Is there a better feeling in the World than stepping through the entrance to the Magic Kingdom and finding yourself on Main Street U.S.A? That first moment when you pause to take it all in – The gorgeous colors – on the buildings, in store windows, floating in the hands of balloon vendors. The sounds – guests laughing, a piano playing, people singing, an old fashioned car horn. The smell! Delicious. The view – Cinderella Castle’s majestic splendor in the distance – hands down, this moment is my favorite of every Walt Disney World vacation and never fails to make me a little misty. While we’re thinking about this, let’s look at a few of my favorite things on Main Street U.S.A….
The buildings whisk you away to a perfect American small town, back in a simpler time – before our lives were filled with complex technological distractions. Every detail of each storefront and window, each railing and shingle are perfect and, if you’re paying close attention, hold very important discoveries for guests to find.
The Main Street Vehicles are a wonderful treat – allowing children of all ages to experience early 20th Century transportation. Catch a ride on a fire engine, a jitney, a horse-drawn car, or an omnibus and take a one-way ride to Cinderella Castle.
The entertainment along Main Street U.S.A. provides the perfect accompaniment for a stroll back in time. The Dapper Dans croon their old-timey barbershop quartet favorites – and often delight onlookers by serenading guests celebrating a special occasion. The Casey’s Corner Pianist (tucked around the corner at the Castle-end of Main Street on the left) amazes visitors with a huge repertoire of happy tunes!
There are plenty of excellent souvenir shops! The Emporium on Main Street U.S.A.’s left side stretches nearly the entire length of the street – pins, shirts, snacks, batteries, toys – the Emporium’s a gigantic general store – Disney-style! If you’re looking for a customized Earhat, there’s no better place to shop than The Chapeau – a Main Street classic!
Main Street U.S.A. is a great place to visit when you’re hungry – any time of the day! Catch some breakfast at the Main Street Bakery, lunch at the Crystal Palace with all your favorite friends from the Hundred Acre Wood (Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet usually), and dinner at Casey’s Corner for some super fancy hot dogs. Need a sweet treat? The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor is a delicious way to beat the Florida heat any time of the day!
Let’s not forget the parades! Main Street’s a great place to secure a spot for the Festival of Fantasy Parade in the afternoon and the Main Street Electrical Parade at night. Stand on Main Street for Wishes – oooh and ahhhhh with the people around you during the fireworks.
As the place where every visitor begins and ends each visit to the Magic Kingdom, Main Street U.S.A. couldn’t be more perfect.
What’s your favorite part of Main Street?