Carousel of Progress Breaks Down Mid-Rotation Offering Guests a Rare Glimpse of Generational Progress

Malia Minckler

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Carousel of Progress Breaks Down Mid-Rotation Offering Guests a Rare Glimpse of Generational Progress

The Carousel of Progress at Magic Kingdom broke down while rotating from one scene to the next, offering guests a unique glimpse into the 20th Century this past weekend.

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Fortunately, there was a great big beautiful benefit to this malfunction!

When Carousel of Progress broke down, guests found themselves stuck between two scenes, offering an exceptionally unique experience. Thomas Humphreys was present for the rare occurrence and documented the experience on Twitter, sharing that the attraction “broke mid-rotation”, allowing guests to watch not only one but two scenes of generational progress. Time travel sure is confusing.

Humphreys added that guests who were in the theater during this malfunction were eventually evacuated.

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On a normal day of operation for this classic attraction, which is located in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom, guests follow a family on their journey through multiple eras of progress. Let’s not forget the already unique component of this Walt Disney-original concept: a rotating theater!

The attraction, which debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, features the catchy, classic track “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” and has been entertaining guests at Walt Disney World Resort since its move from Disneyland in 1975.

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In keeping with its theme of progress, the show has evolved from time to time. Just last summer, this attraction’s finale scene was updated, bringing new outfits to the Carousel of Progress family and adding references to EPCOT, ‘Food Rocks,’ and more. This past fall, we even saw updates to the attraction’s holiday decor.

In addition to this revitalization and holiday theming, we have even seen new merchandise released recently, such as this plush of Rover!

Which attraction in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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2 thoughts on “Carousel of Progress Breaks Down Mid-Rotation Offering Guests a Rare Glimpse of Generational Progress”

  1. It’s truly astonishing that a company like Disney has let this attraction go the way it has. When we were there in Nov 2022, the attraction was experiencing “down time” and when we finally got to go on it, the theater was dirty and we experienced one of the scenes twice (after several minutes of dead time) due to technical difficulties. Just shows how much they care about one of Walt’s most original and best creations. Pathetic.

    • They’ve got alot of work to do on the whole property. Many fans are discouraged, myself included.

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