Following a wide-screen historical film, Audio-Animatronic versions of the U.S. presidents crowd awkwardly onstage, nodding to the audience, and several in turn spout homilies about democracy, unity, and other satisfying nuggets. (In 2021, it was Bidenized—the current president is always added.) It’s as lacking in substance as it has been since it wowed first-day visitors in 1971. Although audiences don’t realize it, figures were created with historical accuracy; if the president didn’t live in an era of machine-made clothing, for example, he wears a hand-stitched suit. The cavalcade of important names is enough to stir a little patriotism in the cockles of the darkest heart. The pluck of American technical wizardry is turned into something more homespun by using old-fashioned mores—Lincoln even rises politely from a sitting position to address the audience, as he did when the show first ran, starring only him, at the World’s Fair in 1964. Bank about 25 minutes to see it, plus the (rare) wait—unlike Lincoln, you’ll be seated for the whole show.
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The Hall of Presidents
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