The Flag Retreat at Walt Disney World

Many guests may not know that there is a Flag Retreat ceremony held each day at Walt Disney World (and there is a version of the Flag Retreat at Disneyland in California, too).  It is an amazing experience that we definitely recommend that guests fit into their schedule.  Here is all that you need to know about the Flag Retreat at Walt Disney World:


8. What is the Flag Retreat?

Guests at Magic Kingdom Park are able to watch the ceremony for the flag to retire for the evening.  It is a special tribute to thank veterans for their service, sacrifice and dedication to protecting our country.  The pledge is said and then there is musical accompaniment for the retreat.  Members of Color Guard fold the flag and then a Guest veteran is handed the flag, followed by a procession down Main Street, U.S.A.

7. Where to find it and how long it lasts.

The daily Flag Retreat is held on Main Street, U.S.A. at the flag pole.  It is typically held around 5 PM EST each day and lasts around 15 minutes.

6. Be sure to confirm the time.

Due to other events or during certain seasons, it is possible that Disney will have to change the scheduled time for the ceremony.  If this is something that you really want to see, you will want to double check the time so that you make sure you don’t miss out.

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5. The veterans receive a special gift.

The veteran that is selected to participate in the ceremony receives special commemorative items for the experience.  They receive a special certificate, a photo from the event and an exclusive pin.  This is such a special way to honor our veterans and remind them how much they mean to all of us.

4. There are special musical guests at the event.

After guests are lead to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, the Main Street Philharmonic conduct and amazing performance of “Star Spangled Banner.”  Then the Dapper Dans (one of my personal favorites) are usually also at the event to perform “God Bless America” for guests.  The musical accompaniments make the entire experience even more moving.

3. How the veterans are selected.

There is no sign-up or anything like that to be selected.  Typically the selection is made in the morning.  To be selected, it is usually helpful to be wearing something that would indicate that you are a veteran so that it increases your likelihood of being selected.  We’d also recommend getting to the park early and engaging with cast members around the front of the park.  That could also help you get noticed and get selected for the event.

2. There is kid participation as well.

There is also a kid that is chosen to lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance during the event.  The kiddo is usually chosen early in the morning, too.  If your kiddo wants to be picked, it is usually help to get there very early and chat up the cast members.  Wearing patriotic or fun Disney clothing to help them stand out, may also help them get picked.

1. Bring your tissues.

The event is extremely moving and can be emotional to witness.  You may find yourself a little choked up at the whole thing.  It is awesome to see so many people come together to express their love, support and appreciation for our country and veterans.

About Christy Caby

I am a long time Disney addict! This love began as a child and stayed with me in my teen years. I completed the Disney College Program, was engaged and honeymooned at Disney, visited WDW while pregnant with each of our two boys, and have brought our boys since they were babies (they are now 5 and 2). We have over 10 Disney World vacations under our belt. Our recent adventure was a big move from St. Louis, MO to Florida! We knew that we needed more Disney magic that just a couple times of year, and we worked hard to make it happen! Now we hit the parks almost every weekend! We are working to dine at every location, experience every attraction and look for every hidden Mickey! We want to be able to say that we have one it all! We are branching into the Cruise Line and are planning a trip to Disneyland in California next year. To say that we are Disney addicts may be an understatement. When I am not at WDW with my family, I am reading Disney blogs and news, crafting (usually Disney décor for our home), planning Disney vacations for others or working on my dissertation for my doctoral program. I am a Project Manager by profession, so I have mastered fitting everything into a tight schedule! We feel we lead an exciting life where we get to spend a lot of time together doing what we love! I love being able to this love and Disney magic with everyone else so that others can make the most of whatever time they get to have at the most magical place on earth!