Flag Retreat Ceremony – Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

One of the great traditions at Walt Disney World is Flag Retreat Ceremony which is held daily at the Magic Kingdom.  Each day, typically around 5:00 PM, the American flag that flies in Town Square at the base of Main Street U.S.A, is lowered in a “Salute the Spirit of America” ceremony.

Disney’s Security Team along with a special guest, which is a United States active duty military or Veteran, participate in the ceremony to lower the flag and walk in a procession up Main Street. The participant is selected at random and from what we have heard, are typically selected during the morning’s opening ceremony of the Magic Kingdom.

We presume that Disney selects the participant by looking for guests wearing military apparel like a shirt, hat or a military back pack.

Along with the lowering of the flag, guests are invited to join in to say the Pledge of Allegiance as well as sing “God Bless America” and the “Star Spangled Banner” along with the Dapper Dans Barber Shop Quartette & the Main Street Philharmonic Marching Band.

Check out our video of the Flag Retreat Ceremony from March 2023.

Magic Kingdom Area Hotels

There are a number of resort hotels (and accompanying vacation club properties) in the immediate area of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.  These properties offer a number of benefits to staying at other on-site Disney hotels as there is direct transportation via Monorail, boat or bus shuttle.  There are even paths leading to select hotels if the guests desire to walk. 

The three resort properties on the “Monorail Loop” are:

There are additional resort properties NOT on the Monorail Loop which include:

  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (Disney Vacation Club)
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (Disney Vacation Club)
  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

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Jerry Joyce

Jerry Joyce has been a Florida resident since 1988 and has lived in a variety of places in the South Florida area. Jerry is an avid boater & water sports enthusiast, beach aficionado, a lover of great food, muscle car fan and a theme park annual passholder for many years. Some of his favorite places in Florida include the Florida Keys, Walt Disney World, Cedar Key, the Loxahatchee River, St. Augustine and Ten Thousand islands.

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