Hall of Presidents is reopening at Disney World... really

December 18, 2017, 2:53 PM · This is not a drill. Nor a false alarm, unsubstantiated rumor or idle chit-chit from the deep recesses of the Internet. It's official and confirmed word from Disney — the Hall of Presidents really is reopening tomorrow.

The attraction, which closes for refurbishment with the election of each new President, will reopen with its new President Trump animatronic, several months after what had become the typical reopening time whenever a new President takes office.

Disney has confirmed that Trump has recorded remarks for inclusion of the show, following a tradition established under President Clinton.

Whether Trump was or was not recording a speech for the show fueled rumors about the attraction's status as the anticipated July 4 reopening of the Magic Kingdom show approached... and passed with the production shuttered. Now we know the real story — or at least we can see the results of it, starting tomorrow in Florida.


Update: Soft opened this afternoon:

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December 18, 2017 at 2:58 PM · One day of advance notice. Well, I guess that technically it can't be said that Disney reopened this unannounced.
December 18, 2017 at 3:11 PM · Where is that MEME of Michael Jackson from the Thriller video sitting in the movie theater eating popcorn with the caption, "I'm just here for the comments" when I need it!?!?!
December 18, 2017 at 3:16 PM · Over/under on how soon it's shut down again due to protesters or pranksters?
December 18, 2017 at 3:25 PM · The Trumpster sould see attendances like never before. Can't wait. The man's BOX OFFICE!
December 18, 2017 at 4:44 PM · Can you do a Biggest Theme Park Stories for 2017?
December 18, 2017 at 5:30 PM · Will MAGA merchandise get sold, and Trump and Ivanka clothing lines?
December 18, 2017 at 6:19 PM · Going to go out on a limb here but we can't edit history. If Disney is keeping this attraction alive then HIM has to be included.
December 18, 2017 at 6:50 PM · I officially give permission to speculate what the imaginneers had in mind, with that gedture pres trump makes at the very end
December 18, 2017 at 7:07 PM · Can we get attendance (aka crowd size) numbers yet?
December 18, 2017 at 7:44 PM · Any word on who the new narrator is? It's a female voice, but hard to say exactly.
December 18, 2017 at 8:39 PM · "The media could not be played". I should probably count this as a blessing.
December 18, 2017 at 10:12 PM · Well, we knew this time would come....

And it came

December 19, 2017 at 12:42 AM · So cunningly Disney manage to put Trump into the Hall of Presidents by a) making the dummy not look like Trump at all, b) giving him a speech that in a thousand years he'd never make and c) making him coherent for more than two sentences. It's Trump, Jim, but not as we know him....
December 19, 2017 at 2:36 AM · I always wanted more Goofy in the Magic Kingdom, I guess I have to be careful what I wish for because that is a lot of Goofy.
December 19, 2017 at 7:35 AM · Audio-Animatronic Donald Trump sounds so much more presidential than the real Donald Trump.
December 19, 2017 at 11:44 AM · Hate to say it but looks like Disney was 90 percent done with the Hillary robot when the election happened and threw on a wig to make it look like Trump.
December 19, 2017 at 12:14 PM · It sounds like the start of a joke. Washington, Lincoln and Trump walk into a bar...
December 19, 2017 at 4:41 PM · They need to change it and have only the most illustrious Presidents speak. NO Trump unless it's his "pussy grabbing" dialogue, to accurately reflect the man's values.
December 20, 2017 at 8:02 AM · So Disney has two haunted mansions now.
December 20, 2017 at 8:13 AM · If it wasn't announced that this was supposed to be Trump, just looking at the image of him, I would have wondered if some televangelist had wandered onto the stage. This is probably the worst AA creation I've seen presented by Disney, at least visually. I still feel fortunate that for some reason I can't get the media to play for me, so I don't have to hear it.

I do so wish I had plans for a trip to WDW in the future. At least I could say that I was boycotting the Hall of Presidents intentionally.

December 20, 2017 at 10:31 AM · Best President since Regan
December 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM · I just saw it and I can't believe he approved that AA. The neck looks really strange, just wrong on so many levels....LOL
December 20, 2017 at 3:48 PM · We had to deal with that clown before him for 8 years. You snowflakes will live and the show will be great again!
December 20, 2017 at 4:04 PM · And now we devolve to childish name calling.
December 20, 2017 at 8:27 PM · Sorry should I have kept it passive agrressive like you James? Noted for next time.
December 21, 2017 at 2:38 AM · Aggressive in this site isn't necessary at all. Bullies don't earn respect. Name-calling doesn't earn respect. Intelligent discussion does.
December 21, 2017 at 6:10 AM · Wait...am I not going to win the theme park insider badge of respect? Shoot. I had been hoping for that. Seriously though James, this entire comments section is nothing but name calling and disrespect. Please continue to focus on the guy that disagrees with you though. That's the way to do it!

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