Disneyland’s Alice in Wonderland attraction closed in March 2014 for, what has turned out to be, a significant refurbishment. For the past five years Alice in Wonderland’s external ‘vine’ track feature was covered in tarps and scaffolding following safety concerns stemming from a work-related accident on Space Mountain in 2010. Although an accident had never occurred at Alice in Wonderland, Disneyland felt it necessary to take extreme measures to prevent a work-related fall from occurring. During the recent refurbishment, Imagineering implemented a wider ‘vine’ with edge decorations to help prevent such an incident from taking place.
When Alice in Wonderland finally reopened this past week, guests were treated to a pleasant surprise. Walt Disney Imagineering upgraded nearly the entire attraction with projection technology. Complimenting the existing show elements and animatronics, the new projections help to immerse guests further into the Alice in Wonderland story. The final ‘Mad Tea Party’ scene also received a major upgrade which not only includes projections on multiple levels but also physical 3D elements.
With the widened ‘vine’, guests no longer experience the feeling of being on the edge while being chased by the Queen of Hearts. Floor drains were added to prevent water build up, a few railings were installed closest to the castle, and the edge warning details are a bit silly looking. But despite these small issues, the Alice in Wonderland refurbishment is a pleasant one. Personally, I am pleased to see the absence of rails along the entire structure. Honestly, that’s what I was expecting to see. After all, that’s what happened to Casey Jr. Circus Train nearly two years ago following similar concerns.
Below you’ll find a complete, high definition, ride through video of Alice in Wonderland at Disneyland.