Disneyland’s Carousel of Progress: GE’s 21st century city (1968)

Carousel of Progress GEs 21st century city at Disneyland 1960s

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The futuristic Carousel of Progress included a “trip through the wonders of electricity,” McDonnell Douglas’ “Trip to the Moon,” Monsanto’s “Adventure Through Inner Space,” and Bell Telephone’s 360-degree movie with scenes from across the country.

Disneyland’s Carousel of Progress: The 21st century is here. 32 years ahead of time.

General Electric has much of the technology needed to build the dream city of tomorrow today

General Electric Disneyland 1968 electricity (2)

At Disneyland, in the General Electric “Carousel of Progress,” is a huge model of a city.

Over 4 million people have marveled at it since last June. It’s a city of soaring spires. Automated highways. Easy-to-run homes. Open green spaces. And clean air. Power comes from a smoke-free nuclear plant. High-speed electric commuter trains are run by computer.

Recreation areas are flooded with “daylighting” into the night. The city core is completely enclosed, and has a constant enjoyable climate. It’s a total-electric city in Disneyland.

Disneyland's old Carousel of Progress

But as futuristic as it sounds, it could be built today. Many of its technological advances are available today from General Electric. Many are even being applied separately in various parts of the country.

Bringing them all together provides a fresh approach to solving present urban problems. Turning a dream into reality — especially a dream city — is no small task.

But General Electric technology can help make it real… can help make progress.

MORE: Vintage Disneyland tickets: The A B C D E rides and attractions at the Magic Kingdom (1959-1982)

General Electric Disneyland 1968 electricity (1)

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Disneyland’s Carousel of Progress being transferred to Disney World (1973)

The Daily Herald (Provo, Utah) October 15, 1973

Disneyland’s “Carousel of Progress”‘ exhibit in Tomorrowland is being transferred to Florida’s Walt Disney World for a scheduled Winter 1974 opening.

The attraction, which closed to Disneyland visitors this fall, will continue to be presented once relocated at Honda’s Magic Kingdom.

Following a successful two-year run at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the “carousel of Progress’ made its Disneyland debut in 1967.

Carousel of Progress GEs 21st century city at Disneyland 1960s

Before construction of the “Carousel of Progress” is completed at Walt Disney World, the exhibit’s fourth act will be redesigned and rewritten and a new theme song will also be introduced to accompany the presentation.

E Cardon Walker, president of Wait Disney Productions, called moving the Carousel of Progress from California to Florida “an example of our ability to interchange show concepts between Disneyland and Walt Disney World. We are not only adding significant capacity to the Tomorrowland area at our Florida site, but at both ‘theme’ Parks we will
present exciting new attractions for our guests.”

Disneyland’s “Carousel” theatre will reopen in late 1974 with a fun-filled adventure called “America Sings.”

Designed to trace four eras of musical Americana spanning nearly 200 years in our nation’s history, the attraction will star more than 100 talented “Audio-Animatronics” animals. including the show’s hosts, a comical owl, and his eagle sidekick.

Disneyland America SIngs (1974)

ALSO SEE: What Walt Disney World was like in when it opened in 1971, after turning swampland into the Magic Kingdom

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