Disney World Adds Trump Animatronic Figure, But Likeness Is Lacking

Dec 19, 2017
Originally published on December 20, 2017 10:56 am

A new president in real life means a new president at Magic Kingdom, too.

Specifically, a new animatronic figure in the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World, where every former leader of the republic is depicted in an "audio-animatronics show."

The exhibit is currently closed for updates and maintenance, but Disney has released a sneak peak of the new addition.

It's not the presence of President Trump in this lineup that's raising eyebrows.

It's ... well, let's face it.

It's the face.

Do you see Donald Trump? Or Jon Voight playing Donald Trump?

Or a certain doll from a horror franchise?

Or — and we're very, very sorry to keep bringing back the 2016 election, like we are all caught in some vicious space-time vortex, or like our reality exists inside a demented computer simulation currently experimenting with a rewind button — but ...

Doesn't it kind of look like Hillary Clinton?

Then there is the robot's outfit, with an unbuttoned suit and long tie — some call it embarrassing, while others say it's true to life.

There are a few important things to note here.

First, while some corners of the Internet are amused by the face of robot Trump, the president's supporters are neither laughing nor particularly concerned.

Some Trump fans were disappointed that his tie was blue and white, instead of red, but overall, there was great enthusiasm among his base for the animatronic impression of the president.

Several supporters expressed surprise that Trump was even added to the lineup, based on a theory that Disney was run by liberals who would never respect the president enough to add him to the exhibit, as it had for every president before him.

Second, while some Trump opponents have theorized that the president's animatronic figurine was designed to look atrocious on purpose, as an insult to the president, there is no evidence whatsoever that this is the case.

The Hall of Presidents has a long history of unsatisfying, unsettling or inadequate figurines. Disney's official history of the attraction notes that the initial concept was "too ambitious for the technology of the time," and the first figures "didn't quite look and act as Walt Disney had originally envisioned."

When the exhibit was finally launched in 1971, with new technology, the presidents still looked far better from a distance than in a close-up.

Even Barack Obama's figure in the Hall of Presidents, which debuted in 2009, is far from a picture-perfect portrait.

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