Laurie gives us the events that we can expect for the upcoming 4th of July holiday!
Magic Kingdom: A 14 minute fireworks extravaganza will be “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” July 3 and 4 at Magic Kingdom. Hours are 8 am to 1 am on the 3rd, then 1 am to 3 am EMH, and 8 am to 1 am on the 4th. Guests with EMH can start at 8 am, take a 4 hour break, and return to have 35 hours in the parks and those who wait for the sweep might stay 36 hours, are you up to the challenge?
MK Characters: Anna and Elsa, Ariel, Tinker Bell, Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and Rapunzel, and Ariel will be open 8:00 AM to 12:30 AM, with the rest of the week being park opening to half an hour before park closure. Buzz Lightyear and friends, Alice and friends, Aladdin and friends, Pooh and friends, Toy Story friends, Chip, Dale, Fairy Godmother, Merida, Tiana, and Gaston. Pete’s Silly Sideshow runs 9 am to 11 pm. The Incredibles have a dance show from 2:30 to 9 pm.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: as with recent event there will be a party at the Sorcerer’s Hat stage from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4 with live entertainment from “The Hollywood Rockers” and a special rock n’ roll fireworks extravaganza at 10:15 p.m. Park is open 9 am to midnight on the 4th and 10 am to 9 pm on the 3rd.
Studios Characters: Buzz Lightyear and Woody at Pixar Place from 9 am to park closing, Disney Pals at the Scorcerer Hat from 9 am – 3 pm*, Stars of Cars in Streets of America from 9 am – 8 pm, Jedi Knight Training from 9:20 – 8 pm, Phineas and Ferb from 9:30 am – 2 pm, Stars of Disney Junior from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Mike and Sulley from 10 am – 6 pm*, Magic of Disney Animation greets are 10 am – 7:30 pm*,and Wreck it Ralph and Vanellope are 10:30 am – 6pm*. Check your schedules as those marked * are down part of the day.
Epcot: IllumiNations will end with a salute to America while Voices of Liberty and the Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps will be entertaining guests at the American Pavilion. The park is open 9 am -9 pm on the 3rd and 9 am -10 pm on the 4th. Characters will be appearing in patriotic costumes. The American Gardens Theater will have Don’t Look Back – Boston Tribute Band at 6: 45 and 8 pm on the 3rd. On the 4th they will have three shows at 6:30, 7:45, and 9 pm.
Epcot Characters: The character spot will be open 9 am – 9 pm on the 3rd. They will open from 9 am – 10 pm then take a break. Around 11 pm they will be back for about 45 minutes. Check the schedules, as street performers are out as late as 7 pm, while characters go to bed between 5 and 7 pm.
Animal Kingdom: open from 9 am to 8 pm with no announced holiday events. Adventurers Outpost, Character Landing, and Discovery Trails have characters 10 am – 7:30 pm. Upcountry Landing has characters 10 am – 5:30 pm. Rafiki’s Planet Watch has characters from 10:15 am – 5:45 pm. Dinoland has characters from 10 am – 7:30 pm.
TIPS: This is a 3 or 4 day weekend for many folks. Expect packed parks, long lines, rude people, monsoons, blistering heat, packed buses, waits for transportation, waits for food, waits for everything, and the worst possible thing imaginable. Now, that you are full of doom and gloom you will be so happy when you get right onto a ride or meet nice people who share with you a spot for a parade. You will be in line before you are famished. You planned for a monsoon and are so happy one did not hit. However, if you did not prepare for a monsoon then your day would be cut short and your day ruined. If the monsoon hits and you are prepared you will be splashing in puddles as you do rides while others run for cover.
Have back up plans for everything. Watch the weather the day before you go. Teach your kids to go to a cast member if lost and how to show someone their ID such as magic band, tag in their shirt, temporary tattoo, or tag on their shoelaces. Each day in the park, try to interact cast members so that your child will be comfortable to share information if they get lost.
Have designated meeting spots such as at the flag pole on Main Street across from City Hall. “Meet me at the exit” is not something to say. Meet the person at a designated point as some rides, stores, and shows have 2 or more exits. Enjoy the day, be prepared, and roll with the bad times. With the right apps, right planning, and right attitude you can turn the bad times in happy times.
My name is Laurie Smith and I have lived in Kissimmee, FL since March, 2012, so that I could learn about WDW and help people enjoy WDW. I have been going to Disney parks since 1960.