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Home Things to Do Resorts / Theme Parks ‘Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln’ Returns to Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A.

‘Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln’ Returns to Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A.

Updated Presentation Utilizes Advanced Technology to Present Lincoln’s Inspiring Words

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President Abraham Lincoln has returned to the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. with stunning new Audio-Animatronics technology that makes this presentation the most lifelike and expressive Lincoln figure yet.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, a favorite Disneyland attraction for nearly 45 years and a historic landmark in the development of Audio-Animatronics technology, reopened Dec. 18, 2009 on Main Street, U.S.A. The updated attraction combines the best elements of the park's original 1965 Lincoln show with advanced technical enhancements.

The new Abraham Lincoln figure represents several major milestones for Audio-Animatronics figures, the park said.

For example, the new Lincoln figure will have a fully electric head - a first for human Disney Audio-Animatronics figures, which traditionally have been hydraulically operated. Also, Lincoln's head is based on an all-new sculpting that is more lifelike than in previous versions of the show.

With an expanded range of facial movement, Lincoln is more expressive than in previous versions. He can purse his lips, form an "O" with his lips, smile, grimace and use his eyebrows to enhance his emotions.

Like the original presentation, the state-of-the-art figure of the 16th president of the United States is on the Main Street Opera House stage to deliver a speech composed of highlights from speeches made by Lincoln during his lifetime. (Walt Disney himself selected the highlights first included in the attraction.)

The original readings by the late actor Royal Dano, recorded in the early 1960s, have been preserved and made sharper using digital technology, as has the original host narration by Paul Frees (a talented voice actor who also can be heard in the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean attractions).

In this latest presentation, however, Frees' narration includes passages never heard before in past Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln presentations. Thanks to the latest Audio-Animatronics technology, Lincoln also will appear more lifelike than ever before as he rises from his chair and speaks to the audience.

A Redesigned Look

Upon entering the Main Street Opera House, guests encounter a redesigned lobby, including both The Disneyland Story - an entertaining display of the past, present and future of Disneyland - and a separate presentation of items relating to Abraham Lincoln's life and work.

Once inside the auditorium, guests first view an onscreen program about Lincoln and the Civil War that features digitally enhanced versions of pictures and sound created for past versions of the show, along with new material.

Next, Lincoln takes the stage to deliver his speech. When the 15-minute show concludes, guests exit through a gallery depicting notable Americans who have followed in Lincoln's footsteps and continue to inspire others in areas such as perseverance, innovation and imagination.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln first opened at the 1964 New York World's Fair.

About Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. features two theme parks - Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney's California Adventure park - plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences.

The Resort's three hotels are the luxurious, newly expanded 948-room Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 970-room Disneyland Hotel and the 481-room Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel with its "day-at-the-beach" fun.

For information on new attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort, visit
www.disneyland.com or call 866/60-DISNEY.

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