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Mad Tea Cups

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Mad Tea Cups (スピニングカップ Supiningu Kappu?, lit. "Spinning Cups") is an Attraction that appears in Kingdom Hearts III. It allows the user to slide and spin around in large teacups to ram enemies with.


According to Tetsuya Nomura, the camera of Mad Tea Cups originally showed Sora's point of view at some point during development, however this implementation was scrapped and replaced with a third person view when play testers complained about motion sickness.[1]


AT Sprite Mad Tea Cups KHIII.png

In Kingdom Hearts III, Mad Tea Cups can appear as an Attraction Situation Command. It has a base duration of 20 seconds and an indefinite duration during the Strawberry Flan mini-game. When used, Sora, Donald and Goofy each board a giant tea cup that damage enemies 3-5 times upon contact. Sora's cup slides around automatically and can have its direction controlled with Left Stick, while Donald and Goofy control their cups on their own, with the cups damaging any enemies they make contact with. If a cup hits another cup or an obstacle, it ricochets and accelerates, increasing the power of Cup Rush for 0.2 seconds. The acceleration effect also applies through the use of the Cup Slide command.

Mad Tea Cups is used during the Strawberry Flan mini-game, in which only Sora's tea cup is present, the Finish and Cancel commands are unavailable, and hitting a flan will add it to the stack of flans above the tea cup.

Command Input Description
Change Course (方向転換
Hōkō Tenkan
Left Stick Changes the sliding direction of Sora's cup.
Cup Slide (スピンラッシュ
Supin Rasshu
?, lit. "Spin Rush")
X Accelerates Sora's cup for 1 second; increases Cup Rush's power for the first 0.2 seconds.
Finish (フィニッシュ
Triangle Sparks scatter from the 3 spinning cups, dealing damage 5–7 times to surrounding enemies.

Attack Attribute Power
Guard? Repel LV Status
Cup Rush (カップ突進
Kappu Tosshin
Magic Command Neutral 0.5Symbol - Crown.png 0 0 0.1 O
Finish (フィニッシュ
Magic Command Neutral 0.5(x6)+5.0 0 1(x6)+50 0 O

Learning Mad Tea Cups[edit]

Kingdom Hearts III[edit]

  • The Mad Tea Cups Situation Command can appear when hitting an enemy that has an attraction indicator.
  • Mad Tea Cups is used by default during the Strawberry Flan mini-game.


Mad Tea Cups is based off the Mad Tea Party ride, designed as a spinning teacup ride for Disneyland and later featured in several other Disney theme parks. The ride's name varies between parks however the theme is the same, being themed after the scene in Disney's Alice in Wonderland where the Mad Hatter and March Hare invite Alice to celebrate their Unbirthday Party at the Tea Party Garden.

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