Turnstiles for Disney’s Carousel of Progress have been removed. Since 1975 the turnstiles have stood at the entrance of Disney’s Carousel of Progress. The turnstiles were originally to keep a count of how many guests “rode” the ride. They have stood there for 47 years and now are gone to the annals of history.
Walt Disney originally conceived the show as part of a new area at Disneyland Park called Edison Square. When the concept was abandoned, the idea was reimagined, eventually opening under the name “Progressland” at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.
With the classic song “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” by the Academy Award®-winning team of brothers Richard and Robert Sherman, the show was an instant hit. Following its success, the show moved to Disneyland Park and was renamed “The Carousel of Progress.”
In 1975, the attraction moved to Magic Kingdom park where it was rewritten and restaged with a new theme song, “The Best Time of Your Life.”
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