In a little over a year from now the American people will be electing a brand new President. This news is also a reminder to all fans of Walt Disney World and of Orlando itself of the Hall of Presidents attraction. Here are a few facts about the Hall of Presidents.
1. Originally Thought of Using Wax Figures
Originally Walt Disney considered using wax figures of Presidents in his attractions, making it look more like a museum rather than a show. Eventually with the power of technology he changed his mind; at both the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair and Disneyland a prototype of the Hall of Presidents was created called Great Moments with Lincoln, featuring Walt Disney’s favorite President.
2. It began with Richard Nixon (whom Walt Disney once Kidnapped)
During the show, near the end, the animatronic version of the current President stands up and gives a speech (the latter part was added until Bill Clinton was in office). Currently that is of course Barack Obama, but when the Hall of Presidents first opened up in 1971 it was Richard Nixon. That’s ironic since Walt Disney basically kidnapped him once. Back in 1959 when Nixon was the Vice-President, he and his family were visiting Disneyland. Walt Disney invited the Nixons for a ride on the futuristic monorail, closing the doors and going off before the Secret Service were even able to get onboard. The Nixons had a wonderful time and didn’t bother criminally charging Walt Disney; the American people probably would’t have voted for Richard Nixon if he arrested him.
3. Various Narrators
Many people have narrated the Hall of Presidents, telling both the history of the United States and calling off the names of each U.S. President. The first person to do so was veteran actor Lawrence Dobkin. His narration stayed the same until 1993, when Maya Angelou redid it. The narrator has changed with every new U.S. President; when George W. Bush was elected actor J.D. Hall took over, and when Obama took office Morgan Freeman did it.
5. There Might Soon be an Animatronic Version of Donald Trump
After every U.S. President is elected and inaugurated, the Disney company temporarily shuts down the Hall of Presidents, adding in an animatronic version of the new Commander in Chief. That means that is Donald Trump is elected President, then the Walt Disney Imagineers will create an accurate, life-size version of Donald Trump (which would of course include his hair) to the show, near the end of which his robotic persona would give a speech.