Carousel of Progress

Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom

  • Main Details

  • Park Magic Kingdom
  • Land Tomorrowland
  • 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 Low
  • Comfort Level Low
  • Important Dates

  • Opening Jan 15 1975
  • Restrictions

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

  • Morning EMH
  • Evening EMH

Carousel of Progress refurbishment extended and rescheduled, with first phase taking place later this month
2 years ago

Carousel of Progress closing for refurbishment in late summer
2 years ago

Carousel of Progress closed for refurbishment today
3 years ago

Carousel of Progress closing for short refurbishment in May
3 years ago

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Carousel of Progress closed for refurbishment Sep 22, 2014 to Sep 27, 2014

Carousel of Progress closed for refurbishment May 17, 2014 to May 22, 2014

Carousel of Progress closed for refurbishment Nov 11, 2013 to Nov 11, 2013

Carousel of Progress closed for refurbishment May 13, 2013 to May 15, 2013

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