Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and, although I would love to be at Disney World, it isn’t quite open yet. That being said, I’m feeling very patriotic and wanted to share some of my favorite patriotic things that you can do and see at Disney World (even when it’s not the Fourth of July).
Main Street, U.S.A.
Is there anything more special than walking down Main Street, U.S.A.? I love it. I love everything about it. I love the view of the castle, the smells and the sounds, but more than anything I love what Main Street, U.S.A. represents. If you happen to walk down Main Street in the middle of summer, you will notice that it’s decorated for the Fourth of July. You’ll find red, white and blue bunting hanging on the buildings and the dancers for the Trolley Show dress in red, white and blue as well. But even when it’s not summer, Main Street, U.S.A. feels patriotic. Walt Disney once said “Main Street is everyone’s home town…the heartline of America.” and that’s what I feel when I walk down this street.
The American Adventure
When my husband and I got married at Disney World in 2014, we decided to host an evening dessert party in Epcot. Our original location was in France, but due to weather we were moved last minute to the American Adventure building. Over the years I had watched the American Adventure show and had teared up listening to the Voices of Liberty sing, but I had never been a huge fan of the American Pavilion itself. After our dessert party, I fell in love with this area. The American Adventure is worth a visit on your next trip to Epcot.
The Muppets Present…Great Moments in History
From October 2016 – February 2020, there was a live show that ran in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom called “The Muppets Present…Great Moments in History”. This show would happen a couple times throughout the day and I LOVED it! My husband and I loved finding shade under the Liberty Tree, watching this show, and learning about American History. I am so sad that this show has closed, but I’m hoping that Disney will bring it back.
Regal Eagle Smokehouse
On our last trip to Disney, we tried the newly opened Regal Eagle Smokehouse in the American Pavilion at Epcot. Being from Texas, I’m pretty picky about my barbecue, but this place is awesome! The whole theme is that of a barbecue cook-off between the different types of barbecue you can find throughout the United States. I thought the food here was some of the best in Epcot and I’m looking forward to eating here again.
One of the most patriotic things that you will see at Magic Kingdom is the flag retreat. Every day at 5:00pm members of the Color Guard remove the flag and fold it while the Dapper Dans sing “God Bless America”. The flag is then given to a special guest veteran, followed by a procession down Main Street. Every time I watch a flag retreat, I cry, there is just something so special about it.
Although the Disney Parks won’t be open on the Fourth of July, you can still do and see most of these things on your next Disney trip. I hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July.
Sending love and magic.