I have to believe that the vast majority of you have seen the Main Street Trolley Show that is presented several times each morning in the Magic Kingdom. But for those of you who arrive at opening and dash off to the Disney Mountains, never to return to Main Street until you’re ready to leave the park, you’re missing a great “impromptu” show.
The Main Street Trolley Show is rarely listed on the Times Guide, but most Main Street cast members can tell you when it will be performed that day. Also, if you notice the trolley proceeding up Main Street with passengers in the morning, you’ll know the show is soon to follow. After depositing its riders at The Hub, twelve performers, dressed in shades of red, white, and blue, hop onboard for a trip down Main Street. Along the way they stop three times to present a lively show to whoever might be wandering the street at that time. On most days, the trolley makes this lively trip three times – usually before noon. The Main Street Trolley Show was first presented on December 1, 2004 and has been delighting guests ever since.
Three songs are sung (and danced) during the show. The first number, “The Most Magical Place on Earth” is also used to help open the Magic Kingdom each morning in front of the train station. In addition, these performers that help kick off our day are the same folk that entertain us on the trolley.
The second song, “Walkin’ Right Down the Middle of Main Street, U.S.A.” was written by Stu Nunnery in 1978. The song was purchased by Disney and was intended to be used to help roll out Disneyland’s 25th anniversary in 1980. However, it did not debut publicly until 1985 to celebrate Disneyland’s 30th anniversary when it was sung on a television special by Marie Osmond. And finally, “The Trolley Song” was written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and made famous by Judy Garland in the 1944 film “Meet Me in St. Louis.”
I have filmed the show and it is presented below. A number of you have commented that your videos of Walt Disney World don’t compare to mine. There is a reason for this. When you visit the Magic Kingdom, your purpose is to experience the rides and attractions. Photography is usually an afterthought and is squeezed in when you can. When I visit the Magic Kingdom, my purpose is to create a blog. In this case, I filmed the show four times from four different vantage points. And this required advance planning so I could make sure I found the perfect spot well in advance so no one would block my view. I also found an out-of-the-way speaker so I could record the music with as little ambient noise as possible. In all, I experienced this presentation five times in order to create this three and a half minute video. When I got home, I spent several hours editing the film. The average Disney World guest does not have this amount of time or inclination. But I’m glad I do have the time and inclination because I take great pleasure in bringing Disney magic to all of you when you’re at home – wishing you were here.