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4th of July celebrations took place across the U.S. Disney Parks, Halloween merchandise moved in, and Tokyo Disney Resort announced a drone show coming to various locations across Japan — all this and more in today’s daily recap for Thursday, July 4, 2024.

Walt Disney World


To celebrate the 4th of July 2024, Mickey and his pals are dressed in their finest “Spirit of ’76” costumes for a meet and greet outside of The American Adventure Pavilion in EPCOT.The “Heartbeat of Freedom” Fireworks tag returned to EPCOT tonight, playing for the first time after the nighttime spectacular, “Luminous: The Symphony Us,” which premiered last December.Disney’s Voices of Liberty a cappella group has returned to The American Adventure Pavilion rotunda to perform patriotic-themed sets in celebration of the 4th of July 2024.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is once again hosting a golf cart parade to celebrate Independence Day 2024.

New Merchandise

We have spotted the first of what will surely be many Halloween merchandise offerings at Magic Kingdom.We found some resort specific merchandise in Johari Treasures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Other Walt Disney World News

A heat advisory has been issued for Central Florida for Thursday, July 4, which includes the Walt Disney World area, due to expected high temperatures.

Disneyland Resort

We recently spotted new Disneyland Resort-centric Halloween T-shirts in the Downtown Disney District.Following its release at Walt Disney World in celebration of the grand opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a new Princess Tiana Dooney & Bourke collection is now available at Disneyland Resort.

Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo Disney Resort has announced that a special Fantasy Springs drone show titled ‘Magic in the Air’ will be making its way to several different fireworks festivals across Japan this summer.

The Walt Disney Company

A new book titled “Walt Disney Treasures: Personal Art and Artifacts from The Walt Disney Family Museum” will be released on October 1, 2024 to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the museum.

Universal Studios

Universal Orlando Resort

A heat advisory has been issued for Central Florida for Thursday, July 4, which includes the Universal Orlando Resort area, due to expected high temperatures.Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone may be gone but the classic character lives on through new Universal Orlando Resort merchandise.

Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan has unveiled the new Lost World Restaurant menu that will be available when the quick-service dining location reopens on July 5.

That’s it for today; we hope you enjoyed this Daily Recap. Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you tomorrow!

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