After lots of controversy and many Disney World fans saying that they would boycott the park if President Trump would/wouldn’t get a speaking part in the Hall, they have agreed for a speaking part for Trump in the show. Here is the statement from Disney,
“The same thing that we’ve done with other presidents, is the same plan we have for President Trump,” said Jacquee Wahler, vice president of communications.
“We’re hopeful that, at least by the first anniversary of his election, he’ll be there with the 44 other presidents that preceded him,” Bob Iger said.
The attraction closed early this year before the inauguration and was expected to re-open early summer. However, it seems that the negotiations to agree to the Presidents role took a little longer. Disney has tried to stay out of the social media spotlight with their decision as they don’t seem to be able to please fans on either side of this political atmosphere. Ideally Disney executives would like to stay out of the Presidents twitter feed.
“They’d particularly like to avoid him tweeting about this situation,” added the source. “It would most likely result in a call for conservatives to boycott Walt Disney World, which is the company’s biggest fear.” (Motherboard)
Disney is now saying it will re-open late 2017, we will have to wait and see if that happens. Maybe Disney buying themselves more time to finalize their decision by waiting a bit longer. I would imagine they would want some of the political climate to blow over before re-opening the Hall of Presidents.