Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress (Episode 88)

In 1964, Progressland debuted at the New York World’s Fair. The original concept dated back to the 1950’s, and new technologies allowed Walt and his Imagineers to finally bring the idea to life. Sponsored by General Electrical, Progressland (which later became known as the Carousel of Progress) was an instant hit and saw waits of around an hour at the fair despite an hourly ride capacity of 3,000 guests per hour. After the World’s Fair, the attraction was moved to Disneyland, then to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. With only a handful of changes over the years, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is one of the most historic attractions at the Disney Parks, reminding us that “there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day.”

In this episode, we’ll explore the detailed history of the Carousel of Progress. I’ll also include a binaural audio recording so you can virtually experience the current version of the attraction.

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