You ride a moving
ramp to the second level; its an outside ramp that affords one
of the best views of the Fair.
Then, at the
top, you enter the Carousel of Progress.
sense the magic of Walt Disney. You are in a large auditorium,
that holds 250 people. Colored lights play on the stage in synchronization
with the music. And you find a comfortable seat facing the stage.
But in the Carousel
of Progress, the stage does not move, the audience does! Progressland's
second floor has 6 auditoriums, 6 audiences circling progressively
from stage to stage. People outside the building can see the
entire second level rotate periodically.
The play begins
as you stop at the first stage, and continues through each successive
stop. You see the inspiring, often humorous story of an American
family -- first, in the 'good old days' of the 1880's -- before
electricity in the home . . . then during the time when electricity
and electrically-run appliances brought marvelous advances in
the 1920's . . . and the 1940's . . . up to the present day.
Each Carousel act has the warm, whimsical, winning quality you
always associate with Walt Disney.
too, are remarkable. They move and talk and seem almost to breathe.
Yet they are electronically-controlled figures, specially designed
by Walt Disney and used here for the first time.
In short, the
Carousel of Progress is top entertainment -- with a message.
The message is this: too often we take the wonders of electricity
for granted. Electricity has introduced undreamed-of convenience,
comfort and enrichment into our family living. And even today,
most of us are not really availing ourselves of all the opportunities
electricity has to offer.
As the show ends,
you move up the Time Tube to the third floor. There has been
tremendous progress in the past half-century. Now what is being
done about the future?