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The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is a classic family-friendly ride located in Adventureland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. This whimsical attraction allows riders to soar over Agrabah on a magic carpet, accompanied by music and scenes from the beloved 1992 Disney film Aladdin. In this comprehensive review, we’ll cover everything you need to know about the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, from ride details and history to tips for enjoying the attraction. Whether you’re planning your first visit or looking to maximize your next Disney trip, read on for the inside scoop on this charming Magic Kingdom ride.

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Ride Information

Location and Hours

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is situated in the heart of Adventureland, nestled between the Swiss Family Treehouse and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. As part of the Magic Kingdom, the ride maintains standard park hours. On days with morning Extra Magic Hours, the Magic Carpets is one of the attractions available for early entry.

Ride Duration and Details

  • Duration: Approximately 90 seconds
  • Height requirement: There is no height requirement for this family friendly ride!
  • Rider switch: Rider switch is not offered for this ride
  • Single rider line: There is no single rider line

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is an aerial carousel-style ride similar to Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Sixteen magic carpet vehicles, each seating four riders, spin around a giant genie lamp. Riders in the front row control the height of the carpet using a lever, while those in the back tilt the carpet forwards and backwards using a button. This interactive element allows riders to dictate their own experience.

Queue and Loading

The queue for the Magic Carpets winds through a vibrantly decorated plaza modeled after Agrabah’s marketplace. Here you’ll find beautiful tilework, strings of lights, and familiar sights like Abu the monkey and the Cave of Wonders. The ride’s slow loading speed, short duration, and low capacity means the line rarely exceeds 20 minutes. On average, you can expect to wait:

  • 5 minutes or less: During early entry, at park close, or on low crowd days
  • 10-15 minutes: During peak hours on moderate crowd days
  • 15-20 minutes: During peak hours on busy days

Genie+, Lightning Lane, and Disability Access

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin participates in Genie+ and Lightning Lane. Being a low-wait attraction, it’s not a huge priority for purchasing individual Lightning Lane. Riders in electric conveyance vehicles (ECVs) must transfer to a wheelchair to experience the ride. A limited number of wheelchair spots are available per ride. Guests unable to transfer may utilize the attraction’s Disability Access Service (DAS) to receive a return time with shorter wait.

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History and Design

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin opened on May 24, 2001 as part of an expansion to Adventureland. The project introduced the first permanent Aladdin-themed ride to Walt Disney World, as well as a collection of shops dubbed Agrabah Bazaar. With Adventureland lacking a new attraction since the 1973 debut of Pirates of the Caribbean, Imagineers sought to increase ride capacity in the land. The result is a spinner ride modeled after Fantasyland’s Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction.

True to the film’s aesthetic, the area surrounding the Magic Carpets is richly decorated. Intricate mosaic tiles, strings of lights, and street vendor carts transport riders to the bustling city of Agrabah. The ride itself centers around a giant genie lamp, an iconic symbol from Aladdin. Atop the lamp, the figures of Genie, Abu, and other characters watch over riders below. As guests whirl around on their magic carpets, scenes and characters from the film can be spotted. Other authentic touches include Middle Eastern-inspired music and the “spitting” camels flanking the attraction’s entrance.

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The Ride Experience

Queue and Pre-Show

From the ride’s elaborate entrance modeled after Agrabah’s city gates, guests enter a winding queue filled with immersive theming. You‘ll meander through a marketplace alley past street vendor carts and strings of lights. Intricate tilework, stucco walls, and desert landscaping enhance the Middle Eastern atmosphere. Keep an eye out for hidden Mickeys and gems embedded in the ground! As you approach the loading area, guests board one of sixteen magic carpets arranged around the giant genie lamp centerpiece. Cast members ensure parties of four fill each 4-person vehicle.

On the Ride

Once secured, the ride begins slowly spinning counterclockwise. As you rotate around the lamp, take in the beautifully decorated plaza below. Riders in the front seat can now pull their levers to control the carpet’s height. Moving the lever up raises the carpet up to around 20 feet in the air, while pushing down brings it back to ground level. Simultaneously, those in the back seats can press their magic scarab buttons to tilt their carpets forward or backward.

Combining vertical and horizontal movements makes for a more thrilling ride. As you cycle around, notice fun details like the golden camels, the Cave of Wonders, and familiar characters. You may even spot Princess Jasmine dancing with Genie! While the ride lasts under two minutes, its interactivity and charm make it worth repeating. Before long, you’ll be itching to take another spin over Agrabah!

Tips for Riders

  • For a smoother ride, smaller kids should sit nearer the inside of rows. Have them take the front so they can control the height.
  • Ride near park opening or closing to avoid long waits, or use Genie+ or Lightning Lane if desired.
  • To stay drier, use the carpet controls to fly upwards when passing the spitting camels.
  • Don’t miss the elaborate details in the queue and surrounding area.
  • With a short duration, repeat rides are easy. Try experiencing it from different carpet heights or tilt angles.
  • Capture on-ride photos of your magic carpet adventure using Disney’s Memory Maker.

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How It Compares to Similar Rides

As a spinning aerial carousel ride, the Magic Carpets of Aladdin draws easy comparisons to Dumbo the Flying Elephant. However, differences set the two attractions apart:

Magic Carpets Dumbo
Located in Adventureland Located in Fantasyland
Arabian theme Circus theme
Features Aladdin characters and music Features Timothy Mouse and circus music
16 vehicles with 4 seats each 10 vehicles with 2 seats each
90 second duration 90 second duration
Front lever controls height Ears control height
Back button tilts vehicle No tilting vehicles
Spitting camels No spitting animals
Elaborate indoor queue Simple outdoor queue

While nearly identical style rides, the immersive theming and interactivity make the Magic Carpets a more well-rounded experience than Dumbo. Disneyland Paris and Tokyo DisneySea also have their own takes on the magic carpet ride. These versions boast alternate names and modified visuals, but provide a similar spinning, soaring adventure.

After Dark

The Magic Carpets After Dark

Riding the Magic Carpets of Aladdin at night provides a unique experience compared to during the day. Here are some key things to know:

  • The Agrabah Bazaar area takes on a whole new-look once the sun goes down. Strings of lights illuminate the elaborate architecture and tilework, creating a romantic atmosphere reminiscent of the “A Whole New World” scene.
  • During the ride, the Magic Kingdom lights up the night sky in the background. When ascending in your carpet, you’ll get beautiful views over Adventureland with Cinderella Castle and Main Street USA lit up.
  • The ride’s up lighting and water features stand out more against the nighttime backdrop. Details like the water spraying from the camel’s mouth seem more pronounced.
  • While daytime rides showcase brighter colors, the dark ride allows you to better focus on the ride’s immersive theming and lighting effects. The genie lamp centerpiece practically glows.
  • Wait times drop off significantly at night, allowing you to walk on and repeat without long queues. Try experiencing the attraction from different carpet heights or angles.

So if you’re looking for beautiful views, shorter waits, or just a new way to experience this classic ride, take a spin over Agrabah after dark. The Magic Carpets possess undeniable magic once the sun goes down.

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Conclusion

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin remains a beloved family ride over twenty years after opening its gates. Part aerial adventure and part Disney classic, it possesses an undeniable charm. With no height requirement, short waits, and engaging features, riders of all ages find joy whisking through the skies over Agrabah. From its ornate storybook entrance to its vibrant Arabian details, the Magic Carpets attraction delights the senses while bringing the world of Aladdin to life. On your next visit to the Magic Kingdom, be sure to weave some magic on this wonderful ride. A whole new world awaits you!

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The Magic Carpets of Aladdin Ride Review
The Final Word
This charming family ride in Adventureland takes you on a 90-second aerial adventure over Agrabah on a magic carpet. With interactive features like height and tilt controls, beautiful surroundings, and appearances by classic characters, it brings the world of Aladdin to life in a delightful way for all ages.
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