Monday, March 22, 2010
A new ride is coming to Tokyo Disney Sea for the park's 10th anniversary! Oriental Land Co announced that a new attraction, Jasmine’s Flying Carpets, will open at TDS in summer 2011.
With a total of 16 vehicles and a cost of 2 billion Yen ($22 million) Jasmine’s Flying Carpets is "a ride attraction where guests can soar over Jasmine’s garden on a flying carpet. Guests will be able to maneuver their vehicle up and down to a height of 5 meters, and tilt the vehicle forward and backward, as if flying their own magical carpet. This uplifting ride can be enjoyed by all, from young children to adults. Guests can also watch their friends and family on their flying carpet from an elevated viewing deck".
After the Aladdin Magic Carpets ride at WDW Magic Kingdom and at the WDS Toon Studio this is the third version of this ride but Jasmine’s Flying Carpets might be the one with the best decor. With the addition of this new attraction in summer 2011, there will be a total of 27 attractions at Tokyo DisneySea. I remind you that Mickey’s PhilharMagic and Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall (rendering below) will also open at Tokyo Disneyland in 2011 as well as a new Nighttime Spectacular “Fantasmic!”.
And a Toy Story Mania ride will also come at TDS New York area of American Waterfront in 2012. The cost of this new version of TSM is estimated by Oriental Land at 11.5 billion Yen ($127 Million).
The Jasmine’s Flying Carpets rendering at the top of this article is coming from the new The Art of Telling Tales blog where you can find it in high-res. The site which opened last September is linked to the excellent Tales from a Laughing Place Magazine and this gives me the opportunity to tell you again how great this magazine is.
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Pictures: copyright Tales from the Laughing Place, Disney-Pixar, Oriental Land Co