Arriving from the UK on July 4th
by Gareth Eckersley
(Bolton, England, UK)
Hey Dad, great website. We're going to Disney from the UK for the first time in a few weeks and I’ve been busy reading through every page of your site ever since finding it.
We should arrive at the Dolphin resort mid-to-late afternoon on the 4th July (which I understand could be a pretty busy day); there will be me, my girlfriend, 1 teenager, and 2 little ones. Depending on what condition everyone is in, what would you advise we do when we get there?
Happy Birthday, America
Photo by Don Sullivan
Dad’s Assert Your Independence Answer
what a treat to travel from across the pond just in time to celebrate America’s birthday at the most magical place on earth! Be prepared for a fantastic display of American patriotism. And be really prepared for crowds!
July 4th is one of the busiest days of the year at Walt Disney World! I’m not kidding – the crowds are absolutely crazy and since you’ll be arriving late in the day, it’s very doubtful that you will even be able to get in to one of the parks.
But don’t let that discourage you! You can have a great time on your arrival day relaxing, recovering from your jet lag, and gearing up for an early start at the parks the next day. My advice to you is to take a swim at your hotel, stroll along Disney’s BoardWalk, and have some dinner. You may even get in a round or two of mini golf at Fantasia Gardens, which is located behind the Swan and easy walking distance from the Dolphin.
You’re very lucky to be staying in a prime location at the Dolphin – it’s located right between both Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios! Which means that without fighting the in-park crowds, you’ll still be able to enjoy the July 4th celebrations from the comfort of your resort.
You should be able to see the fireworks from Disney Hollywood Studios Special July 4th Fireworks presentation at 9:45pm and the July 4th version of Epcot’s Illuminations at 10pm. I’d try watching from the bridge connecting Disney’s BoardWalk with the Swan and Dolphin, but these fireworks are amazing and you should be able to see them from just about anywhere along the shores of Crescent Lake.
After all the excitement, head to bed to get a good night’s rest so that you can arrive at whichever park you choose bright and early the next morning. Crowds are always lightest for the first few hours a park is open, and with the parks open late and lots of traffic on the way home, you should be able to get a good head start if you go to bed early!
Dad's Bottom Line
Gareth, do something different than everyone else at Walt Disney World on America’s birthday: assert your independence by breaking away from the crowds and taking some time to relax from your journey and prepare to begin your adventure in the morning. Have a happy Independence Day!