Guests Clap In Unison, Demand Freedom From Broken Disney Ride

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Carousel of Progress/Angry face

With thousands of Guests each day, it’s only natural that Walt Disney World Resort attractions will occasionally break down. While most issues are fixed in seconds, some require more complicated repairs.

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For many Disney Parks fans, it’s a dream to be evacuated backstage and see the inner workings of Walt Disney World Resort. But for many Guests, being stuck on a ride is a nightmare come true.

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This week, Guests in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom rallied together to be allowed to exit a broken-down attraction. @puimonologist shared a video of the incident on TikTok:


That was definitely something 😭 #disney #disneyworld

♬ original sound – Nat 🥵🥰

In the video, Guests stuck during the third scene of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress begin clapping in unison and cheering. While they clearly want off the ride, most are laughing and in good spirits.

A Disney Cast Member on a loudspeaker warns Guests to stay seated, that the Carousel could begin moving at any moment. But eventually, the Guests get their wish and exit the ride.

More on Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

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This slow-moving, fan-favorite attraction has entertained millions worldwide during its decades of operation. From Walt Disney World Resort:

Travel through the 20th century and marvel at the evolution of technology during this classic Audio-Animatronics show.

From the Gramophone to the Smartphone

Follow an American family over 4 generations of progress and watch technology transform their lives.

During each era, learn how the technological marvels of the day made life more comfortable—and paved the way for unimaginable innovations.

Discover how gas lamps, the hand-cranked washing machine and gramophone made the pre-electric era a breeze.

Watch the advent of electricity give rise to modern conveniences like the electric iron, the radio—and the simple, revolutionary light bulb.

See how the automatic dishwasher and television set transformed the American household.

Today’s high-tech marvels include virtual-reality games, high-definition televisions and voice-activated household appliances. Imagine the wonders the next hundred years may bring!

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A “Revolution”ary Theatrical Experience

Presented inside a revolving theater, the show includes an innovative audience seating area that moves around a stationary central stage for each act.

A Classic Walt Disney Attraction

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.”

In the true spirit of progress, the show was reworked in 1994 to its initial incarnation with the original theme song intact—as a tribute to nostalgia.

Have you ever been trapped on a Disney Parks attraction?

Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Disney Parks Guest experience. No two Guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Park operations.

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