Move over, monorail, because the Trump Train is headed for Walt Disney World!
After a year of anticipation, Orlando’s Magic Kingdom finally re-opened its Hall of Presidents exhibit this week, complete with a brand-new addition: The 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. While there had been a lot of reported controversy over the summer about whether or not Disney would permit Trump to have a speaking role in the exhibit, those controversies can now be laid to rest. Voiced by the president himself, the animatronic figure gives a rousing speech to close out the program, taking Barack Obama’s place at the culmination of the show.
“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,” the TrumpTron says at the end of the program.
As we said, there were a lot of online rumors over the past year that made it seem as though Trump may be silenced. Every new president since Bill Clinton has had a speaking role in the program, but there was considerable pressure on Disney to change that precedent with the new (very UNprecedented) White House arrival. Liberals launched a Change.org petition, demanding that Disney keep the new president muzzled. 15,000 people signed the petition, which called on Disney to keep Trump silent due to his history of “degrading, insulting, and demeaning” remarks.
But when Disney finally responded to the rumors, those who wanted Trump out of the show were disappointed.
“We have been working closely with the current White House — just as we have with previous administrations — and the president’s recording session has been scheduled,” said Disney World in a blog post. “Despite some media reports to the contrary, President Trump will have a speaking role.”
Trump’s speech is generically patriotic, which is a small (though expected) disappointment. Hell, we would have been over the moon if the animatronic had talked about the fact that Mexico was not sending their best, but that’s just us. As it is, we’re just happy to have one of this country’s greatest presidents finally sharing the stage with his 44 predecessors. So if you’re headed to Orlando for a Disney vacation anytime soon and were thinking about skipping the (admittedly not-so-thrilling) show, why not sit back, enjoy the air conditioning, and see a sight that would have been almost unimaginable only a couple of years ago.
Just think: It could’ve been HillaryTron!