Mike’s Favorites: Carousel of Progress

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is one of my favorite shows!

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is one of my favorite shows!

My Favorites: Carousel of Progress

By Mike Ellis.

The other day it dawned on me that we haven’t been to Walt Disney World since June 2014!  This past summer was when we went to Disneyland for the 60th Birthday, so it has now been roughly 18 months since our last trip to Walt Disney World.  That’s crazy to think about, so as a result, these next series of posts are going to be looks at some of my favorite attractions, rides, shows, whatever you want to call them, at Walt Disney World.  Today we kick it all off with a look back at the past and the “future” with the Carousel of Progress!

To me, CoP (as the Cast Members know it as) is as much about history as it is about entertainment.  In each of the scenes, you experience what life was like in a certain segment of time in American history.  While the actual year is not displayed, you can figure some things out.  For example, in the opening scene, John talks about those Wright Brothers, so dates things at around 1902, 1903, somewhere in that timeframe.  Then, in the next scene, if you look closely, you can see on the back of the Niagara Falls fan that he is using the year. That year, my friends, is 1926.

Of course, the biggest debate among Carousel of Progress fans is whether or not the ride should be updated, especially regarding the last scene, with the futuristic programmable ovens, virtual reality, and all of that.  There are reasons for and against on both sides of the aisle for this one, but as for me, I’m of the opinion that it should not be updated.  This attraction is one of the last that Walt Disney personally worked on, and to me, despite the words of Walt himself that the parks would never be completed, puts me in the camp of not changing this attraction any more than it has been in the past.  But enough of what I think.  What do you think?  Should the Carousel of Progress be updated?  Or should it stay just as it is?  To be (updated) or not to be (updated), that my friends is the question!  Please let me know by leaving us a comment, and thanks for stopping by today!  To close us off, have a look at the attraction in it’s entirety, courtesy of bigfatpanda.com!

Poll: What do you like most about Disney?

What do you like

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What do you like most about Disney?

By Mike Ellis.

When you talk about Disney, there are so many different things that can be talked about. The parks; the characters; the movies; the music; the man himself, Walt Disney. In this post, I’ve got a simple question to ask of you, as depicted in the poll below. As you answer the poll, give a little bit of thought to what your answer would be when you are away from your favorite Disney park. For many of us, the answer is simple, we love the parks the most, especially when we are visiting Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or any of the other great Disney venues. However, when you are not visiting the parks, and you are looking for that one thing that carries you forward until your next visit — that one angle that gives you that Disney fix for one more day — what do you turn to at that point? What is it that keeps your mind focused on Disney when you are away from Disney? If you are anything like me, that isn’t a very easy question to answer, and it may in fact change from day to day. And that, my friends, is why I have this poll.

So have at it, take a look at the poll, pick the one answer that best describes what you like most about Disney, and I’ll report back to you in the future with a breakdown of the results. This is an open-ended poll, so there is no expiration, and if what you like most isn’t depicted, choose “Something else” and tell me what it is in the comments please.

Thanks for stopping by today and participating in our poll. Now, go out there and make it a great Disney Day!