First Look: Obama's Hall of Presidents figure
The New York Times got a first look at President Obama's audio-animatronic set that will make its appearance when the overhauled Hall of Presidents reopens at the Magic Kingdom later this summer.
The article is a long one, but there are some interesting highlights to be found.
President Obama supplied his measurements and recorded the audio–originally drafted by a Disney writer–as well as another recitation of the oath of office–this time free of stumbling dictation.
The animatronic figure is almost complete, but there were some noticeable problems as the animatronic president's finger waggled back and forth, uncontrollably.
President Obama has seen renderings on "Robobama," telling Disney employee Pamela Fisher, "that we had made him better-looking than he was."
The exhibit will now open with a new film, narrated by actor Morgan Freeman–who, perhaps coincidentally, has played the part of president in the 1998 movie, Deep Impact.
Imagineers have gone to great lengths to bring President Obama to life in animatronic form, going so far as to recreate details down to his braided wedding ring. Staff studied the minute details of the President's mannerisms using presidential photographs and video. With this information, Imagineers built the animatronic set using the latest in robotics technology.
The newly revamped Hall of Presidents is set to open in the Magic Kingdom on July 4.