It took a year, but the Hall of Presidents has reopened at the Magic Kingdom bringing with it new enhancements and new show elements to bring the story of the presidency to life. And yes, the newest occupant of the White House is there and with a speaking part.
The Audio-Animatronic figure of President Donald J. Trump has some of the latest advances in technology that enable smoother, more lifelike movements. The President also personally recorded a speech for the Hall of Presidents, just as every sitting President has done since the early 1990s.
Trump’s AA has the hand gestures down
Nothing but respect for MY Robot Jon Voight President https://t.co/pmOpgmk6ca pic.twitter.com/MwhPVk9v8S
— Lon Harris (@Lons) December 18, 2017
but it does seem like he looks more like Jon Voight than Donald Trump.
Jon Voight's looking rough. pic.twitter.com/E0QlRmoxoH
— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) December 19, 2017
The pre-show in the lobby now pays special tribute to Walt Disney and his vision for a presidents based audio-animatronic show. We all know that Walt Disney himself was a patriot and bled red, white, and blue. He wanted the Hall of Presidents to be in the Magic Kingdom. So it’s important that Disney continue the tradition.
No matter what happens in Washington DC or your personal politics, I feel it’s important that we continue to honor our democratic traditions now and going forward with every subsequent president.
I just got back from Disney World the other day and thankfully the Hall of Presidents was still closed. It makes me sick to think of this egotistical, sexist, racist, self-serving person among the most prestigious men who have served in this office. He has disgraced the office of Prsident, embarrassed us around the world and brought out the worst hatred in our beautiful country…..from which we may ever recover.
The president doesn’t make a country; the country makes it’s president. I’m pleased that Disney can maintain a non-biased approach to this beloved attraction and recognize the importance of democracy no matter who holds the office in the past, present, or future.
Given the fact that our current president is incapable of speaking in grammatically correct, complete sentences, I was sincerely hoping Disney would take the show back to its pre-Clinton tradition of not having the current president speak. Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush Sr. never spoke, and the attraction was just fine. Disney could have avoided a huge amount of controversy by going back to that. Instead, they’ve chosen to allow a man who brags about sexual assault to speak.
We were there both the day of the soft opening and the official opening, and the whole family agreed that there was no need to even go see the beginning part of the show. We’ll go back after the impeachment or in 2021, whichever comes first.