The Price of Freedom

One thing I love to remember when I am walking the streets of Disney….. Opportunity!!!! I look at the details and the imagination gathered from so many minds. Cast members from all walks of life all puting in their part to make the Magic stay alive. It is not all that glorious is some aspects of employment for WDW, yet, Cast Members go above and beyond to continue Walt’s dream, and provide Magic for those of us that are blessed to be a part of it. This is a very similar parallel to our forefathers and our constitution! Our nation is here today because of the “Cast Members” for Uncle Sam. As having served and committed myself to training, combat, and morales, in the pursuit of Life, Liberty & Freedom, I say thank you to our forefathers for drafting such a Document that has instilled a way of life and continuance of efforts to keep this country “Free” and safe! It is sometimes today forgotten in the world of public opinion, and political Correctness, but this nation is and has always been for and of.. ” One Nation Under God”

One Nation Under God! without debate, Walt, used his ideas and Dreams to create the Magical place that we enjoy today! The Hall of President’s is one of his original ideas that passed through many trials and changes before coming to fruition. I hope that you readers can take a moment and read the History of this attraction, as it is ironic how it plays into our history of our nation on the parallel of Liberty! Just as our constitution, this attraction is sometimes forgotten in the vast land of Disney, yet imagineers, and cast members continue to keep it updated and available for all guests. Our freedom is similar, some times taken for granted, but always fought for by our service men and women.

The Hall of Presidents

One Nation Under God

Walt Disney had originally wanted an attraction similar to the “Hall of Presidents” called One Nation Under God at Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort in AnaheimCalifornia USA. After Disneyland had become a huge success, Walt Disney proposed an extension of Main Street, U.S.A. called Liberty Street at Edison Square. Walt originally wanted wax figures of all the U.S. Presidents, and later decided to try to make them animated figures. But the technology that Walt Disney wanted for this attraction did not exist or fully meet his desire. Walt Disney decided to collaborate with his fellow Imagineers of WED Enterprises to try to make the first Audio-Animatronic figure in a human form. It would be one of Walt Disney’s heroes: Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

Walt Disney and his Imagineers created an Audio-Animatronic figure of Abraham Lincoln, more advanced than the ones produced for the Illinois Pavilion at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. The show consisted of a pre-show film on a screen with a depiction of paintings done to represent Illinois. Guests then entered the main theater where the theater curtains eventually were removed to reveal the figure of Abraham Lincoln sitting in a chair. He rose out of the chair, stood up, and gave a 5-7 minute oratory consisting of a collection of his famous speeches.

The show concluded with more theater curtains revealing the Rotunda of the United States Capitol Building. While the original version of the show that played in New York during its showing at the Fair was eventually dismantled and demolished, a similar version was created even while the Fair was going on in 1965. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln was closed down for Disneyland’s 50th anniversary in 2005, but was re-opened in 2009.

Liberty Square

After Walt Disney’s death on December 15, 1966, plans were moving ahead for the (still under construction) Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Since there was going to be another Disneyland-style theme park, this time officially known as the Magic Kingdom, Imagineers felt that one of the changes that would differ between Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom should be in one of the themed lands. The Imagineers decided that since Florida was close to the real New Orleans in Louisiana, having a New Orleans Square in the Magic Kingdom was a bit superfluous.The old designs and concepts for Disney’s Liberty Street at Edison Square were reviewed, revised, and what became of it was the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square, that served as the alternative to New Orleans Square. Liberty Square also serves as the alternative location for the Magic Kingdom’s version of the Haunted Mansion, which is located at New Orleans Square in Disneyland. The Imagineers also thought that, as a follow-up to “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln”, they could finally create Walt Disney’s concept of “One Nation Under God”, and thus the creating the Hall of Presidents.

Happy 4th of July

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