Time Announced for Fourth of July Flyover at Magic Kingdom

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As Americans gear up to celebrate their independence next week, Walt Disney World has been working hard to prepare for the memorable summer holiday. July 4 is a time when we reflect on and remember the values and principles that made the United States not only free but great. As Disney is a cornerstone in American culture, it makes sense that they, too, would get in on the celebration. Walt Disney loved America so much that he designed his parks to reflect the respect and admiration he had for a country that allowed him to build his empire, espesially on Main Street USA. Guests to Disney’s Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World can see this on full display around the rest Park as well with many references to Americana.

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Fourth of July Fly-over at Magic Kingdom

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As the Fourth of July is one of America’s most patriotic holidays, Magic Kingdom takes the day seriously, keeping to Walt’s love of his country. Many special events are hosted at Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom on this holiday, including special fireworks, fantastic snacks and drinks, holiday-themed merchandise, parades, and much more! There’s nothing more American than strolling down Main Street USA enjoying a turkey leg, checking out the Hall of Presidents, watching Disney retreat the American flag, and enjoying a mind-blowing Fourth of July firework display in the Park.


Although these are all great, there is one Walt Disney World tradition that has become a must-see for many Guests, and many people book Magic Kingdom on the Fourth of July for this reason. The morning fly-over! We wouldn’t be able to call ourselves American without the men and women who have selflessly served this country against foreign and domestic enemies. It seems suitable that the military would be a part of the celebration at Magic Kingdom. According to Scott Gustin on Twitter, much like years past, this year will be no different (weather permitting), as the U.S. Air Force will provide a KC-135 “Stratotanker,’ out of MacDill Air Force Base’s 91st Air-Refueling Squadron. In addition, this year’s fly-over will include several F-35 Lightning II stealth aircraft stationed out of Eglin Air Force Base with the 33rd Fighter Wing. These aircraft, in celebrating 100 years of refueling excellence, will take part in the 2023 fly-over on Independence Day at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

The fly-over is scheduled to take place at precisely 10:30 a.m. on July 4, assuming the weather doesn’t interrupt operations. One of the best viewing points is on Main Street USA. If you’re braving the holiday crowds at Walt Disney World, you don’t want to miss this, so plan accordingly. When you’re done, enjoy the sights and sounds of Magic Kingdom, eat, drink, hang out in Liberty Square, take a walk down Main Street USA, and be sure to catch those fireworks! Happy Fourth of July to you all and enjoy your holiday visit to Disney World Resort!


About Michael Arnold

Michael is a father, husband, and an Army Veteran. Michael spends his weekends at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando checking out new merchandise and food. Michael is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has an education background in Public Health. You can find Michael riding Pirates of the Caribbean over and over again or binge watching new Marvel and Star Wars content. Han shot first. Thor is the strongest Avenger. Roll Tide and Wash Your Hands!