• On Apr 7, 2011
    Monique from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Our first day of our Disney experience will be July 4th. Which park would be best to attend for the holiday celebrations?

    Hi, Monique! July 4 is one of the most packed days at the parks, especially Magic Kingdom. We're talking Justin Bieber experience-like crowds.

    Three of the parks usually have special July 4-themed experiences: Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Judging by the schedule of what was offered in 2010 (check out for details,) here's what I'd do:

    Friday (sing it with me: "It's Friday, Friday. Gotta get down on Friday..."), July 3. If you happen to arrive the evening of Fri., July 3, I'd recommend trying to fit in a visit to Magic Kingdom for the patriotic-themed Celebrate America fireworks. It's the same show that will happen the evening of July 4. Crowds will be marginally lower at Magic Kingdom on July 3.

    Saturday, July 4. Visit Epcot for the full day or for the majority of the day. See one of the Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concerts, which will include an expanded cast of performers. Last year, show times were at 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the America Gardens Theatre. While in the area, look for Ben Franklin and stop inside the American Adventure for storytelling by Betsy Ross.

    In the evening, either stay for the patriotic tag to Illuminations at Epcot, or take the boat (via the International Gateway) over to Hollywood Studios for the park's special fireworks presentation (which is a rare treat.)
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