The Tokyo Disney Resort has confirmed that the $22 million Jasmine's Flying Carpets attraction will open at Tokyo DisneySea on July 18, 2011.
Announced in March last year and 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.
Tokyo Disneyland's owners, the Oriental Land Company, are pursuing an aggressive expansion policy at the resort's two parks. As well as Jasmine's Flying Carpets, 2011 will see the opening of Mickey's Philharmagic and Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall at Tokyo Disneyland, as well as a version of the popular Fantasmic show at Tokyo DisneySea. This will be followed in 2012 by the opening of Toy Story Mania at Tokyo DisneySea.
Theme Park Tourist will feature a full review of Mickey's Philharmagic at Tokyo Disneyland later this year.
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