Magic Kingdom Announces Special Flyover to Honor Veterans

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Walt Disney always felt that it was important to support the country and honor those in the military and their families. During World War II, Disney even allowed troops to move into the studio lot in Burbank, California because it was close to the Lockheed Aircraft Plant that the troops were assigned to protect. Mr. Disney even worked to make training videos for the Army, something he did at cost, meaning he made no money from it. During those WWII years, military training videos made up 90% of the studio’s content.

Walt Disney War Content

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Even though Walt left us long ago, the Walt Disney Company still celebrates active military members, veterans, and military families. Each night, Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort hosts a flag retreat ceremony. And on October 27, Walt Disney World Resort will be having a flyover from the world-famous Thunderbirds to kick off National Veterans and Military Families month.

Flag Retreat Ceremony

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Disney sent out the following statement, announcing the flyover:


As part of Disney’s enduring respect for those who serve in the military and their familes, we are hosting a flyover over Magic Kingdom Park by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team on Thursday, October 27 to mark the arrival of National Veterans and Military Families Month in November. They will do two passes beginning at 9:30 a.m. over the Park (weather dependent), culminating in their famous delta maneuver where they pass over the castle, accelerating rapidly in different directions, giving the appearance of a fireworks display. 

Disney World Thunderbirds

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The Thunderbirds made their last appearance at Walt Disney World Resort in October 2020, to honor past and present military members, as well as those who gave their lives during their service.

For those in the Orlando area, the Thunderbirds will be performing at the Orlando Air & Space show, which will take place on October 29 and October 3o at the Orlando Sanford International Airport.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!