Carousel of Progress

Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom
Reader rating Reader rating 9.0 / 10

Main Details

  • Park
    Magic Kingdom
  • Land
  • Show Type
    Audio-Aniamtornic Stage Show
  • Indoor Show
  • Capacity
    3600 guests per hour
  • Show Duration
    20mins 45secs
  • Pre-Show
  • Post-Show
  • Gift Shop

Queue Details

  • FastPass+
  • Standby Line
  • Indoor Queue
  • Outdoor Queue
  • Typical Standby Wait
  • Comfort Level


  • Frightening for Kids
  • Accessibility
    Wheelchair Accessible
  • Captioning
    Assistive Listening System, Video Captioning, Handheld Captioning and Audio Description.

Extra Magic Hours

  • Morning EMH
  • Evening EMH

Important Dates

  • Opening
    Jan 15 1975

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.


Height/Age Requirement: No

Facts and Figures

  • 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

Carousel of Progress History

  • 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.

Show Scenes

  1. Introduction
  2. Act I: Turn of the Century - Valentine's Day
  3. Act II: Twenties - Fourth of July
  4. Act III: Fabulous Forties - Halloween
  5. Act IV: Nineties - Christmas Day
  6. Finale

Voice Credits

  • Opening and closing - Jean Shepherd
  • Father Jean Shepherd
  • MotherB.J. Ward
  • DaughterDebbi Deryberry (also has done voice work for Toy Story 2 and Tarzan)
  • Young son - Peter Nelson
  • Teenage son - Paul Osterhout
  • GrandfatherRex 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
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