When Was the Amusement Park Ride The Teacups Invented?


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The first spinning teacup ride at an amusement park was Disneyland's Mad Tea Party, which was an original ride when Disneyland's Fantasyland opened in 1955. The ride was based on the chapter entitled "A Mad Tea Party" from Lewis Carroll's book "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."

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The Mad Tea Party ride at Disneyland features a large turntable containing three smaller turntables, each of which contain six cups; all cups and the turntables spin separately. The teacup ride at Disneyland originally had no brakes or other limitations on how fast the cups could spin. The ride was substantially remodeled in 1982, and the cups were made more difficult to spin after an injury occurred in 2004. Mad Tea Party rides exist at all the Disney theme parks.

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