After a long refurbishment (and a fair amount of controversy), the Disney Parks Blog has just announced that the Hall of Presidents will reopen at Magic Kingdom tomorrow, December 19th. As has become customary, the new show will feature an Audio-Animatronic figure of President Donald J. Trump who recorded remarks for the attraction. Additionally, the show will showcase an upgrade in technology that will “enable smoother and more lifelike movement.”
From the Disney Parks Blog:
The epic theatrical production was envisioned by Walt Disney himself to honor the country by honoring the presidents of the United States.
This endeavor began with a single animated figure of President Abraham Lincoln that was developed for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. In 1971, advances in technology made it possible for Imagineers to make Walt Disney’s vision a reality by including every chief executive who ever served the United States of America.
The history of innovation at The Hall of Presidents continues to this day. In addition to updating the show’s content, Imagineers have incorporated the latest in theatrical design and Audio-Animatronics technology. Landmark moments in history come alive on a panoramic 180-degree screen that transports guests across more than 200 years of the American story. High-impact projection, sound, lighting and other enhancements take guests into rare and indelible moments in history that helped define a nation.
Rich in innovative storytelling and tradition, The Hall of Presidents carries a legacy and passion for American history that has been part of Disney Parks for more than 50 years.
Stay tuned for more news on the updated Hall of Presidents.
UPDATE: Here is a transcription of President Trump’s speech.