Secret “Alice in Wonderland” Tea Party details – *UPDATED*

The line for invitations

The line for invitations

UPDATE 7/25 – My photos from the exhibition: http://tinyurl.com/nrn55z

Okay, so it’s not so secret if I’m publishing it. But if you’d like to attend what promises to be the best Comic-Con party this year, pay attention to the following tweet from @importantdate:

Tea Party will be held at 338 7th ave, between J & K st. Invitations are required, and may be picked up at the same location, from 8-10 am

This will likely be a party for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland starring Johnny Depp! So hurry on down there!

*UPDATE* (9AM)

I’m back from getting my invitation, and here’s what I found out. The “Tea Party” is actually an instance of the Alice in Wonderland Touring Exhibition, in which invitees get to see the “artistry and inspiration behind one of 2010’s most anticipated releases.”

Those who went to 338 7th Ave. between 8 and 10 AM got tickets and keys like these. Each was numbered (I got 0390 and 0391) and had a return time (mine was 7/24 at 11:30).

Use these to follow the White Rabbit down the hole!

Use these to follow the White Rabbit down the hole!

When I arrived at 8 AM, there were about 100 people in line, and they started giving out the tickets with keys immediately. While other folks joined the line, it never got longer than about a city block.

While I was waiting in line and posting to Twitter about it, I got the following tweet in reply from @teapartynews:

RT @thepegisin ~ Is this tea party for real? I don’t want to sign up & then no tea :)

In other words, a conservative teabagger was confused and thought this Tim Burton event was one of those right-wing political rallies called Tea Parties. I disabused him of the notion with a not-exactly-polite reply. It would be ironic if Twitter marketing of the new Tim Burton film unintentionally drew in what has to be the complete opposite of his core audience, conservatives looking for a place to demonstrate!

If the previews I saw in Hall H are any indication, this movie is going to be among Tim Burton’s most whacked-out-looking films ever! I can’t wait to join this Tea Party!

Will update with pictures from the exhibition later – stay tuned.

The not-too-long line at 8 AM

The not-too-long line at 8 AM

Exhibition banner

Exhibition banner

*UPDATE 7/25*

The exhibition was great, and they’re doing it again Saturday! Go to 338 7th Ave. starting at 8AM for invitations. They take in groups of only 15 at a time, and you can take all the pictures you want. Yesterday the exhibition stayed open until 8PM. Here are my photos:

http://tinyurl.com/nrn55z

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