Following a year-long transformation, The Hall of Presidents will officially reopen at Magic Kingdom Park on Tuesday, December 19, with enhancements that will bring the story of the American presidency to life as never before. The epic theatrical production was envisioned by Walt Disney himself to honor the country by honoring the presidents of the United States.
This endeavor began with a single animated figure of President Abraham Lincoln that was developed for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. In 1971, advances in technology made it possible for Imagineers to make Walt Disney’s vision a reality by including every chief executive who ever served the United States of America.
The history of innovation at The Hall of Presidents continues to this day. In addition to updating the show’s content, Imagineers have incorporated the latest in theatrical design and Audio-Animatronics technology. Landmark moments in history come alive on a panoramic 180-degree screen that transports guests across more than 200 years of the American story. High-impact projection, sound, lighting and other enhancements take guests into rare and indelible moments in history that helped define a nation.
As has been the tradition with every new president since the attraction debuted, an Audio-Animatronics figure of President Donald J. Trump has been added to the show and features the latest advances in technology that enable smoother and more lifelike movements. President Trump personally recorded remarks exclusively for The Hall of Presidents, just as each sitting president has done for the attraction since the early 1990s.
Rich in innovative storytelling and tradition, The Hall of Presidents carries a legacy and passion for American history that has been part of Disney Parks for more than 50 years.
And now, as i suppose you can’t wait to see the Trump Audio-Animatronic, here is a selection of videos of it, as filmed in 4K by WDW Magic and WDW News Today.
The first video below shows the segment with Trump delivering his speech. WDI Imagineers did their best to catch the Trump gesture and the way the AA is moving is quite faithful but the Trump AA is at the end, in my opinion, very bad. May be it’s because Trump talked too fast, giving a hard time to WDI Audio-Animatronics programmers to have the AA following the pace of his speech recording. Also and although on the above screen capture the AA look alike quite well like Trump, when you see him moving – whether it is the lighting on the AA or the head sculpture – Trump looks older than in reality which probably will infuriate him! So, in two words, and i know that it was not easy task for WDI imagineers but, as an Audio-Animatronic, this Trump AA is not really a success …which is perfect! 🙂
The first video below is from WDW News Today and show the whole show, as seen from the back of the theatre to succeed to have in the frame all of the 180° projection on the three screens. So, you’ll see the new show editing but won’t have a close shot of Trump on this one.
This next video filmed by WDW Magic also shows the full show, filmed from the center and quiet near from the stage and you’ll clearly see the Trump Audio-Animatronic on this one, but not the left or right part of the show.
And now, for those of you who want t go directly to the Trump AA sequence, here it is as filmed by WDW Magic.
Your comments about the Trump Audio-Animatronic are welcome below!
Picture: copyright Disney
Videos: copyright WDWNT, WDW Magic