$5 Million Dollars Worth of Updates to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

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Updates to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

Hey Disneyland vacationers! Disneyland Resort has officially filed a permit valued at $5 million for extensive updates to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. The attraction has been temporarily closed since April 16th to accommodate the renovations, and the reopening date remains undisclosed. Disneyland has been mum about the specific details of the refurbishment, but the significant investment implies that exciting changes are on the horizon.

What Changes to Expect

The permit outlines various upgrades for the show, including:

  • Replacing an existing platform.
  • Installing a new turntable for smoother transitions.
  • Overhauling lighting and audio systems for an immersive show.
  • Enhancing show elements to elevate the storytelling experience.
  • Upgrading mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

These significant improvements hint at a more technologically advanced experience while preserving the original charm of the attraction.

Walt Disney’s Vision and Historical Significance

Walt Disney had a deep admiration for Abraham Lincoln, which led to the creation of the groundbreaking Audio-Animatronics figure that made its debut at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. National Geographic described this lifelike creation as “alarming” in its realism at the time. In 1965, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln found its permanent home at Disneyland, where it has been captivating audiences for generations.

Next-Generation Technology

The current version of the Abraham Lincoln figure showcases advanced Audio-Animatronics technology, allowing for expressive facial movements and gestures. The designers utilized Lincoln’s life mask to create a true-to-life face, and actor Royal Dano provides a stirring interpretation of Lincoln’s famous words, giving visitors an authentic glimpse into the past.

Past and Future Evolution

Since its debut at Disneyland in 1965, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln has undergone multiple refurbishments and improvements. The attraction has been featured within the broader exhibit known as The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln since 2009, offering visitors a historical journey through Disney’s vision.

The latest updates aim to blend advanced technology with historical reverence, maintaining Walt Disney’s legacy of using innovative storytelling to bring history to life.

Final Thoughts

With significant changes in store, visitors can anticipate a revitalized Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln that honors its past while integrating modern advancements. As Disney works behind the scenes to perfect this timeless attraction, anticipation builds for its grand reopening. Fans of history and Disney magic alike will surely find these updates to be a captivating tribute to the legacy of President Lincoln and Walt Disney’s imaginative vision.

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I’m a die-hard Disney fan with 38 years of visits under my belt, having stepped into Disney World 120+ times. Proud to be a Disney Annual Passholder, a Vacation Club member since ’92, a Castaway Club Member, and a runDisney enthusiast. Oh, and I’ve graduated from the Disney College of Knowledge. Need Disney insights or planning tips? I’m your guy!