Thursday, July 3, 2014

4th of July at the Magic Kingdom Flag Retreat

Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the fourth stop on our Magical Blogorail.

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 celebrating 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. No, not fireworks, but 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.

So when you are celebrating the 4th of July, or any Disney day for that matter, take a break from the hustle and bustle and go watch the Flag Retreat Ceremony. You won't be disappointed!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is My Pixie Dust Diary.

1st Stop ~ Frontierland Station - The Voices of Liberty
2nd Stop ~ A Disney Mom’s Thoughts - Dressing for July 4th
3rd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse - American Adventure
4th Stop ~ The Disney Point - Magic Kingdom Flag Retreat Ceremony (You are here!)
Final Stop ~ My Pixie Dust Diary - Fireworks Viewing


Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse said...

It is a beautiful thing to observe! I've only seen it at Christmas time, when the flag was over to the side. I need to go again when it's in its more prominent place. Do the Dapper Dans sing the Star Spangled Banner? I don't remember them doing so when I viewed the Retreat.

Heidi Strawser said...

As many times as we've been to Disney, I have never seen this. I think we need to change that. Sounds like a great experience. How many times have you watched?

Kimberly said...

This is so special! I have wanted to see this ceremony before, but I always end up forgetting to go back to Main St. in time for it. What did the Dapper Dan's sing when you were there?

Beth Green said...

I have seen this twice and they were 2 very different experiences. One was full of music, patriotism and people. The next was very short, very few songs and not as patriotic. I wonder why the difference?

Melissa - Disney on Wheels said...

We haven't watched the Flag Retreat ceremony in a while and we need to make the time to see it again. It's such a special experience.

Lynn Wiltse said...

I love that they have such a special process for this! We haven't seen it in person but I know when I do I'll probably be teary.

JenniferLissak said...

I've only seen it at once at WDW but at Disneyland, they bring forward ALL veterans in attendance.. It's a much bigger show out there - very neat! Some people definitely knew the drill and were regulars!

Dawn Cullo said...

What a beautiful ceremony - I've never made it a point to see it. Next time I am there I will put it on my to do list.

Capturing Magical Memories said...

I have never seen it in person but I know that it means a lot to our veterans that they continue this tradition.

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