Walt 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.
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.
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!
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?
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!
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
I hope you enjoyed this post, it’s part of the Patriotic Disney Series, check out the rest!
- Walk Through America’s History In Disney’s Liberty Square
- Walt Disney Theme Park’s American Flags
- Frontierland, Walt Disney, and the American Identity Part 2
- Frontierland, Walt Disney, and the American Identity
- Veterans Can Participate In Disney’s Magic Kingdom Flag Retreat
- Have a Patriotic Meal in the Liberty Tree Tavern
- The American Adventure at Epcot’s World Showcase
- Walt Disney World’s Liberty Tree
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