Monday, June 2, 2014

Independence Day at Walt Disney World

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If you are going to be at Walt Disney World for Independence Day this year, you need to be prepared!  The parks will be crowded on July 4th so make sure you do the following:
  • Make a plan! All four of the Walt Disney World parks will be very busy.  In years past, the parks have reached capacity and guests were turned away.  It does not matter if you have dining reservations inside the park or not- once capacity is reached, the parks close.  Decide which park you want to visit on Independence Day, arrive early and stay the entire day.  Don’t park hop and don’t return to your resort for a swim or a nap.  If you do, you may not get back in the park!  If you are stayig in a Disney Resort, you are guaranteed entry into one of the parks, but it may not be your park of choice! 
  • Choose wisely!  Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios will have special events and firework shows planned for July 4.  You can read more below.  If it doesn't interest you to see a Patriotic spin on the nighttime shows, choose the park that has your favorite attractions.
  • Know the park you'll visit.  Crowds will be at their peak. Lines will be long.  Fastpasses may run out early in the day. Decide which attractions are a MUST and schedule FastPass+.  Know where your favorite shops are located and secure those “must have” souvenirs early in the day.  Know where restaurants are for your dining reservations so you don’t waste time wandering the park looking for the restaurant. 
  • Know when and where the shows, parades and fireworks will happen.  Remember, the parks are going to be crowded. That means the shows, parades and fireworks will also be crowded.  Secure your “spot” for viewing early in the day no later than 30 (maybe even 45) minutes prior to the event.
These are some of the Patriotic activities from years past you don't want to miss!

Magic Kingdom- At Magic Kingdom park, you can view a special “Disney’s Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” fireworks show followed by the nighttime parade.  Don't miss Goofy, Donald and Pluto leading a procession down Main Street, USA before the afternoon parade!  
If you choose to visit the Magic Kingdom on July 4th, you must visit the Hall of Presidents, eat at Liberty Tree Tavern and celebrate our past by strolling through Liberty Square!  There will also be special America themed treats and merchandise available. 

Epcot- At Epcot, you have to spend time at the America Pavilion! You will be able to see your favorite Disney characters dressed in American Attire.  Betsy Ross and Ben Franklin have been known to make appearances in the past!  You will be able to hear the Voices of Liberty perform on the American Gardens Theatre stage along with the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps. Illuminations, Epcot’s nighttime laser and fireworks show, will feature a patriotic finale called "The Heartbeat of Freedom."

Disney’s Hollywood Studios- At DHS, you can see a Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration!  In addition to a DJ playing music under the Sorcerer's Hat, the band Mulch, Sweat & Shears will showcase music from across America highlighting what each region has contributed to Rock & Roll.   There will also be a special rock 'n roll fireworks show.

Animal Kingdom- Traditionally, there have been no special 4th of July activities planned for this park.


  1. We will spending 4th of July at WDW for the first time this year! Having been on NYE we know how crowded MK can be so we chose to do HS. We usually just mosey in that park so we're hoping it's a relaxing fun-filled day!

  2. I hate crowds....BUT would LOVE to be a MK or Epcot. The Fireworks, the Voices of Liberty...sounds absolutely perfect.

  3. Epcot is such a cool place to be for the 4th. Great points you made in this post! I never thought about losing your reservations due to not being able to get into the park!