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One of the most popular attractions in Tomorrowland since 1974, Carousel of Progress was the first to take on the new look of Tomorrowland 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 World's Fair.

The show traces the impact of technological progression on Americans' daily living, from the start of the 20th century into the near future, with a cast of family characters brought to life through Disney's Audio-Animatronics.

Through an added pre-show, Guests discover more about the original Carousel show designed by Walt Disney, and will also hear the return of the original theme song, "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow." A new script and cast of voices offer Guests a glimpse of new innovations like virtual reality, voice-activation, and high-definition television.

* Please note that the 'Carousel of Progress' is a seasonal attraction and may be not be operating during off-peak times of year.

About this Attraction

Location: Tomorrowland

Type: Audio-animatronic show

Duration: 20 minutes

Flash photography and video lighting not allowed

Fastpass: No

Best time to visit: Anytime, during busy periods.

Tips & Fun Facts

CoP can be a good place to visit when waiting for a fastpass time on one of the other Tomorrowland attractions.
Another 'escape the heat and crowds and take a time out' type attraction, especially at peak times. Wait times rarely exceed 10 minutes.

The 'Carousel of Progress' first came to light at the 1964 New York World fair as part of GE's Progressland. It was then relocated to Disneyland where it stayed from 1967 until 1973.
In 1975, the show was moved once again to it's current home at WDW's Magic Kingdom.
The show's original and current theme song "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" and its pre-1994 song "Now is the Time" were both written by the Oscar-winning Sherman Brothers.
The show is split between 6 different theatres, 4 of which feature audio-animatronic characters. Each theatre can accommodate 240 guests.
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.

Additional Information

Guests may remain in wheelchairs or ECVs to experience the attraction.

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There are lots of neat surprises in the last scene: check out the nutcracker on the fireplace, the plush toy peeking out of the present, the wrapping paper, and the white pepper mill on the kitchen counter.
Also, the painting on the back wall is an abstract version of Mickey Mouse from "Fantasia."

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