Magic Kingdom Cinderella Castle
  • On May 25, 2022
    Dean from NV Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is there a way/program where I can participate in the flag lowering ceremony (retreat) at Magic Kingdom? I am a retired Army Officer. I will be in MK on June 4, 5, 10.

    Hey there, hi there, Dean! Welcome to planDisney, and thank you for your question.

    Dean, thank you so much for your service to our country and the sacrifices your family made to support you during your time in the military. As a Navy wife, I so appreciate your dedication.

    I cannot go to the Flag Retreat Ceremony at Magic Kingdom Park without a pocket full of tissues. This heartwarming tribute to both our nation and the men and women who served is a real tear-jerker for me, as my heart - and eyes - swell with patriotic pride. 

    How you are chosen to participate is a bit of a mystery. But let's see if we can help boost your chances. First, you'll want to arrive early. You may have a chance to interact with the cast members who are at the entrance, and this is a good time to let them know you are interested and a veteran. I have heard a good way to get recognized to get that interaction going is to deck yourself out in all your military swag - the baseball cap, the t-shirt, anything you can wear that lets them know you are a military veteran.

    You may also be able to stop by City Hall Guest Services once you are in the park. I know some guests have gone and nominated family members by stopping by here, and if you haven't been able to catch the eye of a Cast Member going into the park, you might use this strategy as a backup plan.

    Thank you again, Dean, for your service. I do hope you are selected for this incredibly moving opportunity.
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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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