Seeing as the live action movie is coming out May 24th, 2019 I thought now would be a great time to talk about the already real-life Magic Carpets of Aladdin ride at Disney Parks.
For 90s kids Aladdin is one of the big staples of our childhood and we’ll always hold a special place for it in our memories. This ride encompasses as much charm as any Disney Park ride and somehow manages to bring the movie to life through both the design and surrounding area.
This ride and me go way back to 2004 when I took a ride visting Disneyland Paris. It will always hold a special place in my heart as one of the only two rides my mother has ever been willing to go on with me (she hates rides). Anyway, here it is:
10 facts about Disney’s The Magic Carpets of Aladdin Ride
In case you’re wondering, the ride operates similiar to the Dumbo ride and basically just allows you to fly on a carpet for a minute and a half while moving up and down.
1. You won’t find it at Disneyland.
That’s right – this awesome Aladdin themed ride is only available at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios Park, and Tokyo Disneyland’s DisneySea Park.
2. It goes by 3 different names.
In Disney World it’s “The Magic Carpets of Aladdin”. In Disneyland Paris “Flying Carpets Over Agrabah” (Or “Les Tapis Volant” literally “Flying Carpets”) and at Tokyo Disney you’ll find “Jasmine’s Flying Carpets”. They’re all essentially the same ride though.
3. The camel in Walt Disney World actally spits.
Better look out as you walk by because the camel spits water at passer bys. Seriously. There’s apparently no motion sensor though, it just moves its head through animatronics and randomly spits.
4. That doesn’t stop people from thinking the camel is being controlled.
One of the more popular Magic Kingdom myths is that a cast member controls the camel to purposefully spit (or not spit) on park guests. There’s even articles out there suggesting that near-by cast members dressed up as Photopass photographers are the ones responsible.
5. The area around the ride is different in each park.
In Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom you’ll find yourself taken to Agrabah and can even shop in the Bazaar nearby. Pretty cool! Paris, on the other hand, themes their version to the “Disney Studios” park theme and has you included on the Geenie’s big film debut with a movie set of Agrabah in the background. Lastly, Tokyo’s “DisneySea” park has it located in the “Arabian Coast” section which features Middle Eastern architecture.
6. There are 2 sets of controls.
Remember how I said my mom hates rides? We we went on The Flying Carpets of Agrabah in Disneyland Paris I put her in the front for the carpet so that she’d be able to control the up and down motion. Only after did we realise the back seat controls the forward and backward tip. I might have touched them… A bit.
7. The ground is different under all 3 versions of the ride.
Although the basic ride is the same there are variations on design between the parks, mainly the water underneath. Disney World Florida has water underneath the ride to make you feel like you’re flying over the sea, but it’s Paris counterpart has no water at all. Going with the movie set theme (Genie even says “action!” when the ride starts) you’re flying over just regular ground. After all, it’s a set. Tokyo DisneySea park by far is the most impressive, and also the newest, with its water. Small fountains are inter spaced throughout the water which make it look a lot more high class, especially with its updated colour scheme.
8. The camels in Disney World used to have a different purpose.
They were originally part of Aladdin’s Royal Caravan at Disney MGM (now Hollywood Studios) and were later re-purposed when the Magic Carpets of Aladdin ride went in. Between the two they stood guard outside the Soundstage Resturaunt.
9. It’s a great place to get Aladdin character’s autographs.
Usually characters like to hang around their respective “homes” and this ride is no exception. If you’re looking to spot Jasmine and Aladdin characters then the Magic Carpets of Aladdin ride is the place to be.
10. It was the first ride to be added to Adventureland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom since Pirates of the Carribean.
Nearly 28 years passed in between the Pirates of the Carribean ride opening up in 1973 and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin in 2001.
Well, did you learn something new about this attraction? Next time you’re in one of these parks consider hitting up this attraction. It’s not the biggest thrill of the park but usually has great views, short lines, and the fact that it seats 4 is great for families. Have fun!