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Updated Hall of Presidents Show Likely for Magic Kingdom After Less Than 4 Years, Joe Biden Audio-Animatronic Should Be Expected Following Election Victory

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After days of counting ballots, the time-honored democratic process of electing (or re-electing) the nation’s president has finally concluded in the United States. Joe Biden is the projected official winner of the 2020 Presidential Election—and while that will mean many changes for the country, the outcome may also affect a tiny corner of Walt Disney World—namely, the Hall of Presidents.

Since its inception, the Hall of Presidents has added a new audio-animatronic figure of each newly-elected president entered into office. From Gerald R. Ford, to Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush, the tradition has continued with the addition of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and lastly, Donald Trump. It’s assumed that Joe Biden will also get the animatronic treatment, with arrangements to be set up for him to provide his voice and record the dialogue for his audio-animatronic figure in the days following his inauguration.

The interesting thing about this election, however, is that for the past several years, presidents have run two terms, thanks to re-elections. Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama were all in office for two terms, making this the first time in decades that Disney will (supposedly) add in a new animatronic after less than 4 years.

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Over the years, the Hall of Presidents has become a contentious offering at the Magic Kingdom—the Trump refurb didn’t just bring a new animatronic to the attraction, but also spikes (okay, “finials”) along the front of the stage and even security guards stationed at the entrances and exits. Some have even suggested closing the show down altogether due to its deeply polarizing nature. Still, the attraction continues the positive message of the American Dream while not taking any political sides.

You can view the current iteration of the Hall of Presidents in our YouTube video below, where the Donald Trump animatronic takes center stage after the other presidents are introduced. He then delivers the passage for being sworn into office, and then presents a speech about the legacy of the American Dream and the presidency:

With the results of the election just announced, it’s unknown when Disney will follow up with the announcement of a Hall of Presidents refurb. We’ll keep you updated on any further developments regarding this classic attraction at the Magic Kingdom.

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3 months ago

so happy to read this piece!

Barbara
Barbara
3 months ago

I don’t think that Disney should start putting joe up until this is finished there will be a recount and no one knows how it will be

Mike
Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Barbara

They close it after inauguration.

Nicholas
Nicholas
3 months ago
Reply to  Barbara

Yes exactly!

sean
sean
3 months ago
Reply to  Barbara

I look forward to a recount so I can see Biden win again

Orlando Worker
Orlando Worker
3 months ago

I think it’s Bipartisan just how terrible the Trump Animatronic looked and represented the person (with it’s rumored origins as Hilary). Here’s hoping they can better represent Biden.

Last edited 3 months ago by Orlando Worker
Mike
Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Orlando Worker

I saw it in September and honestly didn’t think it was bad at all. Maybe they modified it?

Skywise
Skywise
3 months ago

Now would be a good time to switch to the revamped Hall of Presidents with just Lincoln talking. Blame it on Covid and also get out from under controversial issues AND not have to revamp the show everytime a new President is elected.

Chris
Chris
3 months ago

I think they should use the most ridiculous thing each president has said for their little speech.

Bob
Bob
3 months ago

I had forgotten about this tradition prior to reading your article, and now it’s a pleasant reminder that, in addition to all the new 50th anniversary stuff that’s coming, there’s another new attraction update to look forward to!