The Hall of Presidents  Liberty Square
This sit down attraction offers lifelike show presents guests with all 42 American Presidents, from Washington to Clinton, as Audio-Animatronic figures....

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This amazingly lifelike show presents guests with all 42 American Presidents, from Washington to Clinton, as Audio-Animatronic figures. Beginning this superior attraction is a film, narrated by poet Maya Angelou, that discusses the importance of the Constitution of the United States of America. Then the giant screen rises to reveal all of the American leaders, who are spotlighted and called by name, as each waves and nods. Afterwards, both Clinton and Lincoln address the audience. Such detail and technology went into this that the dignitaries actually fidget and whisper among themselves during the show.

4/9/00: Attraction News
It is rumored that this familiar attraction is on it's way out in favor of a 3D movie. HoP has been growing consistently less popular lately, and looks like it's on its way out. Magic Kingdom is currently the only WDW park without a 3D attraction.

The only President to actually record his voice for this attraction was Bill Clinton. (By the way, to the best of my knowledge, the show was not canceled, nor was Clinton's speech taken out, during the impeachment trials.)
The superb Disney Imagineers who designed the Presidents' clothes not only took into account the fashions of each period, but the common fabrics used and the sewing techniques.

The Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom Updated with Addition of President George W. Bush (July 2001)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL -- The Hall of Presidents, the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom popular, patriotic tribute to the office of the presidency and democracy in America, is being updated to include the 43rd president, George W. Bush.

President Bush, who has personally recorded a speech written especially for the new version of the show, will become a part of the attraction in the form of a Disney Audio-Animatronics¬ figure sculpted by Disney Legend Blaine Gibson. Gibson has been primarily responsible for creating the 42-member presidential cast, even coming out of retirement to sculpt presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton and now, George W. Bush. (Although George W. Bush is the 43rd president, only 42 individuals have served in the presidency.)

The Hall of Presidents re-opened last month with the first of its changes, the moving of the Audio-Animatronics figure of Bill Clinton to take its position with the other former presidents.

This interim show will not include President George W. Bush. However, a ñMaking of the George W. Bush Audio-Animatronics Figureî display will be featured in the attractionÍs rotunda area. The exhibit will showcase the extensive and detailed research Disney designers, craftsmen and technicians do to create the presidents, not only studying their physical characteristics, but also their hairstyles, clothing, fabrics, jewelry and mannerisms to create the presidential figures as authentically as possible. White House staffs of all the presidents since Lyndon Johnson have provided key input to accomplish this authenticity.

At the end of summer, the figure of President Bush will be added and The Hall of Presidents will re-open in late fall.

Located in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, The Hall of Presidents is a one-of-a-kind Disney classic originally envisioned by Walt Disney himself. In the moving and patriotic show, which features a film in which specially produced paintings are projected onto a huge screen, guests learn about the origins of the Constitution and the presidency, and the challenges both have faced since the founding of the Republic.

Then, in the most dramatic moment of the show, the screen parts to reveal AmericaÍs presidents, brought to life by the magic of DisneyÍs Audio-Animatronics technology, which electronically combines and synchronizes voices, music, sound effects, animation and other show elements to give life-like movement to three-dimensional figures. A patriotic and emotion-stirring finale finds the figure of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, rising from his chair to deliver words that still resonate with modern audiences, almost 140 years after they were first spoken.

The Hall of Presidents was last refurbished and updated in 1993 with the addition of an Audio-Animatronics figure of Bill Clinton. Also, for the first time, the attraction featured words spoken by a sitting U.S. President. President Clinton provided his own voice to a short speech heard during the show. The audio for the speech was recorded in the White House library.

** Photo: Veteran Disney sculptor Blaine Gibson came out of retirement to sculpt the figure of President George W. Bush for the Hall of Presidents.


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