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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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72 votes, so far

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

Nice way to escape the crowds and take a nostalgia break. Defintely needs upgrading and the theater style is good. I don't care if half the inventions in the "future" are already invented. 7/10 - Christopher Sturniolo

Amazing...a classic.. but one bad thing is that whenever some moron stands up, we need to watch the whole scene again - Brendan Harrison

never has a line, air conditioned, and entertaining 8/10 - Arianna Griffel

while it doesnt draw huge crowds or excitement, it was Walt Disneys favorite and a Magic Kingdom institution that rightfully deserves its place - travis traymoore

A true institution. - Man-Eating Sharks

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