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Hall of Presidents

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 6 out of 10

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In 1964, Walt Disney created his first Audio Animatronic human being — a talking, life-sized depiction of Abraham Lincoln for the New York Fair. Lincoln moved to Disneyland after the fair, where a modernized version of the animatronic continues to play, reciting excerpts from some of the Great Emancipator's most famous speeches.

For Walt Disney World, Disney's designers weren't satisfied with just building another Lincoln. Instead, they decided to create an attraction with all the United States Presidents, from George Washington on to the current occupant of the White House. So after every new President is inaugurated, the Hall of Presidents goes down for a refurbishment while Disney builds and installs a new President.

Still, Lincoln does most of the talking here, with the other Presidents nodding in the background. Starting during the Clinton administration, the current President also gets in a few words during the show. (Yes, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama each recorded their own parts for the show.) Keep your eyes peeled in the wait area, too, where you'll find mementos from past Presidents and First Ladies on display.

Reviews

This show features Audio-Animatronics of all United States Presidents, plus a ‘preamble’ video and speeches that are very well done, although a tad long. It will be most appreciated by older audiences, and least by kids. Shows begin on the hour and half-hour, and there is never any line–do it when the distinctly unpatriotic members of your group might need a nap. The attraction starts with an inspiring patriotic film followed by a Lincoln speech, presidential introductions, and a speech by Obama. The pacing of the presentation is much better then it once was for years and years, now it’s very engaging throughout. This is by far one of the most underrated experiences at WDW. Young kids still probably won't enjoy this but adults might. 7.5/10
A great show. The movie is pretty good, especially the narration. But the roll-call bit is more interesting for the sheer amount of effort put into each and every AA, then the Presidential speech at the end (and I've seen both Bush and Obama's speeches). Lincoln and Washington do not disappoint. A bit long, but do not miss anyway.
Good for an air conditioned nap. But if Trump wins, this show will be made entertaining because of their animatronic for him. lol


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