“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. When asked if Trump would have a speaking role, Wahler said that he would.
Ever since Bill Clinton in 1993, every sitting president has recorded a short speech for the attraction.
However, according to one source at Disney management, Trump’s communications team reportedly took issue with Disney’s desire to collaborate on his speech:
“When Disney tried to get this process started earlier this year,” said the source in an email to Motherboard, “Trump’s people said, ‘We’ll be writing the speech that the President’s Audio-Animatronic figure will be saying.'”
“The Imagineers [the researchers and developers behind Disney’s theme park attractions] tried to point out that they’re typically involved with this process,” continued the source. “That they directly collaborated with Clinton, Bush, and Obama’s people when it came to figuring out what the President’s Audio-Animatronic figure would say. Trump’s people said, ‘No. We’re writing this speech. You guys have no input on this.'”
The attraction, which has been closed since January 2017 in order to add the Trump robot, was initially scheduled to reopen in time for the busy summer season. However, the alleged speech snafu pushed the attraction’s reopening back to the fall. Disney hopes to reopen the ride by the anniversary of Trump’s election.
Of course, while everything seems to be ironed out, there remain folks at Disney who hope that Trump’s robot will be made mute:
“There are those at Imagineering who hope that if they hold off on doing anything with this attraction until the fall, Trump may have done something so egregious that the general public won’t have an issue with putting a non-talking version of [Trump] in The Hall of Presidents,” said the source.
Well with sentiment like that can we really blame Trump for not wanting to collaborate with Disney on his speech? Why would he want to work with people who would rather prefer he has no voice at all? Remember: Disney owns many of the mainstream media companies that have been badmouthing Trump since before he was even elected. Of course he wouldn’t want to work with them.
But speaking of Trump’s voice, Disney is apparently hilariously afraid that he’ll tweet about the situation:
“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.”
Trump vs. the Mouse? Now that would make for some quality entertainment.
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