So once you’re done being either inspired or creeped out by Mr. Lincoln, you go through a couple of rooms I like to call the aftershow. Artwork adorns the walls with plaques reading “Spirit of [admirable quality]”
Henry Ford and some other guys
The most odd and definitely egregious was the “Spirit of Celebration”
Yes Ladies and Gentlemice, that’s Elvis, Michael Jackson, and Hanna Montana. I mean I know Hannah Montana is a very popular and successful Disney product, but SERIOUSLY??? You can’t think of some other musician or musical group to celebrate? Like The Beatles? Or something?
Their candidate selection was clearly a little baffling.
Spirit of Achievement: Einstein, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and Sonya Sotomayor.
Over in the Spirit of Giving side I realized I took a picture of the wrong thing. Here’s what I took a picture of:
But in that picture on the upper right, it’s a school in Africa and Oprah Winfrey is there. Now I know that Oprah gives to a lot of charities, but whenever I think about Oprah giving something away, I just think “EVERYBODY GETS A CAR! EVERYBODY GETS A CAR!!!!!”
Nobody got a car here.
Over in the Spirit of Perseverance, you have Jackie Robinson, Michelle Kwan, and Bruce Lee
All three are people of color, but only one is actually IN color
And I was very happy to see Michelle Kwan in there because honestly, I think she was robbed of the Olympic gold metal in 1998. Totally robbed.
Over on the Spirit of Tolerance side,
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Helen Keller
And not that Helen Keller was intolerant or something, but I think I might have put her over in the Spirit of Perseverance or the Spirit of Inspiration section.
Or the Spirit of Celebration. To replace Hannah Montana.
Speaking of the Spirit of Inspiration, there’s Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, and some guy on top of a mountain.
Rosa, Amelia, and ???
I’m sure someone out there knows who that guy is, but I honestly can’t remember. Guess I didn’t find him very inspiring.
On the Spirit of Something I Didn’t Write Down wall, you have two true geniuses, Jim Henson and Mary Blair.
And of course, the man and the mouse behind it all
Spirit of Awesome
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I am pretty sure that next to Amelia , the person you lisr as ??? is Erik Weihenmayer the blind mountain climber who reached the summit of Mt Everest. It is sort of an ironic choice to include Weihenmayer. because in addition to Everest, he climed to the peak of the Seven Summits, the tallest mountain on each continent. This was an achievement that Frank Wells, who served as Disney President along with Michael Eisner, just missed. Wells was able to scale six of the seven summits, but despite two attempts, he was not able to ascend Everest. , When I was there, I did not list all of the inspiring individuals, but I also remember pictures of Michael Jackson and Sally Ride along that wall as well.
@Linus, That’s exactly who that is. http://www.himalayanfootsteps.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Eric_Weihenmayer.jpg
Hannah Montana? Really?!!!
I was wondering when you’d get around to Lincoln. OK, I haven’t been in this attraction in years either so definitely the “old” version but I have been to it dozens of times. For some odd reason it was a favorite of my mother’s when I was a kid she used to drag me in there as often as she could before getting to go on the good stuff.
Total ICK! on the inclusion of Miley. I really cannot stand that girl anyway. But you are completely missing the most important thing about Lincoln: its the best place in the park to have a little one take a nap. Its cool, dark and empty. Fantastic!!! My dd took a wonderful nap at the presidents thing at WDW which, btw, I forced my kids to go to and they were bored stiff. Its official! I am my mother 🙂