President Trump will have a speaking role in his animatronic image is added to the Hall of Presidents at Disney, despite a widely-disseminated report by the Vice-who claimed otherwise.
“The Vice report is incorrect,” Jacquee Wahler, vice-president of communications for Walt Disney World Resort, said in a statement sent to Fox News. “As we have indicated, President Trump will have a speaking role in the Hall of Presidents, as every president since 1993.
“We have worked closely with the White House and the president of the recording session is planned,” Wahler added. “We have repeatedly declared that the attraction will re-open in late 2017.”
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The controversy over Trump’s inclusion in the attraction stems from an article published for the first time Vice-in May 2016 — in which is reported about the alleged “secret backstage Trump drama” of Walt Disney World. In the article, a source for the Vice-said the Disney Imagineers were probably not going to give Trump a speaking role, “given how polarizing of the president is now.”
Vice later printed a correction in a June 26 article, writing, “The original version of this story was inaccurate in the description, the voltage at Disney around the Trumpet installation in the Hall of Presidents.”
Vice further explained that, while the source spoke with a number of employees of Disney, he/she will never be “a direct confirmation from anyone in Disney’s corporate level.”
A day after Vice printed their retraction, Thomas Smith, the editorial content director for Disney Parks, posted on an update to the Disney Parks Blog continue to refute reports that Trump would be silent during his Hall of Presidents debut.
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Smith also reflected Wahler’s claim that the exhibition would reopen at the end of 2017, which is a little earlier than the Disney-CEO Bob Iger estimated last month, Wahler pointed out on Fox News..
However, Trump’s exclusion of Disney’s Hall of Presidents is the subject of multiple Change.org petitions, some of which aim to gain support for the exclusion of him, while another only wants to banish his robot to a non-speaking capacity. (Of Wednesday afternoon, the last had gained nearly 15,000 signatures.)
The Hall of Presidents was one of the first attractions in Walt Disney World at the grand opening on Oct. 1, 1971. Located in the Magic Kingdom in the Liberty Square, the show features a short film focusing on the history of the United States, supplemented with the animatronic likenesses of every US President. Since 1993, the presentation has ended with a pre-recorded speech by the sitting president of the parable.
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Prior to 1993, the show just ended with a speech by an animatronic Abraham Lincoln, as stated by a voice actor.
The attraction originally closed for renovations in January. In addition to Trump’s likeness, says Smith, the Hall of Presidents back with “a complete theater upgrade including a new sound system, lighting and high-definition projection system.”