2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Today's attraction spotlight is the Hall of Presidents
at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, the 13th seed in the Best Movie or Animated Show bracket of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
Disney's Hall of Presidents opened with the rest of the Magic Kingdom theme park in October 1971. But the original idea for the attraction came years earlier, when Walt Disney envisioned a similar attraction in a "Liberty Street" next to Main Street USA in Disneyland. Ultimately, Disney and his imagineers developed an Audio-Animatronic Abraham Lincoln for the 1964 World's Fair, which later came to Disneyland as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
With a functioning human animatronic at last, Disney Imagineers recognized Walt's vision by designing the Hall of Presidents for the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square. In the original show, only Lincoln spoke, reprising his "Great Moments" speech, following a roll call of presidents, who mostly just nodded in acknowledgment as their names were called by a recorded narrator.
Starting in 1993, the current president has recorded a speech for the show. Today's version features Barack Obama:
The show includes a filmed introduction that reviews major conflicts and accomplishments in American history, leading to the presidential roll call.
What do you think of Disney's Hall of Presidents? Please share your thoughts in the comments. Voting begins in the tournament this March.
I like the Hall of Presidents. So far the best choice in this category. Depending on who it goes up against in the first round, it might pull off the upset.
I like it, but I am suprised to find out that Clinton was the first one to record his speech.
I haven't seen the updated version, with Obama. This is a pretty good attraction, but not popular enough to make any waves in this contest.
I detest this attraction. So boring. I like "Great moments with Lincoln" at Disneyland though.
On previous visits, HOP was the best place to take a 20 minute power nap after a hard morning of park touring. From what I have read about the refurb, that statement is no longer true. I am anxious to see the new show, and have high expectations for it during my May visit.
The updated Hall is really outstanding. It impressed my entire party of eight
The Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is truly amazing! I love history, especially American History, and that fact made it so much more interesting to me. If you have respect for history then you too will enjoy it, but if you do not, shame on you! All in all, everyone from whatever country needs to see this- at least once in their lifetime.
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