Hall of Presidents Liberty Square Magic Kingdom
Located in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom, the Hall of Presidents is an original Disney classic first conceived of by Walt Disney himself. The attraction is derived from "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln," which premiered at the New York World's Fair in 1964.
Hall of Presidents — The lobby of this beautiful theater is filled with portraits of the presidents. You enter the darkened, 700-seat theater and first view a patriotic film in which specially produced paintings are projected onto a screen that stretches about halfway round the theater (180 degrees). The film covers much United States history, focusing on the origins of the Constitution and the presidency.
At the conclusion of the film, the screen parts to reveal a stage filled with lifelike Audio-Animatronics versions of each and every one of the US presidents. Each of the figures moves, nodding a head or gesturing in some way, as their names are called. The program concludes with speeches given by current president Donald Trump and the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, who actually rises from his chair to give the Gettysburg Address.
George Washington also stands and delivers a stirring speech, voiced by actor David Morse.
The show runs 20-25 minutes, and is shown every half-hour.
This is a stirring, patriotic show with impressive Audio-Animatronics, very similar in nature to the American Adventure attraction in Epcot's World Showcase.
It's also a great place to get off your feet in air-conditioned comfort for a little while!
This attraction is wheelchair/ECV accessible.
Very small children may be too young to appreciate the history of this attraction, and they may find it boring. It's probably better suited for children 8 and older.
The Muppets Present… Great Moments in America History is presented several times a day outside the Hall of Presidents. This is a fun show for all ages. Check the times guide for show times.
Check your daily Times Guide for times and locations of other character meet and greet opportunities in the Magic Kingdom.
The Liberty Tree Tavern, located across from the Hall of Presidents, is a sit-down restaurant that serves lunch and dinner. Columbia Harbour House is also nearby and is a quick-service lunch/dinner restaurant serving seafood, sandwiches and salads.
There are several vendors and carts nearby, including the open-air Liberty Square Portrait Gallery, where you can have your portrait done, the Parasol Cart, a spot to get personalized parasols, and Memento Mori a great Haunted Mansion merchandise location. You can also find Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe near the Hall of Presidents!
The Hall of Presidents reopened following a year-long transformation on Dec. 19, 2017. In addition to updating the show's content, Imagineers incorporated the latest in theatrical design and Audio-Animatronics technology. An Audio-Animatronics figure of President Donald J. Trump was added to the show and recorded remarks exclusively for The Hall of Presidents.
The Hall of Presidents was updated with the addition of President Barack Obama in July 2009. Read more about the changes made at that time in the Hall of Presidents Press Release.
The attraction was updated with President George W. Bush in July 2001. Prior to that, the Hall of Presidents was refurbished in 1993 with the addition of an Audio-Animatronics figure of Bill Clinton, which marked the first time the attraction featured words spoken by a sitting U.S. President.
Disney Legend Blaine Gibson (pictured in the photo above), who is primarily responsible for creating the 42-member presidential cast, came out of retirement to sculpt presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
The figure of President George W. Bush is the same height as the real President Bush, although some of the other dimensions were altered to accommodate the internal workings of the Audio-Animatronics technology.
The red tie on President Bush is authentic, made by the same designer who provides most of the Chief Executive's ties. The suit the Audio-Animatronics figure wears is also based on President Bush's preferences — dark blue with a white shirt — and had to be specially made.
Although George W. Bush is the 43rd president, only 42 individuals prior to him held the office. Grover Cleveland served two separate terms as president, as both the 22nd and 24th president of the United States.
The year 1787 over the entrance to the Hall of Presidents refers to the date the United States Constitution was signed.
Actor Morgan Freeman was the narrator of the show from 2009 to 2016. J.D. Hall, the voice of Frederick Douglass in the "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" show at Disneyland in California, was the narrator of the show from 2001- 2009. The narrator just prior to Hall was American poet Maya Angelou.
The late actor Royal Dano provides the voice of the Animatronic Abraham Lincoln. Dano was selected by Walt Disney himself to voice the first animated Lincoln figure, which debuted at the 1964 New York World's Fair and later became part of the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction at Disneyland in California.
Actor David Morse voices George Washington in the new version of the attraction. Morse played Washington in the award-winning HBO miniseries, "John Adams."
It took two acts of Congress for The Great Seal of the United States to be placed in the Hall of Presidents.
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