Come on a Journey Through the 20th and 21st Centuries
The Carousel of Progress. It’s a classic to say the least, and arguably one of the most relaxing attractions in any of the parks, as many will attest. Sit back on your comfy seat and enjoy as the theatre revolves around several scenes, each depicting an American family at home and how
the changes in progress, past and present, make life easier for them.
Narrated by Jean Shepherd’s dulcet tones, just close your eyes and it’s easy to imagine Walt Disney himself is talking to you. We might even forgive you if you drift asleep. It’s just so soothing. For older guests, the ride is a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
The Carousel of Progress made its debut at 1964 New York Trade Fair. Millions visited the attraction and loved the audio animatronics depicting the traditional American Family. It later made its home in Disneyland until 1973 before moving to Walt Disney World in1975.
An attraction designed to take you on a journey of progress from the turn of the century to present-day, it is the longest running stage show in the history of American Theater, and the oldest attraction at Walt Disney World. Walt Disney worked personally on this, it was his very own idea, and he was hands-on from its inception to its realization. It is said that Walt Disney himself proclaimed that the Carousel of Progress should never close.
It’s also an educational experience for youngsters to get a glimpse into life’s days of the past. They won’t believe their ears when the mother of the family, Sarah, explains how she is pleased that it only takes her five hours to do the wash, which used to take her two days. That’s progress!
The music and song, “It’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow,” is performed by The Sherman Brothers. If you love this attraction, you may leave Walt Disney World, but the song will likely never leave you.
Fun tip: The last scene has been updated many times to reflect the progress of the present-day.