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Air Force Thunderbirds Fly Over Walt Disney World

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Thunderbirds Fly Over Magic Kingdom Park

Now there’s something you don’t see every day at Walt Disney World Resort. That’s the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flying over Main Street U.S.A. and Cinderella Castle to commemorate the start of “Air Force Week” in Central Florida. The Air Force’s official fighter demonstration team made the special flight over Magic Kingdom Park during a celebration of “Hometown Heroes” that included honoring dignitaries at our Celebrate a Dream Come True parade. Today, we’re sharing highlights:

Several airmen and their families were invited by their leadership to participate in the ceremony and celebration at Magic Kingdom Park. Were you there?


  • Loved it! Beautiful presentation and video (to all of us who wasn’t there to see all this in person)! That is why my family and I just love everything about Disney, you guys think about everything and everyone.

  • My husband and I were at Magic Kingdom that day and it was wonderful. It was even more special for my husband who served in the Air Force during the Viet Nam War. Watching the flyover brought a tear to our eyes and a lump in our throat. So proud to be an American.


  • It was truly a sight to behold! Such an honor to have been there as an observer! When we were on the monorail, we found out they were honoring the Air Force and that the Thunderbirds would be flying. We immediately changed our plans for the day and headed to Magic Kingdom as fast as my son and I could get there. We were honored and grateful and so proud to be American! Thanks to all, in all branches that serve!

  • God bless the USA!

  • I wish I could have been there! The Thunderbirds is my favorite air demonstration team!

  • This is spectacular! My family truly appreciates the Disney Parks being so military friendly. In a world where we can get grief simply for supporting our country, it does a tremendous amount of good for the children of military families to also be Disney families. No matter where we go, we can always vacation at Walt Disney World. Thank you. 🙂

  • I would have LOVED to be there for this, my two favorite things, Disney, and the Thunderbirds

  • Wow…Watching that video makes me proud to be an American…..
    Keep up the Good Work… God Bless All The Arm Forces for ALL They Do…

  • Thank you for honoring the Military!

  • I would just like to point out that for a brief moment, at about :37 seconds, coming from behind the float to the left, ther is a security parade walker who is dancing like crazy and enjoying herself to the fullest durong the Mov It, Shake It, Celebrate It! Street Party. I just want to say how fantastic she is, it’s come to a point that I look for her eveytime I watch the show. She has more energy than the actual dancers and she’s making everybody feel good, I even have pictures of her, too! She doesn’t HAVE to be dancing, she could just stand and wait, but she doesn’t, she has a great time doing her job and is the perfect example of outstanding Disney attitude.

  • Amazing! I would have loved to see this in person!

  • Tom: thanks for capturing this on the blog. Would have loved to be there in person but the video is spectacular!

  • That is a great video!! It is wonderfull that Disney would celerbrate air force week and hometown heroes.

  • Wow I wish I could have seen that, My husband was in the Air Force and he would have loved that!

  • this is nice to see!! do they do this with any other branches or just the AF!?!?!

  • Beautiful photo – I especially love how even Aladin is captivated from his parade float. Incredible. We see the Thunderbirds every summer flyover the shoreline, I can not even begin to imagine how exciting it would be to watch them flyover Cinderella’s Castle.

  • An awesome video!!! And a big “Thank You” to all the soldiers for defending this great country!

  • This is an awesome video, wish I could have been there. Thank you for sharing it and thank you to those who serve and have served our country!!!!!!!

  • Wow, If they did that every week then I’ll bet there would be a ridiculous surge in enlistments in about 14 years! 🙂

  • OMG I love it! Wish I could have been there! Got the chills when they recited the Pledge of Allegance…..with hand over heart I love my country! Oh and Mickey Mouse too!

  • The cloud shape was the first thing I noticed too! Nice salute to all those who fight for our freedom.

  • Wow, that is so awesome. And how nice for the Air Force members and their families. (And for the other park-goers that happened to be there that day!)

  • Wow! What an amazing video this is! Thank you so much for sharing it with those of us who couldn’t be there yesterday. I absolutely love the Hidden Mickey shaped cloud right behind the Thunderbirds! How did you make that magic happen? 🙂

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