U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to flyover Walt Disney World as part of National Veterans and Military Families Month

Oct 27, 2023 in "EPCOT"

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Fly Over EPCOT
Posted: Friday October 27, 2023 11:37am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team will fly over Walt Disney World on Monday, October 30, 2023.


As part of National Veterans and Military Families Month, the Thunderbirds will fly over Magic Kingdom and EPCOT at approximately 10:30 am.

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mktOct 31, 2023

I was there as well. Kiddo's jaw dropped when he saw them, and went from gibberish speaking child to speechless child.

RoadiJeffOct 30, 2023

I was there and saw/heard/felt the whole thing. It's not something people see everyday at Epcot, I thought it was cool. A large crowd between the World Showcase Lagoon and Spaceship Earth was gathered and we were all looking back toward Spaceship Earth for about 10 minutes before the planes arrived. I finally asked someone in the crowd how they know the planes will approach from that direction. She said a cast member told her. About a minute before the flyover some cast member told everyone to look to the left, as that's where the planes were coming from. Sure enough, they soon appeared. My video below pales in comparison to the ones already posted but here it is. The sun was affecting me and I couldn't see what was on my screen as they went over, I had to just point in the general area and hope for the best. Also, the reason I asked earlier in this thread if anyone else here on the forum was going to be in Epcot today is that I had a free pass to give someone or a family for exclusive access to the VIP Lounge above Test Track. Nice and cool lounge overlooking Epcot, all the soft drinks you want, two car design kiosks where you have unlimited time to design your vehicle, unlike the 3 minutes you get downstairs, and whenever you're ready to head out of the lounge they give you a lanyard to bypass the line and you can go right to the front of the crowd, no waiting. I casually asked this same question last week in another thread and no replies. I have to be there in person to give you the pass and, although I will be at WDW for the rest of the week, I won't be at Epcot. It was a one-time offer...until I return someday. ;) The lounge is a lot larger than this but there were a few other people there and they probably didn't want their picture taken. Yes, those are my shoes. :D

DCBakerOct 30, 2023

Here are some photos Disney shared.

jpedenOct 30, 2023

Are there any pictures of the MK portion of the flyover? I haven’t seen them at all.

mf1972Oct 30, 2023

we sat over by japan. thought it was coming towards us over spaceship earth. surprised it came from behind us instead. it was still neat to see.

wdwmagicOct 30, 2023

Some great onboard footage from the F16's.

TrainsOfDisneyOct 30, 2023

Monorail timing for the win!!!!!!! How cool is that. 🚝 ✈️

wdwmagicOct 30, 2023

wdw71fanOct 30, 2023

they just left the airport in sanford a few minutes ago

RoadiJeffOct 30, 2023

Cool. I'll be in Epcot all day today and I will be looking for them at 10:30. Thanks for the alert. :) Anyone else here on the forum going to be at Epcot today?

donsullivanOct 27, 2023

I'm headed to that airshow with my camera gear on Sunday

IanDLBZFOct 27, 2023

Also they’ll be at the Orlando Air & Space Show at SFB Airport this weekend too. In fact, they’ve been practicing since yesterday.