the source of the noise as you watch the departing motorcars disappear through library doors — only to immediately crash back out through the room’s fireplace.
The effect (done with scrim, animation and fiber optic embers scattering across the floor) is a hoot to watch — but it’s not quite what the Imagineers tried to achieve in 1983.
Today, the bursting fireplace effect looks and sounds better than ever, with a great sizzling sound effect as fiber-optic embers scatter before the little motorcars.
First lets talk about loading through the regular standby entrance. When you load at the dispatch console it is good to remember a few things to make your experience and the cast members job a lot easier:
* Wait behind the white line for your safety. If there is no room you may step over the line but refrain from stepping over the yellow line until the caterpillar comes to a full and complete stop.
* When the cast member asks you how many people you have in your group count your children and babies as 1.
* Seating is very important at Alice in Wonderland because the caterpillar’s head weighs about 30 pounds so we have to always have the bigger number of people in the back due to balance issues. Here are a few other eating tips to help:
1. No lap sitting in the front seat
2. The front seat has more leg room, the back seat has more width space.
3. You can take a whole caterpillar by yourself or with a partner, but, if you are going to have an empty row it has to be the front. Which means you must sit in the back.
4. Yes your children can go in the front together. As long as you are in the same caterpillar as them they may sit in the front together.
5. The supervise children policy requires that the parents sit in the back watching their children who are sitting up front so if you have 3 children and 2 adults please do not send the children in the back. Place two children up front and send one in the back with the parents.
Thats pretty much it for the seating. Another tip is let the cast member do their job. If the lap bar isn’t pulled down by one of your children or if they pull it down and it gets stuck let the cast member take care of it. The lap bars at alice have a tendency to smash fingers so if you both put it down at the same time fingers will get hurt. Also cast members are the ones who know where the release levers are when the lap bars go down so please do not pull on them, ask a cast member for help.
Loading at unload is only for guests with disabilities or people who have readmission tickets. Let me warn you about loading at unload, and this goes for all rides. If you read your ticket it states that there is no guarantee of immediate boarding. We understand that those who come in through the exit have waited outside of the line but we give you 10 minutes less on your wait time than the regular standby line because we know that boarding at the exit is not an easy task. Always remember it is better to wait 1 more minute at the exit waiting to board than waiting 30 minutes because the ride breaks down. We don’t want you to waste your time we just want you to have the best experience possible. Tips to load at unload:
1. Wait behind the white line until the cast member calls you up. (please wait to the left of the isle so that those exiting will have space to move out)
2. Once a cast member calls you up wait behind the white line next to the cast member, do not load yourselves at the exit. The cast member must load you themselves with a cart they have stopped in front of them.
3. If a cast member has not called your party up but the party ahead of you has gone up, continue to wait at the white line until it is your turn to avoid piling up the unload area.
4. Let the cast member know how many people are in your party and if you need the transfer vehicle. Same seating rules apply.
That seems to wrap it up for loading. As a reminder children over 7 may ride alone but children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult 14 years or older in the same vehicle at all times. Thanks for reading and look out for further posts about Alice in Wonderland.
Looking for gluten free dessert in Disneyland?! Look no more head to the Jolly Holiday Bakery!
Even if you don’t see them displayed or on the menu, ask at the cashier. This place has gluten free chocolate chip cookies and brownies!
They are prepackaged and not baked on premises, so they should be relatively safe for those with celiac.
also this is also a great place to see the fireworks while you have some tomato soup!