Brady MacDonald at the LA Times is reporting that Imagineering is already denying Al Lutz's latest info that an Audio-Animatronics Barack Obama will join President Lincoln in a revamped "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" show:
Barack Obama is going to Disney World — and maybe Disneyland tooPresident-elect Barack Obama will soon take his place among the 43 previous commanders-in-chief at Walt Disney World and may join Abraham Lincoln and George Washington at Disneyland. (Story updated below.)
Disney hopes to entice Obama to record an address for his animatronic likeness, which will be added to the Hall of Presidents show at the Magic Kingdom by the Fourth of July 2009. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush lent their voices to their Disney doppelgangers.
The revamped show in Florida will include speaking parts by Washington, Lincoln and Obama, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Mice Age columnist Al Lutz reports that Obama and Washington may join Lincoln at the Disneyland Opera House in time for the Anaheim theme park’s 55th anniversary in 2010.
Disneyland’s “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” closed in 2005 to make way for the 50th anniversary movie, “Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years.”
Walt Disney Imagineering officials said that while discussions have been ongoing to bring back “Mr. Lincoln” at Disneyland, no such plans are currently in the works.
UPDATE: Walt Disney Imagineering officials now emphatically say a Barack Obama animatronic figure will NOT be added to the “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” show at Disneyland, calling the Al Lutz story “patently false.”
Interesting that Imagineering is already going into damage control on this. Remember this is the same Imagineering that refuted Al's news of Disney characters and the removal of the rainforest in "it's a small world" and then owned up to it and then partially denied it again, and then kind of owned up to it again.
If this story has legs, it'll be interesting to see what Imagineering says about this in follow-up stories and interviews.
Still, to be fair, Al hasn't always been right.
It'll be interesting to see who turns out being right...