There’s something about Walt Disney World that feels intrinsic to America. The unique blend of nostalgia, innovation, and history told through the unique lens of Disney’s Imagineers makes it a top destination for 4th of July festivities. In 2016, the holiday falls on a Monday, but Disney will also have a special Sunday night show at the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.
If you’re planning on staying through Sunday, your optimum experience might be to watch the Sunday night Magic Kingdom show, then on Sunday, watch either the Disney’s Hollywood Studios or EPCOT fireworks show. EPCOT’s patriotic finale is something to behold, so I’d lean that way.
Here are five tips for a safe and fun 4th of July Weekend at Walt Disney World:
Here’s a complete look a what’s in store:
The celebration begins with “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” July 3 and 4 at Magic Kingdom. The 14-minute fireworks spectacular rockets into the sky above Cinderella Castle at 9 p.m. both nights.
The fireworks are set to an exciting musical score produced in a concert band style. This score was specifically created to stir a sense of pride in being American, show producers say, while at the same time, inviting guests from around the world to feel part of the celebration.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Guests can enjoy the all-new “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks nightly, with the show beginning at a special time of 9:30 p.m. for the holiday weekend, July 3 and 4. The next generation of Star Wars-themed fireworks shows, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” dazzles with new themed fireworks, lasers, special effects and video projections of iconic characters and scenes from the complete saga, all set to the unforgettable score of the film series.
Guests visiting Epcot on July 4 will have the opportunity to meet some of their favorite Disney characters dressed in patriotic attire throughout the afternoon at the American Adventure Pavilion. Voices of Liberty, the eight-part a capella group, will have special performances at American Gardens Theatre at 12:30, 1:45 and 3 p.m. They also will perform inside the American Adventure Rotunda at 4:15 and 5 p.m. that day. Guests also will have the opportunity to catch the Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps outside at 1, 2:15, 3:30, 4 and 4:45 p.m.
That evening, the spectacular fireworks and laser show “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” lights the night at 10 p.m. with a heart-pounding grand finale in a salute to America.
Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World for the 4th of July weekend?