This was our first year in Walt Disney World over the Memorial Day holiday and it was lovely! Here’s what you can expect during a Memorial Day visit to the park…
Flags and buntings and patriotism galore
From the moment we arrived at Magic Kingdom, we knew it was Memorial Day!
And there were more flags than ever down Main Street USA.
The Mayor can be an elusive man to find, but he will undoubtedly be out on a patriotic holiday!
A patriotic trolley show
Walking down Main Street USA and catching the morning trolley show is one of my favorite things on earth. It’s just so happy. On Memorial Day you’ll catch the trolley, the show, and the cast festooned for the holiday!
A good crowd
You won’t find a crowd like other major holidays, but there were definitely more guests than usual on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend. That being said, strategically planning your arrival time, FastPass+ Reservations and Advance Dining Reservations will go a long, long way towards a magical day.
A hot, hot day
Whew, it was HOT during our visit. Again, a good plan will have you in the parks early and then lounging at the pool in the heat of the day. But, a hot day is also a great reason to visit attractions where you can cool off. Our favorites are Splash Mountain…
Carousel of Progress…
And the People Mover…
An extra special Flag Retreat
One of the most moving things you can experience in Magic Kingdom is the daily flag retreat at 5PM. Guests gather on Main Street USA and give thanks to veterans for their service and sacrifice. The pledge is said and trumpet fanfare sounds Retreat. The American flag lowers while the philharmonic plays the “Star Spangled Banner”, and members of the Color Guard remove the flag from the staff and fold it while guests are led in a chorus of “God Bless America.” At the end of the retreat, a guest veteran is handed the flag to wrap up one of the most spirited, patriotic events I’ve ever attended.
As always, let me know if you have any questions or tips of your own to share for park touring over Memorial Day!
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