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Reasons Magic Carpets of Aladdin Is Walt Disney World’s Diamond In the Rough

Are you ready for unbelievable sights and an indescribable feeling? Climb onto a magic carpet and get ready for a new fantastic point of view! A staple of the Adventureland experience since 2001, the Magic Carpets of Aladdin lets guests soar above the tropical palm trees and exotic-looking buildings. Featuring 16 colorful carpet ride vehicles that revolve around the famous Magic Lamp, the attraction is fancifully designed after the animated 1992 Disney hit, Aladdin, and serenades riders to the fantastic music from the film. Don’t pass this one by on your way to Pirates of the Caribbean or Splash Mountain! While it’s a classic favorite for the younger crowd, everyone should hop on a carpet, take a spin, and give this attraction a second look. Here are some great reasons why the Magic Carpets of Aladdin is a Disney treasure.

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1. Impressive Theming

Without a doubt, Adventureland has very impressive and distinct theming, allowing guests to feel completed immersed in the exotic lands represented in this section of the Magic Kingdom. Look around just the Magic Carpets of Aladdin area and you’ll notice the details needed to transport guests to the 400s B.C in the fictional town of Agrabah in the Arabian Peninsula. This town functions as a center of trading with permanent structures, temporary tents, and merchants milling around. The Agrabah Bazaar in Adventureland is draped in gold and blue tent-like material, perfect for this setting. Arabian items and Aladdin souvenirs are sold here among the lush palm trees and mystical music.

2. Camels with Experience

Not only do the golden camels stand guard over the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, they’ve held other jobs too in Walt Disney World. Guests may remember them from the Aladdin’s Royal Caravan parade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. After their stint in the parade, the camels took a turn at standing guard in front of the Soundstage Restaurant. Keep an eye out for them in their new gig in Adventureland – they like to cool guests off on a hot day!

3. A Diamond in the Rough

Keep your eyes on the pavement as you stroll around Agrabah Bazaar and the area surrounding the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Try not to bump into anyone and check out the glittering jewels embedded in the walkways. Not only do they tie in perfectly with the theming of this Arabian area, the gems match the jewelry that decorates the canopies of the nearby shop.

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4. Hidden Mickey Challenge

Keep your eyes down on the walkway a little longer and try to find the Hidden Mickey. This one is tough to find, especially with guests walking around. Adjacent to the Agrabah Bazaar is a small charm fixed in the pavement that that a Hidden Mickey in the center.

5. Better than Dumbo?

Notice how there are a few attractions in Walt Disney World with the same spinner concept? Dumbo, TriceraTop Spin, and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin allow their riders to take a whirl around a central hub and a lever allows the rider to raise or lower their elephant, dinosaur, or carpet, depending on the attraction.  Only on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin are guests able to tilt their enchanted ride vehicle frontwards and backwards. This might come in handy to avoid the camel that mischievously spits out water at unsuspecting guests.

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6. A Better Look for Adventureland

Stroll past the Swiss Family Treehouse to find the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, right beside the melodious Enchanted Tiki Room. However, the exotic buildings in Adventureland didn’t always fit as perfectly as they do now. In order to fit in the new attraction into Adventureland, the fountain in front of the Enchanted Tiki Room had to be completely reconstructed.

7. A Global Favorite

Aladdin is an international fan favorite. Guests of Disneyland Resort in Paris have enjoyed Flying Carpets Over Agrabah since 2002, and Tokyo Disney Sea allows guests to take a magic carpet ride on Jasmine’s Flying Carpets, a 2011 version of the Walt Disney World attraction.

About Melissa Fegely

I have been a professional writer for over 18 years with degrees in Biology and English. I am a lifelong Disney fan and a Disney Vacation Club member of over nine years. Having visited Walt Disney World several times growing up, I really caught the Disney bug after many trips with my husband. Now I am happily addicted to taking our son to Walt Disney World as often as possible and watching him experience the magic and Mickey Bars as he grows up. Traveling to Walt Disney World twice a year, I enjoy attending the Flower and Garden festival held in the spring and strolling around the World Showcase, as well as exploring all of the hidden gems that all four parks have to offer. I love helping my family and friends plan their next Disney trips based on my experiences. I also enjoy reading, swimming, traveling, and cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania, attended Shippensburg University, and current live in suburban Philadelphia with my husband, son, and two cats.