23 June 2011

Travel Tip Thursday: 4th of July at the Parks

The July 4th celebration at the Disney parks are some of the busiest of the year. If you are visiting a theme park during this holiday, you should arrive early and expect to stay for the remainder of the day.

Historically, the parks do reach capacity and guests will no longer be able to enter once this occurs. Having a dining reservation will not get you into the park once it is closed.

If you are staying at a Disney Resort, you are guaranteed entry to a theme park, but not necessarily the one of your choosing. Again, get to the park early and plan on making a full day of it.

Here's some info that will help you decide on where to go for July 4th!

July 4th at Walt Disney World

Independence Day at Disney World - July 4th Fireworks & Parades
NOTE: Unless noted, all fireworks displays and parades
will operate on their normal schedules.
Saturday - July 2, 2011

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels
BBQ Bash at Fantasia Gardens Pavilion (3:00 - 8:00 pm)

Guests will enjoy eating traditional BBQ foods while listening to a live band. Menu includes burgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, watermelon, potato salad, cornbread and a mac n cheese station. For dessert, feast on mini apple pies with ice cream, cherry pie and snow cones. Wine, beer and specialty cocktails will be available.

Play classic carnival games, such as Skee Ball, Frog Hop and Ring Toss for prizes! There will also be face painting, caricatures, temporary tattoos, a pie-eating contest and a water balloon toss!

Event is open to hotel guests and the public. Ticket Prices: $45 for adults, $25 for children (3 and under free). Tickets will be available at event or for details and information, call 888-828-8850 or click here. Overnight packages are also available, call 800-227-1500 for more information.


Traditionally, the 4th of July fireworks at the Magic Kingdom include an enhanced presentation featuring patriotic music themed to spectacular pyrotechnics that ring through the park.

July 3rd, 2011
9:00 pm - "Celebrate America - A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky" Fireworks
10:30 pm - Main Street Electrical Parade

July 4th, 2011
9:00 pm - "Celebrate America - A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky" Fireworks
10:00 pm - Main Street Electrical Parade

12:00 am - Main Street Electrical Parade


July 4th, 2011
7:30 - 10:30 pm: Rock 'n' Glow Dance Party, in front of the hat icon
9:00 pm - Fantasmic!
9:50 pm - Fireworks with a rock n' roll soundtrack
10:30 pm - Fantasmic!

July 4th, 2011

Throughout the day, Betsy Ross and Ben Franklin will appear on the promenade near The American Adventure.

12:30, 1:45, 3:00 pm - 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

10:00 pm - IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will feature a 5-minute patriotic finale


BoardWalk Inn
July 4, 2011
7:00 - 10:00 pm: DJ on the Village Green

Fort Wilderness Resort
July 4, 2011
6:30 pm: Mickey's Backyard BBQ
Animal Kingdom

There are no special events planned at Animal Kingdom.

Downtown Disney

There will be no fireworks at Downtown Disney in 2011.


Celebrate July 4th in a very special way at the Disneyland Resort! From July 1-4, guests can experience special nighttime spectaculars celebrating America. At Disney California Adventure park, we’ve got an all-new Independence Day “World of Color” pre-show which will run prior to each showing of “World of Color” and will combine video, water effects, lighting and fireworks to create a spectacular celebration of American independence.

At Disneyland park, guests can commemorate Independence Day with “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” This special fireworks show combines patriotic music with bursts of red, white and blue to celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Be sure to check the Entertainment Schedule or the Entertainment Times Guide at each park for show times.

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