Terrific Tuesdays: Enjoying the Carousel of Progress

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An often overlooked terrific attraction in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom, is the Carousel of Progress. This attraction is filled with nostalgic and futuristic inventions. It is a stage show presented in six sections, depicting the progress of an American family from the beginning of the 20th century to the future.

General Electric approached Walt Disney to create a show for the company’s pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. It was one of the most visited pavilions at the fair! It was moved to Disneyland and reopened in 1967. General Electric decided to continue sponsoring the Carousel of Progress because of it’s huge success as a prime feature at the World’s Fair. It was meant to be a permanent fixture in Disneyland. By 1973, General Electric did not think their advertising dollars were being spent in the best way possible and asked Disney to move the attraction to their new Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

It was reopened at it’s current location in 1975. General Electric’s contract expired in 1985. The attraction was closed for a short time to remove the GE references although some still exist. The Carousel of Progress has been majorly updated five times. Occasionally there has been some refurbishments made to keep the final scene futuristic, or at least not out dated.

If the history of this attraction does not make it terrific in your opinion, hopefully these facts do. The Carousel of Progress is know to be Walt Disney’s favorite attraction. It is one of the oldest attractions located in Walt Disney World. Since Walt passed away prior to Walt Disney World’s opening It is one of the only attractions at Walt Disney World that Walt actually touched himself.

In my opinion this attraction is terrific for a few more reasons. It is a great place to sit down and rest your feet. If it is a hot Florida day, it is an air conditioned attraction where you can cool off. During those occasional rain storms it can be a place to stay dry as well.

Hopefully during your next trip to Magic Kingdom you will have the Carousel of Progress on your to do list. Never forget, “There is a great big beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day. There is a great big beautiful tomorrow and tomorrow is just a dream away.”

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Denise has loved Disney as far back as she can remember. She has two teenage girls who were raised with Disney. Their rooms were decorated, and their closets were filled with Disney articles. Denise’s house now has Disney on every wall. Her wardrobe is made up mostly of Disney clothes. She feels that being surrounded by Disney keeps the memories and magic alive! Her friends affectionately call her “the crazy Disney lady”. Denise was born and raised in Oregon. Currently she lives in both Oregon and Florida splitting her time between both parts of the country. She lives with her youngest daughter (15) and her roommate. Her daughter goes to high school In Oregon. Denise and her roommate sneak away to Florida several times a year, as often as possible. Her daughter tags along when she can, without missing too much school. Her oldest daughter (20) doesn’t make it to Florida much anymore, but hopes to again very soon. Denise’s first trip to Walt Disney World was for her birthday in 2009. She fell more in love with the magic of Disney that day! Ever since then, Denise and her kids have been annual passholders. Last spring she upgraded to a premier pass to include Disneyland. Over spring break her youngest daughter had the pleasure of her first visit to Disneyland. With Denise helping them plan, her brother and his family enjoyed their first family trip to Disneyland at that same time. Denise is looking forward to helping you with money saving tips as well as sharing the excitement and magic of Disney!

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One Response to Terrific Tuesdays: Enjoying the Carousel of Progress

  1. Shep C. Willnere says:

    I remember the Carousel of Progress at the New York World’s Fair of ’64-’65, but I didn’t know GE sponsored it! I also liked visiting this ride a couple times in Tomorrowland. It is nice and cool inside, and rarely crowded.

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