Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress - Full Show from Walt Disney World Ma...

Walter Elias Disney died in 1966 and to many in modern society, the words Walt Disney are little more than part of a huge media conglomerate's corporate moniker. However, Walt Disney was the source, the heart, the soul, the driving force, and the legend behind so much of what media and more specifically, themed entertainment has become today, almost sixty years after his death.


The Disney Parks, particularly Walt Disney World, have in recent years suffered from a serious drift away from Walt Disney's original vision of what themed entertainment should be and how it should be enjoyed by the public. While it is true that society's tastes and level of sophistication (or lack thereof) have changed and evolved in the decades since his passing, Walt had a unique and accurate assessment of what the public wanted from entertainment, which is why his company, legacy, and ideology have endured for so many years after his death.

One of the last vestiges of Walt Disney's vision and genius is still (thankfully) alive and well in Walt Disney World,. It is called the Walt Disney Carousel of Progress. Originally, presented at the 1964-5 World's Fair in Queens, New York as "Progressland," the Carousel of Progress offered visitors a view of how a fictional family evolves through four generations of technological advancements.

Walt Disney, ever an optimist, futurist, and patriotic American, wholeheartedly believed that human beings could solve many of the problems plaguing society with ingenuity, technology, and gritty hard work and determination. Many of the these themes are present in the Carousel of Progress. In fact, the theater itself was, at the time it debuted, a technological marvel, as it employed a seating area that rotated around a stationary stage depicting four different scenes. 

The attraction also features the iconic song "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" from Academy Award winning composers Robert and Richard Sherman, unfortunately abbreviated in the this video to avoid YouTube copyright strikes.

While the last scene is often mocked for its dated look at the future, Carousel of Progress remains a classic and iconic Disney attraction that should not be missed when visiting Walt Disney World and should never be permanently closed.

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

Casey's Corner Pianist - Ragtime on "Roids!

For generations, one of the nuances that separated Disney Parks from your run of the mill theme parks were entertainment experiences that you would just wander into as you plowed through your park day. Although the cost cutting and monetization of every minute of your day has eliminated many of these experiences, there are some that still remain.

One of these unique and smile-inducing experiences is the Casey's Corner Pianist, located on the side of the famous Magic Kingdom quick service hot dog location. This talented and engaging musician plays "ragtime tunes from a bygone era," for the enjoyment of the Casey's Corner patrons dining in the outdoor seating area, as well as any passers by making their way through the park.

 


Joe Darthmaz was lucky enough to be passing by when one of these talented musicians was making magic with his fingers, playing a tune at an ever-increasing pace, which couldn't help bring a smile to my face.

So, enjoy a taste here at Joe Darthmaz and next time you're in the Magic Kingdom, take a second to appreciate the remaining "streetmosphere" entertainment like this that still remains, before it, like so many others of its kind, are budget cut away forever!

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