Finding the Fourth of July in Walt Disney World

“Actually, if you could see close in my eyes, the American flag is waving in both of them and up my spine is growing this red, white and blue stripe.” -Walt Disney
 

One of the busiest days at Walt Disney World is the Fourth of July. The American holiday celebrates our country’s independence and history. With a special fireworks show, and characters in patriotic attire, this day is enjoyable for some at the parks. I personally prefer going when the crowd levels are lower.

In fact, you can find the Fourth of July at Walt Disney World year round! Attractions, details, shows. These things all link together Walt’s love of the USA. IMG_2734

Probably the most unnoticed fourth of July park tie-in, is Main Street USA. Walt described the small town as, “America at the turn of the century – the crossroads of an era. The gas lamps and the electric lamps, the horse-drawn car and the auto car. Main Street is everyone’s home town…the heartline of America.”  As I say in almost every post, Disney is all about telling the story. Main Street USA is no exception. Think about it. Set in a typical 1890-1910 small town, everyone is dressed up. It isn’t the weekend, therefore they’re celebrating a holiday. Do you see the pennants on the buildings? And what caps off every night? Fireworks. On Main Street USA, it’s 4th of July every day!IMG_2739

 

Next is probably a little more obvious. Liberty Square’s entrance sign declares, “Past this gateway stirs a new nation waiting to be born. Thirteen separate colonies have banded together to declare their independence from the bonds of tyranny. It is a time when silversmiths put away their tools and march to the drums of a revolution, a time when gentlemen planters leave their farms to become generals, a time when tradesmen leave the safety of home to become heroes. Welcome to Liberty Square”

Being historically accurate is one of the most important things about this land. From the Liberty Bell cast from the real Liberty Bell’s mold, to the 38 ton Liberty Tree, this land definitely reflects a gratitude for our great country.IMG_9515IMG_9525

 

The Liberty Tree Tavern dining rooms are divided into 6 different themed sections. Each reflects an American figure: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Paul Jones, Paul Revere, Betsy Ross or George Washington.

After all, Walt once stated about Disneyland,  “All of us have cause to be proud of our country’s history… Here you can return to frontier America, from the Revolutionary War era to the final taming of the great southwest.”IMG_2018

 

IMG_9465Also in Liberty Square is the 23-minute audio animatronic show, The Hall of Presidents. The pre show waiting room contain many artifacts from our country’s leaders, and pieces of art portraying them. Some of the items currently on display include: a Microscope owned by John Quincy Adams, one of Woodrow Wilson‘s Golf Clubs, Gerald Ford’s sports trophy, Boots George W. Bush wore, a Powder Horn used by Teddy Roosevelt, and a Fossilized Mastodon Tooth that was given to Thomas Jefferson by William Clark (of Lewis and Clark).

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Still in the Magic Kingdom, you probably wouldn’t expect us to be heading over to Tomorrowland. 50 years old this year, The Carousel of Progress holds the record for being the longest running stage show in the history of the American theater. The 2nd act takes place on the 4th of July in the 1920s (most likely 1927, because of the Charles Lindbergh reference).

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“No privacy at all around this place!” Oh Uncle Orville!

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1133Epcot’s American Adventure pavilion is next on our patriotic journey. Every 45-minutes you can see the The American Adventure show. With hosts Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain, it contains scenes such as Plymouth Rock, Valley Forge , and the Civil War. As you proceed into the theater, you can go through the Hall of Flags. In this exhibit you can view the collection of 44 different flags flown in the United States in all forms. Revolutionary War, Colonial period, and foreign flags.

An unappreciated experience in this pavilion is Voices of Liberty. The 8 member a cappella preforms multiple times a day. Check out the videos in the homework below.  Absolutely incredible talent.

 

 

 

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Sam the Eagle at Hollywood Studios’ Muppet*Vision 3D, is pretty much as patriotic as you can get. Look for the crate dedicated to “Patriotic Paraphernalia” in the  pre show room, as well as the hilarious “Salute to all nations, but mostly America.” I love the jokes at it’s a Small World 😉 Remember talking about it here? 

In closing, I couldn’t think of a better way to end our year round Forth of July than the final Main Street Electrical Parade float, “To honor America.”

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Is there anything else in Walt Disney World that you think could tie to the Fourth of July? Hope you had a safe and fun holiday!

~Abigail

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