7 Ways to Survive Independence Day at Walt Disney World | ThemeParkHipster Show Episode 23

Walt Disney World is a popular summer destination for Independence Day. Celebrating July 4th at Disney can be lots of fun, but it is one of the most crowded days at Disney!

I know this goes against all my Disney tip advice, but if you’re trying to conquer the parks this week for the Fourth of July, then I have 7 tips to help you survive.

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Disney does it best for the fourth of July.


1 – Map Out Day Before You Get to Disney


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Mapping out your day is a good way to make sure you’re able to enjoy each must do item. Route your path around the park in advance by downloading a map online or on your phone.


Below are the main Disney parks participating in the holiday.


Magic Kingdom Itinerary


Disney’s Celebrate America: A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky is a 15-minute 360-degree firework spectacular and one of the premiere firework displays in the nation.  You will also be able to catch Goofy, Donald and Pluto leading a procession down Main Street USA.


Epcot Itinerary


Join Ben Franklin and other Disney characters in their patriotic costumes on the promenade near The American Adventure throughout the afternoon.

You can also listen to the Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert, with an expanded cast performing a patriotic salute including the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps and Disney Characters, on the American Gardens Theatre stage.

You’ll also enjoy some specialty foods welcoming the holiday such as red, white and blue cupcakes (available at Fountain View and Sunshine Seasons), BBQ pork sandwich, specially decorated croissant doughnuts, and other classic American dishes.

The night ends with a patriot-inspired version of Epcot’s IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth.


Hollywood Studios Itinerary


At Disney’s Hollywood Studios there is an out-of-this world presentation of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks. This show usually starts at 10 p.m.


2 – Choose One Park and Start Early


Animal Kingdom Tree of Life
Animal Kingdom Tree of Life


Independence Day at Walt Disney World is going to be super crowded and tortuously hot. You don’t want to have combat both the heat and the crowd. This will make you so frustrated on your solo Disney trip and if you’re in a group, you guys may become snappy with each other.

So, sticking to one park and getting there right before the gates open is a must.

It is also very common to see the Disney parks reaching full capacity on Independence Day. I recommend to stay in the park all day, because even if you leave for a break there’s a chance you may not be able to get back in.


3 – Take Frequent Breaks on Indoor Attractions


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This is to help combat the heat while enjoy the festivities at Walt Disney World. Indoor attractions are also a good way to take a break from the jam-packed streets in the park.

And if it rains, which it most likely will, you’ll be in a covered area.


Magic Kingdom Indoor Attractions


  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Haunted Mansion
  • It’s a Small World
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monster’s Inc. Laugh Factory
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Space Mountain
  • The Hall of Presidents
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress


Epcot Indoor Attractions


  • American Heritage Gallery, World Showcase
  • Bijutsu-kan Gallery, World Showcase
  • O Canada!, World Showcase
  • Coral Reefs, Future World
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival, Future World
  • Frozen Ever After, World Showcase
  • Gallery of Arts and History, World Showcase
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros, World Showcase
  • Impressions de France, World Showcase
  • Innoventions, Future World
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment, Future World
  • Living with the Land, Future World
  • Mission: SPACE, Future World
  • Reflections of China, World Showcase
  • Sea Turtles – Disney Animal Encounters, Future World
  • SeaBase – Disney Animal Encounters, Future World
  • Sharks and Stingrays – Disney Animal Encounters, Future World
  • Soarin’ Around the World, Future World
  • Spaceship Earth, Future World
  • Stave Church Gallery, World Showcase
  • Test Track, Future World
  • The American Adventure, World Showcase
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Future World
  • Turtle Talk with Crush, Future World


Hollywood Studios Indoor Attractions


  • Disney Junior Live on Stage
  • Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Muppet Vision
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid


Animal Kingdom Indoor Attractions


  • Avatar – Flight of Passage
  • Dinosaur
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug
  • Na’vi River Journey
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch


4 – Book FastPasses Before Arrival



FastPass Tips



If there’s any day that requires a FastPass, it is the 4th of July at Walt Disney World. You’re going to want to be strategic in choosing your passes mixing top rides in with ones that have an indoor element. Like stated before, you’re going to want ways to combat the Disney heat.


5- Stay Hydrated


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It’s important to stay hydrated in the intense Florida heat felt at Walt Disney World. You can avoid heat related illnesses such as, a heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat rash by having proper hydration.

The more your body sweats under the mentioned conditions, the more fluid you need to replace. Listed below are some ways to stay hydrated at Walt Disney World:

  • Drink before you feel thirsty
  • Keepa Water Bottle with You to Refill throughout the day
  • Monitor your water intake
  • Avoid dehydrating beverages such as, alcohol, coffee, and soda
  • Drink cool fluids
  • Eat food high in water (fruits and vegetables)


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6 – Visit Magic Kingdom on July 3rd




You’ll get to experience the same events taking place in the park on the Fourth of July as on the 3rd day too!

Such activities like:

Patriotic fireworks, DJs hosting parties in Frontierland and Tomorrowland, and The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History with Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie Bear and others reenacting famous moments in American history live in Liberty Square.

Another reason to go to Magic Kingdom on July 3rd is that you’ll have a lesser crowd level than the 4th of July. This will allow you to choose another park on the 4th that won’t be as crowded as the Magic Kingdom.


7 – Stake Your Fireworks Viewing Spot Early


Happily Ever After Fireworks Show at Magic Kingdom
Fireworks Show at Magic Kingdom Photo: Disney Co.


You’ve made it through the heat AND the crowd!

Now it’s time to pick your favorite fireworks spot in the park and camp out until it’s time for the Independence Day spectacular show!

I recommend getting a spot at least an hour prior to the start of the show. Be sure to pick a location that will not have too much obstruction of the fireworks.




Have fun and know that it’s going to be bananas at Disney. If you have a good spirit and welcome the excitement of the high-volume crowd level, then you’ll have a spectacular time on Independence Day.

What about you? Do you think it’s crazy to go to Walt Disney World on the 4th of July???

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Want more theme park tips? Check out the theme park tips page. If you’re thinking about going to Disney alone, then read the top 18 tips. Are you planning a Disney vacation soon? Read the Disney Vacation Planning Guide for your next dream trip!

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