Disney World's Hall of Presidents has been in the spotlight recently due to the upcoming addition of the Donald Trump animatronic. Disney adds a new president every time there's a new one in office, so despite the president's divisiveness, it only makes sense that a Trump addition was inevitable. But the attraction has been closed longer than expected, and according to My News 13 in Florida, Disney is citing technical difficulties as to why it hasn't opened back up yet.
It was also suggested that the new addition wouldn't have a speaking role, as President Trump had yet to record the speech for the attraction. But Jacquee Wahler, vice-president of communications for the resort, confirmed this isn't the case:
"The same thing that we've done with other presidents, is the same plan we have for President Trump."
The attraction had also been rumored to re-open around July 4th, but as of right now that appears unlikely. The Disney Parks blog has also issued the following statement on the Donald Trump animatronic matter:
Since the Magic Kingdom Park opened in 1971, The Hall of Presidents has brought together a one-of-a-kind look at the office of the President of the United States through film and the magic of Disney's Audio-Animatronics technology. Despite some media reports to the contrary, President Trump will have a speaking role in The Hall of Presidents, like every president since 1993. We have been working closely with the current White House — just as we have with previous administrations — and the president's recording session has been scheduled. The attraction will re-open in late 2017.
Whenever we refurbish one of our attractions, we take the opportunity to consider a broad range of enhancements. In this case, The Hall of Presidents is getting a new show, and a complete theater upgrade including a new sound system, lighting and high-definition projection system. The multi-screen viewing experience you may have seen in prior versions of the attraction is returning with an even wider vantage point of our country's history.