Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress  Tomorrowland
Attraction features
an involving stage show in this famed revolving theater. Take a journey with an American family as it experiences technological changes throughout the twentieth century. Humorous family moments reveal how life has gotten easier and more fun...
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The Carousel of Progress attraction at Tomorrowland.Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

Originally created for the 1964-65 World's Fair in New York, Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress is an interesting Audio-Animatronic show that demonstrates the improvements in American life due to electricity. The show is called a carousel because the whole seating area rotates around a central stage. The whole show is centered on one family and how electricity changed their lives from 1880 to the near future. The first scene, which is set on Valentine's Day, shows the father talking about electric lightbulbs and such. Like the movie "Holiday Inn", the following scenes are set on important holidays, while inventions such as ovens, radios, refrigerators, and sewing machines are introduced. During one scene, we are introduced to Cousin Orville, whose voice is done by Mel Blanc, renowned for his character voices at Warner Brothers. The final scene of the show is set in the near future, at christmas of course. The son and grandmother are playing a virtual reality game while the father is trying to cook dinner with a voice-controlled oven.

Interesting and little known facts

According to Disney publicity, Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress has been seen by more people than any other single theatre show in American history!

Welcome, to Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress. You're in for a real treat. The Carousel of Progress was Walt's own idea from beginning to end. He loved it. He introduced the show at the World's Fair in New York City in 1964 and it was an immediate smash hit. Millions of people came to see it and since then, the Carousel of Progress has had more performances than any other stage show in the history of American theater. You know, Walt loved the idea of progress and he loved the American family. He himself was probably as American as anyone could possibly be. He thought it would be fun to watch the American family go through the twentieth century experiencing all new wonders as they came. And he put them together in a show called Carousel of Progress, which we are about to see. Although our Carousel family has experienced a few changes over the years, our show still revolves around the same theme - and that's progress. May the century begin.

Enjoy an involving stage show in this famed revolving theater. Take a journey with an American family as it experiences technological changes throughout the twentieth century. Humorous family moments reveal how life has gotten easier and more fun.

CAROUSEL OF PROGRESS

Capacity: 3,600 per hour, 226 per theater
Show Time: 20:45 minutes
Speed: 2 fps
Ride System: Sit-down revolving theater

Full Show Video
Windows Media Video, 320x240, 55MB, thanks to Geoffrey Nease for the video


Description: Trace 100 years of Progress for People as an "Audio- Animatronics" family demonstrates the many conveniences made possible in American life by a century of innovations in electricity.

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One of the most popular attractions in Tomorrowland since 1974, Carousel of Progress has a new look -- both inside and out.

The musical comedy show has been seen by more guests than any other theatrical presentation in the history of American Theater since its debut at the 1964 WorldÍs Fair.

The show traces the impact of technological progress on AmericansÍ daily living from the start of the 20th century into the near future with a cast of family characters brought to life through DisneyÍs Audio-Animatronics effects.

Through an added pre-show, guests discover more about the original Carousel show designed by Walt Disney, and hear the return of the original theme song, "ThereÍs a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow." With an updated script and new cast of voices, guests get a glimpse of innovations like virtual-reality, voice-activation and high-definition television.

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