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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.

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


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Meet the Robinsons logo
Media
Film: Meet the Robinsons

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

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