Recently, I had a conversation with a client turned friend about her most recent Disney World trip. One of the experiences during her trip stuck out and I’m glad she told me about it.
I’ve known about the flag retreat that Disney does at Magic Kingdom for a while. I have never caught it happening in person, but I know they pick veterans to participate. During my friend’s last trip she was traveling with her sister and brother-in-law, a veteran of the Air Force. He was wearing his Air Force veteran hat as they were walking in to Magic Kingdom and a cast member pulled him aside to talk to him about the flag retreat. So when it was time, all three of them went to the flag pole at the front of the park and he took part in the ceremony. For his participation he received a certificate and a pin, plus he got to hold the flag. She said the whole experience was amazing and it was nice to see him and other veterans honored like that.
If you are interested in seeing the flag retreat ceremony you can head to the front of the park any day a little before 5 p.m., which is when it starts. I would get there 15-10 minutes early, just to make sure you get a spot. It might not always crowded, but my friend mentioned that there was a good size crowd when this happened.
If you would like to participate in the flag retreat, I have seen suggestions to help get picked. One suggestion is to wear something identifying that you are a veteran (like his hat) so cast members can easily see. Another suggestion is to get to Magic Kingdom in the morning, because they usually pick the participant in the morning (most likely at park opening). Thank you to all who have served, past and present!
Have you seen the flag retreat while in Magic Kingdom?
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