Abraham Lincoln was Walt Disney's favorite president. As a child, Walt would dress up like Lincoln for a school President's Day presentation and recite the Gettysburg Address. This fondness for Lincoln would result in choosing him as the basis for the first human Audio-Animatronics figure and develop Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln for the State of Illinois Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair. This figure would serve as a proof of concept for a larger project that would become The Hall of Presidents at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Disney's animatronic figure would inspire a number of spoofs in popular culture and even some Disney-produced projects such as the Robot Abraham Lincoln in Muppets Tonight and a giant potato puppeteered by Donald Duck in the Mickey Mouse episode "Potatoland".
As an iconic figure of American history, he has been spoofed and imitated a number of times in popular culture. He was spoofed by Pumbaa in the Timon and Pumbaa episode; "Catch Me if You Kenya" and Quint in "Klondike Con" and a face statue of him was seen in "New Guinea Pig." Two evil robot versions of him also appeared in the Phineas and Ferb episodes "Mom's Birthday" and "Let's Bounce". In the Dave the Barbarian episode; "Not a Monkey", Dave was seen wearing a Lincoln hat with a fake brown beard to replace his missing hair.
A folk doll version of Lincoln possessed by the ghost of someone else was a planned character for the scrapped feature film project My Peoples, or A Few Good Ghosts. He was portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis in the 2012 film, Lincoln and Glenn Beck in National Treasure: Book of Secrets. His Mount Rushmore face statue was seen in a Goofy short in the House of Mouse episode "Chip 'n' Dale", in the Quack Pack episode "The Really Mighty Ducks" along with the other three presidents, and in The Muppets. In the House of Mouse episode "Gone Goofy"'s Pit Crew and Donald's Goofy World, Goofy was seen wearing and dressed up like Lincoln.
He was also mentioned in Toy Story 2, an episode of Best Friends Whenever, an episode of Lab Rats: Elite Force, the Bizaardvark episodes "The Collab" and "First Day of School". He was also mentioned in a Milo Murphy's Law episode titled "Athledecamathalon", the K.C. Undercover episode "Twin It To Win It" and the Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything episode "The Rankening".