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Carousel of Progress
Designer WED Enterprises
Attraction type Rotating theater with Audio-Animatronics
Theme Progress
Hosted by Jean Shepherd
Audio-animatronics 32

The Carousel of Progress is an attraction located in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort, currently operating under the name, Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress. Created by both Walt Disney and the Imagineers of WED Enterprises as the prime feature of the General Electric Pavilion for the 1964 New York World's Fair, the attraction was moved to Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, remaining there from 1967 until 1973. It was replaced in Disneyland by America Sings in 1974, and reopened in its present home in Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom in 1975. Walt Disney Imagineering was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises (WED: Walter Elias Disney) to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... Jean Shepherd posed as Frederick R. Ewing on the back cover of Ballantines I, Libertine (1956). ... Audio-Animatronics is the registered trademark for a form of robotics created by Walt Disney Imagineering for shows and attractions at Disney theme parks, and subsequently expanded on and used by other companies. ... Look up Attraction in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Tomorrowland is one of the many themed lands at the many Disneyland parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... The Magic Kingdom is a theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort. ... Cinderella Castle is the symbol of the Magic Kingdom. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... GE redirects here. ... View of the New York Worlds Fair 1964/1965 as seen from the observation towers of the New York State pavilion. ... Disneyland is a theme park that is located at 1313 South Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim, California, USA. It opened on July 17, 1955. ... Anaheim redirects here. ... America Sings was a show at Disneyland at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, from 1974 to 1988. ...


Steeped in nostalgia and futurism, the attraction's premise is an exploration of the joys of living through the advent of electricity and other technological advances during the 20th century via a "typical" American family. To keep it up with the times, the attraction has been updated six times (in 1964, 1967, 1975, 1981, 1985, and 1994) and has had two different theme songs, both written by the Sherman Brothers (Disney's Academy Award-winning songwriting team). Look up nostalgia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Perspective drawing from La Citta Nuova by SantElia, 1914. ... Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman at the London Palladium in 2002 during the premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Stage Musical. ... Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


Various sources say Walt Disney himself proclaimed that the Carousel of Progress was his favorite attraction and that it should never cease operation. This can be somewhat supported by Imagineers, family and friends, who knew of his constant work on the attraction. Of all the attractions he presented at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, Disney seemed especially devoted to the Carousel of Progress.


The Carousel of Progress currently holds a record as the longest-running stage show, with the most performances, in the history of American theater. Theater of the United States is based in the Western tradition, mostly borrowed from the performance styles prevalent in Europe. ...

Contents

The show

Act 1: 1900 -- No Electricity
Act 1: 1900 -- No Electricity
Act 2: 1920 -- Basic Electricity
Act 2: 1920 -- Basic Electricity
Act 3: 1940 -- Basic Appliances
Act 3: 1940 -- Basic Appliances

The basic plot of the Carousel of Progress show has essentially remained unchanged since it debuted at the 1964 New York World's Fair. It is divided into six scenes, with the audience seats rotating between each scene around the stage mechanically within the outer part of the theater building. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... View of the New York Worlds Fair 1964/1965 as seen from the observation towers of the New York State pavilion. ...


The first and the last scenes are basically identical and involve the loading and unloading of guests. The other 4 scenes, or "acts", depict an Audio-Animatronic family, narrated by the father, interacting with the latest technology and innovations during a particular era. Not much is known about the family: we do not know their last name, where they live (aside from being somewhere in the United States), or if they ever change location. The family does not (nor are they meant to) age 100 years. They age 3-5 years as the show progresses, to demonstrate how slightly older individuals can better enjoy new technology. Also, each of the four scenes is set during a different season of the year, just for variety. Audio-Animatronics or just animatronics is a form of robotics created by Disneys Imagineers for several shows and attractions at Disney theme parks, and subsequently expanded on and used by other companies. ...


The first act takes place during Valentine's Day around the 1900s and features the family using the new innovations for that era, including gas lamps, a kitchen pump, a hand-cranked washing machine, and a gramophone. A mention of the St. Louis World's Fair dates the scene to 1904. The second act features devices such as radio, a sewing machine, and a homemade cooling device during the 4th of July in the 1920s (the Charles Lindbergh reference makes the most likely year 1927[1][2]). The third act, set around Halloween in the 1940s, has the family interacting with technologies such as an automatic dishwasher, television, and a homemade paint mixing system. For other uses, see Valentines Day (disambiguation). ... Gas lighting is the process of burning piped natural gas or coal gas for illumination. ... This article is about a mechanical device. ... Front-loading washing machine. ... Edison cylinder phonograph from about 1899 The phonograph, or gramophone, was the most common device for playing recorded sound from the 1870s through the 1980s. ... Entrance to Creation Exhibit on the Pike Map of the St. ... Elias Howes lockstitch machine, invented 1845 A sewing machine is a textile machine used to stitch fabric or other material together with thread. ... Fourth of July redirects here. ... Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974) (aka Lucky Lindy; The Lone Eagle) was an American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and peace activist who, on May 20–21, 1927, rose from virtual obscurity to instantaneous world fame as the result of his exploits as the pilot of the... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the holiday. ... A Dishwasher A two drawer DishDrawer dishwasher. ...


The final scene is set around Christmas and depicts the family interacting with the technology of the present day. As such, it is the act that has received the most changes since the show debuted in 1964. While the original final act featured the family's home in the 1960s, the current finale, which was introduced in 1994, shows the home in the 2000s with high-definition television, virtual reality games, voice activated appliances, and other recent innovations.[3] For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... High-definition television (HDTV) is a digital television broadcasting system with greater resolution than traditional television systems (NTSC, SECAM, PAL). ... This article is about the simulation technology. ... Look up voice in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


History

The Edison Square concept

In the late 1950s, after Disneyland Park's initial success, Walt Disney planned to expand the Main Street, U.S.A. area with two districts: "International Street" and "Edison Square". In Edison Square, guests would be treated to a show hosted by an "electro-mechanical" man named "Wilbur K. Watt". The show would chronicle the evolution of electricity in the home, from the late 1800s to the present and beyond - showing how much electrical appliances, specifically GE appliances, have benefited American life. After each time period, or "act", was over, the audience would get up and walk to the next one. Main Street, U.S.A. is the first themed land inside the entrance of the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... The word appliance has several different areas of meaning, all usually referring to a device with a narrow function: One class of objects includes items that are custom-fitted to an individual for the purpose of correction of a physical or dental problem, such as prosthetic, orthotic appliances and dental...


Unfortunately, the Main Street expansion idea fell by the wayside. One of the reasons for this was that the technology necessary to put on the show just was not up to par with what Walt Disney wanted. The idea, however, stayed in Walt's mind for the next few years. GE still wanted to work with Walt, but a better outlet was needed.


The 1964-1965 New York World's Fair

Progressland
1964-1965 New York World's Fair
Opening date 1964
Closing date 1965
Sponsored by General Electric

General Electric approached Walt Disney to develop a show for the company's pavilion at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. Walt leaped at the chance to rekindle his relationship with GE, who would fund the project and the new technology necessary to bring it to life. Reaching back to Edison Square, Walt Disney again pitched the idea of an electrical progress show to General Electric executives and they loved it. View of the New York Worlds Fair 1964/1965 as seen from the observation towers of the New York State pavilion. ...


During the planning phase, Disney's Imagineers perfected the Audio-Animatronics technology necessary to operate the "performers" in the show. They were not the most advanced, but it was enough to get the show running. The technology used in Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room and another attraction designed by Disney at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, made the Carousel of Progress possible. Besides the AAs, the Imagineers (led by Disney Legends Roger E. Broggie and Bob Gurr) also devised a "carousel theater", so that the audience rode around a stationary set of stages instead of walking from stage to stage. WED Enterprises (WED), was formed by movie mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... Audio-Animatronics is the registered trademark for a form of robotics created by Walt Disney Imagineering for shows and attractions at Disney theme parks, and subsequently expanded on and used by other companies. ... This article is about Walt Disneys Enchanted Tiki Room an attraction at Disneyland park. ... Great Moments with Mr. ... Roger Broggie (1908-1991) Imagineer and Disney Legend with Walt Disney Company Roger E. Broggie (1908-1991) was a creative American mechanical engineer who worked with Walt Disney and the Walt Disney Company. ... Robert Henry Gurr (born 1931) is an American amusement ride designer and Imagineer. ...


Singing cowboy Rex Allen[2] was tapped to voice Father, the host and narrator of the show that replaced the "Wilbur K. Watt" character. Allen later commented that he did not know exactly what he was getting into. Rex Allen (December 31, 1920 – December 17, 1999) was an American actor, singer, and songwriter. ...


Walt Disney asked Disney songwriters Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman to create a song that could serve as a bridge between the "acts" in the show. Walt explained to the brothers what the show was about, and they wrote a song with his enthusiasm in mind. The song was titled "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow". The Shermans later stated that they believe that the song was Walt's "theme song," because he was so optimistic and excited about the future and technology itself. Richard Sherman redirects here. ... Robert B. Sherman (born December 19, 1925) (see also: Sherman Brothers) is an Academy Award-winning American songwriter who specializes in musical films with his brother Richard M. Sherman. ... Theres a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow is the theme to two Disney attractions, Walt Disneys Carousel of Progress at the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World (formerly at Disneyland) and Innoventions at Disneyland. ...


The show opened at the Fair as Progressland. It was one of the most-visited pavilions at the Fair. One of the unique features that made the attraction so popular was that a circle of six theaters (all connected by divider walls) revolved clockwise around six fixed stages every four minutes. There were identical load and unload theaters with the dazzling wall of light, the "Kaleidophonic Screen", and the "performers" appeared in the 1890s, 1920s, 1940s, and 1960s - literally a "Carousel of Progress"! Though more than 200 people entered and exited the attraction every four minutes, it was not uncommon to wait over an hour in line. For the 1965 season of the Fair, a massive covered queue was constructed next to the General Electric Pavilion on an empty lot to protect visitors from New York's hot summer sun.


At the end of the Carousel show, fairgoers were invited to journey up to the second floor of the pavilion and see the General Electric Skydome Spectacular. The Skydome Spectacular projected images of nature and energy into the domed roof of the GE pavilion, similar to a planetarium. The show demonstrated the many ways that GE was harnessing electricity and the power of the sun for the benefit of its customers. For the song by Ai Otsuka, see Planetarium (song) // A planetarium is a theatre built primarily for presenting educational and entertaining shows about astronomy and the night sky, or for training in celestial navigation. ...


Disneyland

Carousel of Progress
Disneyland
Land Tomorrowland
Opening date July 2, 1967
Closing date September 9, 1973
Future attractions America Sings (1974-1988)
Innoventions (1998-Present)
Sponsored by General Electric

The Carousel of Progress opened at Disneyland Park on July 2, 1967, as part of the New Tomorrowland. Due to the success of the attractions Disney created for the Fair, General Electric agreed to sponsor the Carousel of Progress at Disneyland. However, the Carousel of Progress was to be a permanent fixture at Disneyland, and it is unknown how many years General Electric would have sponsored the ride had it stayed there (presumably, 10-12 years, as many other sponsors throughout Disneyland Park have historically done). Image File history File links Carousel_of_Progress_Poster. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Tom Morrow, Mayor of Tomorrowland and host at Disneylands Innoventions Innoventions is a pavilion in Future World at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Florida that opened in 1994. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ...


The actual attraction was located on ground level, and a new (nearly identical) theater system was constructed. The sets and "performers" all came right from the Fair itself and remained nearly original. There were some slight changes: a new voice was recorded for Mother, "Christmas in the Home of the 1960s" was slightly updated in set design and technology, all references to General Electric's passé "Medallion Home" campaign were dropped, and Father from the "The Home of the 1940s" now sat on a (previously unoccupied) bar stool, rather than on the kitchen nook bench.


After the show, guests boarded a speedramp that would take them to the second level of the building. On the upper level, a 4-minute post show, narrated by Mother and Father, coincided with guests gazing at an enormous model of Progress City. Progress City was based on Walt Disney's original concept for EPCOT and the Walt Disney World property. Spaceship Earth, as seen from outside the vistors entrance. ...


As the 1970s rolled in, the Carousel of Progress saw dwindling audiences. GE thought they were not getting the most for their advertising dollars, surmising that 80% of the people that saw the attraction were Californians, and had seen the attraction many times. GE asked Disney to move the show to their new Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The Disneyland show closed on September 9, 1973 and was packed up for Florida. is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ...


The empty carousel theater in Tomorrowland was filled with a new show in 1974 called America Sings, a salute to American music. That show closed in 1988, not to be replaced for ten years. The Disneyland version of Epcot's popular Innoventions exhibit opened with the New New Tomorrowland in 1998, using "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" as its theme song. This article is about the Epcot theme park. ...


The Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
Magic Kingdom
Land Tomorrowland
Opening date January 15, 1975
Vehicle capacity 226
Sponsored by General Electric (July 15, 1975 - March 10, 1985)
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Assistive listening available

The attraction opened on January 15, 1975. General Electric signed a 10-year contract to sponsor the attraction at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Unlike the small changes that had occurred when the Carousel of Progress moved from the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair to Disneyland Park, extensive changes were made when the attraction moved to Walt Disney World. Walt Disneys Carousel of Progress at Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom File links The following pages link to this file: Carousel of Progress Categories: GFDL images ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 196th day of the year (197th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 69th day of the year (70th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Image File history File links Wheelchair_symbol. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A new carousel theater building was designed to house the attraction: a one-story pavilion, with a loft above. The loft was created so that the WEDway PeopleMover (now the Tomorrowland Transit Authority) could pass above it. The interior and exterior of the building received new color schemes with blue and white stripes that grew smaller and larger as the building turned. Also, the theaters now rotated counterclockwise, rather than clockwise, like the two former theater systems. The PeopleMover (July 2, 1967–August 21, 1995)(officially the PeopleMover Thru the World of Tron, from 1982-1995) was an attraction in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and remains open at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida as Tomorrowland Transit Authority. ... TTA logo The Tomorrowland Transit Authority (also called the Blue Line) is a people mover system in Tomorrowland, in the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. ...


The load and unload theaters no longer featured the stunning "Kaleidophonic Screens" that had dazzled guests as they boarded and exited their respective theater. The old screens had stretched from one wall to the other, with the giant GE logo in the center. They lit up in various colors and patterns like a kaleidoscope as the orchestral version of "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" played. Various problems plagued the screens after 1973, so silver curtains with the GE logo in the center took their place in both the load and unload theaters with different colored lights shining on them.


The Florida version was planned with no post-show. Guests would load and unload on the first floor. The Progress City/EPCOT model was significantly sized down so it could fit in a window display that could be seen from the WEDway PeopleMover.


Because of the changing times, a new theme song, written by the Sherman Brothers, was created for the Florida show. GE asked the Shermans to write a new song because they did not want their customers to wait for a "great big beautiful tomorrow;" GE wanted them to buy appliances today, so a song titled "Now is the Time," also known as "The Best Time Of Your Life," was created. Although the song was still very peppy and positive, the Shermans still felt that "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" was a better fit. The Best Time of Your Life is a song written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman in 1974 as a replacement song for the General Electric pavillions Theres A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (a song which they also wrote). ...


A new cast of voices and "performers" were showcased in the 1975 version, including actor Andrew Duggan as Father. The first three "acts" had some cosmetic and set design changes. The finale was changed to "Christmas in the Home of the 1970s," and the dog also changed breed. Andrew Duggan (1923-1988) was a tall and authoritative character actor who appeared in 70 movies and over 140 television shows between 1949 and 1987. ...

Act 4 of the 1980s version
Act 4 of the 1980s version

In 1981, the finale was updated to showcase "Christmas in the Home of the 1980s." A new script was written for this scene change, but the rest of the show remained the same. The attraction closed briefly so that the changes could be implemented. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 491 pixel Image in higher resolution (948 × 582 pixel, file size: 130 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 491 pixel Image in higher resolution (948 × 582 pixel, file size: 130 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ...


On March 10, 1985, General Electric's contract expired, and they chose not to renew. The attraction closed shortly thereafter so that all General Electric references could be excluded from the attraction. The GE logo was replaced with a logo that showed a blueprint of the six carousel theaters surrounding the six fixed stages on the signs outside of the attraction and the silver GE curtain was kept but a round sign with the blueprint logo and the name Carousel of Progress hid the GE logo. is the 69th day of the year (70th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


In 1993 the attraction closed for refurbishment, to better reflect the theme of the New Tomorrowland: "The Future that Never Was." Gears and other mechanical symbols were being prominently featured in the other pavilions in the New Tomorrowland, so the Carousel of Progress was redesigned to feature them. The attraction and show were re-named "Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress." A giant cog sign in the load and unload theaters that says Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress replaced the blueprint sign. The finale was updated to "Christmas in the House of 2000" (as envisioned in 1994). A new cast was hired for the narration recordings, with American writer, raconteur, and radio personality Jean Shepherd as the voice of the father. For the first time, names of some of the characters in the attraction were revealed. A 4-minute pre-show about the creation of the attraction was played on monitors while guests waited in line. A contemporary version of "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" returned as the attraction's theme song. The attraction reopened in 1994, as the New Tomorrowland was unveiled in phases. Since then, the attraction has undergone slight mechanical and cosmetic changes. Jean Shepherd posed as Frederick R. Ewing on the back cover of Ballantines I, Libertine (1956). ...


Due to the September 11, 2001 attacks (along with dropping attendance figures), Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress closed in October 2001. It was reopened soon afterwards on a seasonal basis. Concern over the attraction's closure became evident during this time. Although numerous "permanent closure" rumors still plague the attraction, Disney has consistently said that there are no plans for permanent closure or any closure at all. For various reasons, the attraction has had some minor refurbishments in recent years. It has remained open nearly every day of the year and during the Magic Kingdom's regular park hours since 2003. A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly...


The Sherman Brothers write in their joint autobiography regarding the history of the pavilion:

Three years after Walt Disney World opened, the Carousel of Progress moved east from Disneyland to Florida, and we were invited to write a brand new theme song: "The Best Time Of Your Life". In 1996, as a special tribute to the dreams of Walt Disney the Carousel of Progress was "updated" back to its original show, featuring our original theme song, "There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow".[4]

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Cast (current 1994 version)

Character Voice Actor[5][2]
Father Jean Shepherd
Mother B.J. Ward
Daughter Debi Derryberry
Young son Peter Nelson
Teenage son Paul Osterhout
Grandfather Rex Allen
Grandmother Mary Cervantes
Grandmother(Act IV) Janet Waldo
Cousin Orville Mel Blanc
Radio Personalities Noel Blanc

This article is about an actress. ... Debi Derryberry is an American voice actress. ... Peter Nelson is an American actor,(b. ... Rex Allen (December 31, 1920 – December 17, 1999) was an American actor, singer, and songwriter. ... Janet Waldo (born February 4, 1918 in Grandview, Washington) is a former actress and voice artist. ... Melvin Jerome Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was a prolific American voice actor. ...

Precursors

The show did not spring into being as from a blank slate. It is an elaboration and trivialization of some industrial films that American appliance manufacturers funded, to demonstrate how their products would change the pattern of domestic chores and improve life. The desire to sell during the Great Depression and the rural electrification projects of the New Deal were two of the motivating forces behind these films. For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... This article is about the policy program of US President Franklin D Roosevelt. ...


Also, there are the remnants of an exhibition from the 1933 Century of Progress exposition in the Chicago Museum of Science that feature four typical rooms of Chicago houses in various decades prior to the exhibition. A 1933 Century of Progress worlds fair poster The Century of Progress International Exposition was a Worlds Fair held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933-1934 to celebrate Chicagos centennial. ...


Attraction facts

Disneyland

  • Grand opening: July 2, 1967
  • Closure date: September 9, 1973
  • Designer: WED Enterprises
  • Sponsor: General Electric
  • Future attractions:
    • America Sings (1974-1988)
    • Innoventions (1998-Present)
  • Audio-Animatronics: 32
  • Show length: 20:45
  • Required ticket: Free
  • Ride system: Rotating theater with Audio-Animatronics

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Magic Kingdom

  • Grand opening: January 15, 1975
  • Finale Updated and General Electric references dropped: 1985
  • Major renovation, "Great, Big Beautiful Tomorrow" added back: 1994
  • Designer: WED Enterprises
  • Sponsor: General Electric (Opening-March 10, 1985)
  • Audio-Animatronics: 32
  • Seating: 226
  • Show length: 20:45
  • Ride system: Rotating theater with Audio-Animatronics
  • Known Hidden Mickeys: Final scene: Mickey nutcracker; mickey salt/pepper shakers; plush Mickey under the Christmas tree, Mickey from Fantasia (this one is very hard to see; as it is made up of colored lines.)

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Spin-offs and related attractions

From October 1, 1983, until January 9, 1999, an attraction known as Horizons existed at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. It was more or less a sequel to the Carousel of Progress, depicting the host family living and working in techologically-enhanced environments in the near future. It was also presented by General Electric (1983-1994). In that attraction, there was a scene where a robot was "working" in the kitchen, making quite a mess, among other things. In the background, the song "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" could be heard. is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... For other uses of horizon, see Horizon (disambiguation). ...


Also in 1983, Meet the World, at Tokyo Disneyland, was an attraction that was housed in a rotating theater. It featured both audio-animatronics and video, looking at thousands of years of Japanese history. It closed in 2002. // Meet the World Meet the World was an attraction at Tokyo Disneyland, in Tomorrowland. ... Tokyo Disneyland ) is one of two theme parks in the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. ... For other uses, see Video (disambiguation). ...


Innoventions (1998-present), the current occupant of the building formerly used for the Carousel of Progress at Disneyland, depicts a few images from the older attraction on its colorful exterior murals, and the Innoventions character Tom Morrow sings an updated version of "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow". Banners hung from the building depict the Carousel of Progress and other past attractions, along with their inception dates. Inside, the ASIMO show features a stage set reminiscent of the "contemporary" scene in the Carousel of Progress, including a view of the Community of Tomorrow through the picture window. The ASIMO exit music is the original Rex Allen recording from the Carousel of Progress at Disneyland. Salle des illustres, ceiling painting, by Jean André Rixens. ... Press release photo of the most recent ASIMO model ASIMO ) is a humanoid robot created by Honda Motor Company. ...


Soundtrack

The entire soundtrack for the Disneyland version (1967 - 1973) can be heard on A Musical History of Disneyland (2005). A Musical History of Disneyland (2005) is a collection of music from Disneyland, spanning from opening day to the present. ...


The theme song "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" can be found on a few official theme park albums over the years, including:

  • Walt Disney World Resort: The Official Album (1999) (Magic Kingdom 1994 version)
  • Walt Disney World Resort: Official Album (2000) (Magic Kingdom 1994 version)

References

  1. ^ Carousel of Progress. WDWHistory.com. Retrieved on August 13, 2006.
  2. ^ a b c Imagineers, The (September 1, 2005). The Imagineering Field Guide to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Disney Editions, 121. ISBN 0-7868-5553-3. 
  3. ^ Carousel of Progress. WDW Magic.com. Retrieved on July 18, 2007.
  4. ^ Sherman, Robert B., Walt's Time: from before to beyond, 1998, p 168.

Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Walt Disney Imagineering was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises (WED: Walter Elias Disney) to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Robert B. Sherman (born December 19, 1925) (see also: Sherman Brothers) is an Academy Award-winning American songwriter who specializes in musical films with his brother Richard M. Sherman. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...

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Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... The Magic Kingdom is a theme park located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ... Main Street, U.S.A. is the first themed land inside the entrance of the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Fantasyland is one of the themed lands at the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... Ariels Grotto is an area in the Magic Kingdom park at the Walt Disney World Resort. ... This is an article about the structure at the Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland. ... Dumbo Flying Elephants is an original 1955 Fantasyland attraction at Disneyland. ... For other uses, see Small world. ... Mad Tea Party is a spinning tea cup ride at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland theme parks around the world. ... Mickeys PhilharMagic is a 3-D film attraction at the Magic Kingdom theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort and at Hong Kong Disneyland. ... Peter Pans Flight is a single-bench (two to three person) suspended Omnimover dark ride at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris theme parks. ... Snow Whites Scary Adventures is a dark ride at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris theme parks around the world. ... The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a dark ride based upon the film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, itself based on the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne. ... Tomorrowland is one of the many themed lands at the many Disneyland parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... Astro Orbitor is a rocket-spinner attraction featured at all five Magic Kingdom-stlye parks at Walt Disney Resorts around the world. ... Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is a popular attraction based on the Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 2 at Walt Disney Parks around the world. ... Mike Wazowski Monsters, Inc. ... This article is about the first Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom. ... Stitchs Great Escape! is a Tomorrowland attraction at the Magic Kingdom theme park within Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ... Autopia is an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, France, and at Hong Kong Disneyland on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. ... TTA logo The Tomorrowland Transit Authority (also called the Blue Line) is a people mover system in Tomorrowland, in the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. ... Walt Disneys Carousel of Progress at the Magic Kingdom The Carousel of Progress is a theme park ride, origninally created by Walt Disney himself, that follows the journey of an ordinary family through the 20th century and beyond. ... Frontierland is one of the themed lands at the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by Disney around the world. ... Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a roller-coaster attraction at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris theme parks. ... The Country Bear Jamboree is an attraction at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and at the Tokyo Disneyland theme park at Tokyo Disney Resort in Chiba, Japan, as well as a former attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. ... // Frontierland Shootin Arcade Front of Frontierland Shootin Arcade in March 2006 at the Magic Kingdom Frontierland Shootin Arcade is a shooting gallery taking place in Tombstone, Arizona over Boothill in 1850. ... Splash Mountain is a log flume attraction at three Walt Disney Parks that is based on the controversial 1946 Disney film Song of the South. ... Tom Sawyer Island is a physical island within the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is about the area in Disney theme parks. ... The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management), a modified version of Walt Disneys Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland, is an attraction located in The Magic Kingdom theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ... The Jungle Cruise is an attraction at the following Disney theme parks: Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland (under the name Jungle River Cruise). ... The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is a ride in Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World. ... Pirates of the Caribbean is a dark ride at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris theme parks. ... Swiss Family Treehouse is an attraction at several of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. ... Liberty Square is one of the seven themed lands at the Magic Kingdom park in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA. A replica of the Liberty Bell is located in the middle of the square, and a New England-themed version of the Haunted Mansion is adjacent to the Rivers of... The Hall of Presidents is an attraction located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, a theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida USA. The attraction is a multi-media presentation and stage show featuring Audio-Animatronic figures of all the current forty-two... The Haunted Mansion is a dark ride attraction located at Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Park in Paris (as Phantom Manor). ... Mickeys Toontown is a small land at the Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland theme parks in Anaheim, California, and Chiba, Japan. ... 68. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Dapper Dans are a barbershop quartet that performs at Disneyland in Anaheim, California (since 1959), at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida (since 1971), and at Hong Kong Disneyland in Lantau Island, Hong Kong (since 2005). ... One of the many brightly lit floats in SpectroMagic SpectroMagic is an evening parade presented seasonally at Disneys Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL. It is similar to the Main Street Electrical Parade, which was its predecessor and is now presented at Disney... Main Street, U.S.A. is the first themed land inside the entrance of the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... The Dapper Dans are a barbershop quartet that performs at Disneyland in Anaheim, California (since 1959), at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida (since 1971), and at Hong Kong Disneyland in Lantau Island, Hong Kong (since 2005). ... The Disneyland Railroad (DRR) is a narrow gauge railroad located at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, United States, that was inaugurated on that theme parks opening day, July 17, 1955. ... Disney in the Stars is the fireworks performance of Hong Kong Disneyland. ... Disney on Parade is a daytime parade of the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park in Pennys Bay, Lantau Island , Hong Kong. ... Fantasy in the Sky is a fireworks performance at Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, France. ... The Main Street Electrical Parade is a regularly-scheduled parade, created by Bob Jani, famous for its long run at Disneyland at the Disneyland Resort most summers between 1972-1974, 1977-1982, and 1985-1996. ... Mickeys Waterworks is the newest day parade in Hong Kong Disneyland park for 2007 summer. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The World Bazaar is the strip of shops and eateries along the path to Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland in the Tokyo Disney Resort, Japan. ... Imagine. ... Fantasyland is one of the themed lands at the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... This is an article about the structure at the Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland. ... Dumbo Flying Elephants is an original 1955 Fantasyland attraction at Disneyland. ... King Arthur Carrousel Carousel at Disneyland. ... Mad Tea Party is a spinning tea cup ride at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland theme parks around the world. ... The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a dark ride based upon the film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, itself based on the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne. ... The Matterhorn Bobsleds or the Matterhorn is an attraction made up of two intertwining steel roller coasters at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. ... Mickeys PhilharMagic is a 3-D film attraction at the Magic Kingdom theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort and at Hong Kong Disneyland. ... Mr. ... Peter Pans Flight is a single-bench (two to three person) suspended Omnimover dark ride at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris theme parks. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Skyway was an aerial lift attraction at Disneyland, at the Magic Kingdom, and at Tokyo Disneyland. ... This is an article about a structure at Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland. ... Snow Whites Scary Adventures is a dark ride at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris theme parks around the world. ... For other uses, see Small world. ... Tomorrowland is one of the many themed lands at the many Disneyland parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... A wall-sized flashing Miniaturization Control panel dominates the preshow area, as guests prepare to enter the Mighty Microscope and shrink smaller than a snowflake in Tomorrowlands Adventure Thru Inner Space. ... America Sings was a show at Disneyland at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, from 1974 to 1988. ... Autopia is an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, France, and at Hong Kong Disneyland on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. ... Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is a popular attraction based on the Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 2 at Walt Disney Parks around the world. ... Captain EO (alternately, Captain Eo) is a 3-D film which was formerly shown in Disney theme parks. ... Delta Dreamflight (June 23, 1989–January 1, 1996) was an attraction located in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom inside the Walt Disney World Resort, and was sponsored by Delta Air Lines. ... Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is an attraction located in the Tomorrowland area of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, which opened on June 11, 2007. ... Honey, I Shrunk The Audience is a 3-D film at several Disney theme parks themed to the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids film series. ... If You Had Wings (June 5, 1972–June 1, 1987) was a two-person Omnimover dark ride in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. ... // A second Innoventions opened at Disneyland on July 3, 1998 in the New Tomorrowland. ... The PeopleMover (July 2, 1967–August 21, 1995)(officially the PeopleMover Thru the World of Tron, from 1982-1995) was an attraction in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and remains open at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida as Tomorrowland Transit Authority. ... TTA logo The Tomorrowland Transit Authority (also called the Blue Line) is a people mover system in Tomorrowland, in the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. ... Magic Journeys was the first 3D movie created by Walt Disney Imagineering for a Disney theme park. ... Rocket Jets was an attraction at Disneyland at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. ... Astro Orbitor is a rocket-spinner attraction featured at all five Magic Kingdom-stlye parks at Walt Disney Resorts around the world. ... Rocket Rods (otherwise known as informally The Rods) was an attraction in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. ... This article is about the first Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom. ... Star Tours is a simulator ride located in many of the Disney theme parks, including Disneyland in California, Disneys Hollywood Studios in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, and Disneyland Park in Paris. ... ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter(Alien Encounter for short) was an attraction that used to operate in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. ... Stitchs Great Escape! is a Tomorrowland attraction at the Magic Kingdom theme park within Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ... The Timekeeper (also known as From Time to Time and De Temps en Temps) was a 1992 Circle-Vision 360° film that was presented at three Disney parks around the world. ... Frontierland is one of the themed lands at the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by Disney around the world. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a roller-coaster attraction at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris theme parks. ... The Country Bear Jamboree is an attraction at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and at the Tokyo Disneyland theme park at Tokyo Disney Resort in Chiba, Japan, as well as a former attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. ... The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a dark ride based upon the film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, itself based on the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne. ... The Pinewood Indians are a tribe of audio-animatronic American Indians from Anaheim, California. ... Splash Mountain is a log flume attraction at three Walt Disney Parks that is based on the controversial 1946 Disney film Song of the South. ... The Rivers of America is an artificial river found in the Frontierland district of the Magic Kingdom-classed Disney theme parks around the world. ... This article is about the area in Disney theme parks. ... Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye is a dark ride attraction at Disneyland. ... The Jungle Cruise is an attraction at the following Disney theme parks: Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland (under the name Jungle River Cruise). ... Pirates of the Caribbean is a dark ride at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris theme parks. ... This article is about Walt Disneys Enchanted Tiki Room an attraction at Disneyland park. ... Liberty Square is one of the seven themed lands at the Magic Kingdom park in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA. A replica of the Liberty Bell is located in the middle of the square, and a New England-themed version of the Haunted Mansion is adjacent to the Rivers of... New Orleans Square is a themed land exclusively at Disneyland, and is not at any other Disney park. ... The Haunted Mansion is a dark ride attraction located at Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Park in Paris (as Phantom Manor). ... The Rivers of America is an artificial river found in the Frontierland district of the Magic Kingdom-classed Disney theme parks around the world. ... Pirates of the Caribbean is a dark ride at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris theme parks. ... Club 33 is a private club located in the heart of the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland. ... Fantasmic! is the night-time fireworks and visual hydrotechnic show at Disneyland in California and Disneys Hollywood Studios, Florida. ... Gadgets Go Coaster is a roller coaster at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California and Tokyo Disneyland theme park, located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. ... Roger Rabbits Car Toon Spin is a dark ride at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California and Tokyo Disneyland theme park, located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. ...

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Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress - Tomorrowland - Magic Kingdom (1595 words)
Through a rotating carousel theater, this attraction carries seated guests into the homes of four generations of the same family from the days before electricity to the present day.
Progress City was Walt Disney’s model for EPCOT (renamed to Epcot).
In 1993, with the rejuvenation of Tomorrowland, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress was given a covering of large and colorful sprockets and bolts to fit in with the theming of Tomorrowland.
Carousel of Progress - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2050 words)
The Carousel of Progress is the longest running stage show in the history of the American Theater.
Because the Carousel of Progress would no longer be with other General Electric exhibits in just one pavilion, a new pavilion needed to be constructed for the Carousel of Progress in the developing New Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park.
The actual show for the Carousel of Progress is divided into six scenes, two of those scenes are identical and involve the loading and unloading of guests.
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