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Carousel of Progress reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Carousel of Progress, a animatronic show in Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

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Posted: December 16, 2013

Here's another attraction that got its start at the 1964 New York Fair. Only this time, you're riding in the original version, which was brought here for the park's opening after playing for several years at Disneyland. This carousel-style theater rotates around a central circular stage, allowing the audience to see several scenes illustrating how technology has changed the lives of an Audio Animatronic family over generations during the 20th century. The classic Sherman Brothers song "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" bridges the gaps between each scene.

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55 votes, so far

A wonderful ride, and a classic one at that. A great way to relax and take in some good old fashioned Americana, in true Disney fashion. It may not appeal to everyone, but if you love animatronic shows and great Disney music, you'll love the Carousel of Progress. It's a fascinating concept, with an impressive execution that still holds up today. Well, except for the final scene. They need to work on that or just do something else with it, as technology moves too fast for even Disney to keep up with. - Sarah Bebb

I...didn't care for it. Call me a 90's kid, but the bad animatronics and painful music (hearing it once was good, but the fifth time? no. please no) kill the fun. I did love seeing the "Past" segments and having older gadgets explained, but that was about it. It's sad that the last segment is so badly dated; it's clear it hasn't been changed in 30 years. I wish they had left what the original 'future' segment had been, to see what the 50's folk had thought today would be like. Too zeerust? 3/10. See only if you have a very very strong nostalgia streak and to get a chance to sit down and air conditioning if badly needed. And can stand repetitive music. - Laura Danielson

Something I haven't seen since it was taken out of Disneyland. I liked seeing the progress of electricity, but the final scene needs some work. Rated Outstanding due to the memories it brought back. - Jeff Krinock

This is the perfect thing to do when you need a break. No other stage set show in all of Magic Kingdom (may even DWD) combines this flair of nostalgia, humor, technichal development (remember when this attraction originally debuted) and this beautiful Disney flair. While it lacks a real highlight, it is still throughoutly enjoyable and charming. - Chris W.

It has that classic Disney touch. Though a bit dated in the last scene, it's enjoyable with a catchy tune. - Rob Pastor

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