It has been quite a wild election season this year, with ups and downs, rivalries all over social media, and a nation of people who all believe they are doing and feeling the right thing. All of that came to a close tonight when Donald Trump was officially named the next President of the United States.
And with the announcement of a new POTUS, Disney fans know what that has meant historically: a new animatronic added to the iconic Hall of Presidents at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park. The attraction was originally opened on October 1, 1971 in Liberty Square and remains a staple of the park’s legacy to this day, welcoming in the nation’s new President of the United States every election cycle.
It’s also worth noting that this will be the first ever Presidential transition that will not feature Blain Gibson, legendary Disney imagineer, behind the creation of the new animatronic. The artist and sculptor died on July 5 at his home in Montecito, California at 97 years old.
The Hall of Presidents is scheduled to be closed from January 17th, 2017 through June 30, 2017, presumably to add President Trump to the ensemble in a prominent capacity and rework the show accordingly. There is no official word on how he will be added to the production, so make sure to stick with Inside the Magic, and we’ll make sure to keep you updated with all new information as it comes about.
Until then, let us know what you think of the inevitable changes to Disney’s flagship attraction, and here’s to the future of the country!