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"A Whole New World" is the key song from the 1992 classic animated feature, Aladdin. It was composed by Alan Menken along with lyrics written by Tim Rice.

Its original version was sung by Brad Kane (Aladdin's singing voice) and Lea Salonga (Jasmine's singing voice). The pop version was performed by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle in the closing credits of the film.

Plot

The song was sung by Aladdin (disguised as Prince Ali Ababwa) and Jasmine while they were riding on the Magic Carpet about the new world that they are about to discover together such as Egypt and Greece while their love for each other blossomed before eventually stopping in China to watch the fireworks. All the while, Jasmine silently deciphers that Prince Ali is the boy that she met in the marketplace.

After Aladdin saves Agrabah and the Sultan allows Jasmine to marry whomever she deems worthy, an engaged Aladdin and Jasmine reprise "A Whole New World" as fireworks light the night sky to celebrate the new chapter of their lives.

Lyrics

Aladdin:
I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me, princess, now when did
You last let your heart decide?

I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over, sideways and under
On a magic carpet ride

A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we're only dreaming

Jasmine:
A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I'm way up here
It's crystal clear
That now I'm in a whole new world with you

Aladdin: Now I'm in a whole new world with you

Jasmine:
Unbelievable sights
Indescribable feeling
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky

A whole new world (Aladdin: Don't you dare close your eyes)
A hundred thousand things to see (Aladdin: Hold your breath - it gets better)
I'm like a shooting star
I've come so far
I can't go back to where I used to be

Aladdin: A whole new world (Jasmine: Every turn a surprise)
With new horizons to pursue (Jasmine: Every moment gets better)

Both:
I'll chase them anywhere
There's time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you

Aladdin:
A whole new world (Jasmine: A whole new world)
That's where we'll be (Jasmine: That's where we'll be)

Aladdin:
A thrilling chase

Jasmine:
A wondrous place

Both:
For you and me

Aladdin:
A whole new world

Jasmine:
A whole new life

Aladdin and Jasmine:
For you and me

Aladdin:
You must feel trapped inside these walls
We'll run away, just you and me
Why not escape as evening falls?
Theres a whole world you've yet to see

Jasmine:
(Spoken) If I go with you, will it be safe?

Aladdin:
(Spoken) Sure. Do you trust me?

Jasmine:
(Spoken) What did you just say?

Aladdin:
(Spoken) Do you trust me?

Jasmine:
(Spoken) I'm not sure why, but... yes.

Aladdin:
I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me, princess, now when did
You last let your heart decide?

I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over, sideways and under
On a magic carpet ride

A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no or where to go
Or say we're only dreaming

Jasmine:
A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I'm way up here, it's crystal clear
That now I'm in a whole new world with you

Aladdin:
Now I'm in a whole new world with you

Jasmine:
Unbelievable sights
Indescribable feeling
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky

A whole new world

Aladdin:
Don't you dare close your eyes

Jasmine:
A hundred thousand things to see

Aladdin:
Hold your breath, it gets better

Jasmine:
I'm like a shooting star
I've come so far
I can't go back
To where I used to be

Aladdin:
A whole new world

Jasmine:
Every turn a surprise

Aladdin:
With new horizons to pursue

Jasmine:
Every moment gets better

Both:
I'll chase them anywhere
There's time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you

~Instrumental Break~

Jasmine:
A whole new world

Aladdin:
Don't you dare close your eyes

Jasmine:
A hundred thousand things to see

Aladdin:
Hold your breath, it gets better

Jasmine:
I'm like a shooting star
I've come so far
I can't go back
To where I used to be

Aladdin:
A whole new world

Jasmine:
Every turn a surprise

Aladdin:
With new horizons to pursue

Jasmine:
Every moment gets better

Both:
I'll chase them anywhere
There's time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you

Aladdin:
A whole new world

Jasmine:
A whole new world

Aladdin:
That's where we'll be

Jasmine:
That's where we'll be

Aladdin:
A thrilling chase

Jasmine:
A wondrous place

Both:
For you and me

I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me, princess, now when did
You last let your heart decide?

I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over, sideways and under
On a magic carpet ride

A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we're only dreaming

A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But now from way up here
It's crystal clear
That now I'm in a whole new world with you

Unbelievable sights
Indescribable feeling
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky

A whole new world
(Don't you dare close your eyes)
A hundred thousand things to see
(Hold your breath - it gets better)
I'm like a shooting star
I've come so far
I can't go back to where I used to be

A whole new world
With new horizons to pursue
I'll chase them anywhere
There's time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you

A whole new world
(A whole new world)
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we're only dreaming

A whole new world
(Every turn a surprise)
With new horizons to pursue
(Every moment gets better)
I'll chase them anywhere
There's time to spare
Anywhere
There's time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you (you)

A whole new world
(A whole new world)
That's where we'll be
(Where we will be)
A thrilling chase
A wondrous place
For you and me

Trivia

  • Howard Ashman and Alan Menken discussed writing a song for the Magic Carpet ride. Sadly, Ashman passed away in March 1991 before they could begin. Fortunately, Tim Rice was brought in to help Menken finish the song.
  • Alan Menken's tentative title for the Magic Carpet ride was "The World at Your Feet." It was Tim Rice that changed it to "A Whole New World."[1]
  • Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle performed it at the 65th Academy Awards and later won Best Song. It was also nominated for AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs as one of 15 from Disney and one of 17 from an animated movie to be nominated. The ones that eventually made the cut were: When You Wish Upon a Star (#7), Some Day My Prince Will Come (#19), Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (#36), Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (#47), Beauty and the Beast (#62), The Rainbow Connection (#74), and Hakuna Matata (#99).
  • The song would later be featured in attractions at the Walt Disney Parks and Resort such as The Magic Carpets of Aladdin and Mickey's PhilharMagic. It is also featured in its own scene in World of Color and a short scene in Fantasmic!.
  • The scene is one of the very few in the original script to have made it in the final film.
  • Nineteen years after this song was made, a parody of this song called Aerial Area Rug from the Phineas and Ferb episode "Magic Carpet Ride", was done.
  • During the song the carpet flies not only in Agrabah but also to the pyramids of Egypt, Zeus's temple in Greece, and the forbidden city in China.
    • Additionally, Greece and China are seen in two later films, Hercules and Mulan.
  • This is the only Disney song that won a Grammy for Song of the Year.
  • It was included in Disney Sing Along Songs: Friend Like Me, Disney Sing Along Songs: Collection of All-Time Favorites: The Modern Classics and Disney Princess Sing Along Songs: Once Upon a Dream.
  • LMNT covered the song for DisneyMania 2, released in 2004.
  • Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey covered the song for DisneyMania 3 released in 2005, and on the two-disc Platinum Edition DVD for the Aladdin film.
  • In 2007, Pixar employee Nick Pitera uploaded a video to YouTube where he performs both the male and female characters, earning 30 million views (as of January 18, 2013).
  • Saxophonist Dave Koz covered the song on his album At The Movies. The song featured Donna Summer on vocals.
  • On Disney - Koe no Oujisama album the song was sung by Kenichi Suzumura
  • The song was covered in 2013 by Japanese hip-hop/EDM group M-Flo, featuring vocals by Matt Cab, for the album Electronic Disney Music.
  • Malaysian singer Yuna recorded a ukulele version of the song to promote Disney's Aulani. It was later included as a bonus track on the We Love Disney album.
  • A 2018 ad for Walt Disney World has a spoken word version of the song.

Gallery

Videos

References

  1. Aladdin, Platinum Edition DVD: Pop-Up Fun Facts


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Aladdin Logo
Media
Films: AladdinThe Return of JafarAladdin and the King of ThievesDisney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your DreamsVideoAladdin (2019 film)

Television: Aladdin: The Series • "Hercules and the Arabian Night" • Great Minds Think 4 ThemselvesA Poem Is...
Music: Soundtrack
Books: Classic StorybookComic bookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingGolden Look-Look BookGolden Sight 'n' Sound BookLittle Golden BookAladdin's QuestAbu and the Evil GenieJasmine and the Disappearing TigerA-Mazing AladdinThe Magic Carpet's SecretDon't Bug the GenieJasmine's Magic CharmJasmine's Royal WeddingAladdin: One True LoveJasmine: The Missing CoinJasmine the MatchmakerDisney Princess Beginnings
Video Games: Video gameNasira's RevengeDisney's MathQuest With AladdinDisney INFINITYDisney INFINITY: 2.0 EditionKingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysKingdom Hearts codedKingdom Hearts χKingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Union χDisney Enchanted TalesDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle Mode

Disney Parks
Arabian CoastCaravan CarouselDisney Animation BuildingGarden of the Twelve FriendsIt's a Small WorldKaribuni MarketplaceLe Passage Enchanté d'AladdinMickey's PhilharMagicSorcerers of the Magic KingdomStitch and Friends Summer SurpriseStorybook Land Canal BoatsThe Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management)The Magic Carpets of AladdinVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Entertainment: Aladdin: A Musical SpectacularCinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney's Summer Oasis SplashFeel the MagicGolden Fairytale FanfareMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the MagicianMickey and the Wondrous BookOnce Upon a MouseRoyal Princess Music CelebrationThe Magic Lamp TheaterVillains Tonight!Wonderful World of Animation
Restaurants: Aladdin's Oasis
Shops: Adventureland Bazaar
Parade: Aladdin's Royal CaravanCelebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreaming Up!Happiness is Here ParadeMickey's New Year's Eve ParadeMove It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street PartyMickey's Soundsational ParadeMickey's Storybook ExpressStitch's Summer Dance BashThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Firework: Believe... There's Magic in the StarsDisney Dreams!Disney in the StarsFantasy in the SkyHappily Ever AfterIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightMickey's Mix MagicOnce Upon a Time Remember... Dreams Come TrueWishesWorld of Color
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween PartyHappy HallowishesHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularIt's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsKooky Spooky Halloween NightRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Disney Villains Halloween ShowtimeThe Villains WorldVillains Mix and MingleVillains Night Out!

Characters
Original: AladdinGenieJasmineAbuMagic CarpetThe SultanRajahJafarIagoThe PeddlerRazoul The Royal GuardsGazeemPrince AchmedHarem GirlsFaroukTwo Hungry ChildrenSultana

Sequels: Abis MalAbis Mal's ThugsCassimSa'LukThe Oracle
TV Series: SadiraMercQueen HippsodethScaraKing PectorThe MukhtarKing MamoodEdenSultan Pasta Al-DenteDhandiHamedPharabuPrince UncouthmaGeneral GoudaBrawnhildaBudRuntaThundraQueen KimblaSydneyBrisbaneKoala KidMachanaFasirRiders of RamondSamir the "Destroyer"SquirtCaptain Al BahtrossPrince WazooAjed Al-GebraicAmalAbnor MalMechaniclesScooterZarasto the MarauderMaraudersZorastoMozenrathXerxesKhartoumSiroccoShamanMirageHaroud Hazi BinFashoomSaleenArmandAyam AghoulEvil AladdinCaliph KapokSootinaiDaru TavelevilMalchoDominus TuskAl Muddy SultanAl MuddyAzizMinos and FatimaNefir HasenufNefir's ImpsArbutusMagmaAmuk MoonrahChaosEvil GenieScourge of the DesertAmin DamoolaFrigeedAnubisSahkata, Razili, and FaridaSand MonsterSand SharkMothiasDing and OopoQueen DelucaKing ZahbarQueen Deluca's BrothersThe Great RiftMamluksKileemThe EtherealZin and ZangKutatoUnkbuutDestane
Enchanted Tales: AneesaHakeemSaharaSharma
Video game characters: NasiraBizarrahVery Ankh-Amman
Deleted Characters: Aladdin's MotherGenie of the Ring
Remake: DaliaPrince Anders

Episodes
Season One: Getting the Bugs OutMudder's DayFowl WeatherThe Prophet MotiveMuch Abu About SomethingMy Fair AladdinTo Cure a ThiefNever Say NefirRaiders of the Lost Shark

Season Two: "Air Feather Friends" • "Bad Mood Rising" • "Do the Rat Thing" • "The Vapor Chase" • "Garden of Evil" • "Some Enchanted Genie" • "Web of Fear" • "Plunder the Sea" • "Strike Up the Sand" • "Sneeze the Day" • "I Never Mechanism I Didn't Like" • "Forget Me Lots" • "Scare Necessities" • "SandSwitch" • "Lost and Founded" • "Moonlight Madness" • "The Flawed Couple" • "Rain of Terror" • "Dune Quixote" • "That Stinking Feeling" • "The Day the Bird Stood Still" • "Of Ice and Men" • "Opposites Detract" • "Caught by the Tale" • "Elemental, My Dear Jasmine" • "Beast or Famine" • "Smolder and Wiser" • "The Game" • "Poor Iago" • "The Spice is Right" • "The Animal Kingdom" • "Power to the Parrot" • "The Sands of Fate" • "Hero with a Thousand Feathers" • "The Citadel" • "Snowman is an Island" • "The Secret of Dagger Rock" • "In the Heat of the Fright" • "Witch Way Did She Go?" • "The Seven Faces of Genie" • "The Wind Jackals of Mozenrath" • "A Clockwork Hero" • "Mission: Imp Possible" • "Stinker Belle" • "Sea No Evil" • "Shadow of a Doubt" • "Smells Like Trouble" • "The Way We War" • "Night of the Living Mud" • "Egg-stra Protection" • "A Sultan Worth His Salt" • "Heads, You Lose" • "The Love Bug" • "When Chaos Comes Calling" • "Genie Hunt" • "Armored and Dangerous" • "The Lost Ones" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "Shark Treatment" • "Black Sand" • "Love at First Sprite" • "Vocal Hero" • "The Lost City of the Sun" • "As the Netherworld Turns" • "Seems Like Old Crimes" • "From Hippsodeth, with Love" • "Destiny on Fire" • "The Return of Malcho"
Season Three: "The Hunted" • "Riders Redux" • "The Book of Khartoum" • "While the City Snoozes" • "Two to Tangle" • "The Ethereal" • "The Shadow Knows" • "The Great Rift"

Locations
AgrabahCave of WondersThe Sultan's PalaceThe Vanishing IsleOdiferousThe Isle of GalifemMorbiaVery Ankh-AmmanOld Wizard's Lab
Objects
Golden Scarab BeetleJafar's Snake StaffGenie's LampJafar's LampEden's BottleMozenrath's GauntletCrystal of IxBlue Rose of ForgetfulnessTree of RenewalEmerald of KhufuThe Oracle's ScytheHand of Midas
Songs
Original: Arabian NightsOne Jump AheadFriend Like MePrince AliA Whole New World

The Return of Jafar: I'm Looking Out for MeNothing in the World (Quite Like a Friend)Forget About LoveYou're Only Second Rate
King of Thieves: There's a Party Here in AgrabahOut of Thin AirWelcome to the Forty ThievesFather and SonAre You In or Out
Enchanted Tales: More Than a Peacock PrincessI've Got My Eyes on You
Deleted songs: Humiliate the BoyProud of Your BoyWhy Me?Count on MeCall Me a PrincessBabkak, Omar, Aladdin, KassimHigh AdventureMy Finest HourTo Be Free
Broadway: A Million Miles AwayThese Palace WallsSomebody's Got Your BackDiamond in the Rough

See also
MusicalFriend Like IagoThe Disney AfternoonDisney RenaissanceAs Told by Emoji

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