Carousel of Progress Celebrates 40th Anniversary this Week at the Magic Kingdom

carousel 1This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Carousel of Progress at the Magic Kingdom.

The attraction is a fan favorite and features that earworm of a theme song, “There’s a Great, Big Beautiful Tomorrow.”

The Carousel of Progress was originally sponsored by General Electric when the ride opened in 1975 at the Magic Kingdom and featured the theme song “The Best Time of Your Life.” This was a change from the attraction’s original theme song.

After a refurbishment in 1993, “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” returned to the attraction. Also returned to the attraction were the scenes of the family celebrating Valentine’s Day, July 4th, Halloween, and Christmas.

As part of the 40th anniversary celebration Disney recently shared a video clip of Walt Disney talking about the Carousel of Progress. It was originally featured in the television special Disneyland Goes to the World’s Fair in 1964.

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