The Tokyo Disney Resort has opened its latest new attraction, the $22 million Jasmine's Flying Carpets ride at Tokyo DisneySea.
Based on Disney's 1992 animated movie Aladdin, Jasmine's Flying Carpets is 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. The vehicles rotate around an array of fountains, with a central feature designed to resemble Aladdin's magic lamp. At night, 15 different color sequences are used to animate the fountains.
The new attraction is located next to Sindbad's Storybook Voyage in the Arabian Coast area of Tokyo DisneySea. It can be seen in a series of photos embedded below, which were originally posted to the Disney Parks Blog.
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 has seen 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.
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