2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)


Friday, December 23, 2011

Countdown to 2012 WDW Marathon Weekend #12

#12 - Magic Kingdom's Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

From the Walt Disney World website:
Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress is a show for all ages presented in a revolving theater in the Tomorrowland area of Magic Kingdom theme park. The show tells the story of the evolution of technology in the 20th century.

Since 1964, generations of families have enjoyed this classic stage show starring a remarkable family of Audio-Animatronic performers. Travel through time from decade to decade as the family discovers fantastic new technologies that make their lives more easy, comfortable and fun—and sometimes a bit more complicated!

The Carousel Theater
The theater for Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress is almost as impressive as the show. The audience rotates around a central stage, which allows a new group of Guests to take a seat every few minutes, instead of having to wait the full length of the show. This ingenious piece of technology is the perfect way to frame a show about the power of innovation. 

Originally named General Electric Carousel of Progress, the show was personally created by Walt Disney for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. It played at Disneyland theme park in California from July 2, 1967 until September 9, 1973. The show next moved to Magic Kingdom theme park in Florida where it opened on January 15, 1975. In 1994, the show was rewritten and restaged with the new name Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress. 


The 21-minutes stage show is located in Tomorrowland's central hub. Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress is open seasonally. 

Why am I looking forward to the Carousel of Progress?
I'm not old enough to have ever seen the Carousel of Progress in Disneyland and for that matter I was never at WDW when the original show was playing there.  That being said, I fell in love with this show the very first time I saw it.  I love that Walt Disney created the original show, I love the concept and I appreciate the humor.

The first thing that makes this show unique is the theater.  This isn't an ordinary theater, this is a theater that moves the audience from scene to scene rather than the stage moving or the scenes on the stage changing.  I love this aspect of the show.  How smart is it to move the audience?  Think about when this was created and then answer that question.  Walt was truly an innovator!

The story takes you through different periods of time and the advancements of that era.  You'll see the influences of the original sponsor - General Electric.  There are lots of fun things to see in each scene and of course you'll be singing Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow for the rest of your trip as you here it at the end of each scene.

Okay, the script can be a bit corny at times, but isn't that what makes it great?  I think so.  It's just a fun story and it makes you think about how it would have been to grow up in the different eras.  Instead of making fun of it, just enjoy it for what it is.

Now, I will admit that the last scene where it's supposed to be current/future is a bit lacking.  There could be a few updates done here to make it more modern and up to date, but it's still fun.

So, if you're at the Magic Kingdom during a time when the Carousel of Progress is open, please give it a try!


Leanne T said...

I haven't been on this ride in a while. I'll need to put it back on my list again.

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