Disney is outsourcing only some (read: most) of the Audio-Animatronics. They will still develop highly complex and advanced AAs in-house:
Disney to outsource making of some Audio Animatronics
[ . . . ] The memo is dated June 12, 2008, and was sent to all Walt Disney Imagineering employees from Bruce Vaughn, chief creative executive, Craig Russell, chief development and delivery executive, and Kevin Eld, vice president of Disney Creative Production. The memo was sent to and received by the Orange County Register today. Imagineers is Disney’s a word for designers and engineers.
The memo states that after review manufacturing all Audio-Animatronics figures in-house is not feasible in terms of cost and staffing. Instead, Imagineering’s Manufacturing and Prototype Operations group based in North Hollywood will “build some select, highly complex” figures in-house. [ . . . ]
If I'm not mistaken, Mr. Lincoln has traditionally been one of the park's most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures, along with the Auctioneer in Pirates of the Caribbean. If this is still the case, then I would assume Mr. Lincoln is not being outsourced and will be built in-house.