Farewell to Carousel of Progress Audio-animatronics (April Fools’ Day Post!)

1 Apr

I was shocked this morning to read that a planned refurbishment of Carousel of Progress will eliminate audio-animatronics, relying instead on live actors to continue presenting this long-running Disney fan favorite. Disney Creative Entertainment (DCE) will take responsibility for the show, and is rumored to be planning auditions soon. The revised, live-action production will be a collaboration between DCE and They Might Be Giants, following up on their cover version of “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” on the soundtrack to Meet the Robinsons.

It’s hard to imagine anybody but Jean Shepherd walking us through the decades, musing that things just can’t get any better than this. There are some rumors that Janet Waldo might make a rare personal appearance from time to time, but for the most part these beloved characters will now be performed by a variety of Cast Members, rotating responsibilities in short shifts, given the huge number of performances made necessary by the constantly-spinning theatre.

Clearly the fan community is going to have a thing or two to say about this . . . there’s going to be an uproar bigger than when they removed Dole Whip from Adventureland, closed DisneyQuest, or extended the Monorail to serve Universal Studios. I for one will be adding my name to this online petition to keep the show audio-animatronic.

4 Responses to “Farewell to Carousel of Progress Audio-animatronics (April Fools’ Day Post!)”

  1. Luke Manning April 1, 2007 at 12:08 pm #

    I’m assuming as this is April Fools Day, this is completely false.

  2. Raymond R. Schupner April 1, 2007 at 12:28 pm #

    Pleeeeaaase save the recording for posterity!!!!

    Signed; Just one of millions of Shep Fans (FATHEADS)

  3. Raymond R. Schupner April 1, 2007 at 12:31 pm #

    RAY (/8>0>

  4. tgtby2 April 1, 2007 at 6:11 pm #

    who will play the dog? i think this could also tour – ala “the vagina monologues”

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