The show, featured in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom park, showcases past presidents in "audio animatronic" robot form, imparting famous words and well-known speeches to visiting audiences.
That is, at least, the picture painted by Vice's Motherboard, which reported on Monday, June 26, that the Trump administration has been "combative" with officials from Walt Disney World's Hall of Presidents.
This time around, though, a source close to the matter told Vice, Trump's team said they wanted to author the speech alone, and politely avoided speaking any further with Disney's engineering team.
"There are those at Imagineering who hope that if they hold off on doing anything with this attraction until the fall", the source said, "Trump may have done something so egregious that the general public won't have an issue with putting a non-talking version of [Trump] in The Hall of Presidents". Disney has always collaborated with the president on the final speech. After all, President Trump danced at the January inaugural ball to Frank Sinatra's "My Way", and his communication team made it very clear he meant to write and record the speech his way.
The exhibit, which traces presidential history through robotic models of every US president, has been been closed since January for renovations, namely to add an animatronic Trump, whose speech will conclude the show.
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"The same thing that we've done with other presidents, is the same plan we have for President Trump", said Jacquee Wahler, vice president of communications, according to local TV station News 13. Disney Imagineers say they have a mechanical bust of the Republican all ready to go. In a tradition that started with the Clinton administration, imagineers work with incoming presidents to write and record a non-partisan message of unity.
Another possible reason for the delay is that President Trump has reportedly not been very helpful to Disney.
Of course, Disney could certainly choose to leave Trump out of the ride altogether - after all, it is their ride, not his.
And on top of all that, Motherboard claims that Disney is particularly concerned about Trump tweeting about the entire back-and-forth between his White House and the Disney company.