‘As Creepy as You’d Expect’: Twitter Ridicules Disney’s Animatronic Version of Donald Trump Installed into Disney’s Hall of Presidents
President Donald Trump is now a permanent fixture at Walt Disney World — or the animatronic version of the president that is.
On Monday, the Orlando, Florida, theme park debuted what was meant to be a life-like robot of the 45th president to mark the reopening its famed Hall of Presidents exhibit, which tells the story of the United States and those who have governed it. Trump – dressed in his signature unbuttoned suit jacket and extra long tie – was placed next to a seated Abraham Lincoln near the center of the stage.
And similar to his 43 predecessors, Trump also speaks.
“Above all, to be American is to be an optimist — to believe that we can always do better — and that the best days of our great nation are still ahead of us,” says Trump, in part, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “It’s a privilege to serve as the President of the United States, to stand here among so many great leaders of our past, and to work on behalf of the American people.”
Following the announcement that Trump was added to the historic Hall of Presidents production, social media had an absolute field day with his animatronic’s facial appearance and speech.
Mickey Mouse reacts to Trump being added to the Hall of Presidents at Disney World. pic.twitter.com/FH5ubr9cAL
— Linda Childers (@lindachilders1) December 19, 2017
Take the family to Disney’s Hall of Presidents for nightmares that will last a lifetime pic.twitter.com/Fs4zSjQae4
— Jessie Lahr (@JessieLahrr) December 19, 2017
Disney’s Trump robot is as creepy as you’d expect – He’s here. Following protracted delays, a robotic version of Trump has been installed into Disney World’s Hall of Presidents. The hall was meant to reopen on Jun. 30, but will now be open from Tuesda… https://t.co/NYEeTrEZBX
— John Charles (@johncharlesauth) December 19, 2017
Some even pointed out a resemblance to Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight.
Disney gave the job of Trump in the Hall of Presidents to Jon Voight and I can’t stop laughing. pic.twitter.com/dtu4PnqPv4
— Wil Spillane (@2xUEss) December 19, 2017
It’s weird how the Trump robot at the Hall of Presidents is Trump from an HBO movie five years from now where he’s played by Jon Voight pic.twitter.com/7GtizFfELR
— Jason Bailey (@jasondashbailey) December 19, 2017
And many noted the other presidents’ “reactions” to Trump joining them on stage.
all the other presidents in Disney’s new Hall of Presidents look like they can’t believe Donald Trump is president either pic.twitter.com/eMP9UX1bM8
— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) December 18, 2017
Disney finally put Trump in the Hall of Presidents and the others are all “can you believe this schmuck” pic.twitter.com/cpn3N3kxfe
— shauna (@goldengateblond) December 19, 2017
The Hall of Presidents, located in the Liberty Square area of the Magic Kingdom, closed on Jan. 17, three days before Trump’s inauguration. The attraction was scheduled to reopen in late June, in time for the Fourth of July, but Disney was forced to push back the updated version due to Trump not recording the script dialogue for his robot.
Weeks before his inauguration, rumors of silencing the robotic version of Trump circulated in part due to a Change.org petition signed by over 15,000 people who demanded that Disney break with precedent. The overall argument to muzzle Trump was because of his history of making “degrading, insulting and demeaning” comments throughout the election about “misogyny, racism and xenophobia.”