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Carousel of Progress




Disney World's Carousel of Progress touts a "Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow".


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.




This is still one of the best places, in Dad's opinion, 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.


It's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow at the Carousel of Progress

Photo by Joe Penniston

The Attraction

The poster from the Worlds Fair showing the Carousel of Progress
Photo by ExpressMonorail
You enter the 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 fun to watch the progression.

The Nearest...

After sitting for a while you might need a pit stop. Dad, being ever helpful will point you to the nearest...

  • Restroom - is next to Space Mountain in the big building to the right of the entrance.
  • Refreshments - There are refreshment carts scattered around Tomorrowland, but there is a drink stand in Rocket Tower Plaza (that's the building under Astro Orbiter)


Destinations to Travel Logo - Perfect

Fun Facts

Here are some interesting tidbits -

  • 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

Dad's Ride Information Table

Carousel of Progress

Description: Watch the progression of technology over the last 100 years
Height Requirement - none Fastpass:no Length of Ride: 21 minutes
Type of ride: Rotating Theater around a stage

Dad's Ratings

2 2 0 4 4

Other Information:


The Carousel of Progress was the first of Uncle Walt'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 the last ride at the Magic Kingdom that Uncle Walt physically worked on.


There's a Great Big Beautiful Christmas

The Christmas scene from the Carousel of Progress

Photo by Samantha Decker

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.

Dad's Bottom Line

Every year there are rumors about this classic Tomorrowland ride closing. Every year, it opens again and again. Nostalgia is a powerful emotion, and this ride is truly nostalgia in action. Uncle Walt knew that his generation had seen technological progress like no other and wanted to pass that message on.


Good job Uncle Walt.