Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln Celebrates 50 Years at Disneyland Park

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios


On July 18, 1965, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln officially opened at the Main Street Opera House in Disneyland park. Walt Disney first debuted the attraction honoring our 16th president in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair, and after earning international acclaim, made Main Street, U.S.A., its permanent home the following year.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln not only pays tribute to history, but it marks a milestone in Audio-Animatronics technology. Debuting one year after Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room introduced Audio-Animatronics figures, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln was the very first attraction to use the breakthrough technology to create a lifelike human figure.


In 2009, the classic attraction was refined to incorporate advanced Audio-Animatronics technology. Before the opening of The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, we gave you an in-depth look at the Lincoln figure’s extraordinarily realistic expressions and took you behind the programming board to see how Walt Disney Imagineering integrated modern enhancements with elements of the original show.

Now, fifty years after its original opening, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln continues to bring history to life and dazzle guests at Disneyland park.

What is one of your favorite moments from Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln?


  • Should maybe have an asterisk after the 50 since this was closed for a couple of years in the early seventies?

  • Huh? If the July 18th was it’s anniversary, why was it closed that entire day?

  • Could that be a young Bob Iger standing behind the girl in the polka dot dress??

  • I first saw President Lincoln in 1965 on my first visit to Disneyland. Even as a young teen I was so awed, it was my greatest memory of the day.

  • Erin, When he stands up, it’s a stunning moment. I remember seeing that as a child and it was shocking. Great attraction.

  • I’m such a nerd, this attraction always brings tears to my eyes. My love and admiration for you is strong, President Lincoln!

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