Celebrating the 4th of July 2018 at Disney World

Mickey and Minnie on 4th of July

Mickey and Minnie at Epcot on 4th of July

Yes, it’s the most crowded day in July at Disney World, which is also the busiest attendance month at WDW, but, heck yes, it’s a lot of fun!

Just go with the right attitude and you’ll have fun!

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July 3, 2018, 8pm: Rain is clearing out and the crowds are arriving for the fireworks show.

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July 4th, 2017, 8pm:  Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom.  VERY CROWDED AND HOT!!!!

Expect the parks to be packed, especially the Magic Kingdom, with crazy long ride lines and food lines, and just go with the flow. 🙂

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July 3rd and 4th, 2018

The celebration starts on July 3rd and continues into July 4th!

Can’t make it?  Watch the Live Fireworks Stream of the fireworks! (8:55pm EDT)

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Special holiday pins will be available at the Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom – Special ‘Celebrate America’ Fireworks Over the Castle!

Expect 15 minutes of impressive – and LOUD – pyrotechnics rising not just above the Cinderella Castle, but all around the park. Independence Day is one of the few fireworks displays, along with the Halloween and Christmas versions, that utilize the perimeter bursts, making it seem like the fireworks are all around you.

As you may expect, the fireworks display is accompanied by a rousing patriotic soundtrack that is designed to speak to the soul of America.

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The Magic Kingdom is more fun on the 4th of July after the sun sets and it starts to cool off a little.

DJ Dance Parties!
Boogie down with 2 uniquely themed dance parties at Magic Kingdom park:

  • Independence Day Party in Frontierland: Mosey on over to Frontierland for a star-spangled celebration featuring some favorite country tunes.
  • Independence Day Party in Tomorrowland:Moonwalk your way to Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland for a rockin’ revelry featuring a live DJ and terrestrial tunes.
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4th of July gang celebrating at Epcot

These DJ dance parties will be held the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, July 3, 2018 — From 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 4, 2018 — From 7:00 PM to midnight
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July 4th:  Mickey will be at his meet & greet in Epcot outside American Pavilion.

Unofficial Tip:  Think you’ll watch the fireworks from the beach at the Polynesian Resort? You and a lot of other folks are thinking the same thing! Disney will be checking Magic Bands for beach guests on the 3rd and 4th , and parking will be restricted to resort guests only.

Celebrate America - A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky fireworks over Cinderella Castle

‘Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky’ Fireworks over Cinderella Castle

July 3, 2018:

9:15 pm – “Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” Fireworks

Castle 4th of July

Expect special lighting on Cinderella Caste both before and during the show.

July 4, 2018:

Magic Kingdom – 9:15 pm: “Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” Fireworks

Epcot – Special Characters will be out and Special Fireworks Show: Heartbeat of Freedom!

Goofy is from France, Donald from Mexico, Minnie from USA.

We saw Statue of Liberty Minnie Mouse!

July 4, 2018: Throughout the day, Disney characters in their patriotic costumes will appear on the promenade near The American Adventure.

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Hello 4th of July Minnie and Mickey!  We’ve seen this minnie!

The talented Voices of Liberty, a cappella singing group, will perform traditional Americana tunes for a 4th of July Concert on the America Gardens Theater stage at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 pm.

The vibrant American Music Machine will perform pop hits, at 12pm, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 3:50 pm.

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July 4th:  Special fireworks show at Epcot, The Heartbeat of Freedom. WOW!!!

10:00 pm – IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will feature “The Heartbeat of Freedom” fireworks show, a special 5-minute patriotic fireworks finale added onto illumiNations. [Note that this is 1 hour later than the usual 9pm IllumiNations show.]

Mickey and pals.

Mickey and pals in their 4th of July outfits.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:  Rock the 4th with Star Wars fireworks!

July 4, 2018:   10 pm – Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration: “Star Wars – A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show for the evening’s celebrations. The brand new Toy Story Land is OPEN!

July 4th fireworks at DHS

July 4th fireworks at DHS

Animal Kingdom:  See the new Rivers of Light Show!

There are no special 4th of July events planned at Animal Kingdom. There are never firework events at DAK as they would scare the animals.  But, the new light show around the Tree of Life is cool!

Disney Springs

There are no special holiday events planned at DS.

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Info for cast members

Info for Disney cast members

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It's the 4th of July!  One of the Top 5 busiest days of the year!!

It’s the 4th of July! One of the Top 5 busiest days of the year at MK!!

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Nobody does 4th of July fireworks shows better than Disney!  WOW!!!

Fireworks over Cinderella Castle

9pm:  Seeing special fireworks over Cinderella Castle with special music.  🙂

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Mickey in yet another one of his patriotic outfits!

Caroline wrote a blog about celebrating the 4th of July at Disney World in 2015:

Read it here:  4th of July at Disney!

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07/04/2017, 9pm:  One last Castle shot before the fireworks show began.

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We picked up a pair of these at Walmart for just $6 each!

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Special holiday merchandise at Disney Springs this week.

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Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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2016 4th of July Celebrations at Disney World

Mickey and Minnie on 4th of July

Mickey and Minnie at Epcot on 4th of July 2015

Yes, it’s the most crowded day in July (which is the busiest attendance month at WDW), but, heck yes it’s a lot of fun!

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July 4, 2016, 8pm:  Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom.

Expect the parks to be packed, especially the Magic Kingdom, with crazy long ride lines and food lines, and just go with the flow. 🙂

The celebration starts on July 3rd and continues into July 4th!

Can’t make it?  Watch the Live Stream of the fireworks!

Info for cast members

Info for  Disney cast members

Magic Kingdom – Special ‘Celebrate America’ Fireworks Over the Castle!

Expect 15 minutes of impressive – and LOUD – pyrotechnics rising not just above the Cinderella Castle, but all around the park. Independence Day is one of the few fireworks displays, along with the Halloween and Christmas versions, that utilize the perimeter bursts, making it seem like the fireworks are all around you.

As you may expect, the fireworks display is accompanied by a rousing patriotic soundtrack that is designed to speak to the soul of America.

Unofficial Tip:  Think you’ll watch the fireworks from the beach at the Polynesian Resort? You and a lot of other folks are thinking the same thing! Disney will be checking room keys for beach guests on the 3rd and 4th , and parking will be restricted to resort guests only.

Celebrate America - A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky fireworks over Cinderella Castle

‘Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky’ Fireworks over Cinderella Castle

July 3, 2016:

9:00 pm – “Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” Fireworks

Castle 4th of July

Expect special lighting on Cinderella Caste both before and during the show.

July 4, 2016:

9:00 pm – “Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” Fireworks

Epcot – Special Characters will be out and Special Fireworks Show: Heartbeat of Freedom!

Goofy is from France, Donald from Mexico, Minnie from USA.

Statue of Liberty Minnie Mouse!

July 4, 2016: Throughout the day, Disney characters in their patriotic costumes will appear on the promenade near The American Adventure.

minnie

Hello Minnie and Mickey!

12:30, 1:45, 3:00pm – Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert (features an expanded cast performing a patriotic salute, including the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps and Disney characters) – on the America Gardens Theater stage.

4:15 and 5:00pm – Voices of Liberty inside the American Adventure Rotunda

10:00 pm – IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will feature “The Heartbeat of Freedom” fireworks show, a special 5-minute patriotic fireworks finale added onto illumiNations. [Note that this is 1 hour later than the usual 9pm IllumiNations show.]

Mickey and pals.

Mickey and pals in 4th of July outfits.

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2016:  These were all the patriotic characters that were out and about this weekend.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:  Rock the 4th with special fireworks!

July 4, 2016:   10:15 pm – Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration: Fireworks with a rock n’ roll soundtrack for the evening’s celebrations.

July 4th fireworks at DHS

July 4th fireworks at DHS

Animal Kingdom:  See the new Rivers of Light Show!

There are no special 4th of July events planned at Animal Kingdom. There are never firework events at DAK as they would scare the animals.  But, the new light shows around the Tree of Life are cool!

Disney Springs

There are no special holiday events planned at DS.

It's the 4th of July!  One of the Top 5 busiest days of the year!!

It’s the 4th of July! One of the Top 5 busiest days of the year at MK!!

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Nobody does 4th of July fireworks shows better than Disney!  WOW!!!

Fireworks over Cinderella Castle

Seeing special fireworks over Cinderella Castle with special music.  🙂

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Mickey in yet another one of his patriotic outfits!

Caroline wrote a blog about celebrating the 4th of July at Disney World:

Read it here:  4th of July at Disney!

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program  and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Working at Disney World on the 4th of July Weekend

4th of July treats this morning at the Chatham bus stop for CPs!!!

4th of July holiday cookie treats for CPs this morning at the Chatham bus stop!

I had to work five days in a row over the long 4th of July holiday weekend, which fell on a Saturday this year.

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Thanks for the cookies, Mickey!

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Even the bus to work was decorated!

But, I still had a lot of fun!  There were special holiday events happening in every park and special fireworks shows at both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

July 3rd:  Magic Kingdom Fireworks!

I got an ER (early release) and got off work at 7pm on July 3rd, and immediately headed over to the Magic Kingdom with my CM friend to see the patriotic “Celebrate America – A 4th of July Concert in the Sky” fireworks at 9pm.

Unfortunately, a lot of guests had the same idea and the traffic – and weather – was terrible!

Amazing lightning show!

Amazing lightning show at 8pm on Main Street USA!  This one hit Cinderella Castle!!!

Because of the holiday crowds, they do two shows of the special fireworks, on July 3rd and then again on July 4th.  There’s less people at the July 3rd one, but MK is still pretty busy.

Castle 4th of July

Expect special lighting on Cinderella Caste both before and during the show.

It was raining lightly when I got out of work at 7pm, but really started to rain hard when we got to the park.

A thunderstorm was rolling through and the most spectacular lightning show that I’ve ever seen was happening right over Cinderella Castle.  Video of it even made the international news!

Disney doesn’t light off fireworks during thunderstorms.  After all, Tinkerbell can’t jump off the top of the Cinderella Castle and fly down into Tomorrowland on her metal guide wire with lightning nearby!

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Actual photo of Tinkerbell’s guide wire from Cinderella Castle down to Tomorrowland!

Usually, the fireworks are just delayed 30 minutes until the storm moves through and the winds calm down.  But, this was a line a thunderstorms coming in from the west that stretched for over 20 miles long from north to south.  We weren’t sure the fireworks would even be held that night.  It seemed dangerous to be standing out on Main Street USA with 20,000 guests in the pouring rain and all that lightning continuously lighting up the sky.

Actually, even though Central Florida is the lightning capital of the country, Main Street USA is probably one of the safer places to be standing outside during a thunderstorm.

That’s because lightning rods dot the rooftops of every single building at the Magic Kingdom, with many buildings having 2-6 rods on them. All lightning rods on a particular building are connected through a system of copper wiring. That wiring runs down the side of the building straight into the ground for at least 10 feet.

Lightning accompanies the many storms in Central Florida, so Imagineers created structures that double as lightning rods. Cinderella’s Castle is also a lightning rod, and though the Enchanted Tiki Room looks like a tropical building with a plant thatched roof, it’s roof is really made out of aluminum strips. There are many more disguised lightning rods; just glance at the rooftops to see if you can locate them.

(Side story:  In July 2003, lightning struck and killed a giraffe named Betsy at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the Kilimanjaro Safari attraction. Betsy, who was 6 years old, was the first animal to die from a lightning strike at the park.)

With the fireworks delayed, we decided to go over to the  Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Port Orleans and grab a late dinner.  We kept checking our phones for fireworks update every minute or two.

I ate here last year with Elly and it was really good.  I was not disappointed this time either!  The beignets were just as delicious as I remembered!

The food in the Pizza and Pasta Shop food smelled so good.  I tried the baked Chicken Parmesan for dinner and it was wonderful.

The fireworks show did eventually go off after the rain moved on, but not until after 11pm, almost two hours late.

Celebrate America - A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky fireworks.

11pm:  Celebrate America – A 4th of July Concert in the Sky fireworks.

July 4th:  Happy 4th of July America!!!

I got off work early again on the 4th of July (7pm) and made plans to go to Epcot with friends.

That worked out much better!

Mickey celebrating the 4th.

07/04/2015: Mickey celebrating the 4th of July with me at Epcot.

Special Disney characters in patriotic outfits were out and about at Epcot all day.

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Mickey and Minnie by the America pavilion.

At 10pm (an hour later than the usual 9pm showtime) we watched IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth featuring “The Heartbeat of Freedom” fireworks show, a special 5-minute patriotic fireworks finale added onto IllumiNations.

So LOUD!  So BRIGHT!!!!

So LOUD! So BRIGHT!!!!  WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (My camera phone photo!)

It was fantastic!!!!

#Truth!

#Truth!  I got 100s of similar photos!

It's the 4th of July!  One of the Top 5 busiest days of the year!!

It’s the 4th of July! One of the Top 5 busiest days of the year at MK!!

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DAK pin trading (2)

Working the pin board.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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4th of July Celebrations at Walt Disney World

Mickey and Minnie on 4th of July

Mickey and Minnie at Epcot on 4th of July

Yes, it’s the most crowded day in July (which is the busiest attendance month at WDW), but, heck yes it’s a lot of fun!

Expect the parks to be packed, especially the Magic Kingdom, with crazy long ride lines and food lines, and just go with the flow. 🙂

Info for cast members

Info for cast members

Magic Kingdom

These impressive pyrotechnics are 15 minutes of explosive beauty rising not just above the Cinderella Castle, but all around the park. Independence Day is one of the few fireworks displays, along with the Halloween and Christmas versions, that utilize the perimeter bursts, making it seem like the fireworks are all around you. As you may expect, the display is accompanied by a rousing patrotic soundtrack that is designed to speak to the soul of America.

Unofficial Tip:  Think you’ll watch the fireworks from the beach at the Polynesian Resort? You and a lot of other folks! Disney will be checking room keys for beach guests on the 4th and parking will be restricted to resort guests only.

Celebrate America - A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky fireworks over Cinderella Castle

Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks over Cinderella Castle

July 3, 2015:

9:00 pm – “Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” Fireworks

Castle 4th of July

Expect special lighting on Cinderella Caste both before and during the show.

July 4, 2015:

9:00 pm – “Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” Fireworks

Epcot

Goofy is from France, Donald from Mexico, Minnie from USA.

Statue of Liberty Minnie Mouse!

July 4, 2015: Throughout the day, Disney characters in their patriotic costumes will appear on the promenade near The American Adventure.

12:30, 1:45, 3:00pm – Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert (features an expanded cast performing a patriotic salute, including the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps and Disney characters) – on the America Gardens Theatre stage.

4:15 and 5:00pm – Voices of Liberty inside the American Adventure Rotunda

10:00 pm – IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will feature “The Heartbeat of Freedom” fireworks show, a special 5-minute patriotic fireworks finale added onto illumiNations. [Note that this is 1 hour later than the usual 9pm IllumiNations show.]

Mickey and pals.

Mickey and pals.

New UP pin for the 4th of July!

New UP pin for the 4th of July!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

July 4, 2015:   10:15 pm – Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration: Fireworks with a rock n’ roll soundtrack will replace the new Frozen fireworks show for the evening.

July 4th fireworks at DHS

July 4th fireworks at DHS

Animal Kingdom

There are no special 4th of July events planned at Animal Kingdom. (There are never firework events at DAK as they would scare the animals.)

Downtown Disney

There are no special holiday events planned at DTD.

It's the 4th of July!  One of the Top 5 busiest days of the year!!

It’s the 4th of July! One of the Top 5 busiest days of the year at MK!!

4th of July treats this morning at the Chatham bus stop for CPs!!!

4th of July treats this morning at the Chatham bus stop for CPs!

Frosted sugar cookies!! :)

Frosted sugar cookies!! 🙂

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Fireworks over Cinderella Castle

Fireworks over Cinderella Castle

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

  by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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