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President Lincoln is back in the house at Disneyland

By Robert Niles
Published: February 25, 2009 at 3:43 PM
Ask, and ye shall receive.

From Disneyland's PR people this afternoon:

A longtime favorite of Disneyland guests will return as “The Disneyland Story, featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,” an enhanced version of the show which appeared, in various forms, in the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland park from 1966 through 2004 . The attraction will reopen later this year in celebration of the 200th anniversary year of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.

The current Opera House presentation, “Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years,” will go on hiatus beginning Monday, March 16, in preparation for the new “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” show. When the updated “Disneyland Story, featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” opens later this year, “Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years” will be presented as part of the “Disneyland Story” display of art, models and mementoes in the Opera House lobby.

Disney's also reviving the Disney Gallery, which went away when the apartment over Pirates of the Caribbean was converted into Disneyland's "Year of a Million Dreams" suite. The new home for the Gallery will be the Bank of Main Street, displacing the Annual Pass processing center, which will move to the Plaza Pavilion.

I wrote earlier this month that Disney blew a PR opportunity by not having Lincoln open for the bicentennial. But I am happy to see that the show will return this year. No firm date for the re-opening, yet. Better late than never.

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on February 26, 2009 at 8:01 AM
I just would have been suprised if Disney got rid of Lincoln for good. Its one of the classics of Disneyland.
From Joshua Counsil on February 26, 2009 at 6:23 PM
Every once in a while a corporation surprises you. This is one of those moments. Not only is it a commemorative gesture for Lincoln, but also for Walt.

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