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Vice Retracts Two Stories About Alleged Disney Hall of Presidents vs. Trump Dispute

Walt Disney World’s not-so-popular Hall of Presidents attraction has gotten some attention recently with rumored disputes between Disney and the White House over what President Trump would end up saying in the show.

Vice had reported the animatronic addition to the show would not have a speaking roll, unlike every other president’s since 1993. Vice then released another report saying Trump would get a speech, but there was debate between the White House and Disney over who would write it. On Tuesday, Disney said these claims were inaccurate:

Despite some media reports to the contrary, President Trump will have a speaking role in The Hall of Presidents, like every president since 1993. We have been working closely with the current White House — just as we have with previous administrations — and the president’s recording session has been scheduled.

After the Disney Parks statement, Vice ended up retracting both reports.

“After a thorough investigation into the sourcing of two stories, ‘Here’s the Secret Backstage Trump Drama at Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents’ and ‘Behind the Scenes of Disney’s Donald Trump ‘Hall of Presidents’ Installation,’ and the identification of several factual errors, we have decided to retract both pieces,” Vice’s statement said. “We are conducting a full editorial review to pinpoint how this source was vetted, and how these stories were approved and published in violation of our usual editorial workflow. We fell short of our standards, and regret the error.”

While Vice’s findings might not be true, there was a Change.org petition that almost 15,000 people signed asking Disney to keep Trump from speaking.

Disney’s Hall of Presidents is located at Walt Disney World in Florida and is a patriotic show that features animatronics for all 44 presidents, but is currently closed to add the 45th president.

The Hall of Presidents is set to re-open in late 2017.

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