It’s one of Walt Disney World Resort’s oldest, and most iconic, attractions.
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, the famous rotating theater stage show located in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom theme park, features a set of clever audio-animatronic characters that discuss progress and technology in family life.
But with how old the attraction is, it’s prone to some incidents and technology errors. And this week, the theater show suffered a strange fail that left Disney World Guests laughing.
It’s always weirdly entertaining to see a Disney World ride or attraction break down, especially when that error leads to an evacuation.
We’ve seen some weird ride evacuations lately at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme parks, with Peter Pan’s Flight, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad all seeing Guests be removed from the ride vehicles with ladders or backstage with animals.
But this Disney Park fail was different, and actually quite hysterical.
Twitter user @themepark.gay shared a funny video of The Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland suffering a malfunction that led to one character interrupting the show throughout:
The video shows Uncle Orville, voiced by Mel Blanc, snoring continuously through all of John’s narration of home-life progress.
Usually in the 1920s scene, John mentions the house now has indoor plumbing, which is great for cold days. This plumbing is great for eccentric Uncle Orville, who is shown sitting in a bathtub on the left side of the stage. John informs Disney Guests that he has set up an air cooling system next to the bathtub, with a fan sitting in front of a block of ice, blowing on him.
The snoring, and his famous line “no privacy at all around this place!”, should only be heard when Orville is visible on the stage, but on this occasion, his snoring was heard the whole time!
The innovative theater show was designed by Walt Disney as part of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and moved to the Magic Kingdom theme park in 1975 after a short appearance at Disneyland in Anaheim.
It is one of the oldest attractions in the Walt Disney World Resort and the oldest attraction at Walt Disney World to have been touched by Walt Disney himself.
Te attraction is nostalgic for many Magic Kingdom theme park Guests, and features an exploration of the joys of living through the advent of electricity and other technological advances during the 20th century via a “typical” American family.
To keep it up with the times, the attraction has been updated five times (in 1967, 1975, 1981, 1985, and 1993) and has had two different theme songs, both written by the Sherman Brothers, Disney’s Academy Award-winning songwriting team of Mary Poppins (1964).
The Carousel of Progress also famously holds the record as the longest-running stage show in the history of American theater.