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Since the summer of 2010, Disney California Adventure has been turning Hollywood Land over to high-energy dance parties on select evenings. Originally called Glow Fest and tied to the debut of World of Color, the event quickly evolved into elecTRONica which proved more popular than the 2010 cinematic TRON sequel that inspired it.
The current version, which has been running since 2012 (aside from a brief Frozen Fun hiatus in 2015), is a Mad T Party (dubbed "Diamond Mad T Party" for the 60th anniversary) that takes stylistic cues from Tim Burton's take on Alice in Wonderland. All incarnations of this soiree center on house techno-spinning DJs (many with authentic club cred) and exclusive (read: overpriced) alcoholic beverages in collectible cups. The giant Recognizer prop and vintage video arcade that were a highlight of ElecTRONica is gone; instead, there's a 'rabbit hole' entry portal and a live band clad in garishly 'hip' garb loosely based on Wonderland characters. Weekend crowds seem to go crazy for their high-energy setlist, which includes everything from Alicia Keys and The Killers to the "Happy Unbirthday" song.
Whether you find the change an improvement or not depends largely on your love for Burton's profitable but tonally problematic pass on Alice and Co. Between the Day-Glo stilt-walking flamingos flocking among the revelers and the neon Nok-Hockey tables in the streets, the aesthetic resembles an over-the-top Bar Mitzvah party on acid. If you're looking to get your dance and drink on without heading out to Downtown Disney, look no further. And if you aren't, the adult cocktails and oversized armchairs may provide comfort.