Carousel of Progress
Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom
The Carousel of Progress is a rotating stage show located in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. The show traces 100 years of progress as an "Audio- Animatronics" family demonstrates the many conveniences made possible in American life by a century of innovations in electricity.
Facts and Figures
Carousel of Progress History
- Capacity: 3,600 per hour, 226 per theater
- Show Time: 20:45 minutes
- Speed: 2 fps
- Ride System: Sit-down revolving theater
- Theaters: 6 theaters, giving 6 stages
- Weight of Carousel: Approx 375 tons
- Number of Animatronics: 4 scenes each having 8 figures, giving a total of 32
- 1964 - Created for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, as General Electric's "Progressland".
- July 1967-1973 - Relocated to Disneyland and named "Carousel of Progress".
- January 15 1975 - Opens at the Magic Kingdom, with new final scene and new song, "The Best Time of Your Life".
- March 10 1985 - General Electric's last day as corporate sponsor of the attraction.
- 1994 - The attraction was refurbished to its original state and renamed "Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress."At this time, it was redone as a tribute to the original attraction. The theme song was changed back to "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow,"and the story recreated as a tribute to the nostalgia of the past.
- Act I: Turn of the Century - Valentine's Day
- Act II: Twenties - Fourth of July
- Act III: Fabulous Forties - Halloween
- Act IV: Nineties - Christmas Day
- Opening and closing - Jean Shepherd
- Father - Jean Shepherd
- Mother - B.J. Ward
- Daughter - Debbi Deryberry (also has done voice work for Toy Story 2 and Tarzan)
- Young son - Peter Nelson
- Teenage son - Paul Osterhout
- Grandfather - Rex Allen (was also the original voice of Father in the 1964 World's Fair version)
- Grandmother - Mary Cervantes
- Grandmother (Act IV) - Janet Waldo (also voiced Judy Jetson in The Jetsons)
- Cousin Orville - Mel Blanc (also voiced Warner Brothers' Bugs Bunny)
- Radio Personalities - Noel Blanc