Walt Disney World unveils animatronic Donald Trump in Hall of Presidents exhibit

Walt Disney World unveils animatronic Donald Trump in Hall of Presidents exhibit
Walt Disney World unveiled its animatronic version of President Donald Trump in its Hall of Presidents exhibit on Tuesday. The animatronic Trump says, “from the beginning, America has been a nation defined by its people.” (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Walt Disney World unveiled its animatronic version of President Donald Trump in its Hall of Presidents exhibit on Tuesday.

What happened?

In a Monday blog post, Thomas Smith, the editorial content director of Disney Parks, wrote that the Hall of Presidents in Disney’s Magic Kingdom park will officially reopen Tuesday after a yearlong renovation including the addition of Trump’s animatronic counterpart.

“As has been the tradition with every new president since the attraction debuted, an Audio-Animatronics figure of President Donald J. Trump has been added to the show and features the latest advances in technology that enable smoother and more lifelike movements,” Smith wrote. “President Trump personally recorded remarks exclusively for The Hall of Presidents, just as each sitting president has done for the attraction since the early 1990s.”

According to the blog post, the attraction grew from a single animated figure of President Abraham Lincoln crafted for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair to include every chief executive of the United States.

In a video preview of the new attraction, the animatronic Trump says, “from the beginning, America has been a nation defined by its people.”

“Above all, to be American is to be an optimist — to believe that we can always do better — and that the best days of our great nation are still ahead of us,” it adds, according to the Washington Post.

The addition of Trump to the popular exhibit at the theme park in Orlando, Florida, was met with controversy. Some of the president’s critics circulated a petition asking for Trump’s likeness in the Hall of Presidents to not have a speaking role. The petition gained thousands of signatures, but Disney said he would speak in the exhibit, just as every other modern president.

Some social media users said the animatronic version of the 45th president looked like actor Jon Voight.