Sunday, January 10, 2010

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln Returns

That's right! One of my all-time favorite Disneyland attractions is back!!!

We both love Abraham Lincoln and it is tradition for us to get our picture with him and then watch the show. This is the new photo that hangs in the lobby.

The model of the U.S. Capitol is still on display.

They have a wall of these little statues that apparently represent something from the American Adventure at WDW. I guess they each represent something about the "American Spirit."

This is the screen that shows the preparation that went into making the animatronic Lincoln. You can see it in the video I linked below.

As you go in, this silhouette is on the curtains, and then the show begins.

I must admit to being a bit nervous that they would do something that would mess the whole thing up. Let's face it, over the years they have done some weird things to the show, such as adding that part in the intro where you had to wear earphones and they made it feel like you were getting a hair cut, and adding that "Two Brothers" song with the pictures, or the WORST was ending it with that horrible "Golden Dreams" (or Wings?) song. UGH!! (shudder)

Over the past few years I have made numerous trips to the City Hall to lodge my feelings on the return of Mr. Lincoln and some ideas about what to incorporate and what to lose when they do return him. I envisioned a show where they would drop the "Two Brothers" song, the "Golden Dreams" song, the hair cuts and the like, and just get back to what Walt envisioned; Lincoln, his personal history, how he was important to our nation, and then end it with the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Not difficult - just keep it simple and true to Walt's dream.

I can't tell you how incredibly surprised and pleased I am with the new show. WOW! Not only did they make a new animatronic that shows emotion, but they returned the show to its original roots. They have Lincoln telling his story in his own words, and new illustrations to go with the historical portion. They did include the "Two Brothers" song and photos, but I just tried to overlook that part. Then, the very best part is that they ended it with the "Battle Hymn of the Republic!" Well done imagineers! Thank you for bringing back a family favorite and for doing it so well. We love it!!

Here is the 1964 World's Fair Version. Although there is a copy on youtube of the current version, it isn't good quality and you aren't supposed to video tape it, so I'll just post a link to this version and you can do your own you tube research on the current version.

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