Disney is pushing back against reports that its Disney World theme park was planning to keep a robot modeled after President Trump from delivering a speech in the “Hall of Presidents” exhibit, calling the reports “inaccurate”.
The “Hall of Presidents” features all of the U.S. presidents as animatronics giving speeches about the presidency. A Vice News report published in May said that the theme park was planning on adding a Trump robot to the attraction, but that unlike his predecessors, it wouldn’t speak.
Vice retracted its two articles about the Trump robot on Wednesday, saying in an editor’s note that the stories contained multiple factual errors and “fell short of our standards.”
Thomas Smith, editorial content director for the Disney Parks blog, responded to the controversy in a blog post Tuesday.
“Despite some media reports to the contrary, President Trump will have a speaking role in The Hall of Presidents, like every president since 1993,” he wrote.
“We have been working closely with the current White House – just as we have with previous administrations – and the president’s recording session has been scheduled. The attraction will re-open in late 2017.”
A Disney representative told Viral Disney that the company was working with the Trump team just as they had for previous administrations and called the Vice report “inaccurate.”