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Most Patriotic Walt Disney World Attractions

EPCOT Fireworks
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What better way to celebrate Independence Day (or any holiday) than a visit to Walt Disney World Resort?

In honor of the holiday, let’s explore the most patriotic ways to celebrate our nation if visiting Walt Disney World.

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The American Adventure

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The inclusion of this attraction should surprise no one. Located in the American pavilion at EPCOT Theme Park, this half-hour show features 35 audio-animatronics and recounts the story of the founding of America. Introducing Disney Park Guests to Mark Twain, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, and Susan B. Anthony, it’s truly a unique experience and is considered one of the most innovative and impressive attractions created by Imagineering. The building it’s housed in is also dripping with classic America, including the Heritage Gallery and the beautiful Voices of Liberty. It’s almost impossible to leave the theater without feeling proud to be an American.

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Carousel of Progress

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Although a bit dated, this unique attraction at the Magic Kingdom contains many of the same hallmarks found in The American Adventure. However, rather than focusing on American history, it centers around the American family and how life has changed for the average middle-income household through the 20th century. It hits some historical notes about technology and communication and welcomes a new future with brighter innovations and knowledge. It also includes the American family celebrating multiple holidays throughout the year – including the Fourth of July.

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MuppetVision 3D

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Often a forgotten or passed-over attraction, MuppetVision highlights patriotism in a parody way. Among highlighting classic American virtues and the iconic muppets, Sam Eagle constantly prepares his three-hour firework salute to all countries – but mainly America.

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Hall of Presidents

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This should also not surprise anyone reading this list. The Hall of Presidents is about as patriotic as it gets. Irrespective of what you think about the White House’s past or current inhabitants, it highlights what we have gone through as a nation and the leaders who have helped us through it. The show is redone every four (or eight years) to reflect the new addition and a different monolog of the current U.S. president. Footage shown in the production also elicits emotional responses with images of War or 9/11 and helps remind Guests that American can and does come together.

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Fireworks

4th of July Fireworks

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Walt Disney World fireworks are always a good time. However, there’s something uniquely special about the ones they display for the July 4th holiday. On July 3rd and 4th, “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” is shown at Magic Kingdom Park. Meanwhile, at EPCOT, the “Heartbeat of Freedom” tag follows the end of the usual nighttime spectacular.

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Final Thoughts

Walt Disney was an American patriot, and the generations of Imagineers who followed in his footsteps maintained that legacy. There is no shortage of other attractions celebrating the United States of America throughout Walt Disney World Resort (and Disneyland Resort). So if you are in the area, you can find fun and engaging ways to celebrate the 4th of July holiday. If not, many of these attractions can be enjoyed anytime throughout the year!

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)