Tokyo DisneySea has announced plans to open a new $22 million attraction, Jasmine's Flying Carpets, in summer 2011.
Based on Disney's 1992 animated movie Aladdin, Jasmine's Flying Carpets will be a clone of the Magic Carpets of Aladdin ride at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It is similar to the Dumbo the Flying Elephant rides which are located at Disney parks worldwide, with groups of 4 riders seated in 2-row "magic carpets" which circulate around a central tower.
As with Dumbo, riders can control the height of their carpet up to a maximum of 5 meters. The carpets can also be tilted forward and backwards. Aladdin's magic lamp is featured at the centre of the ride, which will be located next to Sindbad's Storybook Voyage in the Arabian Coast area of Tokyo DisneySea.
Jasmine's Flying Carpets is the latest new attraction to be announced for the Tokyo Disneyland Resort. 2011 will also see the Mickey's Philharmagic 4-D show and Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall (a walk-through attraction) open at Tokyo Disneyland park, while Tokyo DisneySea will receive a version of the popular Fantasmic show (also seen at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios).
Owned by The Oriental Land Company, Tokyo DisneySea has undergone aggressive expansion since its opening in 2001. It featured at number 5 in the Themed Entertainment Association's 2008 list of the best-attended theme parks in the world, with 12.5 million annual visitors. It is the most expensive theme park ever built, having cost an estimated $4 billion to construct.
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