After numerous Guest complaints, Disney has made the decision to close down this allegedly “disgraceful” ride at one of the most popular theme parks in the country.
When Disneyland Paris first opened as EuroDisneyland in 1992, it did not garner the expected responses from local residents and tourists alike, forcing then-CEO Michael Eisner to reevaluate many of the Walt Disney Company’s financial decisions in lieu of the struggling international park. Today, Disney Parks has increased focus on offering its Guests an enchanting experience with each visit, with special attention paid to enhancing Disneyland Paris and its second gate, Walt Disney Studios Park.
For example, the European Disney Park, located just outside France’s capital city, recently overhauled its version of the popular high-speed thrill ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster into Avengers Assemble: Fight Force and introduced a second nighttime entertainment show using drone technology, Avengers: Power the Night! Moreover, the international park will soon debut an all-new leisure area for Guests and invite them into the Kingdom of Arendelle land opening soon.
Even so, the changes necessary to offer Guests the best service and experience are not always positive additions, such as the recent shutdown of one of Disneyland Paris’ attractions. Specifically, Disneyland Paris has closed the Flying Carpets Over Agrabah (Les Tapis Volants in French) attraction, a family-friendly ride in the Toon Studio portion of Walt Disney Studios Park.
As the Disney Park’s website describes, the attraction allows Guests of all ages to “board a magic carpet and soar around a giant genie lamp through the skies of Agrabah.” Inspired by characters and settings from Aladdin (1992), visitors can control the height of their flying carpet using a “sacred scarab” control within the ride vehicle.
Unfortunately, the ride’s popularity, particularly with families of small children, may have led to its ultimate downfall. As reported by Inside the Magic, a video surfaced of the ride half covered in tarps and in a state of disrepair, leading Guests and Disney fans at home to comment on its “disgraceful” state.
Moreover, along with the destruction of the ride’s theming, sources claim that as of January 30, 2023, Disneyland Paris shuttered the attraction indefinitely due to issues with the ride vehicles. Of course, a nearly identical ride, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, graces Adventureland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park.
Hopefully, the US version will be spared the same fate. It remains unclear whether Disneyland Paris intends to refurbish the ride and reopen it for Guests or replace it with a new concept altogether.