Today in Disney History, 2001: Magic Carpets of Aladdin Opens at Magic Kingdom

by | May 23, 2024 | Disney History, Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog

We’re taking a look at the history of Magic Carpets of Aladdin, a ride that opened in 2001 at Adventureland in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

On May 23, 2001, Adventureland in Magic Kingdom got a new addition when The Magic Carpets of Aladdin opened in the land. The family-friendly spinning ride was themed to DIsney’s 1992 animated classic Aladdin, allowing guests of all ages to soar through the air in their own magic carpet.

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin Opens at Magic Kingdom

In 2001, the ride was unveiled as part of a broader effort to expand and diversify the offerings in Adventureland, an area of the park known for its exploration-themed attractions like Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean. This new addition was designed to immerse guests in the enchanted world of Agrabah, the city from the film Aladdin.

The attraction features sixteen “magic carpets” that guests can pilot, controlling how high or low they fly, much like the classic Dumbo. The ride’s central structure is modeled after the Genie’s lamp and sprays water at unsuspecting riders. Children and adults alike can enjoy maneuvering their carpets through the air, dodging the camel statues that periodically spit jets of water.

The opening ceremony was a festive occasion, capturing the spirit of the film with appearances by characters such as Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie. This attraction not only enhanced the landscape of Adventureland but also strengthened Magic Kingdom’s appeal to younger visitors and families, offering another family-friendly addition.

Versions at International Disney Parks

In 2002, a year after its debut in Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Paris opened its version of the ride, named Flying Carpets Over Agrabah (or “Les Tapis Volants” in French.). Located in the Walt Disney Studios Park, this adaptation places a greater emphasis on the setting of Agrabah as depicted in the film. The ride is situated within a themed area that resembles a movie set, giving guests the feeling of being part of a live-action shoot in Agrabah. The ride mechanics and experience are similar to its Florida counterpart, but with the added flair of being immersed in a cinematic environment, making guests feel as if they are flying through a scene straight out of Aladdin.

In 2011, Tokyo DisneySea introduced Jasmine’s Flying Carpets. This version of the ride is part of the Arabian Coast area, a zone that perfectly captures the mystical and adventurous spirit of the Middle Eastern tales that inspired the movie. The ride offers a slightly different narrative focus, centering more on Princess Jasmine as opposed to Aladdin. The ride allows guests to fly over the Arabian Coast, with beautiful views of the park.

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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Morgan Flaherty

Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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