UPDATE: Disney Denies Media Reports, Claims Extensive Theater Upgrades Responsible for Hall of Presidents Opening Delay

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The following statement was just issued by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director for Disney Parks on the Disney Parks Blog:

Since the Magic Kingdom Park opened in 1971, The Hall of Presidents has brought together a one-of-a-kind look at the office of the President of the United States through film and the magic of Disney’s Audio-Animatronics technology. Despite some media reports to the contrary, President Trump will have a speaking role in The Hall of Presidents, like every president since 1993. We have been working closely with the current White House — just as we have with previous administrations — and the president’s recording session has been scheduled. The attraction will re-open in late 2017.

Whenever we refurbish one of our attractions, we take the opportunity to consider a broad range of enhancements. In this case, The Hall of Presidents is getting a new show, and a complete theater upgrade including a new sound system, lighting and high-definition projection system. The multi-screen viewing experience you may have seen in prior versions of the attraction is returning with an even wider vantage point of our country’s history.

The statement was forced by the media firestorm that followed our piece on the delayed re-opening of the Hall of Presidents. Of course, Disney did confirm that President Trump would speak in the attraction after that, but erroneous reports from media sites that there was some sort of tension between the White House and Disney pretty much left them in need of some public post on the topic.


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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.


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  • Thank you Disney for not taking a negative role towards the president of the United States or our wonderful president , President Trump…. how dare the media continue their barrage of negativity and trying to include others into their own horrible horrible negativity towards our wonderful and caring president that we now have in office…..THANK YOU Disney….. I will be going to Disney all the days of my life

  • Glad to see Disney is giving Daddy Trump his speaking role. Would’ve been sad, and most certainly pathetic, if they had ended the tradition thus out casting guests who are favorable of Trump.

  • “but erroneous reports from media sites that there was some sort of tension between the White House and Disney pretty much left them in need of some public post on the topic.”

    Those ‘erroneous reports’ included information from several inside sources… the same kind of reporting this site does all the time.

    • It’s somehow more believable that websites who cover a single topic everyday have inside sources, not that someone developed them magically overnight for one story.

  • Thank you Tom Corless for the post and thanks to Thomas Smith for the update. Every President is part of our American history. I have seen EVERY President since 1997, and I don’t plan on stopping now. Glad Disney is doing the right thing. Hopefully the attraction will be open this fall for our next visit.

  • Why must you continually promote this obvious non story? This is a shameful way for the author to gin up the usual vitriol that accompanies any story on this site with a political bent, just so he can sit back and claim moral superiority over those that comment. How revolting

  • Do you think at night the Trump animatronic will go over to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and “grab the ***** ” of the redhead because he can?