For decades, the domestic Disney Parks have recognized U.S. active duty military and veterans with daily flag retreat ceremonies. As of July 1, they have finally returned.
Walt Disney World Resort resumed its daily flag retreat at Magic Kingdom on July 1, continuing the tradition of selecting an active-duty military member or veteran from among the park’s daily visitors. That afternoon, guests watched as a guest U.S. Air Force veteran joined members of Magic Kingdom’s security team to lower the flag and carry it in a processional down Main Street, U.S.A. The ceremony included the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and a performance of “God Bless America” and the “Star Spangled Banner” accompanied by the Main Street Philharmonic marching band.
“It has been an honor for our security cast to keep our flag flying every day over Magic Kingdom since the park first opened in 1971,” said Eileen Underwood, Army veteran and Magic Kingdom’s senior security manager. “We were thrilled to resume our daily flag retreat ceremonies to honor our country and those who serve around the world in defense of our freedoms. It’s a special moment for all our guests that really reaffirms the feeling that this is truly a magical place.”
Disneyland park resumed their flag retreat ceremony when the resort reopened on April 30.
“I was so proud to see our Disneyland security and entertainment teams once again present our beloved flag retreat ceremony in Town Square from the very first day we were able to welcome guests back,” said Nick Filippone, Navy veteran and senior production manager for the main entrance at Disneyland. “We have been honored to continue Walt’s patriotic legacy with keeping the American flag flying throughout the park’s closure showing that no matter what else was happening, we could maintain this element of our heritage.”
The flag retreat ceremony takes place daily at both of the Disney Parks, so be sure to check with Guest Services for specific event timing.
Flag retreat ceremonies did continue to take place while the parks were closed, which you can see in the video below: