Animatronic Biden Joins Hall Of Presidents At Disney


ORLANDO, Florida, USA (AP) – Forget an inauguration ceremony. The true test of becoming president is being inducted into the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World in Florida, an honor that Joe Biden will soon receive.

Disney World officials said Monday they are putting the finishing touches on Biden’s animatronic replica ahead of his debut next month at the Magic Kingdom attraction that features a painting of the nation’s presidents.

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The attraction was closed for several months to add Biden, who took office earlier this year as the 46th president of the United States.

The animatronic Biden will be at the forefront in the presidential box. Next to him will be a table set with peach blossoms to represent his home state of Delaware and a pair of aviator sunglasses in a nod to his favorite sunglasses. During the show, the real Biden will recite the presidential oath in a recording made at the White House, according to a Disney blog post.

Former President Donald Trump’s animatronic will move elsewhere in the frame now that his term is up, he says on the blog.

After Trump took office in 2017, an online petition was launched to pressure Disney to keep its animatronic silent, but the effort failed.

The Hall of Presidents has been a part of the Magic Kingdom since its opening in 1971.

“Nearly 50 years later, the story of the leaders of liberty continues to be told and re-told to younger generations as Walt Disney originally envisioned it,” the blog post reads.

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