Got a Disney mad little one? Then they – and in fact, the whole family – are in for a treat! How about a trip to see the amazing Alice in Wonderland themed exhibition at the V&A followed by a Mad Hatter’s high tea for starters? We have rounded up the best Disney events, activities and adventures, including, brace yourselves, the upcoming Frozen Musical, the return of the magical Mary Poppins stage production and more, which are sure to make the Holidays pass in the most delightful way…
7 UK Disney Adventures for Families for 2021
Disney Classic: Alice in Wonderland
1. The Curiouser and Curiouser at the V&A
The V&A museum’s major show this year is an Alice in Wonderland extravaganza, with over 300 objects spanning film, performance, stage costumes, art, music and photography. Highlights include Lewis Carroll’s original handwritten manuscript, Disney illustrations, large-scale theatre sets and immersive environments, guaranteed to bring the enchanting Alice stories to life. Be sure to check out the augmented reality section, where you can play virtual croquet with hedgehog balls, as the Queen of Hearts hollers “Off with their heads!”
- Where: The V&A, Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL
- When: 22 May 2021 – 31st December 2021
- Cost: Tickets £20, Children under 12 free.
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2. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice, by spending an afternoon sampling the Mad Hatter’s tea at the Sanderson hotel. The magical experience features miniature bottles of ‘Drink Me’ fruit potions, Queen of Hearts jammy dodgers and macaroons with miniature clock faces. Adding to the eccentricity, crockery is decorated with Wonderland motifs and plants sprout out of teacups. Arrive hungry as the high tea is limitless and you’ll be encouraged to ask for seconds of your favourites!
- Where: Sanderson Hotel, 50 Berners Street Fitzrovia, London W1T3NG
- When: Monday – Saturday (12:30pm until 4:00pm), Sunday (1:00pm until 5:00pm)
- Cost: £48 per adult and £35 per child
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3. The Wonderland Holiday
Round up some friends or have a multi-gen mini-break at the Wonderland House on Brighton’s seafront. The regency house has 6 Alice-themed bedrooms, sleeping up to 24 guests. At the centre of the house you’ll find the Mad Hatter banqueting room with teacup chairs and vintage crockery, providing the ideal spot for a Wonderland tea party.
Smaller groups may prefer the Looking Glass Cottage, located in Brighton’s Lanes and sleeping up to 8 guests. This Alice themed cottage is also Brighton’s oldest house, and includes white rabbit lights and looking glass adorned walls.
- Where: Wonderland House ®, Bedford St, Brighton BN2 1AN | Looking Glass Cottage, Black Lion Lane Brighton East Sussex, BN1 1NL
- When: ongoing
- Cost: from Wonderland House£500 to £1,550 per night, Looking Glass Cottage from £145 per night:
DISNEY CLASSIC: Mary Poppins
4. Mary Poppins on Stage
Mary Poppins the musical, which first opened in London 15 years ago, will make a welcome return to its original West End home at the Prince Edward Theatre. Families will love this upbeat story of the world’s favourite nanny arriving at Cherry Tree Lane, and the riot of colour and feel good songs will keep children aged 5+ entertained.
- Where: The Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton St, London W1D 4HS
- When: The show reopens on the 7th August
- Cost: Tickets from £15
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5-6. The Mary Poppins Staycation
As London is the setting for both films, the best way to have a Mary Poppins themed break is with a staycation. Start the day with a 2 hour Poppins-themed walking tour, along the secret cobbled side streets used in the filming of Mary Poppins Returns, to the bird-feeding spot at St Paul’s Cathedral, taking in a spectacular rooftop view of the London skyline along the way.
- Where: Meet at Temple tube station
- When: Sundays departing at 1:30pm (Feb – Dec)
- Cost: Mary Poppins walking tour: Adult £12, children under 16 £10
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Following the tour, stop off at Buckingham Palace, location of the magical Mary Poppins Returns bicycle scene. The State Rooms are open to the public for ten weeks over the summer and there’s a sweet multimedia tour for kids, led by a cartoon corgi.
- Where: Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA
- When: Buckingham Palace guided tours with garden access from July – September
- Cost: Adult £26.50, children under 17 £14.50, under 5 free
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>> READ MORE: 7 Mary Poppins Family Adventures to do in London
DISNEY CLASSIC: Frozen
7. Frozen The Musical Hits London
Brace yourself, as Frozen-fever is officially due to sweep across London! The hotly anticipated Frozen West End musical is set to open at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane later this summer. The two and a half hour long musical extravaganza features songs from the original film, along with some brand new tunes created especially for the show. Expect power ballads, warm hugs and much of the audience to be dressed as adorable characters from the smash hit movies.
- Where: Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine St, Covent Garden London WC2B 5JF
- When:The show reopens from the 27th August
- Cost: Tickets from £20
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