Trump communication team reportedly fighting Disney Imagineers over Hall of Presidents speech (UPDATED)

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UPDATE / EDITOR’S NOTE: Walt Disney World has issued an official statement directly refuting claims of tension made this week by Vice, referenced earlier by ITM.


UPDATE #2 (6/27/17): The Vice article has been updated with clarifications from Disney:

Correction: The original version of this story was imprecise in describing tension at Disney around the Trump installation in the Hall of Presidents. Our source spoke directly with multiple employees at Disney World who described tension regarding the installation, but did not have direct confirmation from anyone at Disney’s corporate level as originally reported. After this story was published, Disney denied any tension at the Hall of Presidents.


UPDATE #3 (6/28/17): Vice has retracted both of their original stories on so-called “drama” behind the Hall of Presidents. In their place, a note and apology from their 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.

Our original article remains intact as a summary of Vice’s article.


Disney recently announced that the Donald Trump animatronic figure coming to to the Magic Kingdom’s Hall of Presidents will speak when the attraction reopens at Walt Disney World. That has been the case for every president since Bill Clinton, so the news wasn’t completely shocking.

However, Trump’s speech for the attraction has not yet been recorded. According to a source for Vice, Trump’s communications team is combating Disney Imagineers when it comes to the specifics of the speech. 

According to this insider information, Trump’s team is saying that they will write the speech to be delivered by the President’s audio-animatronic. Disney Imagineers have explained that they have collaborated with the President’s staff in the past, and still Trump’s team wants to handle the speech on their own.

The source went on to explain that a possible solution has been reached and it is possible that the attraction may revert back to its original format in which Lincoln was the only speaking president.

The Walt Disney World attraction is currently set to reopen this fall.

9 Comments

  1. Matthew

    ITM Once At It Again… #FakeNews

    1. frostysnowman

      How do you know?

    2. Kenneth

      Oh dear Walt, now the fake news claim is pushing into Disney news sites?

  2. Garaan

    Ah yes, ‘Fake News’, the battle cry of the willfully misinformed.

    I’m not surprised they’re having problems since his PR team probably wants him to claim responsibility for Mom, Liberty, Apple Pie, the Moon Landing, and the invention of churros, and the Disney team won’t let them say anything that isn’t true…

    Leave him silent. It’s for the best in the long run.

    1. Kenneth

      Considering how unpopular he is, best for disney

      1. Garaan

        I’m personally on board with being fair about it and just having Lincoln be the only speaking part again. It would certainly save additional problems in the future should (another) unpopular/controversial president be elected, and cut WAY down on the downtime required for the ride.

  3. TimP

    This contradicts the news that Trump will be speaking. I wonder why the Disney Imagineers refuse to let Trump say the speech he prefers. Will the solution actually be editing it to mean something entirely different? I wouldn’t expect any less from Disney – ABC Fake News.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      …and Disney has now issued a statement stating as such, linked in the updated article above.

  4. Jess Pratt

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