Hall of Presidents

History Lessons with the Hall of Presidents!

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The Hall of Presidents

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day63 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  This day we are taking a history lesson as we study the American Presidents in the Hall of Presidents!  Located in Liberty Square, this attraction features audio-animatronic characters of each of the Presidents of the United States.  This is a very special show, and features some great features that you won’t find anywhere else.  For example, take a look at this special rug.

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The Great Seal of the United States – located in the Hall of Presidents

If I remember correctly, this rug is one of three that exist in official form in the United States.  The rug has a fence around it to prevent people from walking on it, and was placed in the Hall of Presidents by a special order of Congress, if I remember my facts right.

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The Hall of Presidents, located in Liberty Square

On top of all of that, the building is absolutely incredible in my opinion.  This structure has the number 1787, which represents the year that the United States Constitution was signed.

I really enjoy this show, it’s a great reminder of the toil and struggle that our country has gone through over the years.  Our country is doomed to repeat it’s mistakes if we ever forget the lessons that we learned in previous days, and it’s shows like the Hall of Presidents that remind us of our past in a fun, educational way.

Does your family visit the Hall of Presidents?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

 

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Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – The Hall of Presidents

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The Hall of Presidents resides in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom.

The Hall of Presidents, located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, is one of the best educational exhibits you can find at Walt Disney World.  Thank you for joining me today!  I’m joined by my incredible co-hosts Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head for our weekly Disney Trivia series, Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!

When the idea of the Hall of Presidents came about, Walt originally wanted to call it “One Nation Under God” for Disneyland.  While the idea wasn’t able to come to fruition entirely, “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” was created — first at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and then opened in Disneyland on July 18, 1965.

After Walt’s death on December 15, 1966, the Imagineers were able to come up with the idea of Liberty Square — the thought process being that since Walt Disney World was so much closer to New Orleans then Disneyland, that there would be no need to have a New Orleans Square at the Magic Kingdom.  Additionally, it was decided that this canvas would be the perfect place to resurrect Walt’s idea of “One Nation Under God” — but under the slightly different name of the Hall of Presidents.

To me, what really makes the Hall of Presidents is the Audio-Animatronic likenesses of each of the Presidents of the United States.  This is incredibly cool to me because the Presidents are so realistic — some of them speak, they all move in some form or fashion, and even when the camera isn’t panned on them, you can still see movements, almost as if the characters are talking to one another!

The film that plays prior to the appearance of the Presidents is great, also, and full of a rich history of what makes our country great — but for this writer, it’s the Presidents themselves that really set this attraction apart.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Now, please check out the other great entries in our Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia hop!

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The Incredible Haunted Mansion!

The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom lures you in for some ghostly fun!

As we continue our look at all the incredible detail that the attractions of Walt Disney World entail, today we are taking a look at another of the Opening Day attractions — The Haunted Mansion!

As you all know, the Haunted Mansion opened on October 1, 1971.  While it is fairly similar to the attraction at Disneyland, there are some very distinct differences.  For example, the Mansion at Disneyland is located in New Orleans Square, while the one at the Magic Kingdom is located in Liberty Square.  As a result of the different lands they occupy, the time period and decor of the mansion is entirely different.

Technically, both rides utilize the classic “Doom Buggy” car to take you on your tour of the mansion, but what you might not know is that the stretching room that you enter at the beginning of your experience operates differently!  In the Magic Kingdom, the stretching room, while it gives the illusion of movement, doesn’t actually transport you anywhere — it is just the ceiling that raises.  However, at the Disneyland version of the ride, the stretching room actually transports you down to the next level, very much like an elevator.  That sounds so cool!

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I have always thought that the horseless hearse was so cool looking!

Did you know that the Haunted Mansion used to house FastPass machines?  I don’t think they were utilized for a very long time, it was probably more of a test than anything.  Then, the Magic Kingdom and the Imagineers redid the queue line for the Haunted Mansion, and they turned it into two lines — one that takes you through the “interactive queue” and a second line that took you right into the ride itself.  Now, though, I’ve seen that the “interactive line” is now the full time line, and the shortcut is now for the FastPass+ entrance.

I was privileged to do a series of posts with my friends Terri from WDW Hints and Jonathan from Mouse and Memos a while back.  There are a whole number of different things to discover about this classic Disney attraction.  Jonathan, in particular, wrote a much more in-depth narration about the history of the Haunted Mansion, take a look at it for all sorts of details!  Also, Terri wrote about how the storyline evolved — this was something she learned during a Keys to the Kingdom tour back in 2005.  Check it out — it’s a great read!  I know that I’ve barely scratched the surface here, but I hope you’ve enjoyed your ride!  Now, to finish it off, which Hitchhiking Ghost did you get on your Doom Buggy?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Our Favorite Disney Memories – 2001

In this incriminating photo, my wife Cindy has proof of my infatuation with Minnie Mouse!

In this incriminating photo, my wife Cindy has proof of my infatuation with Minnie Mouse!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Our Favorite Disney Memories!  Last week I shared with you our favorite Disney Memories that my wife and I had from our trip over July 3rd and 4th, 2000, just before we got married.  Well, fast forward now to January, 2001 — when we were pregnant with our daughter Sophie, and took advantage of a long weekend to enjoy the trip where we ate our way around Disney!  So sit back and enjoy our trip down memory lane as Cindy and I share with you our favorite Disney Memories from the year 2001!

Cindy’s Favorite Disney Memory

When I asked Cindy what her favorite Disney Memory was, she had no hesitation on her answer.  Immediately after I asked her, she said ‘My favorite memory was when I got proof of your flirting with Minnie Mouse!’  Of course, she is referring to the image at the top of this post, which was taken at the Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom.  Back in those days it was a character restaurant, and I wish it still was!  I loved seeing Minnie and the other characters in their period clothing selections, and of course, the food there is pretty dang good!

Mike’s Favorite Disney Memory

The Walt Disney World Wedding Pavilion

The Walt Disney World Wedding Pavilion

My favorite Disney memory from that 2001 trip was when we were on the Monorail approaching the Magic Kingdom.  In those days, we didn’t stay on property, so we parked and rode the express monorail to the Magic Kingdom.  So, we’re on the monorail, and we were coming around the curve where you can see the Wedding Pavilion (the picture above is from the water side, so not entirely accurate, but still a nice shot I think) — and at that exact moment in time, Cinderella’s Royal Carriage was heading away from the Pavilion with a new Bride and Groom inside!  It was a pure moment of Disney Magic at it’s finest, and at that moment, I looked at Cindy, smiled at her, and said, ‘If Sophie wants to get married at Walt Disney World, well, I’m sorry, but that’s where she’s getting married.’  In true style, Cindy replied right back at me with the statement ‘Better start saving to write that $50,000 check now, then.’

I love my wife, and that was the perfect response.  It was a great memory, and one that I won’t soon forget — especially since Sophie has already told us she wants to get married at Walt Disney World — this, despite not having a man picked out or anything like that.  Those, evidently, are small details.

My friends, thank you for taking time out of your day to stop by and visit!  I hope you enjoy these looks at my favorite Disney Memories — now please, tell me, what is your favorite Disney memory?  Please let me know, and let’s all make it a great Disney Day!

 

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Liberty Square’s own Hall of Presidents

Hall of Presidents The Hall of Presidents, located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, is one of the best educational exhibits you can find at Walt Disney World.  As we saw in Theresa’s article, the Hall of Presidents can play an instrumental role in Learning at Walt Disney World!

When the idea of the Hall of Presidents came about, Walt originally wanted to call it “One Nation Under God” for Disneyland.  While the idea wasn’t able to come to fruition entirely, “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” was created — first at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and then opened in Disneyland on July 18, 1965.

After Walt’s death on December 15, 1966, the Imagineers were able to come up with the idea of Liberty Square — the thought process being that since Walt Disney World was so much closer to New Orleans then Disneyland, that there would be no need to have a New Orleans Square at the Magic Kingdom.  Additionally, it was decided that this canvas would be the perfect place to resurrect Walt’s idea of “One Nation Under God” — but under the slightly different name of the Hall of Presidents.

To me, what really makes the Hall of Presidents is the Audio-Animatronic likenesses of each of the Presidents of the United States.  This is incredibly cool to me because the Presidents are so realistic — some of them speak, they all move in some form or fashion, and even when the camera isn’t panned on them, you can still see movements, almost as if the characters are talking to one another!

The film that plays prior to the appearance of the Presidents is great, also, and full of a rich history of what makes our country great — but for this writer, it’s the Presidents themselves that really set this attraction apart.

So what do you think about the Hall of Presidents?  Why don’t you leave me a comment below, and thanks for stopping by!