By Utah National Parks Council
Feb 12, 2014

President’s Day: Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Disneyland

I love Disneyland. We go every year and the first thing we do when we enter the park is to go see “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.” It is inspiring. A few years ago, we found ourselves there on September 11 and as usual made our way to the Lincoln theater the first morning. We took a moment of silence to reflect on the lives that were lost that day.

“Walt Disney was fascinated with the life of Abraham Lincoln. As a child, he even recited Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address to his elementary school class. The first Audio-Animatronics version of Lincoln debuted in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair. The show was so life-like that National Geographic magazine called the figure “alarming” in its realism. In 1965, the smash hit was relocated to Disneyland Park, where it has been enjoyed in one incarnation or another ever since.” [1]

If you have never taken the opportunity to see this watch the video below:

The Gettysburg Address

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. [2]

On a side note: We were at Disneyland for Christmas in 2012 and as usual made our way to the theater first thing it the morning. It had started to rain and we were alone in the theater (usual). Suddenly, many of the characters came in to get out of the rain, and we were able to get a ton of pictures with Donald & Daisy, Mickey, Pluto, etc. without any crowds.

Author: Heidi Sanders | Marketing & PR Director, Utah National Parks Council

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References

1. See “The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.”

2. See Wikipedia, “The Gettysburg Address.”

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