Main Street, U.S.A.
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Attractions | Tips | Dining | Shopping | Facts

Main Street USA

"Main Street, U.S.A. is America at the turn of the century - the
crossroads of an era. The gas lamps and the electric lamps, the horse
drawn car and the auto car. Main Street is everyone's home town...the
heartline of America." - Walt Disney

Main Street, U.S.A. is two blocks of charming turn-of-the-century nostalgia, stretching from the south at the Train Station and Town Square to the Plaza and Cinderella Castle in the north. Although what Walt Disney World classifies as Main Street "attractions" may seem tame compared to those in the rest of the park, the unique shops, the horse-drawn transportation, the amazing and convincing architectural details, and even the smell of fresh-baked cookies wafting through the air, all make Main Street, U.S.A an attraction in itself.

ATTRACTIONS and ENTERTAINMENT


Flag Retreat - Patriotic and moving demonstration, held daily at 5 p.m., in Town Square's Municipal Park. If you're a veteran of the military, you might want to inquire at City Hall about acting as the Veteran of the Day during the flag lowering ceremony.

Main Street Vehicles - Take a ride on a horseless carriage, a replica of an early fire engine, a jitney or a horse-drawn trolley, all of which make their way up and down Main Street throughout the day. The length of your ride varies with the vehicle you take:

Street Cars: 3:15 minutes
Antique Cars (with 4-cylinder Hercules engine): 2:28 minutes
Jitneys: 2:28 minutes
Fire Engine: 2:28 minutes

NOTE: Wheelchair/ECV users must transfer out to ride these vehicles.

Town Square Theater - Formerly a camera center and mini-museum named the Town Square Exposition Hall, it reopened in April 2011 as the new meet-and-greet location for Mickey Mouse, Town Square Theater. Guests will arrive at a building befitting Mickey Mouse's stardom -- with a grand-Victorian-theater elevation, including a marquee that glistens with gold-leaf trim and sparkles with lights. Inside, there will be a mosaic floor, lush curtains with gold rope tie-backs and polished-brass chandeliers. Imagineers created new elements and surprises for Magic Kingdom guests, including an interactive queue -- with an extra touch of Disney magic -- and highly themed retail shops. The queue takes guests "backstage," where Mickey will be waiting to greet them in a rehearsal-room environment amid posters, steamer trunks and stage props.

Walt Disney World Railroad - Approximately 20-minute journey on an authentic steam train, with an additional stop at Frontierland.

TOURING TIPS


Mayor of Main Street and TuckerMake sure to visit Guest Relations in City Hall, on your left after passing the train station, if you have questions about dining, transportation, entertainment or lost and found. Be sure to mention if someone in your party is celebrating a birthday, and pick up a "Happy Birthday!" button while you're there!

At the end of Main Street, you'll find the Guest Information Board, showing wait times for all operating attractions.

At most times of the day, Main Street, U.S.A can be explored at your leisure, normally without lines or crowds, so it may be best not to linger when the park first opens and the lines for the more popular attractions are still short. The only times to avoid would be during the parades or at closing time when the other attractions have stopped running.

Look for the Main Street performers who appear throughout the day along Main Street, including reporter Scoop Sanderson, who gives pin talks in the Town Square Exposition Hall several days a week at 1 p.m., and Mayor Weaver (pictured at left with young guest Tucker).

Keep an eye out for the Main Street Trolley show, performed periodically during the day -- performers sing and dance their way down Main Street, pausing to meet guests along the way.

PLACES TO EAT


Casey's Corner - Hot dogs, fries, soft drinks, snacks.

Crystal Palace - All-you-can-eat character dining featuring Pooh and Friends. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Main Street Bakery - Starbucks - Breakfast selections, gourmet sandwiches, desserts, cookies.

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor - Ice cream, snacks and soft drinks.

Plaza Restaurant - Sandwiches, fries, salad, yummy desserts and soda fountain specialties.

Tony's Town Square Restaurant - Table service restaurant serving pastas, salads, and Italian themed specialty entrees.

PLACES TO SHOP


The Chapeau - Hats and monogramming. Don't forget your Mouse Ears!

Confectionery - Gifts of candy, baked goods and sweets.

Crystal Arts - Glass cutting, glass blowing.

Disney Clothiers - Disney character fashions for men and women.

Disney & Co. - Souvenirs, frames, children's clothing, assorted Disney merchandise.

Emporium - 16,742 square feet of retail space stocked with just about anything imaginable in Disney gifts, clothes and souvenirs.

Firehouse StationEngine Co. 71 - Firehouse Gift Station - (CLOSED ON JANUARY 10, 2011) Fireman gifts, clothing, statues. While there, be sure to check out the careful attention to detail in the antique fire station equipment (left).

Harmony Barber Shop - Along with haircuts, and beard and mustache trims, the barber shop sells mustache cups and nostalgic shaving items. Try to time your visit here to coincide with a performance by the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet.

Main Street Athletic Club - Sports apparel and equipment.

The Main Street Cinema - Plush toys, pins, books, Disney videos, CDs and cassettes.

Main Street Gallery - Posters, lithographs, books, postcards, cels of all kinds and many collectibles.

Uptown Jewelers - Snow globes, frames, charms, pens, jewelry, watches, etc.

INTERESTING FACTS


Main Street, U.S.A. opened at the Disney theme parks worldwide on the following dates:

* DISNEYLAND in California - July 17, 1955
* MAGIC KINGDOM at WALT DISNEY WORLD - October 1, 1971
* TOKYO DISNEYLAND Park - April 15, 1983 (called World Bazaar but looks very similar to Main Street, U.S.A.)
* DISNEYLAND Paris (originally called Euro Disneyland) - April 12, 1992

Main Street, U.S.A. consists of only four buildings, each designed to appear as individual structures.

Main StreetThe appearance that Main Street, U.S.A. is larger than its actual size is due to the use of forced perspective. The ground level floors were built at approximately 7/8 size, with the upper floors becoming progressively smaller.

Note the windows above the main floors, and you'll observe the names of many of the men and women who were crucial to the development and operation of Disneyland Park. There is also a window honoring Walt's father, Elias, over the Main Street Emporium.