Happy 40th anniversary Carousel of Progress!

This week, the Carousel of Progress celebrates its 40th anniversary at Walt Disney World! I love this Magic Kingdom attraction, despite (or maybe because of) its old fashioned, classic feel. It also holds a special place in Disney fans’ hearts because Walt had a direct hand in creating this attraction, which made its performance debut at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City.

The Carousel of Progress tells the story of a typical American family starting in the early 1900’s and moves forward in time though the magic of a revolving theater. As the years go by, technology grows and changes, and each scene shows how the family’s lives have changed as a result.

Disney’s made many changes to the Carousel of Progress over the years, including taking away older scenes, adding new ones and even changing voices for the audio-animatronics. Did you know that the current voice of the dad (the narrator of the story) is Jean Shepard? Don’t recognize the name? He’s probably best known for being the narrator of the holiday classic A Christmas Story–adult Ralphie Parker!

Carousel of Progress is a must-do for my family whenever we go, but I admit it needs an update. The last scene is from somewhere in the 1980s/1990s and feels a bit outdated. A refurbishment doesn’t seem like a priority to Disney at this time, so I guess I’ll have to keep waiting.

I found this video today on Disney Parks Blog, that gives the viewer a backstage tour from Walt Disney of the Carousel of Progress. If you are a COP fan, see if you can find some differences and similarities between the original version and today’s.

And, tell me your favorite scene or line from Carousel of Progress! You’ll find mine in the comments.

Happy New Year – Fantasy In the Sky

Welcome to 2015! I’m so excited to be getting Enjoying the Magic back up and running in the new year. In the coming days and weeks, I’ll be working to build the site with more content, multimedia features, contests and more! If you’re a Walt Disney World fan, then stay tuned for the latest in park info, photos, videos, planning tips and talk with experts on all things Walt Disney World!

If you weren’t lucky enough to be in the Magic Kingdom on New Year’s Eve, then EtM is excited to share Disney Parks Blog video of their live screencast of the Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks show for the holiday crowd. If you’ve never seen Fantasy in the Sky (ok, even if you have) you are going to love this show!