Walt Disney World Orlando Sights

The Hall of Presidents

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

Published 07/06/2017

Fodor's Review

With the latest in Disney Audio-Animatronics (this attraction introduced the technology in 1971, and underwent a total high-tech transformation in 2017) this show, housed in a redbrick building inspired by Philadelphia's Independence Hall, tells a moving story of the bond between the presidents and "We, the People." Producers reshot the accompanying film in high-definition video and added more than 130 images culled from the National Archives, Library of Congress, and other collections. A digital soundtrack, LED lighting, and a dramatic narration further enhance the experience. The film covers more than two centuries of U.S. history and emphasizes anecdotes about presidents who've reached out to people in times of strife. Both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln grab a bit of the spotlight, the latter by delivering his famous Gettysburg Address.

The best part of the show is a roll call of all 44 U.S. presidents. (Fun fact: President Trump is officially the 45th president because

Grover Cleveland is counted twice due to his having served nonconsecutive terms.) President Trump recites his oath of office. Each chief executive responds with a nod, and those who are seated rise (except for wheelchair-bound Franklin Delano Roosevelt, of course). The robots nod and whisper to each other as the roll call proceeds. Anyone interested in presidential artifacts will enjoy the wait in the lobby area, where First Ladies' dresses, presidential portraits, and even George Washington's dental instruments are on display. For people with disabilities: Wheelchair accessible; enter through a door on the right. Reflective captioning available; equipped for assisted-listening devices. Visit anytime.

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Sight Information

Address:

Liberty Sq., Walt Disney World, Florida, 32830, USA

Sight Details:

  • Duration: 22 mins. Crowds: Mod. to Heavy. Audience: Not Small Kids

Published 07/06/2017

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