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eeyoreguy
02-11-2008, 10:51 PM
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/orl-disney3108oct31,0,481688.story

Renovations to bring Disney World's Hall of Presidents into 21st century

Barack Obama or John McCain -- here's one more issue for voters to consider: Which one would they rather listen to at Walt Disney World in the Magic Kingdom's Hall of Presidents show?

One of them will get to address visitors each day in the theme park once the animatronic attraction undergoes a renovation.

To make room for a new, robotic version of the 44th president of the United States, Disney will close the 37-year-old Hall of Presidents after today for an extended refurbishment. The show will stay shuttered for more than eight months so Disney can update the hall's aging light, sound, mechanical, projection and show systems, just as the company has done in recent years with other "classic" Magic Kingdom attractions such as It's A Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion.

"We're about to get a new president. And so, since we have to shut down the show anyway to welcome No. 44, we're going to take the opportunity to . . . refurbish the attractions and the facility and also kind of wave the magic wand around a little bit," said Pam Fisher, senior show writer for Walt Disney Imagineering.

kazzaqld
02-11-2008, 10:54 PM
8 months! :shocked025:

They could rebuild it from the ground up in that time! :rolleyes008:

foreverducky
02-11-2008, 10:56 PM
That sounds exciting. I do enjoy the show, for the show, as well as for a nice rest. :D

Tinker
03-11-2008, 01:13 AM
I hope its open by the end of June , but I highly doubt it .
I like it for the exact same reason foreverducky gave . Its a great show, its air conditioned and a nice rest .

Debbie2
03-11-2008, 08:33 AM
I hope its open by the end of June , but I highly doubt it .
I like it for the exact same reason foreverducky gave . Its a great show, its air conditioned and a nice rest .

me too...we love going in just for a cool down. DH tends to have a quick snooze :)

Skywatcher
03-11-2008, 09:38 AM
I have never managed to stay awake for the entire presentation :D

Ursula
03-11-2008, 10:00 AM
I agree... it's kind of very soothing.... it does need it though. They need pillows on the seats and the seats made into sofa beds....

Seriously though I do like the show, the animatronics are brilliant I think... very lifelike at times it's a bit creepy.

Tinker
03-11-2008, 07:51 PM
I agree , the animatronics are creepy .

Beccaberry
03-11-2008, 08:52 PM
Guess I'll have to find another place to sneak a nap :wink:

Tinker
04-11-2008, 01:08 AM
:lol:
Carousel Of Progress , if opened . Or better yet , Tom Sawyers Island !