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The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

A hub-and-spoke spinning ride similar to Dumbo in Fantasyland, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin opened in 2001. The ride is themed to the movie Aladdin, and brings an Arabic flavor to Adventureland. Music from Aladdin plays while you fly around a giant Genie bottle decorated with characters from the movie. In an upgrade on the controls found in other rides of this type the front seat controls up and down movement but a second lever in the back seat allows control over the carpet's pitch. Keep an eye on the camels in the area, some of them spit.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Location: In the front area of Adventureland, before The Enchanted Tiki Room.
  • Date Opened: 5/23/2001
  • # of Ride Units: 16 flying carpets
  • Ride Capacity: 4 riders per carpet
  • Restraint Method: None
  • Ticket Rating: C Ticket
  • Ride Photo: No
 
Time Commitment Information - Hide Section
  • Open/Close: Opens with Adventureland. This attraction is open during evening Extra Magic Hours but not the morning version.
  • Wait Times: With an hourly capacity of only around 1,000 guests this is a slow moving line. However, the lines tends to not get very long and wait times rarely approach 30 minutes.
  • Length of Ride: 2 minutes
  • FastPass: No
  • Single Rider: No
  • Queue Description: The queue surrounds the attraction and is mostly shaded. The theming for the area matches the ride, with tile mosaics and jewels embedded into the walkway.
Access Information - Hide Section
  • Health Restriction: Should be safe for people of all conditions. Mild risk of motion sickness.
  • Ride Access: Riders of ECVs must transfer to wheelchairs to navigate the queue. Users of wheelchairs will need to transfer to the ride units. To fully experience the ride, ability to manipulate control levers is required.
  • Wheelchair Transfer: Users of wheelchairs must be able to transfer to and from the carpet ride units. When at rest the carpets are near the ground so no climbing is necessary.
  • Service Animals: No
  • Audio: The only audio is the safety spiel and control instructions.
  • Weight and Size Issues: Even with front and back seats, the carpet units are surprisingly roomy and if preferred a rider can sit alone.
Parenting Information - Hide Section
  • Height Restriction: None
  • Child Swap: No
  • Other Issues:
History and Trivia - Hide Section
  • At this location: Even though it was not built until 2001, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is the first structure of significance in this area.
  • The Attraction's History: Not much room for change in such a short time, and mechanically the ride remains the same as in 2001. One quick change made was in the boarding procedure. Originally, "magic tickets" were issued to those at the front of the queue. The problem was that the ticket represented one seat. Since parties frequently need to share magic carpets (one in front, one in the back) this created confusion when parties would split up or otherwise not sit as expected, creating loading issues. A change was quickly implemented so that cast members count parties rather than people and the magic tickets went away.

    The introduction of The Magic Carpets of Aladdin also required some retheming in the surrounding areas. Prior to its arrival all of Adventureland was themed to the South Seas, just about as far away from Arabian theming as you could get. To help them coexist peacefully stores and decorations in the area were changed to create a transition from the Arabic part of Adventureland to the South Pacific part.
  • Other Trivia:
    • They spit: The two spitting camels used around the attraction were originally built for the Aladdin's Royal Caravan parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios which ran from December 1992 to August 1995. After that they spent time at the Soundstage Restaurant in that park.


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