December 2014

Carousel of Unconventional Progress

In 1971, Walt Disney World held its grand opening in Florida. My entire family was there on that day, and, for many years to follow, we made our annual pilgrimage to the Magic Kingdom. While it was loads of fun, many of the attractions were educational and designed to inspire. For me, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland was a pivotal attraction. The Carousel of Progress depicts a typical American family and explores the joys of living through technological advances across different time periods, including speculation about how these improvements might continue into the future.
Douglas N. Valleau

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