Disney World has many attractions that are both enjoyable and educational. At Magic Kingdom, Guests can kick back, enjoy the air conditioning while giving their feet a break while learning about the various Presidents. The latter have been in office representing the United States of America.
The Hall of Presidents is a show where Guests are able to see full animatronics come to life representing every President in American history. From George Washington to Abraham Lincoln to current President Joe Biden, each President speaks in the show, keeping their memory alive to all who see it. Recently, Disney Parks (@disneyparks) have taken to TikTok to share a secret about the attraction.
Walt created Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln for Disneyland and then had the idea to expand that idea at Walt Disney World Resort with The Hall of Presidents. The show was Walt’s idea, which is exciting as it is an attraction he thought up that Guests can only enjoy at Magic Kingdom. However, Walt passed away before his vision came to life.
When Walt passed, Roy Disney, Walt’s brother, took charge to keep the Disney legacy alive and growing, and he remembered how much Walt loved the idea of having The Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom. Because of this, Roy decided that he was going to make sure that his idea would come to life.
Now, nearly 50 years later, the attraction still stands with fantastic animatronics and high-quality technology running the show.
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The TikTok promotes the Disney+ series Behind the Attraction, which has an episode dedicated to the ride.
In the Presence of the Presidents
Take your seat in the stately theater, home to 3 massive digital projection screens and a grand proscenium. Watch an original film—developed by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian—that tells the dramatic story of the nation’s founding.
Learn about the formation of our Constitution and the hard-fought struggles along the way—such as the American Revolution and the Civil War. Listen to the stirring words of John F. Kennedy echo through the theater and watch Abraham Lincoln—in attendance on stage—deliver his Gettysburg address.
The Presidents Will See You Now
Watch the curtain rise to reveal startlingly realistic Audio-Animatronics replicas of every President of the United States—together for the very first time. Hear a speech delivered by George Washington and a recorded performance of the oath of office by the newest addition to the Hall, 46th President Joe Biden.
Wondering why there are 45 and not 46 figures onstage? Because Grover Cleveland served 2 non-consecutive terms as both the 22nd and 24th president.
Creating the Presidents
Originally conceived as animated wax figures, the Presidents didn’t meet Walt Disney’s approval, so he tasked Walt Disney Imagineering to develop the first Audio-Animatronics figure in human form.
The result was the groundbreaking Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, which debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The Hall of Presidents built upon the show’s legacy—expanding it to all Presidents—when it opened in 1971.
Know Before You Go
The show is approximately 25 minutes long and runs continuously throughout the day. Be sure to check the large clock hanging under the marquee for the next available showtime.
What do you think about this hidden fact about The Hall of Presidents?