Happy Birthday, America! Nothing beats celebrating the 4th of July at Walt Disney World. It is the happiest place on Earth, and Mickey definitely knows how to celebrate a birthday, whether it’s his own or America’s, so you’re in for a great time. With the big day just a few days away, we’re circling the parks to share our strategy for celebrating the 4th of July at Walt Disney World. We’ve got our red, white, and blue on; let’s kick this celebration into high gear!
Where’s the party at?! If Mickey’s throwing it, then it’s the Magic Kingdom of course. Some may say the epicenter of all things 4th of July at Walt Disney World is the House of the Mouse. Rivaled only by Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the 4th of July is one of the busiest days of the year at the Magic Kingdom, and rightfully so.
For America’s birthday, the Magic Kingdom doesn’t hold back. If fireworks are your jam, get ready for the best fireworks around. Kicking off with a performance of Happily Ever After, yes Happily Ever After, the best nighttime spectacular at Walt Disney World is the opening act for the 4th July fireworks. Set to patriotic music, the 4th of July fireworks at the Magic Kingdom is something words cannot describe. We’re not even going to try. Let’s just say jaw-dropping. Genie level jaw-dropping!
Planning Out The Day
With higher than normal crowds for the 4th of July at Walt Disney World we recommend getting to the park early. For us, we would consider rope dropping the Magic Kingdom with the plan of taking a break in the park. If you were looking to reserve a spot for the fireworks, a great option would be one of the Magic Kingdom dessert party options.
Building out a patriotic day a couple of items to check out would be the Great Moments in America History with the Muppets and the Hall of Presidents. Both attractions would be great options midday or later in the day when the crowd levels would be at the highest.
No 4th of July at Walt Disney World is complete without a hot dog! Can you think of anything more American? We can’t. At the Magic Kingdom, there’s only one place to go, and that’s Casey’s Corner on Main Street USA. Whether you are for or against chili on your dog, you can’t go wrong with Casey’s!
Passholder Insights: On higher crowd level days we would recommend factoring in extra time to find spots for things like watching the afternoon parade.
It’s More Than Just A Day
What’s better than celebrating 4th of July at Walt Disney World, how about celebrating it for two days? That’s right the 4th of July celebration at the Magic Kingdom spans multiple days. On July 3rd the Magic Kingdom has the same fireworks show as they do on the 4th. What we like to do is enjoy the Magic Kingdom celebration on July 3rd, then head to another park on the 4th. We find it’s a great way to get more fireworks for the holiday.
Passholder Insights: Our go-to place on the 4th of July at Walt Disney World is Epcot. Disney World adds a full patriotic firework show to the end of Illuminations.
Celebrate Outside The Parks
What’s great about 4th of July at Walt Disney World is you don’t have to go into the parks to enjoy the fireworks. All around Seven Seas Lagoon you can view the Magic Kingdom fireworks without having to enter the park. A great way to enjoy the holiday is booking a dining reservation at either the Contemporary or Polynesian then take in the fireworks from the resort. We highly recommend making an Advance Dining Reservation through My Disney Experience.
For Disney Vacation Club members there will be a celebration at the Top of the World Lounge. Guests will enjoy a 2-hour celebration in the lounge, that’s capped off with the 4th of July fireworks. Based on the description, the event looks like a longer version of a dessert party. The event will include appetizers and drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, included with the price of the ticket. Check out the following link for more information.
Passholder Insights: Another great way to see the fireworks is from the Magic Kingdom parking lot. Walt Disney World plays the fireworks music in them as well.
4th of July at Walt Disney World is a blast. All of the parks do a fantastic job celebrating the holiday; our two favorites park to celebrate the holiday are the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Our biggest recommendation is to pace your self, as everything tends to take a little longer during this holiday. The only thing left to do is pick out your most patriotic outfit. Happy Birthday, America!