The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team will again make a thrilling flyover of Walt Disney World on Thursday, October 27, 2022.
When to Watch
The Thunderbirds will do two passes over Magic Kingdom theme park beginning at 9:30am ET, weather permitting (so far it looks to be sunny).
A valid park reservation and admission are required to watch from inside the park. Best spots to watch are in front of Cinderella’s Castle, and along Main Street U.S.A, especially on the balcony level of the train station at the front of the park.
After the second pass, the team will conclude with their delta maneuver, where they rapidly go in different directions.
The flyover is an early kick-off for National Veterans and Military Families month in November, as the company supports members of the United States military and their families. The Walt Disney Company says it has been a leading proponent of hiring, training and supporting military veterans with the Heroes Work Here initiative, the Heroes Supply Here program, and Disney’s Veterans Institute.
Did you know both Walt Disney and his brother Roy served during World War I?
During the fall of 1918, Walt attempted to enlist for military service. Rejected because he was only 16 years of age, he instead joined the Red Cross and was sent overseas, where he spent a year driving an ambulance and chauffeuring Red Cross officials.
Roy served in the United States Navy from 1917 to 1919, but contracted tuberculosis and was therefore discharged from military duty.
About the Thunderbirds
The Thunderbirds are in Central Florida to participate in the annual Orlando Air and Space show this weekend, October 29-30, at the Orlando Sanford International Airport.
In their most extreme maneuvers, the Thunderbirds fly as low as 100 feet off the ground and at speeds of over 700mph.
The Thunderbirds were last seen at Walt Disney World in October 2020 as part of a tribute to honor past and present service members and our nation’s fallen.