The Magic Carpet was a classic fairground attraction that could be found at parks across the country with a model spending two years at Alton Towers.

Fact File

  • Location: Festival Park
  • Manufacturer: Zierer
  • Opening Year: 1984
  • Closing Year: 1985

The carpet was attached to four arms with weights on the end and gave excellent negative G-forces as it went over the top.

After starting off life with German showmen Kinzler & Muller in 1982, the ride was sold to Alton Towers for the 1984 season when it opened in Festival Park, although lasted only two seasons at the park and was removed by 1986. It is not known why it was removed, but it was likely due to the more popular 1001 Nights opening in 1985.

The ride was sold to Scottish showmen Matt & Doug Taylor in October 1985, who sent the ride to be refurbished by Zierer from the end of 1985 through to June 1986. It travelled the fairground circuit with them, before settling at their amusement park in Motherwell. It remained there for many years, before being stored and listed for sale at the end of 2016. Since 2017 a different Zierer Flying Carpet has operated at their amusement park.