Posted: 3:25 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012

History of Presidential visits at Disney Parks

President Barack Obama at Disney
President Obama delivers tourism speech at Walt Disney World. (01/19/12)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —

  • With the exception of Lyndon Baines Johnson, every U.S. President since Harry S. Truman has visited a Disney resort property at some point in their lives.
  • President Barack Obama will be the fourth U.S. President to visit a Walt Disney World park during their term in office. He is the second sitting U.S. President to visit the Magic Kingdom Park.
  • President Obama reportedly visited Disneyland as a child. Prior to becoming President, he spoke at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) conference held at Disney's Contemporary Resort in 2007.
  • Six U.S. Presidents have held and attended events at Walt Disney World Resort while in office:
  1. Richard Nixon – Disney’s Contemporary Resort (1973)
  2. Jimmy Carter – Magic Kingdom (1978)
  3. Ronald Reagan – Epcot (1983, 1985)
  4. George Herbert Walker Bush – Epcot (1990, 1991)
  5. Bill Clinton - Disney Institute (1996)
  6. George Walker Bush – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (2003) and Disney’s Contemporary Resort (2006)
  • Three U.S. Presidents have been to a Walt Disney World park during their term in office:
  1. Jimmy Carter – Magic Kingdom (1978)
  2. Ronald Reagan - Epcot (1983, 1985)
  3. George Herbert Walker Bush – Epcot (1990, 1991)
  • One U.S. President has been to Disneyland during their term in office:
  1. Gerald Ford (1975)
  • Prior to his career in politics, Ronald Reagan was a co-host for a special opening day telecast at Disneyland back in 1955.
  • The Hall of Presidents, an iconic attraction at the Magic Kingdom Park, highlights the history of America and features all U.S. Presidents as Audio-Animatronics figures.

Information provided by Walt Disney World.

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