Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Magic Kingdom Attractions: The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

On May 23, 2001, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin opened in Adventureland.  This ride is very similar to Dumbo in Fantasyland.  It's a hub and spoke spinner ride that has 16 carpets that each seat 4 people in each carpet- 2 in the front, 2 in the back.  The difference in this spinner ride from others is that the front seat controls the up and down movement of the carpet, but the lever for the back seat controls the carpet's pitch- tilting forwards and backwards.  Guests will be flying their carpets for 1 1/2- 2 minutes and while you are flying, watch out- the camels nearby spit!

When you are waiting in line, look for the jewels in the sidewalk- many create hidden Mickeys.  While you are flying your carpets, you will be listening to music from the movie Aladdin.  In keeping with the Arabic theme, you will also be flying around a giant genie bottle with  characters from the movie on it.  The two camels around the attraction (that spit) were originally built for the Aladdin's Royal Caravan parade at Hollywood Studios that ran from 1992-1995.  Following the parade, they were used at the Soundstage Restaurant before moving to the Magic Carpets of Aladdin attraction. 

Tips:
  • This attraction can carry about 1,000 guests an hour and it has a slow moving line. However, the lines tend to stay fairly short and the wait times rarely approach 30 minutes.
  • Only ride this if the line is short or you have extra time.  Lines tend to be shorter later in the day.
  • Kids will love this attraction, but I suggest using your time to ride Dumbo- the same ride, different theme, but Dumbo is a classic!  Plus Dumbo has the new interactive queue.
  • Riders of ECVs must transfer to wheelchairs to get through the queue. Users of wheelchairs will need to transfer to the ride units.  When boarding, the carpets are near the ground so no climbing is necessary.

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