YOUR Adventures in Wonderland?

September 30th, 2009 by

alice_wonderlandRecently, I was spellbound by details about the upcoming Harry Potter theme park and I salivated over the concept of a real-life Willy Wonka chocolate factory (sadly, not actually in the works). I was also reminded of a dream book-based theme park that I’ve always longed for: a replica of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll.

My idea is that actors would be stationed all around the park, which would feel like an enchanted forest. Groups of visitors would be let in at regular intervals throughout the day, and they’d walk on a specific path and experience all the same things that Alice does in the book.

Visitors would chase after the White Rabbit, wander through a hallway that’s too big and a house that’s too small, paint roses in the royal garden, and meet Tweedledum and Tweedledee. And for lunch — why, a tea party at the Mad Hatter’s place, of course!

through_looking_glassObviously, there are some problems with my plan. Mosts notably, it requires all the groups to go at the same pace so they don’t bump into each other. I guess this could be solved by turning the entire thing into one giant ride, but I feel like that would ruin the whole thing. The point is to make the visitor feel like Alice, wandering through a mysterious new world and interacting with all its crazy inhabitants. Maybe some of the slower-moving guests could get scooters…

Anyway, I know I could work out all these details if only someone would give me the means to create an Alice in Wonderland theme park. So, if you know anyone with bags of cash just sitting around, send them my way!

No, seriously: karen@kidsmomo.com

(I also take checks.)

— Karen

PS – I’m curious: if you could create a theme park based on any book, what would you choose? And what would the attractions be like?

3 Responses

  • Little Willow writes:
    September 30th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Oh, what fun that would be!

    Thanks to Sara for sending this link my way. She knows how much I love the original novels.

  • Karen from Kidsmomo writes:
    October 1st, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Thanks for your comment, Little Willow! Have you read Alice Through the Needle’s Eye by Gilbert Adair? It’s his continuation of the books, and it’s very true to the style and spirit of the originals. I know there are plenty of books that are based on the originals but with a twist (such as the YA series, The Looking Glass Wars). But if you want to read something that really feels like a third book from Lewis Carroll, I definitely recommend Alice Through the Needle’s Eye!

  • Monica (of educating alice so naturally I'm enthused) writes:
    October 3rd, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Yes, I agree that this would be great fun! I’ve been to a few attempts of this sort, but nothing on the Harry Potter theme park scale. (The line was too long at Disney Land for me to try their Alice ride, sadly.)

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