Walt Disney World’s Flag Retreat Ceremony – A Moving Tribute

by Carrie with Children with 6 comments

In honor of tomorrow being the 4th of July, I wanted to tell you about the daily Flag Retreat ceremony that takes place each day at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Every afternoon at 5pm in the Magic Kingdom Town Square, a full honor guard lowers the American flag with a simple, but moving ceremony.  It’s an experience done in true Disney-style – with grace, respect and pride.

Flag Retreat Ceremony at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

In addition to the honor guard, a special guest is chosen each day to participate.  This guest is a veteran visiting the park, and I’ll admit I’m not sure how this person is chosen, but here’s some info from MilitaryDisneyTips.com.

Here are some more pictures I took from the flag retreat ceremony back in May. I’m not even ashamed to tell you that I cried during the ceremony.  It’s so moving to see everyone on Main Street stand still in silence as the flag is lowered.  What a fantastic way to celebrate our country and also honor veterans. Flag Retreat Magic Kingdom Collage

Flag Retreat Ceremony with Flag Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom

On your next trip to Walt Disney World, I’d highly recommend you experience this ceremony.  It’s definitely a highlight in my Disney experience and one I will now rearrange my schedule around to see each time I’m at the park.  Truly magical.

Have you seen the Flag Retreat Ceremony at the Magic Kingdom? Or know someone who has participated?  Tell us about it…


  • amber

    Thanks for the post I didn’t know they had this. Just pinned to my Florida board. Have a great 4th!

    • Carrie with Children

      Awesome! Thanks for pinning, Amber! Happy 4th of July to you!

  • Jen

    All the times I have been to Disney, and I have never actually seen this. One of these days!

    • Carrie with Children

      Our last trip to Disney was the first time I had actually seen it! It is such a simple, but moving ceremony. Really neat to see in person.

  • Steve from Military Disney Tips

    Hi Carrie,

    You are right, it is a great ceremony to see! I always recommend that if you have the time you should check it out.

    Thanks for the mention, have a great Fourth.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Doug! Hope you enjoyed your 4th of July!