For folks who live closer to the mid-Atlantic states, both George Washington's Mount Vernon estate and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello opened new museums in the past few years. The Mount Vernon one is especially expansive and loaded with fancy exhibits and special effects. There's a theater, for example, that features the Valley Forge campaign -- complete with in-theater falling snow and booming cannons.
Question: did either the library or the museum make any mention of Lincoln's vampire slaying days? ;)
Here are some of my extra thoughts:
It was a really neat place and defiantly worth a trip if in Chicago or St. Louis. I was surprised how Disney/Universal-like the whole experience was. Best theming and best shows outside of the major parks. As Robert mentioned, it really should't be that surprising.
Major shout out to the gift shop! Very nice items!
The one thing on the horizon for Illinois is the high speed rail. Many of you probably remember Gov Rick Scott of FL deciding to not accept federal money to build a rail from the airport to the major theme parks. Illinois did accept those grants and they are building from Chicago to Springfield. It should make getting to Springfield much easier.
The problem with Springfield is that, for a capital, is sort of in the middle of nowhere. Heck, our former (jailed) governor commuted from Chicago down to Springfield. Springfield had some nice things to do for a day including Lincoln's actual home, office, and tomb. They also claim to have Illinois most spiciest chili and the food wonder known as the horseshoe.
Lincoln as a Vampire Hunter. Ironically, I was actually reading that book on the train. That's a whole other chapter :)