The Hall of Presidents is an attraction in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park. This attraction was not only an original opening day experience but one of Walt Disney’s ideas.
Walt Disney initially created an audio-animatronic of Abraham Lincoln, which debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. This audio-animatronic figure went on to become a part of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, which opened at Disneyland in 1965, one year before he died.
Fast forward to today, The Hall of Presidents entertains and educates guests 365 days a year at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World with its 45 presidents of the United States in animatronic form. The latest president, Joe Biden, was added as the 45th president when he took the oath of office.
Of course, one would think that the attraction featured 46 presidents, given how many presidents have served this great nation. However, Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms, making him the 22nd and 24th president.
Below, we’ll discuss the specifics for experiencing The Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom. If you’ve never taken the time to take in a performance, I would encourage you to do so on your next visit.
It’s a wonderful film that inspires a rupture of applause from the audience. Plus, it’s not the worst place to cool off in the heat of the day.
Here is a quick reference chart with information about The Hall of Presidents.
|The Hall of Presidents
Approx. 25 minutes
Seats Per Vehicle:
Taking a Break
This is a Walt Disney-inspired attraction.
Guests may remain in a wheelchair or ECV to experience this attraction. Assistive listening devices and handheld captions are available. See a cast member at the entrance for details.
The Hall of Presidents
The Hall of Presidents is one of the first buildings you’ll see when you enter Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park. The building’s brick facade was designed to resemble the original Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
An attraction poster sits outside the entrance. It reads, “A Celebration of Liberty’s Leaders.”
The Hall of Presidents runs continuously throughout the day between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. No food or drinks are allowed inside the theater.
When you first enter the theater, you’re greeted by a large waiting area with presidential artifacts, including several outfits worn by first ladies.
The Great Seal of the United States is prominently displayed on the museum’s carpet. From my understanding, it took an act of Congress to have the seal displayed here.
If you have any interest in history, you’ll likely enjoy browsing the displays. One contains a key to Disneyland.
Richard Nixon was given this honorary key to Disneyland in 1955. To this day, he holds the record for the most visits to the park by any United States President.
A fishing reel with a box owned by Franklin D. Roosevelt is also part of the display.
President Roosevelt served an unprecedented four terms in office as he guided the nation through the Great Depression and World War II. He never missed a chance to cast a line, even from the decks of naval warships or his presidential yacht, the Potomac.
Several portraits of former presidents hang in the lobby.
A dress worn by Caroline Harrison, wife of President Benjamin Harrison, makes up part of the display.
Caroline made history when she gave the first speech recorded by a sitting First Lady.
Of course, we wouldn’t have The Hall of Presidents if it weren’t for Walt Disney.
This portrait of him with the statue of Mr. Lincoln, one of his personal heroes, is endearing.
“To this day, President Lincoln remains a favorite figure at The Hall of Presidents and holds the special honor of being the world’s first realistic human Audio-Animatronic.”
A cast member will invite everyone into the theater when it’s time for the next performance.
It’s a beautiful theater with 700 seats, three digital projection screens, and a proscenium stage.
After everyone is seated, the film begins, and the narrator takes us back to the early days of democracy, when Americans fought for a different type of future.
That’s when “The Idea of a President” was formed.
The film proceeds to share details specific to the office of the president.
George Washington served two terms as our nation’s first president. He then stepped down to allow someone else to take the office.
Abraham Lincoln’s animatronic is the first to appear, sharing his famous Gettysburg address.
Toward the end, former presidents like Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama are featured. During this scene, the screen lifts to reveal all the presidents in animatronic form.
A roll call of sorts is performed as each president nods in respect to the one being highlighted. The White House sits behind them. At one time, it was a place that most of them called home.
After the roll call, a few presidents provide brief commentary.
The curtains then begin to lower as the performance comes to a close.
It had been a couple of years since I last saw the Hall of Presidents. Obviously, it isn’t something we would do on every park visit. But I had forgotten how inspiring the show was and was happy to see it.
Fun Facts about The Hall of Presidents
- This attraction underwent a significant refurbishment in 2009. Since it reopened, Abraham Lincon recites the Gettysburg Address. An original voice recording was used featuring the voice of Royal Dano. Walt Disney directed this recording.
- Disney artist, Blaine Gibson, sculpted the first 43 animatronics featured in the attraction.
- Award-winning actor David Morse voices President George Washington. Over the years, narrators include J.D. Hall, Morgan Freeman, and Maya Angelou.
- Additionally, every time a new president is elected, the Hall of Presidents closes so an animatronic figure representing the new president can be installed.
If you have time, The Hall of Presidents is an interesting and inspiring attraction that’s worth a visit every now and then. Additionally, if you’re visiting Epcot, you’ll want to make sure to see the American Adventure attraction in the World Showcase.
Both of these films are historical but focus on unique aspects. They have also both been revamped in recent years, bringing them up to date with more modern times.
For more attractions in the nearby area, you might like these:
- Liberty Square Riverboat at Magic Kingdom
- Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion Ride
- Pirates of the Caribbean Ride
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Magic Kingdom)
Or you can preview the complete list of rides at Magic Kingdom.
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