|The story within Walt
Disney's Carousel of Progress is one
of the American family, and how it changes with the
advancements of new technology. There are five
different stages to the performance - in both the
G.E. sponsored presentation and the newer, unsponsored
show. The theme, however, remains the same in both.
Here is a description from the Official Guidebook of the 1964-65 World's Fair:
In the first part of the program, separate auditoriums, each holding 250 people, circle into position and are carried past stages on which life-sized, three-dimensional, animated human figures move, talk, laugh and act out the story of electricity in the home from the gay 1890s to the present:
Although this description is from the G.E. version of the 60's, it fits almost exactly with today's performance (minus the patio from the last scene.)
The music is a vital part of the Carousel of Progress, since it's been said that nobody leaves an attraction "whistling the architecture." The original song "Great Big, Beautiful Tomorrow," returned to the show during the refurbishment of 92-93. It replaced it's interim counterpart, "Now is the Time," which was said to have fit G.E.'s marketing scheme of the 70's and 80's more appropriately.
Our audio-animatronic family consists of eight characters:
These "individuals" take us on an historical journey through the century, while entertaining and delighting us.