How far did Aladdin and Jasmine travel on their magic carpet ride in Aladdin (1992)?

We can suppose that Agrabah is really Baghdad. They pass by the pyramids and the sphinx, pass by some Greek-looking architecture, and end up in China. Besides Giza, are there any other specific locations that appear in the film which we could use to nail down their itinerary?

  • Which aladdin film are you talking about? The one from 1992? Aladdin Wiki movies
    – Decypher
    Feb 25 '16 at 8:20
  • @Decypher: The tag I used mentioned the 1992 Disney movie. Feb 25 '16 at 16:58
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    Shoot, now I have the song "A Whole New World" playing in my head. Feb 25 '16 at 19:49

In the scene: A Whole New World & Aladdin and Jasmine's firs kiss you'll see them travel to the next cities:

In this order:

  • Start in Bagdad (Agrabah)
  • First city: Caïro
  • Second city: Athene (Olympus)
  • Third city: China
  • Back to Bagdad (Agrabah)

So in miles:

  • From Bagdad to Caïro it's: 804.377 miles.
  • From Caïro to Athene's it's: 856.443 miles.
  • From Athene to China it's: 5968.128 miles.
  • From China back to Bagdad it's: 3357.658 miles.

Total of 9325,786 miles, which is 15008.40 km. So as you say it would be over a time of ' +- 8 hours'. They would fly at a speed of 1876.05 km per hour.

Then again Andrew Martin his answer is correct too, we are never sure of what places they visited and if you look at the last scene where Aladdin kisses Jasmine, they stayed in China for 'X' amount of time. So the time above is only calculated for if they would fly all night without stopping. Andrew's right, it's an animated, fun film for a reason! :)

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    It is a fun film, and calculating average ground speed for a hypothetical trip is part of the fun :-) Feb 25 '16 at 21:15
  • If you wanted to get a better handle on speed ranges then you might want to factor in timezones and what speeds are needed to start in Agrabah hit the other cites, go to China (when still dark) and return to Agrabah. That should give you a min/max. Of course the carpet could use the same magic that Santa uses to visit all the homes in the world in one very busy night....
    – Erik
    Feb 25 '16 at 22:15
  • @Erik I'm not stopping you :D
    – Decypher
    Feb 26 '16 at 7:10

We don't know.

I assume you are referring to Disney's Aladdin. The scene in question is a montage. We're not shown every place they went to, and the passage of time between the areas is thus very difficult to gauge.

MoviePilot did remark:

While Aladdin and Jasmine take their romantic ride together they somehow manage to travel from Cairo to Athens in under one second. That's around 1100 kilometers!! Travelling that far at such speed would apply around 99 million newtons of force!

So...even if Aladdin and Jasmine could manage to hold onto the carpet, their skin should have been torn from their bones. Hmm, suddenly that's not sounding so romantic...

So, it's basically impossible to gauge their total distance travelled and their overall ground speed (which, as the analysis above shows, is certainly Physics-defying).

Ultimately it's an animated, fun film and this is magic - so the realism was irrelevant to Disney and wasn't focussed on.

  • Sound like a Gothic scene. Feb 25 '16 at 10:14
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    I don't follow why it's impossible to calculate minimum average ground speed. If we calculate a minimum distance traveled based on the landmarks, and a maximum flight time, then we get a minimum average ground speed. Feb 25 '16 at 17:00
  • @DietrichEpp: Two problems: we don't know all the distance they travelled (as it was a montage) and we don't know how long they flew for (other than very rough estimates). Feb 25 '16 at 17:05
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    @T.J.L.: Read the question again. It doesn't presuppose it. It merely says: Perhaps they could be in flight for eight hours total that night. That's certainly not a definitive starting point. No parameters are stated at all! No, all we have to go on is a montage which is obviously unclear. But look, this is an animated film and we really, really don't know. People can upvote whatever they want, but it seems pointless to continue arguing about this. Hopefully the other answer gives the OP what they want. Feb 25 '16 at 20:59
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    @T.J.L.: I appreciate that it takes a while to express questions exactly, and it takes a while to understand the community standards of a new site. I've edited the question to remove the part about speed, since it was just an unimportant / trivial followup question to the main question. In the future, if you think that part of the question is inappropriate, I would be more than happy to just edit it out of the question altogether, or delete the question myself. Feb 25 '16 at 21:41

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