President Trump, the Animatronic Version, Comes to Disney World
After a delay that prompted online conspiracy theories, the most common one being
that Disney was trying to silence Mr. Trump, Disney World unveiled an audio-animatronic robot in his life-size likeness on Monday as part of its famed Hall of Presidents exhibit.
The Hall of Presidents, in the Liberty Square area of the Magic Kingdom, one of four theme parks in Orlando, Fla.,
that constitute Disney World, was closed on Jan. 17, three days before Mr. Trump’s inauguration.
“Despite some media reports to the contrary, President Trump will have a speaking role.”
The Hall of Presidents has been a hagiographic fixture at the Magic Kingdom since 1971.
In a blog post on June 27, the company gave a new date — “late 2017” — and indicated that Mr. Trump had not yet recorded the dialogue for his robot.
“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,” the Trump figure says.
The revamped 25-minute show finds Mr. Trump, or at least a silicone-skinned version of him, joining his 43 presidential predecessors.
LOS ANGELES — President Trump has finally arrived at Walt Disney World.