Disney movies have been subject to hundreds of fan theories, and although most of the time these theories are too far out there to ever ring true, one theory about Aladdin, hands down a classic in every sense of the word, has been confirmed. 

Aladdin directors Ron Clements and John Musker sat down with E! to myth bust fan theories about Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Hercules. Before they got to the big reveal the directors let audiences know that the 1992 movie was not set in a “post-apocalyptic” future as many have suggested since Genie said he was trapped in the lamp for 10,000 years. Now, as for the theory, fans have argued that the merchant seen at the beginning of the film is Genie in disguise because he has four fingers, like Genie, and was also voiced by the beloved Robin Williams. Clements says it’s true and that it was almost revealed in the movie.  “I saw something that speculates that the peddler at the beginning of Aladdin is the Genie. That’s true!” he said. “That was the whole intention, originally. We even had that at the end of the movie, where he would reveal himself to be the Genie, and of course Robin [Williams] did the voice of the peddler. Just through story changes and some editing, we lost the reveal at the end. So, that’s an urban legend that actually is true.”

I thought everyone knew that, but if you're one of the people who didn't: welcome to a whole new world.

[via Screen Crush]