Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Magic Kingdom Flag Retreat

It's easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the Magic Kingdom. Often, even if you start your day at the crack of dawn, time escapes you and before you know it, it's time for the fireworks and the Main Street Electrical Parade.

However, as we are approaching the Fourth of July, I urge all Magic Kingdom guests to stop what they are doing at 4:45 and walk to the front of the park. Why? So you will have the opportunity to witness the most important part of a Magic Kingdom day that virtually nobody knows about - the Magic Kingdom Flag Retreat Ceremony.

Every single day at 5pm, rain or shine, Main Street USA Cast Members, march out in unison, accompanied by the marching band, Dapper Dans and members of Disney security team. They take take down the American flag in a very careful and precise way.

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It's a time of day that the entrance of Main Street isn't crowded at all. Some folks are leaving and very few are coming in for a park hop. But Disney treats this ceremony with the utmost respect.

For me, the best part of the ceremony is the fact that they choose a United States veteran every single day to participate in the ceremony. This veteran salutes the flag as it is retreating, and after the security team folds it respectfully the veteran is presented with the flag.

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This is by no means a flashy ceremony. There's no characters running around and little fan fare. However, I think that this simplicity is what makes it beautiful, touching and perfect.

Next month, take a break from the hustle and bustle and go watch the Flag Retreat Ceremony. You won't be disappointed!


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