but there are rumors circulating that it's not going to come back until the summer of '07
Not a rumor. Nothing's happening to the Opera House for quite a while.
I never saw Mr. Lincoln. (Well, I've seen his feet.) My mom wasn't big on shows, so we never did it. I've heard enough stories about the nightmares of headsets that I hope they don't bring back the 2001 version.
I really like Disneyland: The First 50th Magical Years....but, the fact is that Mr. Lincoln is a classic and, therefore, should return. However, the title of the show is The Walt Disney Story FEATURING Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln, not The Abe Lincoln Story featuring Great Moments With Walt Disney. I would like to see the the focus shifted to Walt Disney. Maybe something along the lines of One Man's Dream in the Disney-MGM Studios.
Abe needs to come back, but to be relevant to today's youth, he needs to become "Disco with the Penny Dude!" I bet the guy who green lighted "Tiki Room: Under New Management" is available. Now I know you're thinking Main Street is themed to 1900, how does this fit? Well, Lincoln is 1860 and Disco is 1976. 1900 is between those dates so it fits!
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln....one of my all-time favorites!!
I've been to both the "new" and "old" versions...I love both, but the new actually made me feel like I was there...getting my hair cut, in on the plans, etc. So I would have to say I liked it better...
In MHO, NO ONE should miss it, and I definately hope it come back!!
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It is my understanding that Mr. Lincoln will return.
I was at an Imagineering party launching Space Mountain - and we had a "special" viewing of the 50th movie. At that time, it was stated that Abe is well, and still in the Opera House - in a box under the stage (although, it was also noted his clothes were not in the box with him) and that he would be returning.
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is indeed a classic that should be saved. I'm just not sure that it still belongs in Disneyland. It seems like the show is always empty - even after the new rehab that enabled Lincoln to whisper softly into your ear.
I think a lot more people would be able to see and appreciate the show if it were used as a touring Museum display or perhaps given to the Smithsonian in Washington DC (where thousands would no doubt line up to see it).
Not only would it help preserve the show for years to come, but would serve as good publicity for Disney as well.
I've always enjoyed the show and I do agree that the animatronic figure and the original show soundtrack should always be available, if not at Disneyland then somewhere else (I like Dustysage's idea of a traveling museum roadshow), but at the same time, I'm open to the possibility of another historical figure taking Mr. Lincoln's place, maybe even a regularly rotating roster of historical "stars," such as Mark Twain, or Martin Luther King, Jr., or John F. Kennedy, or Franklin D. Roosevelt, or even Walt Disney himself ("The Walt Disney Story featuring Great Moments with Mr. Disney"!). But something that is educational as well as entertaining, and allows the Opera House to be open as a place to relax a bit, especially on a hot day.