Walt Disney World hosted a flyover of the Magic Kingdom this morning by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team. The event is a prelude to National Veterans and Military Families Month, which is held in November. The Thunderbirds made two passes of the park. We were there for it and have photos and video! The second pass culminated in their famous delta maneuver.
There was an introduction over the loudspeaker for each pass, which was really nice to know the formation was on the way. I took photos on the first pass and a video clip on the other.
First, here is our full video. We have four angles, with several from Main Street U.S.A. (including a slow-motion shot by Chris Morton) and also from Disney’s Contemporary Resort (shot by Matt Roseboom https://attractionsmagazine.com/). We also interviewed two of the Thunderbird pilots: Maj. Zane Taylor (Slot Pilot) and Lt. Col. Justin Elliott (Commander).
And here are my photos!
Disney says, The Walt Disney Company founders Walt and Roy Disney both served the United States during World War I. And today the company is a leading proponent of hiring, training and supporting military veterans with the Heroes Work Here initiative, the Heroes Supply Here program and Disney’s Veterans Institute.
This special flyover is the latest example of Walt Disney World Resort’s long tradition of celebrating members of the United States military.