Alice In Borderland Season 3: Everything We Know

Image of the cast of the popular Netflix series: Alice in Borderland. The four of them are kneeling down and hiding in a Tokyo entryway, with the closest character holding a long, double-barrel rifle.

The runaway success of Netflix’s Alice in Borderland has once again proven that Alice in Wonderland has the power to form the bedrock of exciting and emotionally affecting stories more than 150 years after Lewis Carroll’s novel hit bookstores in England.

The adaptation of Haro Aso’s follows Arisu, a video-game addict who is transported to Borderland, an abandoned dystopian version of Tokyo, where he teams with mountain climber Usagi as the two are required to compete in an escalating series of deadly games.

As outlined in detail by Den of Geek, references to Carroll’s Alice abound. Playing cards dictate the type and difficulty of the games, including a twisted, trippy game of croquet. Borderland functions as the inverse of Wonderland, a fantasy world filled with absurdity but with death lurking around every corner.

Carroll’s characters are heavily represented amongst the other players and game masters, from the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter. Usagi even translates to “Rabbit” while Arisu is the Japanese translation of Alice.

The eight-episode first season was released in December 2020 and quickly became a worldwide hit, with critics lauding the cinematography, fight-scene choreography, and performances. The second season set a streaming record in Japan, according to Hypebeast, racking up an astounding 61.2 million viewing hours in the first four days to take the top spot on Netflix’s global list of most-watched non-English series. Season one is number two.

The enormous popularity of the show makes it curious that Netflix hasn’t yet announced a season three renewal. While seasons one and two have already adapted the entire Manga, there are a plethora of paths for the creators to take. Plus, the rabid reaction to the first two seasons makes a third a commercial no-brainer for the streaming giant.

Here’s a look at where Arisu, Usagi, and co. stand after season two and what season three could look like:

4 Japanese characters from the Netflix series: Alice in Borderland, walking through a dark alley in Tokyo. They are very sweaty and dirty, lookin like they just got out of a terrible battle.

State of Play

Season two Alice in Borderland ended with a sense of resolution. Mira is revealed to be the final gamemaster and the Queen of Hearts. Arisu survives her sadistic and mind-breaking game of croquet due to Usagi’s love and devotion and our heroes earn the right to go home. The survivors don’t remember their life in Borderland but Arisu and Usagi do recognize each other in the real world.

All seems to be right with life. The heroes have won and Arisu and Usagi have a chance to rekindle their once-in-a-lifetime connection. But then, everything is tipped on its head when a shot of a table of playing cards reveals that the joker has been drawn.

This cryptic finish sparks a series of questions. Is this “Joker” the final villain? Will the gamemasters decide to revoke the survivors’ right to live in the real world? Are they even in the real world? Are Arisu and Usagi still in Borderland, the illusion of safety just part of another sick game? There’s plenty of unanswered questions to be explored in season three.

Alice in Borderland characters Arisu (Kent Yamazaki) and Usagi (Tao Tsuchiya) kneeling in front of a yellow Volvo car. These characters are loosely based on Lewis Carroll's Alice Liddell and the White Rabbit from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

What Could Happen in Alice in Borderland Season 3?

There are plenty of options for writer-director Shinsuke Sato and the rest of the show’s creative braintrust to mine for a possible season three.

First, the bulk of the cast, including Kento Yamazaki (Arisu) and Tao Tsuchiya (Usagi) would be in line to return. Riisa Naka, who plays Mira, expressed interest in returning as the Queen of Hearts and speculated about possible directions for season three in a 2022 interview with NextShark:

“If there were to be Season 3, I wonder what would happen with the whole team that fought together so far. You saw the ghost of Hatter introduced in the show so many times, so I have this feeling that he might come back again. So for Mira, you might also think that she could return.”

The return of the ghost of Hatter is a tantalizing prospect while it would make sense for the Queen of Hearts to want to take revenge on Arisu and Usagi for slipping through her grasp at the end of season two. Furthermore, it would be fascinating to explore the psychological ramifications for the surviving players.

Image of actress Riisa Nana from Alice in Borderland, the popular Netflix series based on a Manga that is based off of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. She is sitting in a garden tea party with white flowers, furniture and building structure, while wearing an elegant black dress with a white floral pattern.

It’s worth noting that seasons one and two constitute a full adaptation of Haro Aso’s manga. Yet there is more source material for the writers to work with. A spin-off series, Alice on Border Road, chronicles a pessimistic teenager, Kina, who wakes up in an abandoned Kyoto holding the Queen of Clubs card.

She later meets another teenager, Alice (no not that Alice), who holds the Queen of Hearts and the two encounter nine other people, all from Tokyo and each holding different cards. They soon realize they must undertake an exhausting and dangerous trek from Kyoto to Tokyo, a distance of over 290 miles. 

The fact that Border Road does not feature characters or storylines from the original manga may make it an unlikely basis for season three. However, there is always the possibility that Arisu, Usagi, and the others are incorporated or maybe Netflix would be open to adapting the spin-off on its own and expanding the Borderland brand.

There is a second spin-off manga that is more likely to be used for a season three. That would be Alice in Borderland: Retry, released during a three-month period from October 2020 to January 2021, coinciding with season one’s release in December 2020.

The story is set well after the events of the original. Arisu and Usagi are now married with a child yet their familial bliss is not enjoyed for long. Once again, Arisu is trapped in Borderland and must survive an escalating series of lethal games to reunite with his family. This option is the most likely if the writers want to return to the source material for season three, though they may need to adapt the manga more liberally in order to construct a fresh and exciting storyline that could sustain a full season.

Close-up image of a Joker playing card, representing the Joker from the hit Netflix series: Alice in Borderland. This makes us question what will happen in season 3?

Of course, the clearest direction for season three might have already been introduced at the end of season two. In the manga, the Joker is responsible for ferrying the players between Borderland and the real world. It’s possible season three would be The Odyssey to seasons one and two’s The Iliad.

Yes, the war is over, but the journey home is just as difficult and sometimes even more harrowing. Or the players could still be in Borderland, subjected to a cruel rendering of comfort and safety before the Joker plays his tricks on all of them.

It’s clear there are plenty of rabbit holes to go down for season three of Alice in Borderland. The writers could adapt one of Haro Aso’s spin-off series, continue on the path set up at the end of season two, or concoct an original storyline. Regardless of the direction, however, this smash-hit looks set for another season of exhilarating action and high-stakes emotion.

Meet the Author

An itinerant storyteller, John Drain attended the University of Edinburgh before studying film at DePaul University in Chicago and later earned an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute Conservatory. John focuses on writing mysteries and thrillers featuring characters who are thrown into the deep end of the pool and struggle to just keep their heads above water. His work has been recognized by the Academy Nicholls Fellowship, the Austin Film Festival, ScreenCraft, Cinestory, and the Montreal Independent Film Festival. In a previous life, John created and produced theme park attractions across the globe for a wide variety of audiences. John keeps busy in his spare time with three Dungeons and Dragons campaigns and a seemingly never-ending stack of medieval history books.

Imagination, Caterpillars, and Light: How the Magic of the Wonderverse Works

How does magic work? That might seem like a silly question. Magic is defined by its ability to bypass the laws of our terrestrial world. It transcends rules. That’s the point, right? Well, not quite. Storytellers fixate on the rules and forms of magic in their worlds, consistently aware that one misstep might cause them to lose their audience.

What if Harry Potter suddenly just started Force Choking Voldemort during the Battle of Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows? Okay, that might be kind of cool. But it’d be weird (and a massive copyright infringement). The act of making a clenching motion to invisibly choke someone is not part of the Wizarding World, where magic is channeled through wands, incantations, and concoctions derived from plant and animal matter. It would damage the story, by breaking the rules of the magic system.

Frank Beddor’s Wonderverse has an interconnected web of elements and rules which fuels Queen Alyss and Hatter Madigan’s exciting adventures in Wonderland and beyond. It’s the reason Alyss was able to escape to London when Queen Redd took her crown and why Hatter was able to finally bring her back to Wonderland to reclaim her birthright.

Wonderland’s magic powers everything in the realm and beyond, including Hatter’s ever-reliable top hat. So, how does it work? Let’s explore what makes The Looking Glass Wars’ intricate and exciting magic system rank among the A-listers of our favorite fiction works.

First, the primal source of all magic in Wonderland is Light. From the Everlasting Forest to the Chessboard Desert, Light makes Wonderland wonderful and fuels the two chief pillars of its magic: Imagination and Caterpillar Thread.

Illustration of Hatter Madigan using magic -  appearing as yellow ropes or lightning bolts in Wonderland, or the Wonderverse as seen in Frank Beddor's The Looking Glass Wars, based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.


Imagination, as it exists in the Wonderverse, is an immensely powerful form of magic, created by the Great Light of the First Wonder and the White Butterfly. In many ways, it is similar to the Force in Star Wars. Imagination is an energy current within every being that those who are trained in its use can manipulate to create almost anything. The key is not to use it selfishly. This is where we get to Light Imagination and Dark Imagination.

Light Imagination is reflective and generous, sharing and spreading the energy it uses. Dark Imagination, however, does not give, it takes. It hoards and absorbs Light, utilizing it for selfish purposes and never sharing the energy with the rest of Wonderland.

Light Imagination the basis of almost every magical item in Wonderland: looking glasses, pools, shards, and crystals. The latter two are the main receptacles for Light Imagination and their uses and creation are heavily studied and monitored by the Millinery. The most important source of Light Imagination is the Heart Crystal, which radiates the energy across the Queendom and into different realms of existence (like Earth).

A consideration to always make when crafting a system of magic, is to bake in dichotomy. This interplay between oppositional magic is the everlasting source of conflict and tension in good fiction. For instance, Imagination is not inherently good or bad, its morality is determined by the user. This allows for not only Light Imagination to play against Dark Imagination, but also the mixed shades of grey that will complicate matters at every opportunity.

Be it two school magic systems like those of The Looking Glass Wars, Harry Potter, and even Warhammer 40,000, or multi-faction systems such as the elemental powers of Avatar The Last Airbender—the strength of the conflict generated by magic is contingent on the interplay between oppositional powers. Remember, these points of fiction can even exist within a single group, spurred by differing philosophy on the usage of their magic.

Caterpillar Thread:

Much like the tension and conflict created by the diametrically opposed Light and Dark Imagination—Caterpillar Thread introduces a more tangible mode for magic to be utilized in Wonderland. Similar to the potions of Harry Potter or the Alchemy of The Elder Scrolls, Caterpillar Thread is an expression of magic that can be manipulated physically—and in almost infinite combination.

Simple systems with well thought out interconnected relationships of strengths and weaknesses create a web of possibilities. Not only can users specialize based on their personality and style—but this world building can be the foundation of endless dramatic tension. Leave no element of your magic system without an opponent that can genuinely threaten it.

Legend states that Wonderland was woven using Caterpillar Thread from the First Caterpillars. Now spun by the caterpillar-oracles deep in the Valley of Mushrooms, Caterpillar Thread is the tangible, tactile counterpart to Imagination. A condensed, physical form of Light, Caterpillar Thread has a plethora of uses ranging from the construction of magical gadgets to even imbuing life into an inanimate object. But first, to understand how Caterpillar Thread is used, we need to understand the different types and their unique properties.

The Caterpillar from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Frank Beddor's The Looking Glass Wars. 3 images of caterpillars in blue, yellow and green.

Blue – Connection

The Wonderverse’s answer to cell phones and glasses, Blue Thread is used to communicate across long distances and enhance one’s senses through goggles or earphones, for example. It is highly useful for the spies and bodyguards trained by the Millinery while the Blue Caterpillar is so attuned to the Thread’s abilities that he can even see into the future and make prophecies.

Yellow – Energy

Yellow Thread is an essential item in any Milliner’s wardrobe, yet it can be very dangerous if not used correctly. When used with good intentions, Yellow Thread can power objects and be used as an electrical self-defense device (like a taser). Yet, in less scrupulous hands, the Thread can be used to drain energy from other lifeforms.

Green – Growth

The favorite salve of the Milliner Medics (the Green Berets), Green Thread closes wounds, heals burns, and can also be used to mend a Milliner’s gear. A multi-faceted fabric that can heal the living and inanimate alike.

The Caterpillar from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Frank Beddor's The Looking Glass Wars. 3 images of caterpillars in orange, red and indigo.

Orange – Strength

Orange Thread is the perfect item for a Milliner who wants to upgrade and reinforce their equipment. For example, if a Milliner weaves Orange Thread into their hat, they can turn it into a buzzsaw through their mastery of Imagination. Pretty handy if a ball turns into a brawl. 

Red – Imagination

Red Thread enhances the Light Imagination of which a Milliner is already a master. It takes our earthly concept of visualization and turns it into reality. If a Milliner wants to jump over a broken bridge or outrun a herd of stampeding horses, they only have to imagine it using Red Thread.

Indigo – Consciousness

The most advanced and mysterious Thread that only the most learned Milliners can use, Indigo Thread is the spark of identity. It’s essential to the construction of a Milliner’s hat, imbuing the headwear with “life” so it can help and advise its wearer. Indigo Thread can be dangerous, however, as it can be used to manipulate the consciousness of living beings.

Hatter Madigan's hat, flying through the air, with blades coming out of the brim of the hat along a blue background.

Using Caterpillar Thread:

How a Milliner can incorporate Caterpillar Thread into the execution of their daily duties is just as varied as the types of Threads themselves. There is a wide range of Thread Spells such as knots, hems, lacing, darts, and buttons, all tapping into the power of the Thread (or a combination of Thread Types) according to the Milliner’s needs.

The most iconic example of the use of Caterpillar Thread in the Wonderverse is certainly the Milliner’s hat. Just as important as a Jedi’s lightsaber or a wizard’s wand, and much more versatile, the Milliner’s hat is woven from a combination of different Caterpillar Threads and features a vast array of capabilities.

As mentioned above, the use of Red Thread gives the hat sentience, with its red eye that can survey the surrounding area, alert a Milliner to danger, and execute the transformations ordered by the Milliner. Such transformations include acting as a shield, smothering assailants, projecting illusions to confuse the enemy, and protecting their Owner from heat or cold. Above all, the hats know to whom they belong, and, no matter how far-flung, they will always return to their Milliner.

Caterpillar Thread and Imagination combine to form the twin pillars upon which the magic of Wonderland is built. Light, channeled through either the ethereal or the tangible, can be harnessed by the attuned and used to defend and enhance the Queendom. Yet, when used for selfish purposes, Light becomes Dark and saps Wonderland of its energy.

It is this eternal conflict between Light Imagination and Dark Imagination that caused the civil war that ravaged Wonderland before the events of The Looking Glass Wars and it was Queen Redd’s obsession with Dark Imagination that drove her bid to steal Alyss’ crown.

This final point illustrates the golden tenant of Magic System Creation: always think of narrative integration first! Cool magic will win big style points, but if the small details and the sturdy rules of the system don’t serve the emotional journey of your characters—you may need to rethink how you are building your story.

Enjoy the ride of creating your own universe, and never fear sharing your work with the world. Sometimes the boldest ideas are the most terrifying and uncertain… and ultimately the best. Your imagination is the finest tool you will ever wield, and it is worth the work to manifest your own magic system.

If you enjoyed this article listen to the All Things Alice Podcast with guest David Sexton for a great discussion of Magic Systems!

Meet the Author:

An itinerant storyteller, John Drain attended the University of Edinburgh before studying film at DePaul University in Chicago and later earned an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute Conservatory. John focuses on writing mysteries and thrillers featuring characters who are thrown into the deep end of the pool and struggle to just keep their heads above water. His work has been recognized by the Academy Nicholls Fellowship, the Austin Film Festival, ScreenCraft, Cinestory, and the Montreal Independent Film Festival. In a previous life, John created and produced theme park attractions across the globe for a wide variety of audiences. John keeps busy in his spare time with three Dungeons and Dragons campaigns and a seemingly never-ending stack of medieval history books.

Changing Realities: Tubi’s Rabbit Hole and the Evolution of an Iconic Phrase

a long dark vertical cave with screens lining the walls shows a floating Alice slowly descending through the middle portray a modern take on the wonderland rabbit hole

During halftime of Super Bowl LVII (57 for those not well-versed in Roman numerals), viewers were treated to a commercial in which giant anthropomorphic rabbits kidnapped people and threw them down a rabbit hole lined with TVs. No, this wasn’t an ad warning the public about rabbit-perpetrated abductions. It was part of a brand-new marketing campaign by Tubi, an ad-supported video-on-demand service owned by the Fox Corporation, which was urging viewers to “find rabbit holes you didn’t even know you were looking for.” Tubi’s allusion to Alice’s entrance to Wonderland was just the latest example of how the term “down the rabbit hole” continues to permeate more than 150 years after Lewis Carroll originally put pen to paper. In fact, Tubi’s rabbit holes show a recent shift in how the concept is viewed in pop culture.

The Infamous White Rabbit

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland kicks off, of course, with Alice following the rushing White Rabbit down a rabbit hole into Wonderland. This portal to a world of whimsy and strangeness eventually took on a metaphorical meaning. The current operational definition, per the Oxford English Dictionary, is that a rabbit hole is a “bizarre, confusing, nonsensical situation or environment, typically one from which it is difficult to extricate oneself.” The negative, foreboding connotations in this definition can be seen in how “rabbit hole” was used in such diverse media as The Matrix, former Playboy Bunny Holly Madison’s memoir, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, and, most recently, in the Paramount+ spy thriller series, Rabbit/Hole. As used in these examples, going down a rabbit hole has come to mean entering into a labyrinthian world with danger lurking behind every unknowable corner.

promotional shot with yellow background for the show rabbit/hole with keifer sutherland on paramount plus

Of course, everyone knows what someone means when they say they went “down a YouTube rabbit hole” last night. Pulitzer Prize winner Kathryn Schulz, writing for The New Yorker in 2015, explored how the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland had come to signify extreme distraction, specifically in respect to internet usage. Schulz, in wondering why rabbit hole has become so pervasive in public consciousness compared to elements in other fictional worlds, makes an important observation. “As a metaphor for our online behavior…the rabbit hole has an advantage,” she writes, “it conveys a sense of time spent in transit.” There is a further connection to Lewis Carroll’s world in that the digital rabbit hole also seems to transcend time and space. Often, we watch YouTube videos or read Wikipedia articles for what seems to be a short time, only to look up at the clock and find that what seemed like a walk around the block was actually a transcontinental flight. An internet rabbit hole may have even caused one to be late for a very important date from time to time.

How Does Alice Get To Wonderland?

But what about this idea of transit? In Alice in Wonderland, Alice travels through the rabbit hole on her way to Wonderland. She doesn’t spend time exploring every nook and cranny of the subterranean burrow. “The modern rabbit hole,” writes Schulz, “unlike the original, isn’t a means to an end. It’s an end in itself.” Remember those TVs lining the dirt in the Tubi ad? They weren’t just for entertainment while traveling to a wondrous, surreal destination. The rabbit hole is the destination. The journey, the experience of endless exploration, entertainment, and enlightenment is the goal. The wonder and magic of Wonderland can now be found in the trip through the rabbit hole, the permanence of a fixed point replaced by the emotional, intellectual, and sensory fulfillment of the itinerant digital traveler.

animated vortex showing alice in wonderland objects such as playing cards, clocks, tea pots, books and flowers

The current usage of going down a rabbit hole also promises individualization, that the experience is fully tailored to the individual. Indeed, Nicole Parlapiano, Tubi’s Chief Marketing Officer, stressed this point when speaking in reference to their Super Bowl ad campaign, saying the streamer has a “deep and diverse content library that allows people to dive into their own personal content journey…that might just lead them down the perfect rabbit hole for them.” Now, you’re not going down a rabbit hole, but your rabbit hole. One that conversely promises both discovery and familiarity. Jim Rutenberg, a writer at large for The New York Times, recently alluded to Alice in Wonderland in a piece titled “How Fox Chased Its Audience Down the Rabbit Hole.” In it, he discusses how Rupert Murdoch and Fox News created a personalized rabbit hole for their viewers, one that reflected the world they wanted to see. Of course, this has had dangerous political consequences but Rutenberg’s usage of rabbit hole shows the continued power that the term has with the public consciousness. Additionally, it is yet another example of rabbit hole being used to refer to a set of experiences and events rather than as a means of transportation.

The Rabbit Hole Has Changed

It’s clear that the usage of rabbit hole has transformed from a conduit to a destination, but Tubi’s commercials also herald a shift in the way in which a rabbit hole is viewed. As stated earlier in this article, the term rabbit hole has commonly been used to imply something negative. Going down a digital rabbit hole often implies a loss of something – a loss of focus, a loss of sleep, a loss of time which could have otherwise been used in the pursuit of something productive. Yet the Tubi spot promises viewers that going down their rabbit hole will result in a sublime experience in which all their entertainment desires will be satiated. While one can be skeptical of Tubi’s assertions, there is a kernel of truth in their promise. Rabbit holes can be enlightening and entertaining, an expression of someone exploring their individuality. Going down a YouTube or Wikipedia rabbit hole often takes place within the context of someone achieving fulfillment through researching their interests. Going down a streaming rabbit hole can introduce viewers to content that will entertain, thrill, and comfort. Though certain particulars have changed over time, the modern usage of rabbit hole, promising enlightenment and happiness, is far closer to Lewis Carroll’s original meaning, invoking the sense that like Alice, we can all discover our own Wonderland.

Meet the Author

An itinerant storyteller, John Drain attended the University of Edinburgh before studying film at DePaul University in Chicago and later earned an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute Conservatory. John focuses on writing mysteries and thrillers featuring characters who are thrown into the deep end of the pool and struggle to just keep their heads above water. His work has been recognized by the Academy Nicholls Fellowship, the Austin Film Festival, ScreenCraft, Cinestory, and the Montreal Independent Film Festival. In a previous life, John created and produced theme park attractions across the globe for a wide variety of audiences. John keeps busy in his spare time with three Dungeons and Dragons campaigns and a seemingly never-ending stack of medieval history books.

10 Alice in Wonderland Egg Ideas You Simply Must See

Easter is around the corner and, with spring in full bloom, feelings of rebirth and revitalization are all around. So what better way to celebrate Easter than with a story that has lived many, many lives?

From Disney’s Alice in Wonderlandto The Looking Glass Wars, Lewis Carroll’s creation has gone through a constant cycle of rebirth and reinvention. In fact, Alice and the Wonderland characters have even been reimagined as amazing Easter eggs.

Here are our favorite Alice in Wonderland-inspired Easter egg designs.

Wonderland in Hong Kong Disneyland

Disney, unsurprisingly, loves capitalizing on Easter with a wide variety of Easter eggs decorated with the likenesses of their most popular characters. Alice and friends make the cut, of course, at Hong Kong Disneyland with precise renditions of the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, and Alice herself. The pleasing color palette and friendly artistry convey the magic and whimsy of both Wonderland and Disneyland. The Cheshire Cat is a particular highlight, the deep purple coloring perfectly matches the surrounding foliage and his curling, mischievous grin is an excellent fit for the contours of an egg.

Oversized Alice and the White Rabbit as painted eggs in the Disney style displayed among pink flowers in a garden

Burtonesque Eggs on Eggs

No discussion of Alice would be complete without the inclusion of Tim Burton’s singular 2010 reimagining. Enter the late John “The Egg Man” Lamouranne’s brilliant rendition of Burton’s surrealist gothic style. Lamouranne even used eggs for the bodies of the characters, amplifying the whimsical nature of their designs. The funny thing about these eggs is how similar they are to their big screen counterparts. The Red Queen’s oversized head is perfect for an egg while Tweedledum and Tweedledee don’t seem to have changed a bit, and the Cheshire Cat’s grin, once again, is delightfully magnified by the egg’s curves.

DIY Wonderland

Many of the styles featured in this article require lots of time and lots of artistic (and egg-related) experience to achieve. Yet these DIY designs are perfect for a parent-child arts and crafts day. Tim Burton’s Red Queen and the original Disney Cheshire Cat continue to be standouts given their egg-friendly dimensions. The heavy use of craft paper creates a pleasing texture and promises a low level of difficulty for Alice-obsessed kids. The doily used for the Red Queen’s ruff gives her a royal flair while the vibrant purple used for the Cheshire Cat’s head perfectly complements the deeper shade of the body.

Alice’s Stay in Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Back in 2016, the ritzy Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore created their own edible Wonderland with a collection of expertly decorated chocolate eggs. The detail in the icing used for the Mad Hatter’s and the Red Queen’s hair is particularly impressive and the alternating purple and pink icing on the Cheshire Cat gives him lifelike definition. Interestingly, Shangri-La Hotel also used a mix of designs from both Tim Burton’s filmand the original Disney adaptation. It’s unlikely that Mr. Burton was thinking about his character’s suitability for egg designs when making the film, yet it appears they will live on in egg form for many Easters to come.

Ray Brown’s Hand-Painted Wonderland Character Beauties

With over 15 years of experience working at Disneyland, it’s not surprising that artist Ray Brown nailed these renditions of two of the Mouse House’s most famous characters. His linework and shading is beautiful, capturing the Cheshire Cat and White Rabbit in all their whimsical glory. The elongation of the Cheshire Cat’s grin, wrapping around both sides of the egg, accentuates his impish nature and the offset eyes highlight the feline’s hypnotic qualities. Furthermore, Brown’s judicious linework defining the White Rabbit’s face makes the natural texture of the shell actually look like fur.

Painted eggs of the Cheshire Cat and White Rabbit created by Ray Brown

Dazzling and Delicious Sweet Art By Kat

It would seem a shame to ruin this beautiful creation by Sweet Art by Kat by eating it, but, boy, is it tempting. The use of icing for the Queen of Hearts’ red roses and the door make this look absolutely delectable. The detail here is simply stunning. The roses are full and vibrant while the grooves in the wood of the door give the piece a lifelike quality that transforms it into a work of art. The imagination and technical expertise shown in this design are a perfect homage to the same qualities evidenced by Lewis Carroll in his writing of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

A decoraive icing egg created with Red Roses, playing cards, and the talking Door Knob from Disney's Alice in Wonderland

Alice Eggs Keeping Time at Disney’s Grand Floridian

Disney definitely knows how to celebrate a holiday. This entry is from Disney’s annual Easter egg exhibition at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa (running until April 10). Disney artists delved into the White Rabbit’s time motif for this year’s offering, resulting in an enthralling piece loaded with the same level of detail and beauty found in Wonderland itself. The design of the clock numbers offers a whimsical compliment to the industrial nature of the inner gears while the classic Alice, White Rabbit, and Cheshire Cat figures are a pleasing garnish on a fantastic piece.

Bridget McCarty’s Magical Easter Eggs

Veteran Disney artist Bridget McCarty is a brilliant creator whose work includes illustrations, sculptures, painted pumpkins, and, of course, Easter eggs. Her delightful depictions of Alice and the Cheshire Cat are bursting with life and color. McCarty elegantly captures Alice’s enthusiasm and curiosity, a big feat on such a small canvas. The choice of teal for the background makes Alice pop off the shell while the sprinkling of glitter taps into the fun and whimsy of Wonderland. Her rendition of the Chesire Cat is arguably the best on this list, imbuing him with a sense of joy and kindness.

The Main Street Mouse’s Wonderland Diorama

This Wonderland Easter egg diorama is a tad more advanced than our other DIY entry but the design, from Michele Atwood’s The Main Street Mouse, would be a perfect addition to any Easter vignette. Inspired by the 1951 film, the diorama features Alice alongside the Red Queen, Cheshire Cat, and Tweedledum and Tweedledee, all enjoying an Easter egg hunt. Supplies are minimal, including craft paper, glue, and, of course, scissors. This charming craft would be a wonderful Easter activity for an older child or an adult looking to recapture the magic of Wonderland.

A paper cut out diorama of Alice in the Red Queen's garden with the Cheshire cat and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

White Rabbit and March Hare at the EPCOT Egg-Stravaganza

Like its Disney brethren, EPCOT also celebrates Easter with some Alice in Wonderland-themed Easter eggs. The 2023 Egg-Stravaganza, an Easter egg scavenger hunt, features twelve Disney Rabbits, including the White Rabbit and the March Hare. The White Rabbit’s egg really plays up his harried nature while the yellow collar gives the piece a pop of fresh springtime color. Meanwhile, the mad March Hare goes for comedy with his long floppy ears and discombobulated eyes. The scavenger hunt also includes a prize packet which includes a whimsical Cheshire Cat Easter egg.

Create Your Own Looking Glass Wars Egg with this Image Transfer Guide

Whether it’s Princess Alyss, Hatter Madigan, Queen Redd, or Bibwit Hare, use this easy Image Transfer Guide to show your Looking Glass pride this Easter season.

Hatter Madigan meditates in lotus position, with his hat floating above him.
The Blue Caterpillar oracle from The Looking Glass Wars

Meet The Author

An itinerant storyteller, John Drain attended the University of Edinburgh before studying film at DePaul University in Chicago and later earned an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute Conservatory. John focuses on writing mysteries and thrillers featuring characters who are thrown into the deep end of the pool and struggle to just keep their heads above water. His work has been recognized by the Academy Nicholls Fellowship, the Austin Film Festival, ScreenCraft, Cinestory, and the Montreal Independent Film Festival. In a previous life, John created and produced theme park attractions across the globe for a wide variety of audiences. John keeps busy in his spare time with three Dungeons and Dragons campaigns and a seemingly never-ending stack of medieval history books.