Something that always flew right over my head is found in the first scene of the show. In the video below, James (the son) is caught taking a peek at "Little Egypt doing the hoochie coochie."
Little Egypt line is at 3:04
Turns out that Little Egypt was in fact three rival dancers all working under the same name...with a multitude of impersonators knocking off their act. These dancers all gained notoriety through their provocative and sexual boundary pushing. It seems that one of the knock off "Little Egypts" was performing at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, which is the one referred to in Carousel of Progress.
Ashea Wabe one of the original "Little Egypt" belly dancers...and
probably the most scandalous.
Walt was aware of the awesome Little Egypt, and mentions her briefly on
an the 1964 World's Fair episode of Wonderful World Of Color,
starting at 11:25.
A rare look at the girls in action. It clearly was taboo at the time.
So there you go! Next time you experience Carousel of Progress there will be one last old school reference that will fly over your head! Plus, Little Egypt was just stinking cool, right? I wish I had moves half as cool as hers...