The American Moms
If you're headed to the happiest place on earth during the holidays, we have a little secret attraction to share with you. It's not actually secret, of course, just often overlooked, but it's been there since 1965. Right as you enter the gates of Disneyland on Main Street, there's a wonderful attraction called Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. Inside is a model of the U.S. Capitol on display, and artifacts and artwork showcasing various moments from Lincoln's life. On center stage, is a fascinating show featuring an audio-animatronic representation of President Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln's animatronic comes to life and he delivers a beautiful speech (compiled from multiple speeches he gave) about America's past and how he envisions its future. It's inspiring. My family and I were there last month and made sure to sneak in to see it when we needed a break from the crowds.
The Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln was originally showcased in 1964 at the World's Fair in New York, as the main feature for the state of Illinois. Walt Disney originally envisioned a show that would pay tribute to all U.S. presidents in the 1950's, but technology at the time didn't permit it to happen and the idea was abandoned. So, instead, the show focused entirely on President Lincoln, Disney's boyhood hero.
Though the idea to showcase all presidents at Disneyland was forgotten, there's now a presidential tribute at Disney World's Magic Kingdom called The Hall of Presidents. So, next time you're there, be sure to check it out! #theamericanmoms #disneyland #happiestplaceonearth #themoreyouknow