Carousel of Progress

Disney World’s Carousel of Progress touts a “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.” However, Tomorrowland has been a problem for Disney through the years. Tomorrow has a bad habit of becoming yesterday. For example, in this attraction, the kitchen of tomorrow, in the last scene, persists in becoming the kitchen of last week.

The Carousel of Progress was the first of Walt Disney’s big shows. It debuted at the World’s Fair in 1964. It was sponsored by GE. This was Walt’s favorite attraction. He vowed it would never close and so far, it hasn’t. This is also the last ride at the Magic Kingdom that Walt physically worked on.

And in our opinion, it’s still one of the best places in the Magic Kingdom to spend 20 minutes. The theater is cool, the show is interesting, and the seats are comfortable. The best part is, you almost never have to wait in line.

The Attraction

You enter the Carousel of Progress theater and sit down in theater-style chairs. The chairs rotate around the stage. There are 6 scenes showing the progress of a typical American house through the years. From well water in the kitchen at the turn of the last century to the fully automated kitchen of the future.

It’s truly amazing what has happened over the past 100 years, and it’s fun to watch the progression.

Fun Facts

Here are some interesting tidbits about the Carousel of Progress:

  • Moved from Disneyland and opened in the Magic Kingdom on January 15, 1975
  • Rumors abound about the attraction closing
  • There are 32 audio-animatronic figures

Carousel of Progress Ride Information Table

Description: Watch the progression of technology over the last 100 years
Height Requirement – none Genie+: No Length of Ride: 21 minutes
Type of Ride: Rotating Theater around a stage

Dad’s Ratings

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The Fine Print

Here’s some small print information

  • Video and handheld captioning are available with this attraction
  • Guest may rent translation devices at Guest Relations
  • Assisting Listening Receivers and translation devices may be used at this attraction, they are available at Guest Relations
  • Guest may stay in the wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to enjoy this attraction.