Hall of Presidents
[Disney Vacation Planner]
|At A Glance
||Classic attraction showcasing
Disney audio animatronics at their best. A little too over
patriotic for some non Americans, but well worth seeing. Display
includes George W Bush.
The Hall of Presidents features Audio Animatronic versions of
every president of the United States from George Washington onwards,
and it's more interesting for it's detail than anything else.
The 25 minute show starts with a multi-screen presentation about
the history of the U.S. constitution, and it's importance to the
United Stated, from the time it was drawn up, to the current time.
Then each of the 43 audio animatronic presidents is introduced
in turn, and takes a bow on-stage, with Abraham Lincoln, and Bill
Clinton, being the only two to really say much.
Part of the rest of the presentation derives from the 1964-1965
New York World's Fair exhibit "Great moments with Mr Lincoln".
The costumes that are worn by the audio animatronic figures not
only show the styles that were evident during the time that each
of the respective president's was in power, but each costume is
also tailored using fabrics and techniques from the particular
time period as well.
Although it's not the most humourous or action packed attraction,
it's worth visiting just to see yet another example of the incredible
level of attention to detail that the Disney Imagineers put into
the theme park attractions.
While the "official" presentation of each figure is
going on, the rest of the figures not being introduced, turn to
each other, and chat quietly between themselves. The body movements
are so realistic that if it weren't for the lack of realism of
the faces (an unusual oversight), you could easily believe that
it's a real stage-presentation being performed by human actors.
Because it's not the most popular attraction at The Magic Kingdom,
there's not usually a problem getting into the Hall, so it's best
to concentrate on visiting the main attractions within the park,
and aiming to visit the Hall of Presidents when the temperature
is hot enough (and you're tired enough) to want to just sit down
somewhere for half an hour or so.