Carousel of Progress
Carousel of Progress

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is a favorite of ours. It’s our choice for #Day15 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

Two Weeks!  Two short weeks!  In just two weeks we will leave our home and travel to our halfway point in our journey to Walt Disney World!  I have so much to do, but I also am very excited that our trip is almost here!  Today I’m taking us on a trip back in time, if you will — a trip to Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, the incredible show with the revolving theater that shows us how progress was made during the 20th Century!

Carousel of Progress

The Carousel of Progress started as an attraction for the 1964 New York World’s Fair!

This attraction was actually one of several that Walt Disney had created for the 1964 New York World’s Fair!  After it’s run at the fair, it was packed up and shipped to Disneyland, where it had a lengthy run from 1967 – 1973, and then was moved over to Walt Disney World, where it has been since 1975.  The Carousel of Progress holds the distinction of being the longest running stage show in terms of the number of performances in the history of American Theater!

Carousel of Progress

The Audio-Animatronic characters are great in my opinion, and I really like how the attraction takes us into many different periods of time!

What really sets this attraction apart in my opinion are the great use of Audio-Animatronics.  It isn’t easy to make mechanical people move with realistic movements, but the Disney Imagineers have perfected that.

Quick trivia question: Who can tell me what is written on the back of the Niagara Falls fan that he is holding?  I will post the answer later on using a picture I took on my Facebook Page.

Carousel of Progress

The gentleman you see here is our narrator through the years!

Closing up our look, I just wanted to compliment the Cast Members for putting the characters in the correct clothing for their time period.  As you can see, at this point our narrator is advancing towards his retirement years, and he’s dressing like it.  I like this picture because his clothes remind me of some of the clothing that my Grandpa would wear.

What do you think of the Carousel of Progress?  Do you love it, not like it, think it’s too dated, or what?  Will it sway your vote to know that this was considered one of Walt Disney’s favorite attractions, and that his wish (as I have heard) is that this attraction would never close?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!



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Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever. His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion! Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for six years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and . Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!