There's a great big beautiful tomorrow. And tomorrow's just a dream away. Man has a dream and that's the start. He follows his dream with mind and heart Quote by Walt Disney - Laser engraved heavy steel bottle opener. At the size of a credit card it is easy to keep in your wallet or pocket.
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The song was first used in the Carousel of Progress, one of several Disney attractions created for the 1964 New York World's Fair (the others being Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, It's a Small World, and the Ford Magic Skyway), at the Fair's General Electric Pavilion. When the World's Fair closed in 1965, the show was planned to be moved to Disneyland along with the other attractions. The Carousel of Progress opened as part of the New Tomorrowland on July 2, 1967 and ran there until September 9, 1973, to make way for America Sings.
After Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966, the Sherman Brothers viewed the song as his "theme song" because of his optimism and his visions of the future.
The Carousel of Progress was subsequently moved to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, where it opened on January 15, 1975. However, General Electric requested that a new song be used for the show, so the Sherman Brothers wrote "The Best Time of Your Life" for this updated version of the show. "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow", however, would eventually find its way to Walt Disney World with the 1983 opening of EPCOT Center's Horizons, a GE-sponsored Omnimover attraction located in Future World. There, the song was used in the attraction's Looking Back at Tomorrow scenes, first as an instrumental piece in the style of a French waltz, and then as a 1930s-era pop song sung by Larry Cedar.
General Electric ceased sponsorship of the Carousel of Progress in 1985, but "The Best Time of Your Life" was still used until 1993, at which point the show closed to be updated again for that park's New Tomorrowland. It reopened in 1994 as Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, and an updated "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" was again the theme song. The Larry Cedar-sung version used in Horizons was later used in part of the first act of the new Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress. Arrangements of "The Best Time of Your Life" and "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" can be heard in the current background area music for Tomorrowland at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom.
Meanwhile, at Disneyland, America Sings ended its run in 1988, after which many of the audio-animatronic characters were recycled into Splash Mountain and Star Tours, leaving the Carousel Theater empty. It would lay dormant for more than ten years, when a new version of Epcot's Innoventions was installed in it. "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" was chosen as the theme song of Innoventions, with an instrumental version used as the area music and a lively rendition with new lyrics is sung by Tom Morrow (voiced by Nathan Lane), as a tribute to the attraction which originally occupied the Carousel Theater.