Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

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Debuted at the 1964 World's Fair. This classic attraction takes you on a tour of the technological progress from the beginning of the 20th century to the near future.

The theater actually revolves around four scenes peopled entirely by Audio-Animatronics® figures. There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow was the original song for the 1964 World's Fair attraction, but "The Best Time of Your Life" was the song for the Carousel's opening at Disney World in 1975. In 1994, "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" was brought back to the attraction.

Walt Disney created this show for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. It played at Disneyland from 1967 until 1973, when it was moved to the Magic Kingdom®. Later the show was rewritten and restaged as Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress.

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"As loyal fans of Walt Disney, we have to give props to this attraction. When compared to the exciting attractions with which it competes, it gets mixed reviews. However, it's a great tribute to the man behind the magic and a great air-conditioned break from the hustle and bustle of the crowds."


Rating - 3 Star

Location - Tomorrowland

Tips & Fun Facts

The show's original theme song "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" and its newly-penned "Now is the Time" were both written by the Oscar®-winning Sherman Brothers. In case you wondered: The parents' names are John and Sara, the children's names are Patricia and Jimmy and the uncle's name is Orville. Plan to spend at least 20 minutes in the show.

Duration - 23 minutes 20 seconds

Suitability - Fun for Everyone, Indoor

Ages -  4 thru 6 yrs, 7 yrs & up, 12 yrs & up, 0 thru 3 yrs, Family

Reviews Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress Reviews
Undercover Tourist - Editorial

A fun look into history and the future, not amazing but solid.


The Carousel of Progress is one of the best rides at the Magic Kingdom. It seems like it should be placed at Epcot due to its genre but it works well as a history follower. The humor added helps keep the younger ones attention as well. I know that if it was ever taken away I would be confused due to its greatness.

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