May 30, 2016

Hall of Presidents

Hall of Presidents

The Hall of Presidents is an attraction located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The attraction is a multi-media presentation and stage show featuring Audio-Animatronic figures of all the U.S. Presidents. It opened with the park on October 1, 1971.

The concept of the show was design by Walt Disney, but he died before seeing it completed. Roy Disney made sure to complete the attraction as Walt intended. The attraction original name was "One Nation Under God," but was changed to "The Hall of Presidents" during construction.

Toddlers and Preschoolers may not enjoy this attraction as it a "boring show." It is a good show to bring infants, as the ride is fairly quiet. Strollers are not allowed in the theater.

Ride may close due to inclement weather

Last year during a really bad rain storm, we wanted to watch a show but was stopped at the entrance. The attraction was closed. No specific information was given, but I believe it was just a precautionary measure.

Other rides were open at the time, including the Haunted Mansion and Small World.

Just something to keep in mind if you're looking for an escape during a quick Florida storm.

Some interesting facts about this attraction:

The Waiting Area

The metal gate in the center of the room is to protect anyone walking over the "Great Seal of the United States."

A special team from the White House is given the task to clean the "Great Seal of the United States."

The painting on the walls are a number of former Presidents. Next to each painting is a bit of fact about the person.

There is a special display case of assorted items on loan from various Presidential Libraries.

The cast members are very chatty. Ask them if they know any good President trivia.

You see a display of some of the First Lady Dresses.

Under the Painting of Ronald Reagan, is this quote from President George H. W. Bush:

"Contain your anger, smile a lot, laugh. Be kind to people. Those values I learned from Ronald Reagan."

Inside the theater

The entire show last for 22:48 minutes.

Orginally the show was narrated by Paul Frees, who also narrates the Haunted Mansion and most of the Pirates. Currently, it's narrated by Morgan Freeman.

President Clinton was the first sitting President to record his own voice for the attraction. Barack Obama personally recorded his speech.

There are no "best seats" in this attraction. If you sit in the front row, you're still pretty far away from the stage. I would recommend sitting in the middle of the theater.

As the Presidents get introduced pay attention to the gestures as they seem very realistic.

Each President is wearing the attire correct for the time period.

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