Main St. U.S.A.
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From the moment you hear the train’s whistle and look across Main St. towards Cinderella Castle, you realize that you have stepped into a magical place. Main St. is the start of your journey into the Magic Kingdom. Turn back the clock and prepare to enter the boyhood times of Walt himself. Main St. is modeled on his experiences in small town America growing up in Missouri. There are many self-guided attractions and street performers that welcome you to the most magical place on earth.
Stroll under the arched walkway, that supports the Walt Disney World Railroad, and you will step back in time. On the West side of Main St. you will first encounter City Hall and the Firehouse while the East side of the street you will notice the Main St. Exposition Hall and Tony’s Town Square Restaurant.
Dining and shopping experiences are replete as you meander down the street. From fresh-baked pastries to start your day to that afternoon snack of ice-cream Main St. is the place to energize yourself for a full day in the Magic Kingdom and all that it has to offer.
Don’t forget how much is happening on Main St. U.S.A. though. All of the parades wind their way through the park and Main St. is the perfect location to sit in the shade and watch the magic dance by. Also, there are denizens of Main St. destined to entertain you, make you laugh and if you are not careful pull you into their shtick so make sure your cameras are ready to record the fun.
Hidden Mickeys and More
It wouldn’t be Disney if there wasn’t some fun things hidden along your way. First and foremost are the windows along Main St. Take the time to look up on the second and third floors of the buildings and read the names. These are Disney Legends and it is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a castmember of the company. Attaining a window on Main St. means you have had a dramatic impact on making the magic for Disney. See if you can find Walt’s (hint – he loved trains and it is the only one you can see from outside the park).
Main St. offers another view of the park once the sun goes down. All of the buildings are lit beautifully and Main St. offers one of the best places to watch the fireworks over Cinderella Castle. Find a place with a view of the castle and you will have an unobstructed view of the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, just make sure you grab an ice cream cone from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor before you get settled.
The Magic Kingdom has also taken to hosting certain events after the park closes. There are seasonal events like the Mickey Not So Scary Halloween Party as well as the Princess and Pirates Parties. These are ticketed events, but offer reduced crowds and the chance to ride some of the attractions after hours and enjoy some special entertainment to celebrate with the characters in full regalia.