The first thing anyone would say when they found out we were spending 4th of July weekend at Disney was “hell no” or “you guys are crazy!” They weren’t wrong though. Independence Day at the parks is expected to be insanely busy especially when the fireworks are to go off. But if it is one thing Disney knows how to do well, it is to move people. This isn’t their first rodeo. They anticipate the crowds.
Magic Kingdom scheduled their Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky for the 3rd and the forth. So, just in case we did Epcot on the 4th, Rob wanted to make sure I had seen the Magic Kingdom fireworks first. Rob has always been a passholder. At one point in his 20’s he had an annual pass to not only Disney but to Universal and other parks. Me on the other hand, I was busy training to be the next celebrity chef. In fact there was a good 10+ years that I did’t go to the parks. To make a short story long, I never experienced Disney during the holidays or any way other than going with the family, waiting in long lines and only riding 4 rides. So, when he said “Baby, I booked an AirBnB for 4th of July weekend and your birthday” I knew I was in for a treat!
We went to the Contemporary Resort for a quick bite at the Contempo Cafe and walked over to Magic Kingdom from there. The wait to get past the security was at least 15 min and by the time we got to the gate they informed us that they only had about 7 parking spots left! As we arrived to MK we didn’t see long lines to get in and some people were leaving. We thought it was weird that it seemed a little quiet until we made it to Main Street USA.
Like I mentioned before, if there’s one thing Disney does well, that’s moving people. The tape was down and every cast member (including managers) had their light up wand directing people where to go. We found a nice cozy spot In front of the ice cream shop just at the end of Main Street USA. This was the beginning of an amazing and very eventful long weekend!
The fireworks were incredible! I had goosebumps throughout most of the show. And the grand finale… wow! Click on the video to see it, but let me tell you that wont do it any justice! No matter where you are in the park, you will see fireworks and at the end, as they were finishing the “Star Spangled Banner” a 360 of fireworks surrounded the park!
The night got more exciting when the fireworks were over. There were DJ’s set up in all the lands and were spinning some popular songs. And yes, I joined them when the DJ’s in Frontier Land played the Macarena! You will be able to laugh at that in the video.
The night get’s better! As we were heading down Main Street USA we see someone with quiet the set up: tripod, camera, backpack with all sorts of electronics and chords connecting to the camera. We’re new to this whole Disney YouTubing but we are getting to know some of the top players so of course we stop to see who it is. We immediately recognizing him… it’s Spokesmayne! Don’t know who that is? Well, we didn’t either until several months ago when we stumbled across this old video of him rapping in the Disney parks about Florida. Then…we saw this parody video and about died:
Naturally we shared it to our Facebook group and their reaction was the same. “I’m on vaca let’s go to MK” is a staple saying in the groups now! Us meeting him is in our video too. Him and his girl were very nice.
The Independence Day Celebration continues… and it get’s better! The next morning, July 4th, we pop into Animal Kingdom to go ride Flight of Passage and planned to meet up with our friends Corey and Tee. As we are walking to Pandora we saw a group of people that had a private tour guide heading in the same direction. Hmm who could that be? We really hate to get all fan girl on people especially when they are with their family so we tried not to be obvious when I ran ahead and turned back around to see it was Chris Kattan. So, quietly Rob asked if he was Chris Kattan and I went a tiny bit fan girl! Thankfully I didn’t embarrass myself too much. Fan girl mode only lasted about 15 seconds. You an watch that in the video too haha. We were polite as can be and tried to give him his space and wished his family a happy 4th but he kept talking to us the whole way to Pandora!
Since Rob and I started the Annual Passholder Facebook group there is one topic that would come up a lot. People would post their reaction photos and videos and yes of course it is something I haven’t tried either. In Epcot there is a place called Club Cool in Future World. It’s where you can cool off in the AC and sample complimentary Coca-Cola soft drinks from around the world. The one in that everyone talks about is called the Beverly which is an aperitif made for Italy. Our reaction is in the video. The Cool Club is closing this fall so if you want to try the Beverly and any other Coke products from around the world you should do it now!
We went back to Magic Kingdom for the fireworks that evening and watched the fireworks from Frontier Land this time but not before running Mark Daniel and The Tim Tracker.
When the fireworks were over we partied it up in front of Cinderella Castle and Rob hit the 999,999 score for the first time on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Apparently there is a secret he isn’t telling me!
We rode a couple more rides and ran into a some more friends from the group. All in all it was a pretty eventful couple of days.
Watch our video on YouTube to see what happened on July 3rd and 4th.
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