Orlando attractions

Carousel of Progress

The Carousel of Progress was first introduced to the world by Walt Disney at the New York World's Fair in 1964.  In 1967, it was moved to Disneyland.  It finally made its Disney World debut in 1973.


In this nostalgic ride, up to 250 guests are seated in a revolving theatre.  As the theatre revolves around 6 different stages, guests are treated to images of technological history, particularly that of electricity, from throughout the 20th century.  Each of the stages is representative of a historical period and follows the same family through different time periods.  On the stages, an audio-animatronic family repeatedly sings "It's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow."  The song expresses praises and hopes for the future.


Act one occurs during Valentine's Day and is set at the turn of the century.  Act two occurs in the 1920's during the Fourth of July.  Act three takes place during the 1940's.  The attraction, which was updated in 1996, ends with a Act four taking place with a Christmas scene in the not-too-distant future.  This scene depicts family members as they play a virtual reality game.  Walt Disney World claims that more people have seen the Carousel of Progress show than any other American theatre show throughout history.


Outside of the theatre, a 22-minute presentation is shown on monitors that show the history behind the attraction.  This is more popular with adults than children, as they tend to be less interested in this history. The ride is considered to be "seasonal", which means it is usually open during the busiest times of the year.


The Carousel of Progress is wheelchair accessible.  Assistive listening devices are also available for hearing impaired guests.  Guest Services can provide more information.