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There are some songs in Disney attractions that stick with you. It’s a Small World for example is one. Another is this song:

There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of ev’ryday
There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
And tomorrow’s just a dream away
Man has a dream and that’s the start
He follows his dream with mind and heart
And when it becomes a reality
It’s a dream come true for you and me
So there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of ev’ryday
There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
Just a dream away

Both of these songs (along with the song that replaced There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, called “The Best Time of Your Life”) were written by the Sherman
Brothers, Walt Disney’s “go-to” guys. These songs help to make the rides they go with memorable. The funny thing is they were both written for the original attractions that were introduced at the 1964 World’s Fair. This song goes with the Unknown Disney Magic that is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is found in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom. This attraction was said to be Walt’s favorite, and holds a record in the history of American theater, as the longest-running stage show, with the most performances. This includes the times it ran in the World’s Fair, Disneyland (which it did from 1967-1973) and the shows presented in the Magic Kingdom since 1975.

The Attraction is somewhat of an Unknown Magic because as of this writing it is open only seasonally. With it only being open some of the time, some people who visit Disney miss this wonderful show. It follows four generations through the 20th century. It starts at the turn of the century and takes you decades into the future at every turn of the “Carousel”. The narrator is the father of the family and throughout the four seasons in different years, he converses with family members, listens to news reports, comments on current events and tells the dog to behave. In each scene, except the last, there is historical information given on how things have changed over the years, how electricity has changed everyday life and how entertainment for both the family and children has changed. This is one of those attractions that is not only nostalgic, but also an uplifting Magical Experience.


Picture from the Carousel of Progress Facebook Page


The show is twenty-one minutes long, is in an air-conditioned theater that rotates around six different stages that the show is presented on. It features 32 different audio-animatronics figures. The Theatre can hold 240 people. Some neat things about the show are the voices of the different characters. The voice of Cousin Orville, is that of Mel Blanc, who was the voice of Bugs Bunny and many other great Warner Brothers’ characters. His son, Noel, voices the people heard on the radio. The voice of the daughter is that of Debbi Deryberry, the voice of Nickelodeon’s Jimmy Neutron.

So, now you know, when it is open, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress offers a great nostalgic look back at the 20th century; one that offers some Unknown Magic and a promise of a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.

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