Is Disney having trouble making Robot Trump work?
You’ll have to wait a little longer for your robot Donald Trump.
New reports coming out of the most magical place on earth claim that Disney World’s Hall of Presidents won’t be showing off its 45th robot President any time soon.
The venerable hall, which has been closed for renovations since shortly before Trump took office in January, was originally scheduled to reopen on June 30th.
Originally opened in 1971 as part of Disney World’s Liberty Square, The Hall of Presidents features animatronic robots built by Disney Imagineers for each of the previous 44 presidents. Its last major renovation came in 2009 when it unveiled its President Barack Obama animatronic. The creation was heavily promoted by Disney World and the White House.
The two parties have been strangely silent this go around. Trump’s administration hasn’t offered comment on the attraction and the new President’s inclusion and Disney World has spent weeks dodging requests for updates.
Now comes word from the Disney World blog Disney World News that the reopening is delayed until after the crucial July 4th Holiday weekend. "Cast members standing outside of the closed attraction are also telling guests that it will not reopen prior to July 4th," wrote Disney World expert and author Tom Corless.
Sources also told Corless that Disney is not staffing up the Hall for at least another few weeks.
There’s no question Trump’s robot self is coming to the park, eventually. Late last year Disney CEO told investors they’d already built "a bust" of the freshly-elected President for the attraction.
It’s not clear if Disney intends for Trump’s robot to take over Obama’s role and give a lengthy speech at the Hall. Every sitting president since Bill Clinton has done so. Barack Obama recorded his attraction speech in 2009 after Disney World completed his robot.
However, Trump has, according to reports, been somewhat less than cooperative. Agreeing on the script may be a sticking point.
There is, obviously, the possibility that Disney could rejigger the show so none of the presidents, aside from Abraham Lincoln (his speech had long been a mainstay of the attraction), speak. Trump could simply be another robot president on stage, nodding his approval at the narrator’s and the 16th president’s words.
Whether or not the reports of these tiny internecine battles between the Trump’s administration and Disney World are true, all Disney World experts we’ve spoken to agree that the lack of information coming out of the House that Mickey Built is unusual.
"Disney is pretty open with guests about how long attractions will be closed for, considering many book their trips around seeing their favorites," Corless told Mashable, "Going completely silent on an attraction re-opening is strange, even in cases where technical difficulties are encountered."
Whatever Disney World does with the Hall of Presidents, it’s becoming increasingly clear that they’re hoping to reopen the attraction featuring our lighting rod president with a minimum of fanfare.
Mashable has contacted Disney World for comment and will update this report with its response.