Help celebrate Carrie's birthday by packing the Carousel of Progress

Walter sez, "The Carousel of Progress is a classic Walt Disney World attraction consisting of an Audio-Animatronic stage show that follows a family throughout the technological progress of the 20th century. The Carousel of Progress also happens to be my wife Carrie's favorite Disney attraction. Carrie turns 30 this month, and as a surprise, I want to put together a big enthusiastic audience to join her in a viewing of the show. The Carousel is obscure and unpopular with most Disney guests, so a big enthusiastic audience would make Carrie overwhelmed with happiness. If you can make it out to Magic Kingdom this Saturday at 11:30AM, please join in."

The Carousel is one of my all-time favorites, too. I named a book after its main theme. I always sit in the front row, and sing along. My wife sings too, but her words go, "There's a great big hairy Cory Doctorow, sitting in the front row every day." She is less enthusiastic about scenes of animatronic technological progress than I am.

But she is a patient woman.

Hello (Thanks, Walter!)


    1. Carrie was introduced to CoP after the switch, so it’s the version she knows and loves. Now is the Time can still be heard throughout the park as instrumental background music.

  1. It’s a shame it’s Saturday! We have a group of about 150 people having a party in EPCOT Saturday. We would have been happy to all pile in.

    1. Wow 150? (Temperature increased to 150). If you can bring that many people, the date is definitely flexible. What works best for your group?

      1. 150 on Saturday. I’m checking with my event partner to see if we can gather as many of our people together and get over there. Can’t guarantee that I can get everyone, but I will see what I can do. It’s one of our favorite rides too.

      2. Looks like we’ll be able to get something to work out! We’ll get as many of our people as possible to head over on Friday. Sorry about Saturday. Let’s do this!

  2. Excelsior, You Fathead!

    Aww LOVE that Jean Shepherd narration.
    gotta love that Schwartz reference (think christmas story) heheh

    1.  You mean Tomorrowland, in the Magic Kingdom.
      *adjusts nerd glasses*
      *adjusts Mickey Mouse ears*
      *ducks flying Dole Whip containers*

  3. I have only been to DW once, in 1987, but I loved the Carousel of Progress.Went through it three times? It was sponsored by United Airlines at the time, and I still get “you do have wings….. with United!” stuck in my head, alongside a particular smell of hot dust.

    UPDATE: dang, do I have the wrong sound/smell stuck with the wrong ride? All I can remember is the Carousel.

  4. I think the last time I read something about this was on TVTropes, regarding a reference to a smoking appliance.  Not entirely forgotten, I guess.

  5. Wow, I remember that ride from Disneyland, didn’t realize it was still at DW. Nothing they’ve put in the same space at DL has been as good.

  6. I wish I could be there! It is my favorite, and when our children were little, it was the one attraction other than it’s a small world on which they were completely comfortable. We see it every time we go at least twice! I have seen it with both theme songs. The preshow video outside the attraction that no one ever watches includes “Now Is The Time.”

  7. UPDATE: Some great guys from INTERCOT have volunteered to spread the word amongst their Disney tour group. To fit their schedule, I’ve moved the meetup to Friday, October 26, 2012 at 2:00PM.

  8. You must be referring to DisneyWorld because the Carousel of Progress at Disneyland was sadly turned into a Carousel of Income-Generating Advertising many, many years ago. 

    Instead of watching an Audio-Animatronic stage show, at Disneyland’s CoP you get to watch a gaggle of DL employees watch you as you make your way from sad museum-type interactive displays to a wall of XBOXs to an entire floor of Microsoft products laid out in a “house of the future” if that house is brought to you by Microsoft.

    Happy Birthday to your wife! Don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer. :)

    1. Hi Loren,

      Yes, I’m referring to CoP in it’s current Disney World home. We visited the old CoP site in Disneyland on our honeymoon 6 years ago, and yes it was sad. It sounds a bit like Innovations in Epcot. It’s funny, Carrie was said to me the other day “It’s sad that CoP is no longer in Disneyland,” to which I responded, “What are you talking about? If it were still in Disneyland, you would never get to ride it.” We live on the east coast, so trips to California are pretty rare.

  9. OK, I’m old.

    As DW/Epcot was being built, this attraction (GE pavillion?) was picked up lock stock and barrel at the end of the 64/65 World’s Fair in New York and moved to DW -along with the insipid Small World (the fair’s “Pepsi Pavillion”) and the one that’s, I think, inside the Epcot dome that brings you through time: in the Fair you rode a Chevy or Ford -I forget. I was 10 when we went to the fair.

    I think there were one or two other attractions from that fair that went to DW.

  10. UPDATE: The plan was a success! Carrie called me afterwards with tears of joy. Thanks for the help everyone!

  11. Great…  I read this post out loud to my wife in hearing of my kids.  Despite not having a clue as to who Cory is they have been running around for days singing “There’s a great big hairy Cory Doctorow…

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