Published: June 29, 2009 at 9:27 AM
The Hall of Presidents at Disney's Magic Kingdom has been brought up to the level of American Adventure at Epcot. It truly is remarkably well done. The waiting area in particular is quite impressive. George W. Bush's monogrammed cowboy boots, porcelain easter eggs from the White House Easter Egg Hunt, various memorabilia from previous presidents and portraits of some of the presidents including Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and George Washington adorn the waiting area. During the show President Lincoln delivers the Gettyburg Address, which drew a hearty round of applause from the preview crowd. President Obama recites the Oath of Office then delivers a short speech, which also drew a healthy round of applause. The crowd at the 11am preview debut was almost at capacity. Seated directly behind my wife and I was Dewayne Bevil of the Orlando Sentinel. I had a moment to shake his hand and introduce myself. He seemed pleased to hear that not only do I read his articles but I also subscribe to the Sentinel.
Disney has hit the ball out of the park with the refurbishment. Well done indeed!