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The Hall of Presidents Reopens at the Walt Disney World Resort After Year-Long Transformation

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

Following a year-long transformation, The Hall of Presidents will officially reopen at Magic Kingdom Park on Tuesday, December 19, with enhancements that will bring the story of the American presidency to life as never before. The epic theatrical production was envisioned by Walt Disney himself to honor the country by honoring the presidents of the United States.

This endeavor began with a single animated figure of President Abraham Lincoln that was developed for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. In 1971, advances in technology made it possible for Imagineers to make Walt Disney’s vision a reality by including every chief executive who ever served the United States of America.

The Hall of Presidents Reopens at the Walt Disney World Resort After Year-Long Transformation

The history of innovation at The Hall of Presidents continues to this day. In addition to updating the show’s content, Imagineers have incorporated the latest in theatrical design and Audio-Animatronics technology. Landmark moments in history come alive on a panoramic 180-degree screen that transports guests across more than 200 years of the American story. High-impact projection, sound, lighting and other enhancements take guests into rare and indelible moments in history that helped define a nation.

As has been the tradition with every new president since the attraction debuted, an Audio-Animatronics figure of President Donald J. Trump has been added to the show and features the latest advances in technology that enable smoother and more lifelike movements. President Trump personally recorded remarks exclusively for The Hall of Presidents, just as each sitting president has done for the attraction since the early 1990s.

Rich in innovative storytelling and tradition, The Hall of Presidents carries a legacy and passion for American history that has been part of Disney Parks for more than 50 years.


  • We are missing it again; close all week this week due to ‘technical difficulties’. Too bad. Any idea when it reopens?

  • I was so fortunate to have seen this on my recent trip to Disney World.

  • Thought the update was great. Who is the new Narrator? We are going back and forth with who we think it is and can’t decide if it’s someone we know versus a new actress. Blog quality is awesome!

  • I haven’t been but who is the new narrator?

  • Yes, very excited that the HOP is back again. This will be our first attraction to visit on our next Trip in 2018. Welcome Mr. President and thank you Disney for bringing back this great show.

  • Disney knocks it out of the park again! Well done!

  • I am bummed out, missed the opening by a couple of days. It would have been nice if they announced the opening date ahead of time, I could have adjusted my stay. Now I will have to go again next year. I did see the Trump addition, it looks okay.

  • So excited that it’s open again! I haven’t done this attraction in a long time and wanted my fiancé to experience it as well!

  • Hooray! So excited to see President Trump!!

  • So excited to see the new addition!!!

  • Marvelous news. 🙂

  • Can’t wait to take my daughter!!!

  • I am so angry!! Opening 3 days too late – I so wanted to see this while I was there. Glad it is FINALLY opening.

  • HOORAY! We are just thrilled to know this Walt Disney created attraction is back! We LOVE this attraction! We love the history, the emotions it evokes, we are truly fortunate to live in such a great Nation. Patriotism is alive and well in Liberty Square WDW! Hooray for the RED WHITE AND BLUE!
    Thank-you Thank-you Thank-you!

  • Yeah, we’ve missed the Hall of Presidents. Welcome to Walt Disney World President Trump

  • So happy to see this classic attraction return! Truly one of those special shows at Disney Parks that honor this great nation’s history as well as its present.

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