Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Donald Trump's talking robot is expected to debut at Disney World before Christmas

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 2:49 PM

  • Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr
A robot designed and programmed to the likeness of Donald "I know words" Trump is expected to make its grand debut at the Hall of President attraction in Disney's Magic Kingdom by this Christmas.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, local Disney blog says the Hall of Presidents is expected to open by Christmas of this year. While leaning on anonymous sources surrounding this particular robot have proved hazardous in the past, this date does make a lot of sense, considering that back in June, Disney did say the attraction would open by "late 2017."

Since Trump's inauguration, there has been quite a bit of controversy regarding his robotic self appearing at the Hall of Presidents. Last January, a petition to silence the Trump-bot surfaced, and of course, calls for Disney boycotts starting bubbling over whether or not parents want their kids around a "grab 'em by the pussy" robot.

But arguably the biggest controversy surrounding the bot followed a scathing report from Vice, which, citing an anonymous source at Disney, stated that there was an internal struggle amongst Imagineers on whether or not to completely retool the attraction so that the 45th president wouldn't have a speaking role.

Disney later denied these claims:
At the moment, there's no word on what exactly what will come out of the robot's mouth. However, I'm really hoping Disney just makes him read his own tweets, like maybe this completely normal one from this morning:

Tags: , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Related Locations


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues


© 2022 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation