You can’t go to Disney World and miss the American Patriotism there. This Independence Day, I thought I’d spotlight a few of those things for you. Enjoy some views from the Park before taking in fireworks and eating hot dogs and hamburgers today!
Main Street U.S.A
Inspired by Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri in the turn-of-the-century era.
Walt said, “For those of us who remember the carefree time it recreates, Main Street will bring back happy memories. For younger visitors, it is an adventure in turning back the calendar to the days of their grandfather’s youth” (Wikipedia).
Flag Retreat Ceremony
Each evening at the Magic Kingdom, a veteran is selected to participate in a Flag Retreat Ceremony, as patriotic music is played, the Pledge of Allegiance is spoken, and the flag is taken down for the night.
Main Street Electrical Parade Finale
The Magic Kingdom’s nighttime parade ends with a star-spangled float and marching patriots.
One of the “lands” of the Magic Kingdom is devoted to Colonial America.
Showcased in the center of Liberty Square is a replica of the Liberty Bell, surrounded by flags.
Interestingly, Florida is the only state to have 2 replica Liberty Bells. Each state has a replica, but realizing that Philadelphia had the original and didn’t need a copy, Disney asked permission to have it for this part of the park (DIS Unplugged).
Hanging from a big, beautiful, live Liberty Tree are 13 lanterns, which light at night. They represent the 13 original colonies of the United States.
Paul Revere’s Lamps
The Hall of Presidents
I can’t imagine leaving the Hall of Presidents and not feeling patriotic. This attraction is a beautiful tribute to our country’s history and its leaders. Not only is the video moving, but the animatronics are impressive. When you’re there, pay attention to how the other presidents act when one is speaking (Such detail!).
Also, in the waiting area for the show, you’ll find American memorabilia, including dresses of first ladies, presidential belongings, and The Great Seal of the United States in the carpet.
Muppet Vision 3D
In this funny film in Hollywood Studios, Sam Eagle and the Muppets present a “Salute to All Nations, But Mostly America,” which, of course, turns out to be disastrous.
The American Adventure
In the center of Epcot’s World Showcase is The American Adventure. In this beautiful, colonial building is a half-hour show that highlights important moments in our nation’s history. This animatronic show took Imagineers 5 years to create! It’s 10 different stage sets move forward and backward on command.
Voices of Liberty
Inside the American Adventure building, you might catch the impressive a capella group, The Voices of Liberty. The group’s performances feature patriotic songs, as well as the newly-added “Let it Go.”
I’ll never forget hearing this group on our honeymoon, especially Tiffany Coburn’s amazing soprano voice.
Here is a video from Dad’s Guide to Disney World:
Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps (retired)
Until September 2014, you could stop and listen to this talented group on the streets of America in Epcot’s World Showcase.
Not surprisingly, you’ll find American merchandise at Disney World, but particularly in The American Adventure Pavilion’s store, Heritage Manor Gifts. You can buy things like an “I [heart] Abe” t-shirt, a patriot hat, and these amazing blocks, which feature the 50 states, their capitols, the date on which they entered the Union, the state bird/flower, and an icon from each state. The elementary teacher (and mother) in me, loves them! (But, be warned, they are pricey.)
Do you have a favorite patriotic part of Disney World
or a special memory?
Leave a comment about it!
Happy 4th of July!!