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The Fourth of July at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute


Walt Disney World will be holding 4th of July celebrations this year at 3 parks:

  • At Epcot, a special 4th of July version of Illuminations will show at 10p
  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there will be a “Special July 4th Fireworks Presentation” at 9.45p
  • At the Magic Kingdom, “Celebrate America! — A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” will show at 9p

The same Magic Kingdom show will also be on July 3 at the same time. There are no special events at the Animal Kingdom, but it does have morning Extra Magic Hours.

As I write this, on July 4 2012 Epcot is scheduled to be open from 9a to 10p, the Magic Kingdom from 8a-1a, and the Studios from 9a-10p, although I’d expect to see later closes added as the 4th of July comes closer.

Those following this site’s Summer Itinerary will find themselves at the Animal Kingdom the 4th of July, and honestly I think that’s the right answer, as the other parks will be packed.

If you must see 4th of July fireworks at Disney World, the next best choice is the Magic Kingdom on the 3rd, and after that Epcot on the 4th.



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