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4th of July is one of the busiest days and weeks of the year at Walt Disney World. From the fireworks to the patriotic decor, the crowds are crazy but the fireworks are outstanding and some of the best of the year.
So, you are planning a trip to Disney World for the fourth or considering it for next year. Here is what you need to know and what to expect when planning your trip.
There is a lot going on for 4th of July at Walt Disney World. It is important to remember that the parks fill up fast and stay full. This doesn’t just apply to the actual day of July 4 either, for several days leading up to and several days following the 4th of July, the parks will be packed. But, absolutely be prepared for long lines and crazy crowds on July 3 and July 4.
Over in Magic Kingdom, there is a magical and patriotic fireworks spectacular that plays on both July 3 and July 4. This includes 360 fireworks all around the hub of Magic Kingdom and projections on the castle that take on a patriotic hue. The fireworks begin both nights at 9:15 pm.
In addition to the fireworks, guests can join their favorite Muppets characters including Miss Piggy, Kermit and Fozzie as they re-enact everyone’s favorite “Great Moments in History.” With, of course, special attention paid to those American parts. This takes place daily (year round) near the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square.
Over in Epcot, guests can experience IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth with the addition of The Heartbeat of Freedom, the July 4 addition that includes patriotic tunes and an incredible and incredibly loud display of fireworks that will give you all the patriotic feels.
With the longest running fireworks spectacular at Disney, IllumiNations coming to an end on September 30, this could prove to be the event to be at for 2019 as guests will likely clamour to experience the final showing of this epic display with Heartbeat of Freedom which could also be coming to an end with the conclusion of IllumiNations. (Pure speculation based on the ending of IllumiNations).
This spectacular will begin at 9 pm on July 4.
Additional patriotic fan fare at Epcot includes the Voices of Liberty which play each day but will belt out popular American tunes during a 4th of July concert taking place at the American Gardens Theatre state at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 pm on July 4.
Guests will be able to meeting their favorite Disney characters including Mickey Mouse himself in their patriotic best outside of the American Adventure throughout the day s well. Expect these lines to be long as these character only appear in these outfits one time a year typically.
Be sure to grab an American Dream Slushie over in the American Pavilion as well and those can be accompanied by America themed treats all throughout Epcot that include themed cupcakes, a red white and blue sangria and a Boom Berry Lemonade.
Epcot and Magic Kingdom are absolutely the most popular parks and events at Walt Disney World for 4th of July. The Parks almost always fill to capacity during the day so be sure to check your My Disney Experience App to know if and when parks reach capacity and what that means for your party.
Hollywood Studios does not offer a separate 4th of July extravaganza for the 4th and Animal Kingdom does not have a fireworks show ever due to the sensitivity of the animals and the nature of the park. They do offer their typical events, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular at Hollywood Studios and Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom but those parks are far less crowded for the festivities since there are none.
Disney Springs is another option to experience the magic of Disney. According to Disney, there will be special July 4 decor throughout Disney Springs and in addition “An all-American red, white and blue fireworks spectacular will bathe the sky this Independence Day at Walt Disney World Resort, joined by live entertainment, scrumptious treats and patriotic pageantry.”
Here are the park hours for July 3 and July 4 for Magic Kingdom and Epcot:
Magic Kingdom Park – Park Hours: July 3, 8 a.m.-12 a.m.; July 4, 8 a.m.-1 a.m.
Epcot – Park Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Various Walt Disney World resorts also offer fun and unique events and fan fare for the 4th of July so be sure to check in with guest services to see what is offered at your resort.
If you can’t make it to the parks for July 4 or prefer to avoid those crazy crowds, Disney fans all over the world are invited to join the Disney Parks live stream on July 4 at 9:13 pm EST for a magical stream of the Magic Kingdom 4th of July fireworks spectacular.
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