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Animatronic Donald Trump Debuts At Disney World (Photos)

Animatronic Donald Trump Debuts At Disney World (Photos) Promo Image

An animatronic version of President Donald Trump has officially joined his robotic predecessors at the famed "Hall of Presidents" at Walt Disney World in Florida.

The exhibit, which resembles Independence Hall in Philadelphia, has been a part of Disney World since 1971, notes the Daily Mail.

During the approximately 25-minute show, several of the animatronic presidents dish up patriotic platitudes, while the rest of the robots merely silently gesture, The New York Times reports.

Originally, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" was played as visitors left the theater, but that song has since been replaced by the more modern "America the Beautiful." 

Presidents are added as they are elected, and each new leader has been given a speaking role beginning with former President Bill Clinton in 1993, notes The Times.

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"We may come from different places and believe in different things, but what makes us American is a shared spirit," the figure of former President Barack Obama said. "A spirit of courage and determination, of kindness and generosity."

Donald Trump's animatron gives a similarly upbeat speech, stating: "Above all, to be American is to be an optimist -- to believe that we can always do better -- and that the best days of our great nation are still ahead of us."

Whatever the merits of the speech, it should quell the conspiracy theory that animatronic Donald Trump would be banned from talking.

The theory began after circulated a petition demanding that Disney prohibit the current president's animatron from having a speaking role, due to his prior "degrading, insulting and demeaning" comments.

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The petition continued: "The Magic Kingdom at Disney World is a place specifically designed for the enjoyment of children and families. Therefore, it is not an appropriate place for a Donald Trump speech. We ask that Walt Disney World take a stand against divisive and hurtful rhetoric and have the backs of millions of Americans and people worldwide whose day would be ruined by the depiction of a speech by Donald Trump."

Although the petition failed to achieve its goal, critics on social media were quick to let their opinions be known about the latest addition to the Hall of Presidents.

One person deemed Disney's fake Donald Trump as being "scarier than the real thing."

Another was of the opinion that "the Trump robot in the Hall of Presidents looks like a 71-year-old Chucky doll."

A different tweet concurred, stating that "Trump somehow looks 'worse' than the real Trump. Like someone left him out in the sun too long."

Sources: Daily Mail,The New York Times, / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Disney via Daily Mail

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