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The Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom

It’s funny what we always gravitate too as a routine of sorts when most of us hit the Disney Parks.  I always seem to go left in MK, right in Epcot, left in AK, and left in Studios. I like what I like, and so it’s easy to ride the same stuff or see the same shows, forgetting there is a lot more to the Parks when you just stop and look up.  So we had a rough day(NOT sarcasm) in our Nation a couple weeks ago, and I was feeling incredibly sad and melancholy. And sure enough, I found myself stopping in front of “HOP” Hall of Presidents. Do I go in? Do I poke the bear during such a sensitive week? And what I mean by that is that I feel MANY feel how I do – damned if you feel anything, damned if you say anything.  I don’t think that’s fair. So I went in.

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I forgot how cool this lobby is….the Presidential seal in the center with all the great Presidential artwork on the walls. They actually have real items from past Presidents in glass cases here, and the Museum nerd in me had a moment when I saw one of Lincolns drawing desks! (I did an entire Lincoln series last year).  Walt Disney looked up to Abraham Lincoln, so much that he created “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” with the first ever Audio Animatronic ever made (he still resides in the Hall today).

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I talked to several of the Cast Members who were very on edge and I thanked them for working this attraction during these times. I am sad to say they have an Officer who stands outside the Attraction, and during the show there were two of them in the theater. I know why, you know why, and it hurts to see them.

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I think all of 20 of us were in that particular show, everyone spread across for the sake of Covid safety and honestly space. No one was looking down at phones or recording, taking pics. It was the silence of a church service…it was almost a somber silence with a heap load of respect.

As I watched, it filled me with hope. Hope for our Country to heal one day, and for people to come together instead of so much hate. And then Lincoln gave his Gettysburg address….and the tears just fell…and they kept falling.  I thought about everyone who passed this year from Covid, about all of the anger I have seen on the news and online, and I thought about all the great leaders that as I child I looked up too and wondered what little kids are thinking of these times now. It is a beautiful show, whether you like who is on the stage or not.

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Everyone clapped at the end, and I walked out feeling better. I hope we all feel better soon, and I highly encourage you all to check it out.

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