After days of counting votes, the process of electing (or re-voting) the president of the so-called democratic nation finally ends in the United States. Joe Biden has officially won the 2020 Presidential Election – and while that means there will be a lot of changes for the country, the results could also affect a small corner of the World. Walt Disney – specifically Presidential Hall.
Since its inception, the Presidential Hall has added a new audio-animation character to each newly elected president. From Gerald R. Ford, to Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush, the tradition went on with the additions of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and eventually Donald Trump. It is assumed that Joe Biden will also be treated with electronic tricks, with arrangements made for him to provide his voice and record the dialogue for his audio-animated character in days after taking office.
The interesting thing about this election, however, is that over the years presidents have run two terms, thanks to re-elections. Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama have all been in power for two terms, the first time in decades Disney will (arguably) add a new animated feature film in less than four years.
Over the years, the Presidential Hall has become a source of controversy in the Magic Kingdom – Trump’s refurbishment not only offers new appeal to animation, but also spikes (OK, “finials ”) Along the front of the stage and even the security guard stationed at the entrances and exits. Some have even suggested closing the program entirely due to its deeply polarizing nature. However, the appeal continues the positive message of the American Dream while not on any political side.
You can watch the current iteration of the Presidential Hall in our YouTube video below where Donald Trump animation takes center stage after other presidents have been introduced. He then presented the sworn passage, and then gave a speech about the legacy of the American Dream and the presidency:
With the results of the election just announced, it is unknown when Disney will continue to announce the revamp of the Presidential Hall. We will keep you updated on any further developments regarding this classic attraction in the Magic Kingdom.