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Hall of Presidents – Magic Kingdom
The Hall of Presidents is located in Liberty Square in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The idea for the attraction came from Walt Disney himself.
As you enter the theatre lobby, take time to look at the portraits of the presidents. The seven hundred seat theatre is beautiful and as the lights dim you will be shown a patriotic film, on a 180 degree screen, focusing on the United States history, the Constitution and, of course, the presidents.
At the end of the film, the curtain lifts to reveal a stage full of audio animatronics. These are of all the US presidents and whilst their names are being called out, they nod their heads or make a gesture of some kind. The audio animatronics look uncannily life like as they look around, talk to one another and fidget during the presentation. As the show comes to an end, George W. Bush gives a speech as does Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president, who rises from his chair.
This attraction lasts approximately twenty to twenty-five minutes and shows every thirty minutes. I would advise not to take very young children to this attraction as they will probably find it a touch boring. It is suitable for adults and children from the age of eight upwards. Also, do not expect to find any Disney characters around the Hall of Presidents area.
The last time the Hall of Presidents was updated was in July 2001 when President George W Bush was included. The speech which you will hear was actually recorded in the library of the White House. The time before that was in 1993 when Bill Clinton was added. Since 1993 each new president has been asked to record a short speech, which is given by their audio animatronic during the show, and surprisingly every one has accepted.
The Hall of Presidents is currently closed until January 7th 2009 for refurbishment and installation of the new President.
If you enjoy looking for Hidden Mickeys during your vacation time in the parks, there are four in the Hall of Presidents. As you first enter, on the back wall, look for the painting of George Washington. Look at the tip of the sword, which is in the middle of the painting, and you will see a Mickey.
When inside the theatre and watching the film clips, look at the clouds on the left hand side and you will see Mickey Mouse lying on his back.
Take a close look at the centre of the screen during the farm scene.
And finally, there is a Hidden Mickey during the scene with the Statue of Liberty and the immigrants. Look at the left hand corner of the screen at the bottom and you will see a gentleman looking over the harbour wearing Mickey ears!
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