March 9, 2010

Design Detail: Alice's Wonderland

Long before Tim Burton had his hand is redesigning Alice's wonderland, the Disney Imagineers created the first virtual reality experience from the film. Disneyland's little gem of an attraction sports whimsical leaves painted in eye-popping tones, while giant caterpillars wondering who we are takes guests on a fantastic exploration into her world.

As an attraction goes, Alice in Wonderland is not a showstopper in the "E" Ticket tradition of Pirates of the Caribbean or the Haunted Mansion. It is, however, just one of many smaller charms that truly set apart Walt's original park from all those which came after. With detail galore, the end result is something Johnny Depp himself would be proud to call his own.
(Photo copyright Mark Taft.)

4 comments:

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

I saw Tims "Alice" this weekend... Sadly it was even more predictable than I feared. It didn't even look "cool" like Avatar. I am hoping its "ok" performance will insure NOTHING from this movie makes it into the attraction, that would be dreadful.

Eric Scales said...

Love this attraction- it's one of my favorites. I remember as a kid specifically being fascinated by the colors of the caterpillars. Whereas most ride vehicles tended to use colors that contrasted each other, the fact that each caterpillar had a unique monochromatic color scheme was interesting to me- and I think the glossy colors made me think of candy.

Mark Taft said...

"the fact that each caterpillar had a unique monochromatic color scheme was interesting to me- and I think the glossy colors made me think of candy."

So funny you'd say that! I used to think the same thing, too.

Eric Scales said...

Though I will say that my favorite one was always the mustardy yellow one and goodness knows what candy that possibly could have reminded me of.