This original version of the attraction opened with the rest of the New York World's Fair on April 22, 1964. It and the rest of the Fair closed with the first season
on October 18, 1964, then reopened for the second and final season on April 21, 1965 and closed on October 17, 1965. The State of Illinois Pavilion, both its exterior and interiors, were demolished
. The same can be said for the other exhibits
within the Pavilion, including "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln". Only valuable artifacts
, collections, and exhibits made their way back to the State of Illinois or elsewhere around the world. For many years, all that remained of the original version of "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" are the memories of those who saw it, and the photos
and film recordings
While the second and final season of the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair was continuing in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
, and fall
of 1965), a duplicate
of the attraction was being made by Walt Disney and his Imagineers.
Years after the duplicate was created, it was discovered that the original Lincoln figure had been packed in a crate, shipped back to California and mysteriously forgotten for decades. After it was unearthed it formed the centerpiece of a 2005-2006 traveling exhibit entitled "Behind the Magic: 50 Years of Disneyland" where it was exhibited along with its packing crate. The figure was displayed without clothing or skin except for the iconic head. This original figure had never been seen by the public since its appearance at the New York World's Fair and had been believed lost.