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Removal of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln?

There are rumors circulating that the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction in the Opera House at Disneyland's Town Square will close for good sometime before Disneyland's 50th birthday. The show will close to make way to accommodate the displays and presentations planned for Disneyland's 50th birthday celebration.

While there are no concrete plans to remove the Lincoln AA during the 50th birthday (it will probably remain onstage regardless of the plans for the rest of the theater), Disney may use this chance to eliminate the Mr. Lincoln attraction after the 50th birthday celebrations.

Attendance has often been low for this unique Disney attraction, and rumors have been swirling for years about the removal of the Lincoln show; in the early 90s, there was talk about a Muppets attraction being put in there. This is the latest attempt by the park to replace the Lincoln attraction.

A few years ago, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln received a major refurbishment in which many show elements were replaced. The gimmick for the new attraction was the use of binaural technology, with the 3-D sound effects experienced with headphones distributed to guests. There was spirited debate over the use of 3-D sound for this attraction. Some found it too forced, especially during the "haircut" scene, while others found it to be the perfect way to update and bring new life into an aging show. However, despite the new technology and updated show, attendance to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln on Main Street, U.S.A. has dropped to low levels once more.

In an effort to boost attendance to the unique attraction, Disneyland cast members recently have been distributing special "tickets" to guests in Town Square. Whether this tactic works remains to be seen, but many are anticipated to make their voices heard before the rumor becomes a reality that this classic Disneyland attraction may find its way to "Yesterland."


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