Aladdin came out almost 19 years ago on November 25, 1992. Can you believe it’s been that long? It was one of the first few movies I ever saw in the theater, and I’ve always been fond of it. In fact, as I sat here thinking about it, I realized that I still have most of the opening monologue memorized. (“Welcome to Agrabah. City of mystery, of enchantment. And the finest merchandise this side of the river Jordan!”) How about you?
If you’re like me, and you remember just how many regular men Prince Ali is as strong as, here are six things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Aladdin.
1. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
This attraction is a favorite of my nephews and nieces. It’s basically Dumbo, but with two important additions: (1) the spitting camel and (2) a second row of seats. The kids love trying to position the magic carpet so that we’ll get spit on, although they rarely succeed. Having two rows of seats allows one kid to control the height and the other the tilt of the carpet, so there’s less fighting over the controls.
2. Meet-and-greet in Adventureland
Aladdin and Jasmine often appear near The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. For example, this week’s Times Guide lists “characters from Aladdin” as appearing in Adventureland Agrabah Marketplace intermittently from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
3. Meet-and-greet in the Morocco pavilion
Aladdin and Jasmine can also be regularly found in the Morocco pavilion in World Showcase in Epcot. This week’s Times Guide lists them there at 45 minutes past the hour, every hour from 11:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., except for 2:45 p.m.
4. “A Whole New World” sequence in Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a great show if you love the animated films from the Disney Renaissance (from The Little Mermaid to Tarzan). You get to revisit–in 3D–scenes from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Aladdin (plus Disney classics Fantasia and Peter Pan). The “A Whole New World” sequence is at the end, right before Donald gets his comeuppance and Mickey puts things back in order. (Yay Mickey!)
5. Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride in DisneyQuest
There’s not only an Aladdin attraction at DisneyQuest, but the Genie is its unofficial mascot. Last time I was there, we watched a short animated film with the Genie while in the elevators. I’ve read that’s no longer the case, so you can count any references to the Genie you find in DisneyQuest as a bonus. The main reason for Aladdin enthusiasts to go there is Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride. You wear a headset and fly around on a “magic carpet” (it’s more like sitting on a motorcycle) to collect gems. Unfortunately, I don’t remember it being that exciting, and I think the headset was too heavy, but at least it’s another Aladdin attraction.
6. Find Aladdin’s animal friends in Animal Kingdom
If you’re a true fan of Aladdin, you know that as Prince Ali, Aladdin has a “world-class menagerie.” So, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can try to find all of Aladdin’s furry and feathered friends over at Animal Kingdom. Here’s a list to help you out.
- Abu: Monkeys (perhaps not capuchins) found on Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
- Rajah: Tigers are found on Maharajah Jungle Trek.
- (Golden) Camels: I can’t find camels on any list at Animal Kingdom. You’ll have to stick with the ones in Adventureland.
- (Purple) Peacocks (he’s got 53): I don’t think they’re purple, but there are Palawan Peacock Pheasants on Maharajah Jungle Trek.
- (White Persian) Monkeys (He’s got the monkeys, let’s see the monkeys!): Again, not necessarily white Persian monkeys, but monkeys can be seen on Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
- Elephants: Kilimanjaro Safari Ride
- Llamas (galore): Rafiki’s Planet Watch
- Bears: Try Country Bear Jamboree in Magic Kingdom instead.
- Lions: Kilimanjaro Safari Ride
- Birds (that warble on key): As I mentioned in my post on birds, there are aviaries on Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and Maharajah Jungle Trek, but I prefer Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, especially if you want them to warble on key.
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Doing an Aladdin-themed day would involve three parks plus DisneyQuest. I’d start off in Magic Kingdom. For a bonus character viewing, get there around 20 minutes before opening to catch the welcome show: Aladdin and Jasmine are often among the characters on the train.
Ride The Magic Carpets of Aladdin and catch a showing of Mickey’s PhilharMagic, and then try to get a photo with Aladdin and Jasmine in Adventureland. Then, since it’s probably too early to catch them in Morocco (check the Times Guide), I suggest heading over to Animal Kingdom. Find as many animals as you can, and then take the bus over to Epcot. Get a photo with Aladdin and Jasmine (again). It might be close to dinner by then, so consider grabbing something to eat at Tangierine Cafe. Then take a bus over to Downtown Disney and head to DisneyQuest. It’s usually open until 10 or 11 p.m., so after you ride Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride, you should have time to do some other attractions to make your admission worthwhile.
So who’s your favorite character from Aladdin?