Last night, citizens of the United States cast their ballot for the 44th President of the United States. This is an election that was one full of passion and will be one for the history books.
Since I write the blog the afternoon before it posts I have no idea who the winner of the election is. (Who knows, it could be like the Gore vs. Bush election where we first heard the phrase “hanging chad” and the winner may not be decided.)
While this person will become the leader of the free world and will become the figurehead of one of the most powerful nations of the world, but let’s talk about something more important: who is going to be the 44th addition to the Hall of Presidents attraction in Walt Disney World?
Disney has already planned ahead for the newest addition to “the prez posse” by already announcing the attraction’s closure from Jan. 17 through June 29, to install the new president.
In honor of this newest addition here are some fun facts about the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World.
- The theatre can seat up to 700 people and features three huge projectors
- The film that is shown during the attraction, was created by a Pulitzer-Prize winning historian
- Walt Disney himself originally had dreams to include all of the presidents in one of his earliest attractions. Unfortunately, the technology of the day was not available and the animated wax figures that Disney had envisioned did not quite work the way he had hoped. He worked hard with his imaginers to develop the realistic animatronics that are seen today and were a part of the “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” attraction that was part of the 1964 World’s Fair (along with “It’s a Small World” and “Carousel of Progress.”)
- Since the show runs constantly, you will need to check the clock hanging under the marque that will let you know when the next performance will take place.
- There is an urban legend that one of the monks in the Bible transcription scenes of Spaceship Earth at Epcot broke down. The imaginers ended up replace him with the Truman animatronic at the Hall of Presidents.
- Inside of the oval office of the White House and inside of Hall of Presidents in Walt Disney World are the only two places where the presidential seal is on display.
- Before you head into the theater, make sure you look around the lobby, there are lots of authentic artifacts in protective glass cases.
Is the Hall of Presidents on your list of must do attractions? Leave your comments below.