• On Feb 25, 2018
    Kimberly from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    how do you get picked to do the 5pm flag retreat?

    Hiya, Kimberly!

    There is nothing more moving to me, as the wife of a United States Navy veteran, than to stand at the most magical place on earth and watch the Magic Kingdom Flag Retreat. This event, which takes place daily, is like a daily thank you to our veterans, and it's a beautiful thing.

    The selection process for choosing the veteran who participates in the ceremony each day is completely random. I will give you a few tips, though, that might help in getting you noticed.

    The biggest thing is that they have to know you are a veteran. Wearing items like a hat or a t-shirt that show your military service is a good way to come to the attention of the person making the selection. Also, there's a really good chance that the selection is made as guests are waiting to go into the Magic Kingdom at rope drop - before the park opens in the morning. Make conversation with the cast members there, because you never know if they might be the ones making the selection. You might also want to linger a bit longer as you come into Main Street, U.S.A., as the selection team might be just inside the park as the park opens.

    I've heard from veterans who have been selected that it didn't hurt to talk up how much you appreciate the Military Salute discounted tickets or (if you're a guy) to go in sporting your high and tight. It can't hurt.

    Good luck, Kimberly. Thanks so much for dropping in with your question.

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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