Mad T Party is described as a "high energy, dazzling Wonderland" in Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort that takes you down the rabbit hole to discover the re-imagined world of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the bouncers and hosts of the party transport guests into a pulsating, vibrant world where the characters of Wonderland showcase their previously unknown talents: Alice and Mad Hatter appear on vocals, March Hare on bass, Dormouse on guitar, Caterpillar on keyboard, Cheshire Cat on drums, and White Rabbit DJs from a custom built tea cup on the Mad T Party stage.

The Tweedles supply comedic antics at the pocket watch portal, whose face is composed of 12 4mm LED tiles for clear, crisp resolution. Alice, Hatter, and their friends rock the party at the T Party stage, which looks like they have jumped on top of the large T Party table, complete with smoking teapot and a huge video wall backdrop.  Specialty acts and dancers perform at the House of Cards stage, a unique triangular shaped truss structure with a screen above and behind the performance stage. The area is further complimented by video projection on surrounding buildings; all mapped with custom content.

This is the one of the coolest outdoor clubs you've ever seen, in a wonderfully unexpected and delightful way. The project opened a mere five weeks after the successful ElecTRONica closed (ElecTRONica was a nighttime dance party and themed entertainment offering that ran from fall 2010 to spring 2012). Mad T Party leveraged the success of the previous show and ratcheted up the caliber, scale, and dynamics by not only having a DJ and specialty acts, but adding a second stage, a full band, and even more video, lighting, audio elements to transform the Hollywood Land area into the anything is possible world of Wonderland.

It took a crew of 50-75 personnel each night for five weeks to strike all elements of ElecTRONica, inspect, recondition, receive new equipment, and install an entirely new series of stages and scenic, truss, lighting, video, and audio, including accommodating overnight rehearsals with talent. All installation work was done overnight as to provide guests with a pleasant experience during normal park operation. This truncated the amount of time work could be done on site and required a significant level of organization and coordination between various disciplines in order to open the show on time after a five-week changeover.

Equipment List:
Lighting

  • 2 MA Lighting grandMA 2
  • 5 MA Lighting grandMA 2 NPU
  • 6 Syncrolite SXL 7k
  • 8 Philips Vari-Lite VL3000 Spot
  • 58 Philips Vari-Lite VL2500 Spot and Wash
  • 12 Philips Vari-Lite VLX Wash
  • 34 Martin Professional MAC Aura
  • 20 Martin Professional MAC 301
  • 14 Martin Professional MAC 401
  • 36 Martin Professional Tripix 1200
  • 16 Martin Professional Atomic Strobe
  • 44 Clay Paky Sharpy
  • 300 Philips Color Kinectics Color Blast 12
  • 70 ETC Source Four Elipsoidal and PAR
  • 12 Bubble Machines
  • 60 TMB ProCan 2 and 4-Lite Blinder
  • 16 Reel EFX DF-50 Diffusion Hazer

Audio

  • 3 QSC Q-Sys Core 3000 and 500i 14 frame
  • 1 Avid Venue
  • 20 Meyer Sound UPJ, UPQ, JM1P
  • 12 Meyer Sound Mina
  • 8 Meyer Sound M'Elodie
  • 18 Meyer Sound 700, 650, 600,500, USW-1P
  • 40 QSC K-10

Video

  • 11 Christie Digital Roadster 18K
  • 10 Dataton Watchout Server
  • 1 Vista Spyder x20
  • 286 WinVision LED Tiles (4mm and 8mm)
  • 2 Green Hippo Hippotizer Media Servers

 

Design Team:

  • Producer: Vin Reilly
  • Production Manager: Blake Lennon
  • Lighting Designer: Matt Firestone
  • Lighting Programmer: Tiffany Spicer Keys
  • Senior Technical Director: Mitch Atkins
  • Technical Director: Wesley Hunt
  • Show Director: Robin Trowbridge
  • Creative Director: Silvia Hase
  • Production and Video Direction: Steve Bass
  • Art Designer: Daniel Torres
  • Video Content: Matthew Cotter

 

 

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