Hall of Presidents
As all of youn know, the U.S. will have a new president on January 20. No matter what your political views are, we can agree there are strong feelings, both positive and negative about our new president.
I think the attraction doesn't belong at the Magic Kingdom. Disney isn't really the place fo political issues. The Hall of Presidents is different than Mr. Lincoln because the only president it features died a century before the attraction opened. Most Americans regardless of political party can admire Lincoln, while hall of Presidents is likely to upset everyone at least a little bit. Having an attraction featuring the current president may have been okay in the past, but this country is becoming too politically divided to keep it. Let Trump be in the attraction for a year or two, and then close it and replace it with something with less controversy.
"Most Americans, regardless of political party"
I'm sure there may be some Americans in certain southern states that don't admire Lincoln. Hard to ignore the divisiveness that his presidency saw.
Nope. Totally opposed to the idea of closing it.
The attraction only becomes a political issue if you choose to view it as such. If you go in there as someone who just wants to relax and learn a little, you'll love it. If you're people who choose to boo and cheer for certain presidents, you're more of a problem than any audio-animatronic president can. If you know you don't like a president that speaks, then don't go to the attraction.
I am not from the US and have actually never gone thru the Hall of Presidents attraction but for what it's worth here's my two cents. Mr. Trump was elected by Americans to be the next president from what I have seen on CNN there are a lot that like him as well as those who don't.
I would love to see Donald Trump in the Hall of Presidents attraction. It will be fun and not boring. The thing is we're spoiled on having a non-controversial inspirational speech by our President. We're not expecting an explosive and intense speech from President Trump. You'll likely see the attraction come to fruition since Disney CEO and President Iger will serve on the Trump Administration business consulting panel. Trump and Iger will Make America/Disney Great Again.
I'll just have to sit out the HOP until after the trump figure finishes having its speaking part. I'm not sure I could stand it.
I'm with Joe on this one, this only becomes a political issue of you choose to view it as such. Some guests really enjoy the attraction, and I don't believe it's fair to close it just because of how divisive the country is on politics
The thing that gets really weird is when GWB got applauded and Obama booed. They are robots!
Also, lets be honest, the Presidents really do not talk that much and when they do, they basically say the same thing (America is great and we need to look to the future).
I am suprised by the responses. I reluctantly voted for Trump, but the thing that worries me is something like people in the audience shouting, booing, yelling "Not my president" or something worse. I'd love it if the Muppets moved inside and replaced HoP, but I know many people would rather keep HoP, and not have it replaced with a puppet show or something else.
The booing and shouting already happens with Obama (and W before). It is cooled down a bit, but it happened.
While Trump was not my candidate, he is my president and I hope everyone remembers that going in. Like Anthony, the only thing that concerns me is the speech he'll give because most of his rallies were not exactly "uplifting."
Anthony, I try to keep my posts as non political as possible, as hard as that may be with this subject. My concern has nothing to do with being unaware of what others are concerned, I simply tried to focus on how Trump's victory relates to the future of HoP.
I hope Disney's Trumpbot is designed to spend the entire show Tweeting.
I'm panicking ever since Trump becomes President. If Trump suggest Sony Pictures and Seth Rogen a movie where Mexicans are antagonists. Mexicans would hack Sony Pictures like the last time.
Perhaps Disney can provide a "safe space" adjacent to the HOP, one with puppies, coloring books & chocolate for those that are so scared. It could be turned into an upcharge event. At least half of the visitors would be potential customers. lol
There's always been a sizable contingent of people who are "against" the current President. That is the very nature of our country and open elections. Yet, the HOP has always endured. Despite voting against Trump, I see no need to close the attraction based on his election.
Well, I personally have a huge distaste for the President Elect. Especially since this Butt clown that got 5 deferments to avoid the Vietnam war (PS - I am a veteran of 6 years just so you know).
Trump can always tweet a 10% discount on all Trump merchandise at the gift store after the show.
It's a shame we couldn't get another one like that steely eyed warrior of a 42nd president, Bill Clinton. God knows he was far too brave to get a deferment. He was a Navy Seal during 'Nam wasn't he? If we couldn't get him again, at least we should get the next best thing, his wife.
Rubi - Now do you agree that 5 deferments to avoid the Vietnam war is excessive?
Hey Brian, I'm in full agreement with you. I'm sure If Bill had come up for the draft again he would have gladly joined up. I'm positive he would have never filed multiple deferments in view of his opinion of the war (see a copy of his letter to the draft board 12/3/'69). I'm sure he'd never allow then Senator Fulbright to intervene with draft board either.
I think as contentious and hate filled as the election was, HOP will see an increase on the boos on this President.
Could of fooled me....but seriously, it would have been interesting if Hillary had won. An animatronic version of her in HOP, would they have placed her by Bill? Maybe holding hands or her sitting in his lap? I know she could have worn a blue dress. oops, I'm sorry never mind.
"Maybe they should wait and add Presidents after they have left office or they have passed away?"
Now no one believes me
Since Trump has never said anything that would qualify as inclusive or inspiring, Disney must be racking their brains for what he will say in HOP. Him calling Mexicans rapists? Him saying what body parts he likes to grab on women? How he could shoot someone and not lose votes? Maybe they'll play it safe and just have him up there making noises as his AA arms contort to mock someone with a disability.
The rumor mill is blowing up tonight. The Trumpbot is being programmed to speak, and near the close of his speech a curtain stage left rises to reveal an animatronic Vladimir Putin manning the controls that operate the President-Electric.
And that's a +1 for TH.
Well, consider this....
The Hall of Presidents used to feature the Lincoln speech. Yes, all the Presidents were introduced, but then it all reverted to Lincoln and he gave a quite similar speech to the one at Disneyland (if not the same, I can't quite remember.)
Guys can we not turn this website into a political debate forum
I think it goes without saying that if you don't like the President, then you shouldn't have nominated them. It gripes me to no end that we keep getting nut jobs nominated by members of the opposite party trying to give us people that couldn't possibly be elected. This all came to a head this election season when we had the choice of a bald-faced crook and an ego maniac. Not the choices I would have wanted to pull a President from.
Thumbs up, Jeff!
"You have 4 years to do better next time." Ha!!!
Does a sitting president have to go through the same party process to get nomination to run for a second term? Is it possible Trump may not get the Republican nomination on running for a second term (I'm assuming this would only happen in highly unusual circumstances)?
Yes, but incumbents usually run unopposed or have a weak candidate in their party nomination process. The stronger candidates don't want to blow a chance later whereas weak candidates just want the publicity on the national stage. Always possible, but unlikely for Trump not winning the nomination. The goal posts were actually moved lower. Hillary was nominated despite the investigations into her affairs. Thank Hillary for making it easier for Trump.
"Despite sitting in office for 8 years, the last President had very little impact on my day to day life. The next President will be the same."
To beat out a sitting President from the same party is tough, because usually the people who run against the President are also people who also have a political need for the President until they are out of office. Outsiders are the only ones with a chance. Since Trump is an outsider, the next nomination process might be different, with more establishment candidates throwing their hat into the ring.
It is getting hot over here.
No, I'm Mike Iger. I don't get your complaint. Am I the only one having the opposite opinion? Then you should be happy to fall in line with the other robot commentators here. Not only do you think alike, you follow orders too. Great. Who pays for your opinion?
Wait, Mike Iger. Son of Bob Iger, Ceo of Disney?
All I really wonder is, where are they going to get the materials to make the wig???????
Okay, so I'm going to be honest. I am one of the "Disney people". And everyone I know talks about the Hall of Presidents as a joke. I've thought it should have been shut down for a long time. And now that he's going to be there, it would definitely cause too much controversy to continue operation. If they had to remove "Ginger, she snaps." from the Jungle Cruise for an accidental mistake that was warned against, Mr.Trump cannot continue the Hall of Presidents.
I haven't witnessed this much apoplexy or consternation since 1980.
I know, Rubicon, the libs were frothing at the mouth when Ronald Reagan got elected president, and they predicted that the world would come to an end in a nuclear war. Turns out, he was one of the greatest presidents in our history, and his actions ultimately led to the end of the Soviet Union and the defeat of communism as a world-wide movement.
I think Disney is now scared to shut down the Hall of Presidents as it would seem like a slam on whatever the current administration is.
The Hall of Presidents is a classic attraction of Walt Disney World. We need to stop with the slaughtering of anything at Disney that is quasi educational. Stop aiming for the lowest common denominator.
@Anthony....WHY? For the love of Pete, tell me why we need to force feed education? Why not make education fun and then more people would be willing to do it. You are in a theme park after all, why can't we just love the themes and amusements and go home at the end of the day. We now have people wanting to hold on tight to things that few people like just for the sheer glee of being contentious with everyone else who is not the high degree of purest they are. I think there was a lot of things to learn from this week's news of the demise of the Ringling Brothers Circus. It is proof that if you don't change to meet the needs of a changing audience you are merely bringing about your own demise. Ringling Brothers refused to change until it was too late. Don't let the same thing happen to your favorite park.
Disney along with other Theme Park companies will get rid of attractions for a few reasons.
Jason Morgan writes: "Maybe they should wait and add Presidents after they have left office or they have passed away?"
Ok, TH Creative, I admit, your idea about the Trumpbot Tweeting during the whole show is the best idea.
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