Wonderland is a world from Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts coded, and Kingdom Hearts χ. It is based on Walt Disney's 1951 feature film Alice in Wonderland. This world is nonsensical and bizarre in its own way. Houses that have foldable furniture, a tea party without any guests, and a forest of giant flowers are just some of the odd things found here. The world is ruled by the stroppy Queen of Hearts and her card-like soldiers.
Wonderland is the one of the few Disney-based worlds without a world-exclusive ally.
Settings and Areas
When Sora, Donald, and Goofy first arrive in Wonderland, they find themselves floating down a Rabbit Hole (うさぎの穴, Usagi no Ana?) into the house of the White Rabbit, which is a large room with a hallway. The hallway leads to the main room, called the Bizarre Room (不思議な部屋, Fushigi na Heya?, lit. "Mysterious Room"), which has a table with "Drink Me" bottles which cause the drinker to grow or shrink in size. The Rabbit's furniture can be folded up into the walls or flattened to change the room's structure, reveal treasures, or open new doors. Different doors around Wonderland into the Bizarre Room cause the gravity to shift, allowing Sora and company to explore the walls and ceiling of the room.
Entering the door behind the bed leads to the Queen's Court (ハートの女王の城, Hāto no Joō no Shiro?, lit. "Castle of the Queen of Hearts"), outside of her castle in a hedge maze. Here she runs her pointless court sessions, and is where the boss battle against the Card Soldiers is fought.
The way to the Lotus Forest (ハスの森, Hasu no Mori?) is through the opening to the left. It is a large wood full of giant mushrooms and flowers which ask for potions and other items; one flower can be given a potion to make Sora grow larger. Various items that can be manipulated, depending on Sora's size, such as the stump, the boulder, and the tree in the center of the wood; knocking the nut from the tree and consuming it returns Sora to a shrunken state.
Finally, there is a small area that is the location of the Tea Party Garden (ティーパーティー会場, Tī Pātī Kaijō?, lit. "Tea Party Venue"), where the Mad Hatter and March Hare's tea party is laid out; the hosts themselves are imprisoned in a portrait on the wall, but sitting on the chairs around the table can grant prizes or penalties. The portrait also changes depending on the prize/penalty.
In Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, there is the Hedge Maze Entrance (迷路庭園入口, Meiro Teien Iriguchi?, lit. "Maze Garden Entrance") which is an annex between the Bizarre Room and the Queen's Court. On either side of the small hallway it leads to two Red Rose Hedge Mazes (赤いバラの迷路庭園, Akaibara no Meiro Teien?, lit. "Maze Garden of Red Roses"), giant mazes sometimes guarded by Card Soldiers, and, when not, are inhabited by Heartless.
In Kingdom Hearts Re:coded there are several new areas that are introduced. Data-Sora first arrived on Wonderland and meets Alice in the Clearing (中央広場, Chūō Hiroba?, lit. "Central Square"). There is also a new maze called the Aimless Path (迷いの小道, Mayoi no Komichi?, lit. "Trail of Hesitation"). Inside the Wonderland: Keyhole, there are three bugged areas called The Falsewood (惑わしの森, Madowashi no mori?, lit. "Forest of Delusion"), Fleeting Forest (うつろいの森, Utsuroi no Mori?, Transitory Forest), and Terminus (最深部, Saishinbu?).
Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]
Arriving in Wonderland, Player attempts to go through a small door, but is unable to pass due their size. The Doorknob suggests that Player advises that drink the bottle that had just appeared on the table in the center of the room. When a Heartless steals the bottle, Player retrieves it and drinks it to pass through the door.
On the other side of the door, Player is able to regain their natural size by eating mushrooms and encounters Alice. Although Alice is relieved by Player's normality, she remains preoccupied with the White Rabbit's whereabouts and chases after him when he rushes by. The Cheshire Cat then approaches Player, who asks about Alice and the White Rabbit. The Cheshire Cat explains that the White Rabbit always appears to be running late for something.
Later, Player finds the White Rabbit waiting outside his house, explaining that he had sent his housekeeper, Mary Anne, inside in order to retrieve his gloves for him, but she still has not returned and the door is locked. Player offers to use their Keyblade to unlock the door, but the White Rabbit is insistent that it would destroy his house instead and has Player fetch the key for him. Once Player returns with the key, the White Rabbit scrambles into his house and screams about the sudden appearance of monsters as Alice grows to a monumental size and unintentionally destroys his house. Thanks to some vegetables from the White Rabbit's garden, Alice is able to shrink down once again. With the crisis averted, the White Rabbit realizes his tardiness and frantically runs off, with Alice pursuing him.
As Player searches for Alice, the Cheshire Cat directs him to the Mad Hatter and March Hare. Player finds the two celebrating their unbirthday with a tea party, but when the Mad Hatter and March Hare notice Player, they proclaim that there are no seats available and thus Player could not join them. When Player motions to leave, the Mad Hatter offers him some tea and pushes Player around the table alongside the March Hare. After fetching sugar, butter, and jam for them, Player is ultimately kicked out of the celebration for interrupting them in the first place.
Chirithy scolds Player for becoming distracted from collecting Lux, pointing out to them that Alice is one of the Princesses of Heart. Player seeks out Alice to keep her from being targeted by the Heartless. Player questions the Cheshire Cat, who reveals a shortcut that will lead Player to Alice. Player finds that Alice is standing trial for the chaos she has allegedly caused, with the Queen of Hearts presiding it as the judge. As the Queen is quick to reach a verdict, Alice is able to disprove everything she has been accused of with Player's assistance. Furious, the Queen of Hearts insists that Alice is guilty and orders Alice to be beheaded. As the Card Soldiers assemble, Player helps Alice escape into the labyrinth while they hold them back. Afterwards, Player reunites with Alice outside of the labyrinth. Thanking Player for all their help, Alice opts to continue exploring Wonderland and Player joins her in order to fulfill their duty to protect the Princess of Heart.
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Sora, Donald and Goofy arrive in Wonderland just in time to witness Alice be put on trial for apparently trying to steal the Queen of Hearts's heart. Alice is sentenced to beheading, but Sora intervenes, promising the Queen he shall bring evidence to prove Alice is innocent. While searching for evidence, Sora is helped by the Cheshire Cat, who also gives him the Blizzard element.
Upon returning with evidence that the Heartless were responsible, the furious Queen locks Alice in a cage, turning her card minions upon Sora. The party defeats them and rushes to save Alice, but discovers her cage is empty. Sora and his friends rush off to find Alice, but after a search through the world, they return to the normal Bizarre Room and face off against the Trickmaster Heartless, which they destroy. They then discover the world's Keyhole in the sleeping Doorknob's mouth and seal it.
Soon after, it is revealed that Alice was kidnapped from Wonderland because she was a Princess of Heart.
Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories
The world and characters of Wonderland return in the form of memories of Sora's, during his time in Castle Oblivion. Alice is accused of stealing the Queen's memory and once again put on trial of her alleged crime. Sora intervenes and claims he is the thief, which causes the Queen to have her cards attack. After fighting and escaping, Sora and Alice talks to the Cheshire Cat about the Queen of Hearts and her memory loss. The Cheshire Cat also comments that "If you try too hard to remember something, your memory could lie to you."
They are later found by the Queen, who attempts to indict them, but she suddenly forgets what she was doing. The Trickmaster shows up and is revealed to be the one responsible for stealing her memory. After it is defeated, Alice tells the Queen that she ordered for Sora and Alice to destroy it. The Queen, being too proud, commends them on a job well done.
Later, in the Basement, Riku enters the memory-based Wonderland, but he only encounters the Trickmaster, which he defeats.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
When Roxas first arrives in Wonderland, he has another vision of that boy in red standing where he is standing, holding a Keyblade. He is soon distracted by the strange sight of a white rabbit in a waistcoat looking at a pocket-watch and speaking of his lateness. Roxas is not quite sure what he has just seen, but wonders what might be up ahead to make the rabbit react so. When he reaches the next room he sees the White Rabbit again, but shrunken, and running through the door. He wonders just how the rabbit might have gotten smaller, and is answered by the Doorknob, who tells him to drink what’s in the bottle on the table. Roxas drinks the contents of the bottle, causing him to shrink. Heartless appear, and he is able to continue with his mission of collecting hearts. After the defeat of a few enemies, a Lurk Lizard appears, but is defeated.
On his second mission to Wonderland he is sent with Luxord to take out some Pink Concertos. Roxas looks around, thinking to see the White Rabbit once more, but he does not appear. When Luxord questions him about his behavior, he tells him what had happened on the previous mission. Luxord tells him that even small happenings with luck could turn into fated meetings. Roxas looks confused, but they continue on with their mission. During the mission, the Cheshire Cat appears several times to give cryptic advice on where they might find the Heartless. Roxas asks him whether or not he is connected with the Heartless, but the Cheshire Cat would not give him a straight answer. On this mission, he had several more visions of the boy in red, this time with his friends.
A couple weeks later, returning for another mission in Wonderland with Luxord, they both see the White Rabbit run past, once again complaining of lateness. Luxord comments that the White Rabbit could be either lucky or unlucky for Roxas, though he didn’t know which. Roxas tells him it doesn’t really matter, since the White Rabbit is unrelated to their current mission, but Luxord decides that they should follow him. They find the rabbit to the Queen's Court, where he tells the Queen that they have been unable to locate the trio that gave her a shock. She demands that they be found, and the card soldiers run to check the Maze Garden, the only place they haven't checked. Thinking that perhaps the "trio" the Queen is searching for are the three Heartless they have been sent to dispatch, Luxord and Roxas take a look at the Maze Garden as well. The card soldiers are everywhere, but by sneaking by them they manage to find and finish off the trio of Heartless. Roxas has another vision of the boy in red, before they hear the Queen screaming at her soldiers. Luxord muses that now they’ll never find those three Heartless they had been searching for, and it was due to Roxas’s curiosity that they managed to find them before the soldiers did.
Several months pass until Roxas has his next mission in Wonderland with Luxord. The Queen is still looking for the trio of Heartless, but no one has yet to find them. Luxord wonders if luck will be on their side this time, when the Cheshire Cat appears to tell them of a new shadow that has appeared in place of the old ones. He gives them a hint that they will find the shadow by turning on the four switches in the Opposite Maze Garden. They made their way through the garden, avoiding the card soldiers, to turn on the switches. Returning to the Bizarre room, the light now makes a shadow on the floor, which turns into the Novashadow that they had been sent to fight. They take care of it, and return to The World That Never Was.
A few weeks later, Roxas is sent by himself to take care of a unknown Heartless. Before he goes anywhere, the Cheshire Cat appears and asks if he is looking for a Heartless. Roxas asks where he could find it, and the cat answers that it is in the room with the shadows. Roxas asks him what he wants, and the cat replies that it is whatever Roxas thinks that he wants. Roxas gets irritated and moves past him into the next room, but as soon as he drinks from the bottle, the cat appears again. The Heartless springs from the shadow, but Roxas defeats them. When the cat appears again to congratulate him, Roxas asks the cat who or what he is, but the cat only replies that he should believe whatever it is he wants to believe and that "lies and truth are the same if you believe in them" and that "he should choose where his heart lies".
Sometime later, Roxas is transported here by Xion in the Bizarre Room. Xion uses the Organization XIII Device to transform into a winged form, and she attacks Roxas. However, Roxas manages to destroy the wings. Xion then transports Roxas and herself to Halloween Town to continue the fight.
Kingdom Hearts coded
In a data version of Wonderland created from Jiminy's Journal, Data-Sora meets Data-Alice, she says she cannot remember a thing. Sora also confronts the mysterious Organization member in this world. Also, the Queen of Hearts sends her Card Soldiers to attack Alice and Sora, and they run into the Cheshire Cat and Sora fights the Trickmaster once again. The Data Keyhole in this world is inside the cage in the Queen's court.
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