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March 6, 2015

Location: Future World, Epcot

It's funny how two totally different attractions can be connected in a weird way. Today's connection begins over at the Magic Kingdom in Tomorrowland. Since 1964, there has been a family educating the world about the progress of America in the classic attraction, Carousel of Progress. While this attraction features several fun finds of its own with stories featuring the members of the family, today we will be taking a look at how John and Patricia (the father and daughter) connect with Spaceship Earth.

John and Patricia Progress

The two characters have obviously traveled through the 20th century time and time again, but this isn't the only time traveling these two have done on Disney property. When Epcot Center opened up in 1982, there was, and still is to this day, a signature attraction in World Showcase and Future World: The American Adventure and Spaceship Earth. Both of these attractions have one thing in common. There are audio-animatronics galore!

Due to the fact that there were so many audio-animatronics and that the Imagineers were on a time frame to complete both attractions before opening, they decided to cut some corners. One of the easiest ways for them to do this was by using the mold of faces from previous attractions. Two of the molds used for the Renaissance scene were none other than John and Patricia from Carousel of Progress!

John Progress in Spaceship Earth

I know what you are thinking: Jiminy Jillikers! What other characters can be found inside Spaceship Earth? In the future we will go into depth about the presidents that currently reside inside this signature attraction, but until then, happy time traveling!


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