A Different Kind of Entertainment – Musical Chairs with Alice & The Mad Hatter

We’re going to spend another week down the rabbit hole – but this time focusing on the classic animated version of Alice in Wonderland!

I couldn’t decide if this really qualifies as a show or more of a character interactive experience, so I’m just going to leave it as its own unique form of Mousertainment!

Alice and Mad Hatter gather chairs for the game.

Alice and The Mad Hatter gather chairs for the game.

This activity is a regular event at Refreshment Corner (aka Coke Corner) in Disneyland Park except on days when Alice and/or The Mad Hatter opt to stay in Wonderland rather than come out to visit with guests. But you will not find it listed on your daily Entertainment Times Guide.

Instead, to find out when this happens, you can check with either City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. or perhaps ask the Main Street Ragtime Piano player when the two will be coming out to play this game with guests. I have found that it’s often around early afternoon, as I tend to run into it while I’m waiting for the Dapper Dans set to happen a little later at that same location.

The game is only for the young ones to play, but Alice and The Mad Hatter make the show fun for grown-ups to watch, too!

Musical chairs with Alice and Mad Hatter!

Musical chairs with Alice and The Mad Hatter!

It is played like a pretty typical game of musical chairs – Alice and Hatter gather all the unused chairs from the patio area at Coke Corner and line them up. They invite all the little ones to come up and participate. Then the Ragtime Piano player starts to play music, while Alice joins the game. Hatter makes funny commentary or suggestions to make the game progressively harder as it continues, such as “now reverse directions” or “now walk like a pirate” or some other complication until the music stops and everyone scrambles for a seat.

Those who are eliminated from the game are invited to come up and have a little moment to shine by making a funny face, or telling a joke or otherwise creatively using their imagination while interacting with Alice and Hatter.

The final one left on a chair is celebrated as the winner of the game and everyone helps put the chairs away. Alice and Hatter then usually proceed to meet with guests for a photo opportunity.

This Halloween season, the Queen of Hearts occasionally joined the game too!

This Halloween season, the Queen of Hearts occasionally joined the game too!

I just love this unique opportunity to actually “play” with the characters rather than just have a typical Meet & Greet. Happily, the Wonderland characters seem to have extra leeway in their frivolity as I’ve seen Alice play guessing games with the young ones and she and Hatter also like to hold impromptu tea parties with guests of all ages!

These are all just extra ways of adding a little Disney magic to a day at the park!

Have you ever watched Alice and The Mad Hatter play Musical Chairs with the guests? Am I the only one who wishes they’d let grown-ups play too?

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