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Walt Disney World Resort Commemorates Veterans Day at Magic Kingdom Park

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

Yesterday, we commemorated Veterans Day with a special flag retreat ceremony to honor active duty military and veterans at Magic Kingdom Park. And the ceremony was a memorable one as Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I. It occurred on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour in 1918 — exactly 100 years ago Sunday. This day became known as Veterans Day in 1954.

Our flag retreat ceremony at Magic Kingdom Park is one way Disney thanks veterans for their service, sacrifice and dedication to protecting our country. We host it every day of the year, but on Veterans Day, we take the special opportunity to honor our very own cast members who have served in the military as well.

Two Disney cast members with prior military service were selected by their leaders and peers to be part of the event’s Honor Guard where they received special recognition. This included leading the procession down Main Street U.S.A and receiving U.S. flags which were flown over Magic Kingdom Park in their honor.

Many of our readers know that our company was founded by two brothers who served their nation in uniform during World War I and that strong connection to the armed services continues today. We salute our guests who have served and by hiring, training and supporting military veterans to be part of our cast.

As always, we welcome you to follow along and stay updated on these Disney Parks Blog stories on Twitter with the #DisneySalutes hashtag.


  • Thank You Disney World and Disneyland for your Patriotism and your honor of the Veterans! The Flag Retreat Ceremony is a MUST at least once, every visit. As I wander around the parks, talking with other guests, I always mention the Flag Retreat Ceremony to them and tell them the must attend at least once, most often I see them at the next ceremony.

    PS: I attended Navy boot camp and the first phase of Navy Electronics School in Orlando in 1990, I must have visited Disney World 10 time, on weekends while I was in school – and thank you for offering Military Members the MWR discounted tickets so we could afford to go on freshly minted enlisted personnel salary!

  • Well done Disney!!!!!!!!!

  • Beautiful!

    Thank-you ALL for your service!

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