For the first time, names of some of the characters in the attraction were revealed. I know the original concept for the Carousel of Progress as it was presented at the New York World’s Fair was based on a settling like Disneyland’s proposed Edison Square. After the song, guests are thanked for seeing the show and told to collect their belongings before exiting. Of course, lumbago isn’t a term we hear often today, so I looked right into this one. Since then, the attraction has undergone many slight mechanical and cosmetic changes. As she is talking, Rover begins barking and John tells him not to interrupt while Sarah is interrupting. The first line of the show after the theme song features robins chirping, and John notes, “It looks like the robins are getting ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day today,” meaning their location has to be somewhere in the US where robins would be in February. That show closed in 1988, not to be replaced for ten years. He tells guests that everything is better than ever in the 1940s and shows off new kitchen technologies, including a refrigerator that holds more food and ice cubes and an automatic dishwasher. It’s pretty far south of Chicago, (but still the same state, so maybe my gut instinct was sort of correct?) Boston would fit most of the points we’re looking at (trolleys, distance from Pittsburgh, all the seasons, etc…) But the “hottest Fourth of July” comment wouldn’t make any sense and I think it’s unlikely that a family from Boston would travel by train to the St. Louis World’s Fair. The Disneyland show closed on September 9, 1973 and was packed up for Florida. To escape said cave, now collapsing, with a group of slave children. The newspaper is Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, which ran from 1855 to 1922 and was not specific to one part of the country but rather a publication you could have picked up anywhere. Orville is reading the National Police Gazette, which existed nationwide in some form from 1845 to 1977. He then begins to sing "There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow", as guests move on to the next scene. My son absolutely adores Carousel of Progress. Immediately I look up locations that experienced their hottest Julys (and the 4th specifically) around this time and along the train route for the St. Louis fair. This page was last edited on 8 December 2020, at 18:03. Wires and new electric machines are all over the room. Castle Party Blog is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company. There are suggestions on the review page for improving the article. Sarah tells John that she has programmed the oven to recognize his voice. TBA Rex Allen Sr. Rhoda Williams. Required fields are marked *. America Sings rotated in a counter-clockwise direction, rather than the original clockwise direction. They lit up in various colors and patterns like a kaleidoscope as the orchestral version of "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" played. A few minutes later, Sarah mentions that she needs to get the laundry off the line before it begins “raining cats and dogs,” to which John responds that it isn’t going to rain as his lumbago isn’t acting up. Patricia 1" Pinback Button - Carousel Of Progress Daughter Pin SweetChango. Patricia is getting ready to go to a Valentine’s dance across town on a new horseless trolley. I think in terms of the ride, the butter churn is more representative of the changing technologies at the turn of the century (but I liked seeing everyone’s thoughts on this!).  It is one of the oldest attractions in the Walt Disney World Resort. Let’s move on to the final scene…, Throughout all of this research, I was thinking that the family has to be pretty well off (I know GE sponsored the original show and the whole point is literally that they have all the latest gadgets so I could be reading way too far into this, but new cars and TVs, the entire final Christmas scene? Reported Crime: Missing Person Location: Magic Kingdom's Carousel of Progress First Officer on Scene: Tom Morrow This is a Case I was given by Capt. The entire soundtrack for the Disneyland version (1967–1973) can be heard on A Musical History of Disneyland (2005). When Jimmy plays the radio during this scene, John points out that thanks to the radio they can hear news and entertainment from all over the country, “even Pittsburgh”! After the fair, it was moved to Tomorrowland Disneyland and stayed there until 1974. We know she performed at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair (which inspired many of the objects we see today around Main Street U.S.A.) and in the Carousel of Progress, John mentions that she is the star of the “new World’s Fair in St. Louis” which took place in 1904. and that she wants her husband to go over and confront John. The Sherman Brothers later stated that they believe that the song was Walt's "theme song," because he was so optimistic and excited about the future and technology itself. (I think because I wanted my Chicago or at least Illinois idea to be correct my mind instantly wanted to use the fact that some of the oldest stadiums around today (Soldier Field from 1924 and Wrigley Field from 1914) are in Chicago as some justification for this but that’s probably a stretch honestly. This allowed the audience to remain comfortably in place during scene changes and avoid the time-consuming disruption of changing seats repeatedly during a show. The load and unload theaters no longer featured the stunning "Kaleidophonic Screens" that had dazzled guests as they boarded and exited their respective theater. After the introduction, the attraction's theme song, "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" begins playing as guests move on to the first scene. I also learned that Centralia has (and did have at the times in the show) a railroad depot which connects to lines that stop at St. Louis and reach New York and Niagara Falls. On the loading room stage is a large Carousel of Progress cog logo, framed by green curtains and illuminated by color-changing lights. John comments that she is going to be the star of the upcoming World's Fair, and that James better put the Stereoscope away before his mother finds it. This display is located on the left hand side of the PeopleMover track inside the north show building which formerly housed Stitch's Great Escape!. The show does not need to mention that it was the hottest 4th of July they’ve had in years, but they went there. The Carousel of Progress has remained open nearly every day of the year and during the Magic Kingdom's regular park hours since 2003. "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" plays and the grandmother’s parrot exclaims "She keeps that thing going all day long!" I was open to other suggestions (so I asked what everyone else thought on Twitter) but my first instinct was that it had to be somewhere in the Midwest or at least the Mid-Atlantic. John also informs guests that he is now a part of the "rat race" and they now have television, when it works, and that John Cameron Swayze brings them the news every night. At the end of the Spectacular, in the first demonstration of controlled thermonuclear fusion to be witnessed by a large general audience, a magnetic field squeezed a plasma of deuterium gas for a few millionths of a second at a temperature of 20 million degrees Fahrenheit. The newspaper featured pieces by some well known writers like Louisa May Alcott and Ellis Parker Butler, along with famous illustrators like Norman Rockwell and James Montgomery Flagg (who created the iconic depictions of Uncle Sam we often see on recruitment posters). I just finished my last Carousel of Progress ride and when I noticed I had a major question: what's the deal with the Carousel of Progress family? Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress was nominated as a Media and drama good article, but it did not meet the good article criteria at the time. At this point, the grandmother has reached a score of 550 points in the virtual reality game, impressing both John and Jim who repeat the score in awe. But going with my new theory of southwestern Illinois, maybe Springfield or West City this comment could still make sense with Springfield being the city in question. In Edison Square, guests would be treated to a show hosted by an \"electro-mechanical\" man named \"Wilbur K. Watt\". Of course there were rural areas at the turn of the century that didn’t have such technologies, but there isn’t enough detail here for that to be evidence for one place over another. Review: February 26, 2016. “Lumbago” is really just “lower back pain,” it could be caused by any number of things, but for the show’s purposes we’ll leave it at “lower back pain”. John says that it's time to move on, but everybody should try and cheer Sarah up by "singing our song", at which point "There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" begins playing and guests move onto the next scene. Moreover, the hot Fourth of July comment would work for Centralia as it’s the same region as Springfield which saw the hottest fourth of July on record, and I believe Patricia’s West City pennant still checks out as it’s just a town or two over. Turn back." The new home for the ride opened nearly seven months after Walt's death, as part of the New Tomorrowland. In its original conception it revolved clockwise, it now rotates counter-clockwise. —. From shop SweetChango. To get to Africa, to place the golden Quackers toy in a secret cave. Carousel of Progress-Walt's Favorite... - The Magic in Pixels To me, this isn’t really indicative of him being in a certain location, but rather just facts about the entire country that people seeing the show would understand with little explanation. It’s not the ‘winning theory’ in my opinion, but if you think this makes more sense I can see it. (If you find some evidence though that they must live somewhere else because of this, I’d love to hear it!). As far as I know, this butter churn isn’t specifically Amish and therefore doesn’t help us narrow down a place, maybe just the time. Or if they flipped on a sport of any kind on the TV, anything like that could have helped us narrow it down further. A new cast of voices and "performers" were showcased in the 1975 version, including actor Andrew Duggan as Father. After the show, guests boarded an inclined moving walkway that would take them to the second level of the building. Progress is dreaming and working and building a better way of life. but it’s a little closer to Springfield, so my guess is that while I can’t find any data on it West City probably had some pretty hot 4th of Julys. Over the years his favorite attraction has morphed from Carousel of Progress … Perhaps also by train? Right now, I’m coo… The soundtrack was also released as part of the 5-disc CD set Walt Disney and the 1964 World's Fair released on March 24, 2009 which includes instrumental versions of "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" representing different eras of progress, and an early "Alternate Universe" version of the complete show. After a long discussion with some DisTwitter friends though who helped brainstorm all of this and talk through it, we came up with what I believe to be the setting for the Carousel of Progress…. After Rover "laughs" at this joke, Sarah calls out from a room on the left and tells Jim and Rover that Patty is prettier than either one of them. The desire to sell during the Great Depression and the rural electrification projects of the New Deal were two of the motivating forces behind these films. GE asked the Sherman Brothers to write a new song because they did not want their customers to wait for a "great big beautiful tomorrow;" GE wanted them to buy appliances today, so a song titled "The Best Time Of Your Life" was created. However, the Main Street expansion idea fell by the wayside. https://t.co/QeXLaDQjHW, — Brittany DiCologero (@brittdicologero) August 4, 2020, Your email address will not be published. In 1975, it premiered in Walt Disney World. These include: John then tells guests that Thomas Edison has brought electricity to his home. The show opened at the Fair as Progressland. The final scene really doesn’t give us much insight for their location- The daughter in this scene is holding ice skates she got as a Christmas gift, and while indoor rinks exist everywhere this could imply that they live somewhere with cold winters if you’re specifically gifting skates in December. The heatwave combined with the drought that encompassed much of the Midwest led to about 50 deaths in the Springfield area.Â At this point, I’m feeling pretty confident about Springfield. But this idea never came to fruition to being over-budget and it was decided to update the Carousel of Progress to better reflect the theme of the New Tomorrowland: "The Future that Never Was." Since the attraction debuted at the 1964 World’s Fair, I considered that perhaps upstate New York could have served as the location for the family. The rest of this scene is pretty vague in terms of location. Singing cowboy Rex Allen was tapped to voice Father, the host and narrator of the show that replaced the original "Wilbur K. Watt" character. She tells her father that she hopes her new boyfriend doesn't see her in it and run away. After that, a now teenage Jim calls from his room and asks what his father thinks of the Jack-O-Lantern he has been carving. When John stops singing, he tells guests that things have changed a lot in the last twenty years. John then comments that now all of the household items are voice-automated, to which the grandfather replies "Great... tell the refrigerator to bring me a root beer." GE thought they were not getting the most for their advertising dollars, surmising that 80% of the people that saw the attraction were Californians and had seen the attraction many times. At the prospect of this, Rover barks, leading the family to laugh and sing "There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" one final time. Patty is then shown using the machine while talking on the phone about her date for that night. John tells the guests that the whole family will be performing in their presentation, with John and Sarah going as George and Martha Washington. The building's rotating platform used for Carousel of Progress, America Sings, and Innoventions stopped spinning in later years, and by the time of the opening of the building's latest tenant, Star Wars Launch Bay in November 2015, the mechanics used to rotate the lower level appear to have been removed altogether. The actual attraction was located on ground level and a new nearly identical theater system was constructed. Progress is a commitment to people. (At first glance of the first scene I actually thought it was corn which is part of why I immediately thought Midwest, but it’s really hard to tell from the audience what exactly is outside the windows). This leads Uncle Orville, who is off-stage, to once again remark "No privacy at all around this place!". After the oven confirms John’s temperature command, Trish comments that "it even talks back!" The finale was changed to "New Year's Eve in the Home of the 1970s," and the breed of the family's dog was also changed. From October 1, 1983, until January 9, 1999, an attraction known as Horizons existed at Epcot in the Walt Disney World Resort. I guess it serves for some character development, but I used this to see if it was worth noting areas with particularly rainy weather around Valentine’s Day during the turn of the century. It featured both audio-animatronics and video and explored thousands of years of Japanese history. I do like the theory that every state is represented in some way, and I think that’s probably the case just by virtue of the pop culture that’s mentioned, and the items in the background of each scene. As the music stops, it is now Halloween during the "Fabulous Forties" and John is wearing a sweater while sitting at a circular booth-style kitchen table. As John is explaining that Sarah now has time for other things, he is cut off by her response of “Like canning and cleaning the oven?" America Sings, the audio-animatronic attraction that replaced the Carousel of Progress at Disneyland, used the same rotating theater building, with the outer ring of six theaters, connected by divider walls, revolving mechanically around the six fixed stages in the center of the building. Cat in Carousel of Progress. As it turns out, Chicago had some massive heatwaves during multiple Julys throughout this decade. John's attention is then drawn to a room on the right, where his daughter Patricia is getting ready to go to a Valentine’s Day dance on the other side of town. Centralia (located just south of West City) has trolleys, and they went from horse-pulled to electric in the time frame consistent with what John says in the show. John Animatronic at Carousel of Progress Is Having a Rough … It closed in 2002. It fits the time period but doesn’t give us any indication of a place. By the 40s the window scene shifts to only include some foliage (which again implies that they live somewhere with all four seasons). Carousel of Progress Print TangledInWatercolour $ 7.50. There is a little girl helping her. Patricia 1" Pinback Button - Carousel Of Progress Daughter Pin SweetChango $ 2.00 FREE shipping There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow Carousel of Progress Disney World Vinyl Waterproof Sticker NoRainStudio $ 3.50. John: Well, it sure is nice to have the whole family home for the holidays. The Progress City/EPCOT model was significantly sized down so it could fit in a window display that could be seen while riding PeopleMover. Before we leave this scene, I’d note the view out the window. John then tries to make another joke about going next year as Benedict Arnold, when Sarah interrupts him again to say how excited she is about the fireworks. Magic Kingdom Carousel of Progress Hidden Mickey Sorcerer Hat … First to get to cereal mascot resort to find Quackers' corpse. It was replaced in Disneyland by America Sings in 1974, and reopened in its present home in the Magic Kingdom in 1975. John initially denies that it is about to rain as his lumbago hasn't acted up, but is almost immediately proven wrong. The attraction reopened on November 23, 1993 and was the first updated attraction for the New Tomorrowland, which was unveiled in phases. Disneyland soon incorporated The Carousel Theater into its plans to celebrate America's Bicentennial. Jimmy then appears with his grandfather in one of the left rooms, dressed in a colonial outfit and standing next to a radio, which is playing patriotic music. She then tells John to try the voice-activated oven, which he does with no problem. While Floridians for instance do get cold in the winter (but it’s only a comparative “cold” to the heat they’re used to) I think it’d be a weird comment to put in the show if the “cold nights” comment were not referring to the cold weather that the northern parts of the country experience. The show would chronicle the evolution of electricity in the home, from the late 19th century to the present and beyond — showin… The old screens had stretched from one wall to the other, with the giant GE logo in the center. The "Skydome Spectacular" projected images of nature and energy into the domed roof of the GE pavilion, similar to a planetarium. We see the show often. One of the unique features that made the attraction so popular was that a circle of six theaters connected by divider walls revolved clockwise around six fixed stages every four minutes. The idea, however, stayed in Disney's mind for the next few years. The show demonstrated the many ways that GE was harnessing electricity and the power of the sun for the benefit of its customers. Jim, now a young adult, and his grandmother are playing a virtual reality game, while a 20-something Trish and her grandfather sit around the Christmas tree. On August 16, 1993, the attraction closed and many blueprints at the time showed a new "Flying Saucers' ride inside the show building. The family all laughs at the fact that another Christmas turkey has been ruined. As this transcript indicates, Mother was a much more assertive community activist during this decade of women’s liberation!) The show would chronicle the evolution of electricity in the home, from the late 19th century to the present and beyond — showing how much electrical appliances, specifically GE appliances, have benefited American life. The two discuss how Thomas Edison is working on an idea for "snap-on electric lights". The mention of gas lamps and telephone poles really do not narrow down a geographic area too much either. Patricia is sitting in a room on the right, wearing a Statue of Liberty costume. It was more or less a sequel to the Carousel of Progress, depicting the host family living and working in technologically enhanced environments in the near future. There is no way the Disney Imagineers and storytellers could make a mistake in leaving no reference to identify a character in an attraction, but I was oh, so, wrong. One of the neighbors can be heard telling her husband that "They did it again!" It's just perfect old school Disney. The Florida version was planned so that guests would load and unload on the first floor and without a post-show. As the 1970s rolled in, the Carousel of Progress saw dwindling audiences. John is once again sitting in his kitchen, this time on a smaller kitchen chair on Independence Day in the "Roaring Twenties". Inside, the ASIMO show featured a stage set reminiscent of the "contemporary" scene in the Carousel of Progress, including a view of the Community of Tomorrow through the set's picture window. There is something that has been puzzling to us. John then mentions that Charles Lindbergh’s famous flight is about to happen, which would put this scene at 1927. While I do love this scene (I know it’s dated but it has some of my favorite Hidden Mickeys in it) we’re not going to learn about where they live here. As he replaces the blown fuse, Jimmy remarks that his father blows a fuse every time he has company over. First it made its appearance in 1964-65 World’s Trade Fair in New York. After John says it's scary, Jim remarks that he used his "beautiful sister Patty" as a model. The temperature listed in the 1964 guidebook was 20 million degrees F; in the 1965 guide the temperature was up to 50 million degrees F. The Carousel of Progress was re-opened at Disneyland Park on July 2, 1967, and this version only had small differences from the version at the New York World's Fair. As you might guess given I’m the guy who co-founded LaughingPlace.com, my son Gideon is a huge Disney fan. The father of the family, John, is sitting in a wooden rocking chair inside his home. Even though the Carousel of Progress does not typically have a long queue, there is a pre-show video shown to guests while they wait outside the theater. It is also the oldest attraction at Walt Disney World to have been touched by Walt Disney. ), which means his car was manufactured in Detroit as well, by the Essex Motor Company sometime between 1918 and 1922. The Progress City model was disassembled and portions of the center of it were re-assembled in Florida. Related Post // The Inspiration Behind “Red, White, & Disney”. Springfield and West City don’t have trolleys. 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