Monday, June 26, 2017

Disney says animatronic Trump will have speaking role in Hall of Presidents

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 1:09 PM

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Contrary to previous information, President Donald Trump's animatronic robot at Disney's Hall of Presidents won't be muzzled.

Back in May, Vice's Motherboard spoke to an anonymous Disney cast member who talked of a possible rollback of the attraction to an older format. Before 1993, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were the only presidents in the Hall who spoke.

However, Disney has finally stated that Trump will speak.

"The same thing that we've done with other presidents, is the same plan we have for President Trump," Jacquee Wahler, vice president of communications, told News 13.

From the first mention of an animatronic Trump, there's been quite a bit of pushback. In January, a petition to silence the robot surfaced, and it has since gained 14,702 supporters. But it wasn't enough.

Disney says the Hall of Presidents will reopen in late 2017, but no specific date has been announced.

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