As the original theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort, the Magic Kingdom is home to some of the Resort’s oldest attractions. While the Park’s classic rides maintain their integrity through regular maintenance work, one attraction that is just over 20 years old is in rough shape.
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Some of the Park’s most beloved attractions can be found in Adventureland, which is home to the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. The latter has been experiencing some downtime that started out as unexpected issues but lately has become the norm.
According to Thrill-Data.com, Magic Carpets of Aladdin has been regularly experiencing unexpected downtime for hours during multiple days over the last month. The attraction was closed during our entire trip to the Magic Kingdom earlier this month.
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What makes the continued downtime even more peculiar for Magic Carpets of Aladdin is not only the ride’s age, but the fact that it is one of three spinner attractions in this Park alone. Along with this Adventureland staple, the Magic Kingdom is home to Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the Astro Orbiter.
In Fantasyland, Dumbo opened with the Park on October 1, 1971, while an earlier version of the Astro Orbiter known as the Star Jets opened in Tomorrowland in 1974. As such, it seems age is not the issue for the Magic Carpets.
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A Controversial Attraction
Hopefully, Disney can work through whatever issue continues to cause downtime at Magic Carpets of Aladdin, but hypothetically speaking, if the attraction were better off closed, many fans would not complain.
Spinner attractions have their pros and cons, with the biggest pro being their appeal to the whole family, where everyone, regardless of age or height requirements, is able to ride. And, with a similar attraction located in the same Park, wait times are typically not too long for either one (Astro Orbiter excluded where the height of the attraction offers an additional layer of thrills.)
But the Magic Carpets of Aladdin attraction is a relatively recent addition to the Magic Kingdom, given that the Park’s history spans back to 1971. This attraction opened in 2001, in a space previously left open in the center of Adventureland. As a result, some Guests who remember the Park before the ride opened miss the pre-2001 views of Adventureland and would likely be content to see this spinner removed.
As always, check back here on Disney Tips for all the latest updates out of Disney Parks. And for real-time availability and wait times for Magic Carpets of Aladdin, use the wait times feature in the My Disney Experience app.