Carousel of Progress to Potentially Receive Updates

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    TIMEFRAME

    2021

    RUMOR STATUS

    Blue Sky

    Updated are expected to occur at Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. Updated would include a new finale scene and other general enhancements.

    There is a rumor of 50 additions to Walt DIsney World by the 50th Anniversary, and the enhancements to the Carousel of Progress are a candidate for one of those 50 additions.

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    August 21, 2019: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 reported that additional attractions are also expected to receive updates prior to the 50th Anniversary:

    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
    • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
    • Country Bear Jamboree
    • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
    • Astro Orbiter
    • “it’s a small world”
    • Swiss Family Treehouse

    August 21, 2019: WDWNT.com is reporting that Carousel of Progress will receive updates for the 50th Anniversary.

    May 25, 2018: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that updates are in the works for Carousel of Progress.

    July 20, 2017: On the latest episode of The Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish podcast, Jim mentions that the Carousel of Progress is expected to receive an update to the final scene as well as a new narrator. Disney reached out to both Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman. Gene Hackman was, “flattered” but declined and Disney has reportedly not heard back from Morgan Freeman.

    July 5, 2017: On the July premium episode of the Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill briefly mentions that any updates to the Carousel of Progress are linked to updates at Epcot and the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World.

    March 18, 2017: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 is reporting that for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, Disney is looking to add 50 “Magical Enhancements” for the 50th Anniversary. The 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World is October 1, 2021 and one of the rumored enhancements wasa new final scene for Carousel of Progress as well as additional enhancements to the attraction.

    June 15, 2015: On Episode #81 of the Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish with Jim Hill, Jim mentions that there were plans at one point to move Carousel of Progress to Epcot. He also mentions that they had contacted Morgan Freeman to do a new voiceover for Carousel of Progress.

    March 3, 2015: DisneyHipsters posted to Twitter:

    We hear that Disney is seriously considering moving CoP to the Wonders of Life Pavilion which will include an exhibit about its history.