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Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

Exterior sign for Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Magic Kingdom® Park

Tomorrowland®

Guests Can Be
Any Height
Age Interest

Preschoolers, Adults, All Ages

Thrill Level

Slow Rides

Accessibility and Other Information

Accessibility
  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
  • Assistive Listening
  • Audio Description
  • Handheld Captioning
  • Video Captioning
Interests

Classics, Indoor

Guest Policies
  • Flash photography not allowed
Travel through the 20th century to see how technology has improved our way of life during this classic Audio-Animatronics show.
An Audio-Animatronic man wearing a bowtie sits backwards in a chair behind a sign that reads ‘Niagara Falls’

A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

Discover how industrial advances over the past century have changed everyday living for an American family.

Look back to the past and get a glimpse of the future at Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, a fascinating 21-minute Audio-Animatronics stage show celebrating the evolution of technology throughout the 20th century and today.

This light-hearted show follows a typical American family—narrated by patriarch, John—through 4 generations of the past 100 years. During each era, learn how the technological marvels of the day have made life more convenient, comfortable and fun—and paved the way for even more new and exciting innovations.

  • Act 1: Spring, Turn of the 20th Century
    See how advances like gas lamps, the hand-cranked washing machine and a gramophone made the pre-electric era a breeze.
  • Act 2: Summer, 1920s
    Behold modern conveniences like the electric iron, the radio, the sewing machine and the light bulb— brought to life through the power of electricity.
  • Act 3: Autumn, 1940s
    The automatic dishwasher, an electric exercise machine and the introduction of the television are just some of the wonders that made life in suburbia even easier.
  • Act 4: Winter, The Present
    Today's high-tech marvels include virtual-reality games, high-definition televisions and voice-activated household appliances.

A Revolutionary Theatrical Experience
Presented inside a revolving theater, the show includes an innovative audience seating area that rotates around a stationary central stage from act to act like a carousel.

An Audio-Animatronic man sitting in an easy chair and his dog lying on the floor at Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

A Classic Walt Disney Attraction

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress was personally created by Walt Disney for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.

Featuring state-of-the-art Audio-Animatronics—Walt Disney’s latest animation technology at the time—the show was originally conceived as part of a new area at Disneyland park called Edison Square. When the concept was abandoned, the idea was re-imagined, eventually opening under the name “Progressland” at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.

With the classic song "There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow,” written and composed by the Academy Award®-winning team of brothers Richard and Robert Sherman, the show was an instant hit. Following its success, the show moved to Disneyland park and was renamed “The Carousel of Progress,” where it played until September 9, 1973.

In January 15, 1975, the attraction moved to Magic Kingdom theme park where it was rewritten and restaged with a new theme song, “The Best Time of Your Life.” But in the true spirit of progress, the show was reworked in 1994 to its initial incarnation with the original theme song intact—as a tribute to nostalgia.

Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

Friday, April 25, 2014

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