Is This Classic Magic Kingdom Attraction In Danger of Closing Forever?

The Most Magical Place on Earth is made up of four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT. Although each Disney Park is unique and offers different experiences, the Magic Kingdom Park houses Walt Disney World Resort’s most popular attractions.

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As Guests meander down Main Street, U.S.A., with Cinderella Castle in the distance, rides such as Space Mountain, the Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight, “it’s a small world,” and more await them.

However, the classic Splash Mountain attraction has recently closed. Although it will reopen soon as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, it has shown that even classic Walt Disney World Resort rides aren’t safe from closing forever.

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Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is an exceptional ride because of its rich history and the special place it held in Disney’s heart.

Initially, this unique experience would debut in a themed land in Disneyland Park called ‘Edison Square.’ However, Edison Square would never come to fruition at Disneyland Park. So Walt Disney reimagined the attraction and debuted it at the New York World’s Fair in 1964.

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The experience was an instant fan-favorite with Guests, partly due to the classic theme song by Richard and Robert Sherman, “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.” Although this ride has been well-beloved for decades, it’s no secret that it’s becoming outdated as the future becomes a reality.

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One Guest recently visited Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland and noticed it was startlingly empty, leading us to wonder: could this Magic Kingdom experience be in danger?

We can’t say for sure, but due to the attraction’s nostalgia factor coupled with how dearly Walt Disney loved it, we don’t think the Carousel of Progress is going anywhere anytime soon.

Hopefully, it gets the refurbishment and the upgrades it needs to remain relevant! After all, it’s what Walt would want: to keep pushing further into the future.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.