Magic Kingdom Flag Retreat Ceremony

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I took the time last October to watch the Flag Retreat ceremony which takes place each day at the Town Square flag pole in the Magic Kingdom. It is a beautiful and hushed ceremony. On this day, there was no music but just the sound of the security guards lowering the flag, folding it and presenting it to the Veteran of the Day. They then all parade to the Railroad Station through a path lined with Cast Members and to the applause of watching guests.

Veteran of the Day and Disney Security pay homage as the flag is lowered during the Flag Retreat ceremony in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Veteran of the Day and Disney Security pay homage as the flag is lowered during the Flag Retreat ceremony in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 62mm focal length.

If you would like to witness the Flag Retreat ceremony, be at the Town Square flagpole about 4:45pm. The ceremony starts promptly at 5:00pm.

To my fellow Americans, have a safe Memorial Day weekend and give thanks to those who did not return from fighting for our freedoms.

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3 Replies to “Magic Kingdom Flag Retreat Ceremony”

  1. On our first trip to WDW (2007) we did not know about the Flag Retreat. We just happened to be in the right place at the right time. We were both overwhelmed by it. To think that Disney takes the time to honor our country and respect our servicemen every single day just amazed us. Now it is something we are sure to watch at least once while we are there.

  2. Hi Scott,

    Interesting picture. I’m not sure what it is about it, maybe the color saturation, but it almost looks like it was a retouched photo from 1971 or 1972. Which is pretty cool! And what a beautiful clear day.

    I wonder why there was no music? And what time did the ceremony take place? It looks like afternnon, but not very late. It would seem strange to take the flag dow so early in the day.

    Keep up the good work!


    Scott replies: Ceremony takes place at 5pm every afternoon at the Magic Kingdom. Thank you for your comments. I wanted to make sure the flag was colorful and added some saturation to it to make it stand out from the background.