Nothing says America like the Fourth of July. Subsequently, nothing compares to the idea of Americana as well as a Disney Park! The two seem as if they were made for each other. As Walt was a well-documented patriot with a deep love for his country, the United States of America and her Independence is a big deal at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World. Marking the special occasion, Disney goes to great lengths to show their respect and admiration for a country and government that allotted them the freedoms and opportunities to be such a successful enterprise. This means holding special parades, fly-overs from military aircraft, and treats honoring the Fourth of July. Each Disney Park has their own unique way of celebrating. It even means giving Spaceship Earth a patriotic makeover!
Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios
Magic Kingdom is America defined. A large portion of the Park is dedicated to the country’s history. It makes sense that most festivities at Walt Disney World would center around this Park. This is where the annual flyover takes place each Fourth of July. It’s also where you’ll find the majority of themed merchandise and snacks. A walk down Main Street USA on the Fourth of July is about American as it gets unless you then go visit the Hall of Presidents.
Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios include some fun snack options and merchandise as well. Although not the premiere Park to celebrate the Fourth of July, given recent wait times, you may consider hopping to either on if you’re at Disney World this July. Wait times at both parks have been low, considering the time of year, and we’d definitely encourage you to take complete advantage. When you’re done, head back over to Magic Kingdom for some fantastic fireworks!
EPCOT/ Spaceship Earth
EPCOT is another Park at Walt Disney World that gets in on the fun for the Fourth of July. Although there’s a celebration of ALL nations over there, the American Pavilion takes center stage this week. Well, at least the second stage right behind Spaceship Earth. We say second stage because once the sun goes down, all eyes are on the Park’s centerpiece, which, through thousands of LEDS, is lit up with the good ole red, white, and blue. Disney often only does this for the Fourth of July, so seeing Spaceship Earth celebrate America’s independence could be considered a rare event. Rare or not, it’s beautiful to look at, and thanks to Bioreconstruct over on Twitter, we recently got a dazzling birds-eye view of Spaceship Earth in all of her star-spangled glory!
Aerial look at Spaceship Earth tonight with red, white, and blue lighting for Independence Day weekend. pic.twitter.com/DjBwpgBbR8
— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) July 3, 2023
Spaceship Earth is definitely a sight to see this Fourth of July, and we hope that you’ll take the time to head over to EPCOT to enjoy this annual homage to America as she celebrates her 247th birthday! If you’re staying home this year, no worries; maybe plan to catch a glimpse of EPCOT’s centerpiece in her best next summer! Or just enjoy the fantastic photos from Bioreconstruct. Whatever you do, have a safe holiday week, and Happy Fourth of July!