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"There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" is the theme song of the Carousel of Progress and Disneyland's Innoventions. It was written by the Sherman Brothers.

History

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 passed on in 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. 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. 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.

Other appearances

A cover version of the song, by They Might Be Giants appears as part of the soundtrack to the film, Meet the Robinsons. It also can be heard at the end of Say Hello to ASIMO, an attraction at the Honda ASIMO Theater in Disneyland. It is also used as the score for the EPCOT and Florida Project film. ESPNU also used the song to promote their National College Football Signing Day coverage in 2015. It makes an appearance at the end of the short Fun with Mr. Future, sung by the titular character himself. This song also makes an appearance in the 2015 film Tomorrowland, when a young Frank Walker arrives at the 1964 World's Fair. The version heard in the 2004–present Tomorrowland background music loop has been used to introduce Tomorrowland on the Disneyland Railroad since that attraction's reopening in July 2017. A special rendition of song is heard in the credits of the Miles from Tomorrowland episode "The Space Station Situation" performed by Matt Mahaffey.

Lyrics

There's a great big beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of every day
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
And when it becomes a reality
It's a dream come true for you and me
So there's a great big beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of every day
There's a great big beautiful tomorrow
Just a dream away


v - e - d
Meet the Robinsons logo
Media
Film: Meet the Robinsons

Video Games: Meet the Robinsons (video game)
Soundtrack: Meet the Robinsons (soundtrack)

Disney Parks
The Magic of Disney Animation
Characters
LewisWilbur RobinsonBowler Hat GuyDOR-15Mini-DorisCarlBud RobinsonLucille KrunklehornBillie RobinsonJoe RobinsonFritz RobinsonPetunia RobinsonLaszlo RobinsonTallulah RobinsonFranny RobinsonArt FramagucciGaston FramagucciSpike and DimitriMildredMr. WillersteinLizzyStanleyCoachMr. HarringtonMrs. HarringtonLewis' mother

Creatures: LeftyBusterTinyFrankie

Songs
Another BelieverWhere Is Your Heart At?Give Me the Simple LifeThe Future Has ArrivedLittle WondersKids of the FutureThere's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow
Locations
Sixth Street OrphanageJoyce Williams Elementary SchoolInventcoAnderson ObservatoryRobinson IndustriesJacoby's JunkPlaytime Planet
Objects
Time MachineMemory ScannerAnchovy SaucerLewis' JournalMega-Doris


v - e - d
Miles from tomorrowland logo
Media
Miles from TomorrowlandMiles from Tomorrowland: MissionsMiles from Tomorrowland: Mars Rover RescueDisney Junior DJ Shuffle 2
Characters
Miles CallistoLoretta CallistoPhoebe CallistoLeo CallistoM.E.R.C.Captain JoeGadfly GarnettProfessor RubiconCommander S'leetLysander FloovoxFrida LiangPollockEvaAdmirals Watson and CrickHaruna KitumbaBlodger BloppPipp WimpleyWimm and Kree WimpleyGong Gong and Po PoQueen GemmaPrince RyganMaster Skellig RoBootjet GroovestarMirandosThe GameMasterDr. ConsiliumDr. Zephyr SkyeSheldonVincent CallistoRobo-PenguinsBowtieMiss BakerCommander CopernicusCommander NemexAggro
Episodes
Season One: "Runaway Shuttle/Surfin' the Whirlpool" • "Ocean in Motion/Explorer Exchange" • "Game On/How I Saved My Summer Vacation" • "Journey to the Frozen Planet/Attack of the Flickorax" • "Catch That IOTA!/Mighty Merc" • "Who Stole the Stellosphere?/Rock N' Roll" • "Happy Captain's Day/Planet of the Plants" • "Ride of the Quarkons/Downsized" • "To the Goldilocks Zone/Hiccup in the Plan" • "On Spaceguard/Spaceship Invader" • "The Great Blastboard Chase/Adventures in Robot-Pet Sitting" • "Unplugged/Junked" • "Mama Merc/Space Race" • "The Neptune Adventure/Eye to Eye" • "Yuri's Night/I, Stella" • "Frozen Food/Later, Multivator" • "Lunar New Year/The Hoverbike Diaries" • "The Search for Skellig Ro/Endangered Species" • "Blasteroid!/Magnetic Merc" • "A Growing Problem/The Tardigrade Escapade" • "Miles vs. The Volcano/Scavengers of Mars" • "Unexpected Ally/Skyrise" • "Ghost Moon/Stormy Night in a Dark Nebula" • "Team Exo-Flex/Dino World" • "The Pluto Rescue/The Taking of the Solar Express" • "The Space Trader/The Quantum Cup" • "The Legend of Sandelion/The Mystery of Atlantix" • "The Hitchhiker's Ride Through the Galaxy/Escape from the Tethoscape" • "The Discovery Expedition/Snow Globe" • "Galactech: Secrets of the Black Hole"

Season Two: "Galactech: Captain Miles/The Search for Spot" • "The Blobbysitters/Astro-Cavers" • "Galactech: How to Build a Robot-Pet/Career Day" • "Galloping Groundshakers/Galactech: March of the Robo-Penguins" • "The Tiny Aliens/The Adventures of Jet Retrograde" • "Galactech: The Galactech Grab/Galactech: An Admiral Rescue" • "Galaxias Quest/Galactech: Mission to the Sun" • "The First Day of Galactic School/Miles Underwater" • "The Galactic Fair/Unfair Getaway" • "Building Day/Galactech: Flight of the Iotas" • "Galactech: Still Rocketing/Merc's Night Out" • "Space Junkers/Help Us, Jet Retrograde!" • "Blackout on Bloppsburgh/The Robot Thief" • "Back in the Groove/Saving Lumaro" • "Galactech: The S'Leet Heist/Galactech: The S'Leet Fleet" • "Once in a Blue Moon/The Queen Gemma Dilemma" • "Galactech: The Mystery of the Dinosaurs" • "Who Stole the Dinosaur?/Nine Minutes 'Til Bedtime" • "Chasing the Stormchaser/Galactech: Loretta‘s Lost BraceLex" • "Gamechangers/Goon Baby Goon" • "Beneath Europa/Callistos on Ice" "Galactech: The Space Trader Strikes Back/Galactech: The Vanishing Callistos" • "Galactech: The Search for the Plectrix/Robo-Monkey Business" • "Connect and Protect"
Season Three: "The Great Space Train Robbery/Mission Pets One" • "Villain After Villain/The Discover-Bot Takeover" • "Invaders from Tomorrowland/Rise of the Mountain Crushers" • "Battle for the Zenith/Mission Force Plus One" • "The Magsteeds of Infurnia" • "Stranded in Space/Plant Transplant" • "How to Build a Better Villain/The Goopopolis Swindle" • "Bots of Fury/The Accidental Captives" • "The Junk Monster of Planet Crunkle/The Lost Empire" • "Face-Off/The Big Escape" • "Grendel's Moving Castle/The Great Gadfly" • "Shoom Balla Boom/Friend or FoeBot" • "Deep Trouble/Double Trouble" • "Malison to the Rescue/The Last Guardian" • "Sidekicks For Hire/The Illumin-Aliens" • "Villain Force One/Villain Force Two" • "The Suit Pursuit/Operation Groovestar" • "The Space Station Situation" • "Aggro's Jam/Sea Change" • "Saving Silas/Attack of the Arachno-Bots"

Organizations/Groups
Cosmic ExplorersMission Force One
Creatures/Races
AnkylosaurusPteranodonTyrannosaurus RexTriceratops
Spacecrafts/Vehicles
StellosphereStar JetterScout RoverPhoton FlyerZenith
Objects
I.O.T.A.Exo-FlexBlastboardQuestcomLazerangBracelexFlash BeamGalactech Globe
Locations
ThurioMarsTrident Research StationTempestoroAtlantixTrexor
Songs
Way OutLaunch this FunkWorlian Birthday SongThere's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow