Friday, December 16, 2011

It’s One of My Favorites, but . . .

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Since my own ORANGE loop is talking about Christmas Disney-Style this month, and I already discussed that when I joined the PEACH loop last month, Disney Donna Kay has been kind enough to swap loops with me. Isn’t that sweet?

So, I’m taking a trip on Magical Blogorail RED instead – and our topic is “the attraction you would like to see Disney Parks update next”.

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Florida 2011 681 When considering what I might write about for this particular topic, I polled my kids.  Ashley immediately said “Carousel of Progress”.  At first, I wanted to argue with her; but, after some discussion, I had to admit that she was right.  As much as we both adore this attraction, it could use some serious updating in the last scene.

I realize that this was one of the attractions that Walt had a big part in creating, and that it was originally designed for the New York World’s Fair.  All that is great – and I’m so glad that it still has a place in the Magic Kingdom.  We don’t make a trip without visiting the Carousel.  We love the ride, and we all enjoy singing along with the catchy tune (which reminds me – I’m glad for previous updates to this attraction and for the switch back to the original tune). 

If the ride had never experienced updates and changes, then I’d be the first to say “let it alone”.  But, since it’s experienced a few changes over the years anyway, then I say let’s update that last scene just a bit.  I mean, seriously, that scene is supposed to depict the future, right?  And what is it?  The late 80’s/early 90’s?  I don’t know – but it’s NOT the future! 

The “past scenes” are all so authentic:

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It seems to me like it might make more sense to just continue with the progression of things and make the last scene depict the 80’s or 90’s, but without the idea that it’s supposed to be the future.

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Anyway, I love it – and I love the idea behind it – and I won’t make a trip without it.  But, an update would be welcome!

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Deborah Lott said...

We love the Carrousel of Progress, too. My kids were very upset when they closed it down for a while 12 years ago. I agree that the last scene is not great--and there's an unnatural time jump. I wonder what it would be like if they went back to the original 1960's version? Em and I went to WDW last year with a friend and she wouldn't even go on it with us!!!

Capturing Magical Memories said...

I am on the fence about agreeing with you on the Carousel of Progress.  But since they have made changes before I would not be at the doors of Disney with a pitch fork if they did. 

Disney on Wheels said...

My husband and I were talking about the same thing last night! Just make the last scene into the 80s/90s and quit making the future look like the past. CoP is one of our favorites but it needs some love.

Ikoiko33 said...

Carousel is one of my all time favorite rides. I don't know what it is about the attraction that gives me a huge dose of nostalgia. Every time I see it, I instantly recall the very first time I saw it as a kid with my parents and siblings, and my Dad singing along with the show. 

My hubby and I just got back from our 4th visit this year … we never miss seeing the Carousel, although both agree that the final scene could use some updates. We thought a fun idea would be to maybe add an additional scene, for example, showing the progression from the 1940's/1950's to the 60's/70's and then to an updated "today". 

I also wish that they would bring back the canoes and the swan boats, and do something with the Noodle Terrace to keep it open year round instead of seasonally. 

400 Miles to Disneyland said...

I totally agree!  Needs some futuristic updating!

Brucewdw said...

It is the Carousel of Progress that began my love for Disney Parks - the original attraction at the New York World's Fair (nothing like instantly revealing my age). Along to enjoying the other Disney developed attractions that were at the Fair, I just wanted to visit Disneyland so bad (and still waiting).  So when WDW opened, it wasn't long before I got to experience the whole world package. I too visit the Carousel of Progress every visit, but clearly it's time for a major upgrade in technology.

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