In honor of Presidents’ Day weekend, let’s take a patriotic “visit” along Main Street, U.S.A., to explore an attraction that honors one of our most beloved American presidents, Abraham Lincoln. (If you can’t make it to Disneyland park this weekend, I hope you enjoy this virtual account of the attraction.)
As you come through the main entrance of Disneyland park, veer to the right and enter Main Street, U.S.A. Look to the right and find the marquee on the Main Street Opera House, home to one of the park’s iconic, innovative attractions, The Disneyland Story Presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
History comes to life as the show unfolds. A film composed of dramatic paintings depicts President Lincoln’s life, from his humble, rural upbringing to the White House. Real photographs of the Civil War transport you to another time. For the grand finale, Honest Abe rises at center stage and delivers some of his famous oratory.
Walt Disney celebrated the opening of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln more than 45 years ago, introducing guests to the early wonders of an Audio-Animatronics figure. Today, the attraction has been refined with some of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics technology available. Walt Disney Imagineers updated the show in 2009, giving President Lincoln features and expressions that are remarkably lifelike.
In this video, watch for the detailed movement in Lincoln’s eyes and lips.
In this video, Imagineer Brian Scholz explains how they enhanced the show for a new generations of guests. Tell us how Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln may have inspired you.