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Trump to speak when Hall of Presidents adds new animatronic later this year, says Walt Disney World

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Disney has finally spoken out on whether Donald Trump will get a voice when the Hall of Presidents reopens at the Magic Kingdom and the answer is yes, for now.

In a statement given to News 13, a Walt Disney World spokesperson definitively said Disney intends to give the Audio-Animatronics figure of President Trump a speaking role in the classic Walt Disney World attraction. “The same thing that we’ve done with other presidents, is the same plan we have for President Trump,” added the spokesperson.

A popular Vice article in May on the “drama” behind Trump’s addition to the attraction noted that it may the White House’s lack of speedy cooperation that could eventually lead to the Trump animatronic staying silent, if they do not allow Disney the time to record the President’s speech. Every new President of the United States since Bill Clinton has recorded a speech for Disney to use in the Hall of Presidents. President Trump, so far, has not.


UPDATE (6/28/17): Vice has retracted both the article referenced above and a more recent story of theirs on so-called “drama” behind the Hall of Presidents. In their place, a note and apology from Vice’s editor remains:

After a thorough investigation into the sourcing of two stories, “Here’s the Secret Backstage Trump Drama at Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents” and “Behind the Scenes of Disney’s Donald Trump ‘Hall of Presidents’ Installation”, and the identification of several factual errors, we have decided to retract both pieces. We are conducting a full editorial review to pinpoint how this source was vetted, and how these stories were approved and published in violation of our usual editorial workflow. We fell short of our standards, and regret the error.

The rest of our original article remains intact below.


Disney has also now stated that the Hall of Presidents will reopen with Trump added in “late 2017” at the Magic Kingdom, rather than the mid-summer debut previously anticipated. The attraction has been closed to make the changes since January 17.

Since Disney first announced that Donald Trump would be coming to the Hall of Presidents in animatronic form, fans have been split with their opinion of the addition, some even signing a petition to keep the new figure silent. (The petition only reached 14,697 supporters, 303 short of its goal.)

More recently, just three weeks ago, Disney CEO Bob Iger resigned from Trump’s business advisory council amidst the controversy surrounding the President’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

While it is still not clear if Disney’s current plan to have Trump speak in the Hall of Presidents will actually come to fruition, it is a definite that the Magic Kingdom attraction will not reopen by June 29th, its previously scheduled debut date. This year, Independence Day will come and go while the Hall of Presidents remains closed.

Until then, Orlando visitors in search of an up-close encounter with the President can already find a lifelike wax figure of him on display at Madame Tussaud’s on an Oval Office set:

12 Comments

  1. USA

    It’s a Hall to honor presidents there should be no confusion here open it if you don’t like it don’t go I go never having voted for any of the modern presidents it’s not like you’re forced to visit it it’s a free choice
    Stop making every thing political
    Get over it

  2. Jenna Thorman

    I understand that the President has yet to make a recording. I think that you should just include him in the show without his speaking. For now. When he finally gets around to making the recording, add it. Don’t close The Hall of President’s indefinitely! It is a wonderful show that I have loved since I was a little girl. Lots of American history to be learned & experienced. Including the priceless works of art in the rotunda. Please, don’t deprive your guests of this American experience.

    1. frostysnowman

      Seems like a good compromise.

  3. Betsy

    Disney should not get trapped in politics.
    You have show of presidents, so show them.
    If you’re going to let your personal political views ruin the enjoyment of a fun experience in vacation, then maybe you need more than a vacation.

    1. Not maybe,….even the castmember of 30 years had a really snarky attitude when I walked up to the obviously shuttered hall to inquire as to when it might be open again. I kinda think he was reading a bit too much into why I was interested in seeing the updated version. It was clear to me,..being “off script”in the tone department, his rainbow apparently no longer included red white and blue. Too bad, those are the colors of MY CHOICE. I was fine with his even though the spectrum was a little darker….Once it resumes operation, manifestation of untreated psychiatric disorders will be all too apparent in people who want to create their dramatic episodes to drag the rest of everyone into their delusions by CHOOSING lack of self control and respect for others.They should be treated like any other guest who interferes with the operation of an attraction. Ruining the magic? Time for a different kind of vacation I would surely say.

      1. Kenneth

        ..was the reference to spectrum being a little darker a reference to the black President?

  4. Jeremy Jason

    I frequently heard some grumbles during the show when President Obama gave his speech, and I’m worried about how violent the quests could get when Trump speaks. It’s not Disney getting political, it’s guests who care sharing their beliefs strongly.

    1. Jefferson

      Down with the Republocrat anti American communists!

  5. Betsy

    No one is forcing them to visit the Hall. Just like if you don’t like Space Mt you choose not to go on it.
    I didn’t vote for W or 44 and I went to enjoy the show.
    If people get aggressive disney should remove them as they would anyone that instigates trouble anywhere in the park.
    People shouldn’t be intimidated to enjoy it for the respect of our Country.

  6. Joe

    I hope he wears a MAGA hat and says America first cause we are winning Bigly

    45 best potus ever!

  7. Becky

    Just like I chose not to visit the attraction during the last presidents appearance, others can do the same thing if they chose. It’s to represent the choice given to Americans and that shouldn’t stop them from any change. I didn’t vote for the last one and made my choice not to attend that attraction….so if you don’t like this or didn’t vote this way, then stay to watch the muppets outside and simply keep going and enjoy the rest of the park.

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