Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
See the march of modern technology through the eyes of an American family. Each of the four scenes in this Audio-Animatronics show highlights another 20 years (or so) of progress in the 20th century. When the scene changes, the entire theater moves around to the next stage. One of Walt Disney’s favorite attractions. (Jennifer loves it, too!) Limited hours. Outdoor, covered queue. Wheelchair accessible. Assistive listening devices. Closed captioning (pre-show only). Allie’s KidTip: “Rover is cute.”Get a full copy of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook here.
Ages: Ages 6 & up
Thrill Factor: No scares
Show Duration: 22 min.
Bonus: This attraction is open during Morning Extra Magic Hours (but not evening Extra Magic Hours).
- Assistive Listening
- Video Captioning
- May remain in wheelchair/ECV
- Seating type: theater
Also Known As: Carousel of Progress
KidTip: Rover is cute.
PassPorter's Ratings for Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
Author Jennifer Marx's Rating:
Appeal by Age:
A classic, all of us enjoy it, and we leave singing the song! It's also a nice place to rest and recharge!
Principesa gave this a rating of 7 on 08/23/2016 at 12:33:07 pm EDT
Air conditioned, nostalgic. Catchy song.
klbl1223 gave this a rating of 7 on 08/14/2016 at 10:19:46 am EDT
Not as boring as one would think it is! It is also a great place to escape the heat for a mid-afternoon break
MinnieMousePixieDust gave this a rating of 10 on 08/10/2016 at 2:31:21 pm EDT
A great place to relax during mid afternoon rain storms... Also in need of updating.
DisneyDaddy gave this a rating of 7 on 07/20/2016 at 12:24:02 pm EDT
Definitely a classic that is lost on many who didn't grow up going to it. Well worth going to see.
Espeon200 gave this a rating of 9 on 06/30/2016 at 2:09:44 pm EDT
I always leave this attraction singing the theme song in my head!
Horace Horsecollar gave this a rating of 9 on 06/30/2016 at 12:00:33 pm EDT
I'm glad this ride is still there only for the nostalgia factor. But to be honest, we have not been on it in years.
Pawleys4 gave this a rating of 3 on 06/27/2016 at 9:43:38 pm EDT
The real value of this ride, besides sitting inside for awhile, is looking for the hiding-in-plain-sight things...and you can only do that by doing some self-study. Find out the origins of the Carousel (hint...1964-1965) and the route it took to get to Florida (hint...New York....California...).
RandyF1979 gave this a rating of 8 on 06/26/2016 at 8:35:48 pm EDT
My family doesn't understand why I like this ride so much. It is more than it is a quiet ride where you can always get a good seat and enjoy the dark and a/c. I guess it's the hope for tomorrow that makes it special.
questkitten gave this a rating of 9 on 06/24/2016 at 3:20:04 pm EDT
Yet another classic favorite, I still love this attraction, no matter how many times I've seen it.
TomiRocket gave this a rating of 10 on 06/24/2016 at 12:14:00 pm EDT
This is my favorite ride! No vacation is complete without at least one visit to CoP!
chelle89 gave this a rating of 10 on 06/24/2016 at 8:55:28 am EDT
Definitely could use an update, but still a classic!
Shula8205 gave this a rating of 7 on 06/23/2016 at 11:27:38 pm EDT
This is must do classic attraction. Although parts of it are outdated my family really enjoys it and we make at least two visits to this attraction each trip.
Dopey Girl gave this a rating of 8 on 06/20/2016 at 6:48:07 pm EDT
Definitely needs an update but still a good ride, especially on a hot Florida day
2babiesandthemouse gave this a rating of 6 on 06/20/2016 at 11:01:57 am EDT
Our whole family enjoys this ride!
aswaffer gave this a rating of 8 on 06/19/2016 at 12:21:18 pm EDT
Best nap ever on a 100 degree day!
MissyMouse70 gave this a rating of 8 on 06/18/2016 at 9:14:30 pm EDT
It was fun to see the last carousel update since I was there 26 years ago
Bernie bear gave this a rating of 8 on 06/17/2016 at 4:31:03 pm EDT
Love the history of this one, and always think of Walt's dream when I visit this one! It's a cool attraction, with comfortable seats! Great way to appreciate how times have changed and a bit of a history lesson for children. Love it!
JKDenn gave this a rating of 10 on 06/17/2016 at 4:13:41 pm EDT
While rather dated now, I still think this has such nostalgic appeal.
chelynnah gave this a rating of 5 on 06/17/2016 at 1:20:50 pm EDT
Must do every trip. It was my mom's favorite attraction and reminds of happy times with her.
rubyblue gave this a rating of 9 on 06/17/2016 at 12:47:59 pm EDT
One of my personal favorites. I think mostly because of the song.
Grooviamommy gave this a rating of 9 on 06/17/2016 at 1:19:38 am EDT
Nostalgia for cooling sit down break...
--Jack gave this a rating of 7 on 06/15/2016 at 1:13:22 pm EDT
Love it, but would love to see an update to modern day scene
ashlvsq2004 gave this a rating of 9 on 06/15/2016 at 11:23:52 am EDT
Older ride but a nice place to relax on a hot day. The kids loved seeing the way things were when their grandparents were younger.
aat912 gave this a rating of 8 on 06/15/2016 at 7:51:14 am EDT
I love this old ride! It's a great way to sit down and relax in some air conditioning on a hot day. My kids gained an appreciation of how easy we have it now!
krajewskim gave this a rating of 6 on 06/14/2016 at 11:09:36 pm EDT
Liked seeing the old stuff. Brought back memories. Not doing it again.
ARanat gave this a rating of 4 on 06/14/2016 at 4:01:11 pm EDT
This is great for two groups: older adults who will appreciate the nostalgia of times gone past, and true fans of Walt Disney/Disney history. I wouldn't recommend it to first-timers, but if you are someone who goes every few years then you should try it at least once!
EvaKi gave this a rating of 6 on 06/14/2016 at 11:25:47 am EDT
Everyone should do this at least once!
WHMom gave this a rating of 6 on 06/14/2016 at 8:01:26 am EDT
Classic Disney! Hope they never decide that it needs to go for something "bigger and better".
MPoppins77 gave this a rating of 10 on 06/13/2016 at 7:16:51 pm EDT
One of Walt's rides. Not to be missed by any true Disney fan.
Diane MM gave this a rating of 10 on 06/13/2016 at 6:44:52 pm EDT
Very interesting how they do this. You will feel great when you leave.
handette gave this a rating of 8 on 06/13/2016 at 2:50:06 pm EDT
Loved sharing this childhood favorite with my guys, and they enjoyed it, too.
mommabelle gave this a rating of 8 on 06/12/2016 at 9:43:54 pm EDT
It's a classic & a history lesson for all!
jodistrock gave this a rating of 8 on 06/12/2016 at 9:52:58 am EDT
Good classic ride and a favorite
dutchdisneyfamily gave this a rating of 8 on 06/11/2016 at 10:20:51 pm EDT
As "Old School" as it gets.
Big G gave this a rating of 5 on 06/11/2016 at 5:42:49 pm EDT
A must see on our list!
nvrtoooldforthemouse gave this a rating of 8 on 06/11/2016 at 1:57:28 pm EDT
Classic Disney. Always a must-do!
CaptainSpalding gave this a rating of 9 on 06/10/2016 at 8:40:53 pm EDT
Super interesting to see it at least once.
loveariel gave this a rating of 6 on 06/10/2016 at 3:41:22 pm EDT
Love the nostalgia, humor and catchy tune!
MINNIEsota MOUSE gave this a rating of 10 on 06/10/2016 at 3:21:10 pm EDT
This a true Walt Disney presentation.
Josefwagner gave this a rating of 10 on 06/10/2016 at 3:11:38 pm EDT
Inexplicably, my little ones loved this until about age 13 and it was a must ride. We ride it out of nostalgia now. It is classic Disney and nice to still be able to see the attractions that help start it all.
Warning - The song will stay with you longer than Small World.
nikiry gave this a rating of 8 on 06/10/2016 at 12:32:57 pm EDT
Great throwback attraction that just never gets old! Although the song will be stuck in your head all day! :)
Csb10salum gave this a rating of 6 on 06/10/2016 at 11:51:30 am EDT
I've never been overly thrilled with this attraction, but it is a good break from everything else.
tlee gave this a rating of 5 on 06/10/2016 at 11:26:21 am EDT
It's a classic! My family likes it and it's also a way to sit and relax in the Ac
Debbie1868 gave this a rating of 8 on 06/10/2016 at 10:22:30 am EDT
This is my favorite attraction - not only is it a nice break from the heat and crowds, but a fun way to step back and remember what life was like and what the future held for Walt and his early Imagineers. It's a must do!
Tiffini217 gave this a rating of 9 on 06/10/2016 at 9:39:56 am EDT
This is a must do! I love seeing something that was originally created by Walt Disney himself. Those are getting to be rare!
sallyporsche gave this a rating of 8 on 06/10/2016 at 8:36:08 am EDT
Always a favorite
Gingerk gave this a rating of 8 on 06/07/2016 at 11:57:42 am EDT
A great place to get away from the heat and/or rain. You'll sing the song the rest of the day!
I live with a 'Stitch'! gave this a rating of 7 on 06/05/2016 at 10:49:49 pm EDT
This one is part of my heart. It was my Grandfathers favorite afternoon nap spot and my Grandmother would always sing "Its a great big beautiful tomorrow....." After each scene. For me it would not be Disney without this ride.
Loridove gave this a rating of 9 on 06/05/2016 at 6:20:10 pm EDT
I remember this at Disneyland when I was young. It's nice to see it again when we visit florida.
markL gave this a rating of 8 on 06/05/2016 at 4:50:10 pm EDT
Cool spot to get out of the heat and enjoy the animatronics!
Missi gave this a rating of 5 on 06/04/2016 at 4:41:10 pm EDT
This is the family favorite. The last segment could be updated to reflect today's technology, but it is so much fun witnessing our progress over the decades, even a century!
Joycec gave this a rating of 10 on 06/04/2016 at 2:45:05 pm EDT
A "must see once" attraction, not a "Every time I am in the park" one.
AeroScott gave this a rating of 7 on 06/03/2016 at 3:38:39 pm EDT
Classic and nostalgic - love it!
amouse9 gave this a rating of 9 on 06/03/2016 at 1:34:15 am EDT
Another must see but it is not open all the time
KDevines gave this a rating of 10 on 06/02/2016 at 11:58:44 pm EDT
This attraction is dated and "old". I know it's a classic, but if you only like it for the nap, it needs to be updated.
goofyboysmama gave this a rating of 3 on 05/30/2016 at 11:20:19 pm EDT
An all time favorite!! Love this so much!!! Classic Disney at its best!
mom2three23 gave this a rating of 10 on 05/30/2016 at 10:08:37 pm EDT
I wanted to love this attraction, but I just couldn't get there. The air conditioning is nice, though.
mikeserin gave this a rating of 5 on 05/30/2016 at 6:45:45 pm EDT
Good place to cool off on a hot day
mickey mema gave this a rating of 5 on 05/29/2016 at 10:45:36 pm EDT
Very interesting; however, our entire family of 5 fell asleep because it was air conditioned and we could sit; it was dark so we fell asleep.
Disneyisourthing gave this a rating of 7 on 05/29/2016 at 6:21:48 pm EDT
Gets points for nostalgia
Marie the Cat gave this a rating of 5 on 05/29/2016 at 5:51:28 pm EDT
One of Walt's originals. A must for my family. Such a wonderful nostalgic ride!
FARMERGIRL gave this a rating of 8 on 05/29/2016 at 2:15:19 pm EDT
A classic, can't imagine the MK without it
Victor gave this a rating of 8 on 05/28/2016 at 9:16:44 pm EDT
Good for a quick nap...
Emlette gave this a rating of 5 on 05/28/2016 at 5:42:30 am EDT
Classic Disney. Nice place to get out of the sun.
snickers gave this a rating of 8 on 05/28/2016 at 1:23:51 am EDT
A must do and a Disney classic. You can't help but sing a long.
KMB733 gave this a rating of 9 on 05/27/2016 at 7:03:33 pm EDT
Family loves this ride...I ride to take a quick nap. It smells musty inside but does get you out of the sun. Classic ride and I will continue to do it.
MCP gave this a rating of 7 on 05/27/2016 at 5:36:55 pm EDT
We love doing this on every single trip. It makes me long for simpler times (or watch Pollyanna) and it's a cool place to relax for 20 minutes.
ElizaMargo gave this a rating of 10 on 05/27/2016 at 4:29:32 pm EDT
This is a must every trip! Love the history behind it!
queenofheartsfan gave this a rating of 9 on 05/27/2016 at 3:41:15 pm EDT
the best they better never ever close this attraction its the bomb
desi1951 gave this a rating of 10 on 05/27/2016 at 3:17:34 pm EDT
This is the time, this is the best time, this is the best time of your life.
txtink gave this a rating of 8 on 05/27/2016 at 12:24:41 pm EDT
Nice place to chill and a cool place in the hot sun!!
dmargliotti gave this a rating of 8 on 05/27/2016 at 10:26:30 am EDT
We love this ride also. Love the nostalgia of the ride and it is a Disney Classic!
CEK40 gave this a rating of 9 on 05/27/2016 at 9:21:22 am EDT
Classic attraction can't miss it every time I go
cutiepie gave this a rating of 10 on 05/27/2016 at 8:39:44 am EDT
Nice long ride, though it is getting a bit in need of a refresh.
Ms Minnie gave this a rating of 7 on 05/27/2016 at 8:05:03 am EDT
I love this ride- all the "improvements" through the years. Great overview of daily life.
Babby58 gave this a rating of 8 on 05/27/2016 at 7:27:29 am EDT
A fun way to get inside and sit for a while. Like the history of this ride and my kids sing this song all year long
MmichelleM gave this a rating of 9 on 05/27/2016 at 7:03:39 am EDT
I love going down memory lane in a round moving room!
Ms. Earson gave this a rating of 8 on 05/27/2016 at 12:49:55 am EDT
Family favorite. Must do.
sherrymickey gave this a rating of 10 on 05/26/2016 at 11:53:49 pm EDT
Too long. They kept coming over the intercom to stay "please stay in your seats" which I know was directed at my kids but I couldn't blame them, I couldn't wait for it to end either.
megeed gave this a rating of 1 on 05/26/2016 at 11:16:53 pm EDT
There's a great big beautiful tomorrow!
Love the nostalgia factor, and frankly it's a great escape on a hot day.
Micheley68 gave this a rating of 7 on 05/26/2016 at 11:07:08 pm EDT
Jennifer Marx gave this a rating of 9 on 05/26/2016 at 10:21:54 pm EDT
Love the nostalgic aspect of this attraction. And that song is so catchy!
Jack's mom gave this a rating of 7 on 05/26/2016 at 8:15:37 pm EDT
Love it because it's a true original and it has a happy, bouncy theme song, however, the end scene is in bad need of updating to bring it at least a little closer to 2016.
gina921 gave this a rating of 8 on 05/26/2016 at 7:28:07 pm EDT
The 1940s scene at Carousel of Progress | photo by DawnDenise
Progress is all around us! | photo by sweetyface77
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