Walt Disney Theme Park’s American Flags

Military Discounts on Disney Theme ParksWalt Disney was a proud American, who not only embraced, but exemplified the American Spirit of Exceptionalism. This is evident still today with attractions like The Hall of Presidents and the American Adventure. Visitors to Disney theme parks will notice that each park has a large flag pole proudly flying the American Flag.

Retreat Ceramony

The Magic Kingdom theme park holds a daily Flag Retreat Ceremony, which I highly recommend you watch if you can fit it into your touring plan. The ceremony is conducted by Disney Security cast members with an assist form a veteran touring the park that day, who is chosen at random.

Epcot's American Flag at WDW

Epcot’s American Flag

While each theme park has a large flag at the entrance, nowhere is the American Flag more evident than on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom flag pole stands on Town Square and every building is topped with many smaller flags. Standing on the second floor of the Main Street Train Station looking towards Cinderella Castle you’ll see the Red, White, and Blue on every building leading up the street. It’s a very moving sight for me!

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Main Street USA’s American Flags

US Flag Flies At Night?

As I mentioned there is a daily Retreat at 5 PM during which the large flag on Town Square is taken down for the night. But what about all the others?

The US Flag Code says:

“It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.”

The flags on the top of the Main Street buildings don’t have any special illumination so why would they be left up all night?

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American Flags at the Magic Kingdom’s Town Square

A Bit Of Trivia

Well here is a bit of Trivia for you, courtesy of the Keys to the Kingdom Tour which I took for the first time last November. The flags on the tops of the buildings, which are never taken down, are not American Flags. They do not have 50 stars (count them) only 45, so they are not American Flags!

Disney Hollywood Studios Flags

Disney Hollywood Studios Flags

 

Animal Kingdom American Flag

Animal Kingdom’s American Flag

 

Epcot American Flag

Epcot’s American Flag

It was really nice to hear that Disney put such detailed thought into the proper and respectful display of our Nation’s Flag while still being able to have the American Spirit added to the show.

Patriotic Disney Series

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Comments

  1. Pamela Weber says

    45 stars also makes sense because when Walt lived in Marceline there were only 45 states in the union. #46 Oklahoma joined in 1907; #47 New Mexico & #48 Arizona in 1912; and finally #49 Alaska & #50 Hawaii in 1959.

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