Walt Talks About Carousel of Progress

Disney’s Carousel of Progress is still rotating at Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland after 40+ years.  There are very few attractions left that Walt Disney had a personal hand in developing – that’s one of the reasons it’s a very special attraction.  Walt talks about Carousel of Progress in this video made prior to its debut at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.  It was a smash hit!

After the Fair, the attraction spent the next several years in Tomorrowland at Disneyland.  Then in January 1975, its new home became Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

The Carousel is divided into four stages/scenes depicting an American family in their home and how times have changed from 1900 through today.  The seated audience is rotated around four stages to see the audio-animatronic family interact in different scenes (time periods).

Carousel of Progress, John and Rover

Host John and Rover in Carousel of Progress

I’ve been enjoying the attraction for years.  To keep it up to date, every few years they change the last scene to the “latest” technology.  When it first came to Disney World, Scene 4 was based on the latest 1970’s technology.  Of course, the present version was changed to showcase our present day technology.

For those of you who have visited the attraction several times, you may notice the main character, John, and his dog Rover have changed from the original version that is featured in the video.  The photo on the right shows what they look like today.

Hope you enjoy watching Uncle Walt share his excitement as he takes us on a tour of the making of Carousel of Progress (from Disney Parks).

There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow,
Shining at the end of every day.
There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow,
And tomorrow’s just a dream away.

F. G. Mama

About the author…F. G. Mama, Katie McDill, has been in love with Walt Disney World since first entering the gates in 1976. After her two kids went off to college, she moved from Georgia to the backdoor of the Magic Kingdom in Florida. She worked several years at Walt Disney World performing as Fairy Godmother in day parades, the “Best of Disney” castle stage show, and the original Electric Light Parade. For the last ten years, she along with daughter and family, have enjoyed “living the dream” in Celebration (the town that Disney built) just across the bridge from Disney World. During this time she has collaborated with son-in-law Jimmy in several production projects including Orlando Attractions Magazine-The Show, The Mindy Mouse Show and FunaticsTV. Her other career included being a writer, artist/designer, special events creator and coordinator. Now she is enjoying the good life of Anna Maria Island, Celebration, Disney World and, of course, sharing magic at FUNaticsTV!

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