In 1983, the ride was updated as part of an overall refurbishment of Fantasyland, as the Upside-Down and Oversized Rooms were eliminated and the Mad Hatter's unbirthday scene was moved to the very end of the ride. A new narration track by Kathryn Beaumont, the original voice of Alice, was recorded. To create more unified theming in Fantasyland, the Mad Tea Party attraction was relocated at the rear of Fantasyland to a spot adjacent to the Alice in Wonderland ride that same year. The Alice in Wonderland, however, did not reopen until 1984, one year after the rest of the new Fantasyland opened.
The ride was temporarily closed on July 15, 2010 after California's Department of Occupational Safety and Health pointed out that it lacked handrails on the second floor, exterior track portion of the ride. The ride re-opened with temporary safety rails on August 13, 2010. The permanent design has yet to be implemented.
Starting March 10, 2014, the ride will be closed for an extended refurbishment. In addition to regular maintenance, changes will be made to the attraction's exterior. The attraction is scheduled to reopen in Summer 2014.
Guests ride on caterpillar vehicles down the rabbit hole; through the Doorknob and then past Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and the White Rabbit, worrying about the time as usual. Then the guests go through the garden of flowers, who sing "All in the Golden Afternoon". Alice herself can be seen here, hidden behind a leaf to the visitors' right. Riders then pass the Caterpillar, who blows smoky letters and asks "Who are you?" and a Dandelion, who pops up, roaring. Next, guests enter the Tulgey Wood, where they meet the Cheshire Cat, as well as an accordion owl, an eyeglasses bird, a horn-shaped duck with its ducklings, an umbrella bird, a cage bird, and a pair of hammer birds nailing a sign to a tree. They then go through the hedge maze and past some singing cards, who are painting a white rose tree red as the White Rabbit announces the Queen of Hearts. She plays croquet, using a flamingo as a club and a hedgehog as a ball. The King tells the riders: "Rule 42: The Queen always wins," and a hedgehog bounces off a wall and rolls back. The guests then enter the Queen's courtroom and the Queen orders their execution. Riders escape by pushing their way through brigades of playing cards. The vehicles then leave the ride building's second floor (a rare occurrence in a non-thrill ride at a Disney park) and descend in a winding path on a giant lily pad past the ride queue, before heading to the final scene at the Mad Tea Party. The White Rabbit ducks as a giant unbirthday cake with a dynamite candle explodes and the ride vehicles exit back to where they began.