A new petition is aiming to keep President Donald Trump quiet for the next four years…at least at Walt Disney World. The petition, which has over 12,000 signatures to date, is aiming to keep the animatronic figure of Trump silent when Hall of Presidents reopens. Since Bill Clinton in 1993, all presidents have recorded a speech for the Walt Disney World to be used in the attraction. The new petition calls for Disney to stop that tradition based on Trumps’ campaign, and current actions.
According to the petition:
Donald Trump ran a Presidential campaign on hateful speech, misogyny, racism and xenophobia. In doing so, he has tainted the legacy of the American Presidency forever. 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.
While many of his supporters have said “don’t we have something more important to worry about”, many others have said that this actually could mean a great deal for Disney. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is the most visited theme park on earth. It is an International tourist destination, and much of the rest of the world dislikes the current President and many of his views. Disney risks upsetting many Americans by not following tradition, but they also risk upsetting many more international visitors by including him. It really is a fine line that Disney has to walk.
The new attraction is closed for rehab, but is expected to open at the end of June, just in time for the 4th of July celebration at the parks.
Want to see what we could be in store for? Here’s President Barack Obama at Disney’s Hall of Presidents before it closed earlier this year.