When most guests imagine Walt Disney World, they conjure up images of Cinderella Castle and the view from Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. Main Street is one of the most recognizable areas in Walt Disney World thanks to its sweeping views of Cinderella Castle and the amazing turn of the century environment it creates to welcome guests into the park. Guests who take their time and enjoy all that Main Street has to offer can meet characters, enjoy delicious food and snacks, and appreciate many of the small details which come together to create such a wonderful place. Here are ten things that guests love about Main Street in the Magic Kingdom.
10. The Windows –
Each building along Main Street features names and images in the windows above which seem to advertise local townsfolk and businesses. In reality, these windows actually pay homage to individuals who were instrumental in the creation of the Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World. What makes each window unique is that it pays a subtle tribute to each individual by incorporating an aspect of their personality. For example, Walt Disney has a window above the Main Street Station of the Walt Disney World Railroad that dubs him the Chief Engineer which is fitting since he was a train enthusiast. Other notable names that guests can spot are Roy O. Disney, Yale Gracey, John Hench, and Richard Irvine.
9. Party Line –
There is a great detail in several locations throughout Walt Disney World which helps to add a rich history to the area. Located inside The Emporium and The Chapeau are two old fashioned telephones mounted on the wall. While they might look like props, guests will find a pleasant surprise if they pick up the receivers. Guests can listen in on party lines, which were common at the turn of the century and were shared by several neighbors in each building. The party lines on Main Street offer a glimpse into the lives and gossip of the townsfolk which make the area truly feel real!
8. Founding Date –
The Emporium is the spot in the Magic Kingdom where guests can shop for everything from toys to houseware. Spanning almost the entire left hand side of Main Street, The Emporium is sectioned off into several large room which each feature displays of the local goods. A great detail to look for that is featured in several places throughout the store is the founding date. The Emporium is said to have been founded in 1901 which pays homage to the year that Walt Disney was born.
7. Flag Ceremony –
Many guests don’t realize that at five o’clock each day a special ceremony takes place on Main Street near the Walt Disney World Railroad Station. Each evening, Disney security steps in for a patriotic ceremony where the American flag is lowered from the flag post, folded, and brought in for the night. With the hustle and bustle that normally occurs in the Magic Kingdom, this ceremony is a touching quiet moment which allows guests to feel patriotic and thankful.
6. Smell From The Bakery –
Located on the far right hand side of Main Street is the Main Street Bakery which serves up delicious baked goods, Starbucks coffee, and various snacks. Guests walking down Main Street will find themselves drawn into the bakery thanks to the delicious smells constantly wafting out the doors. Guests who pass by can often smell fresh brewed coffee and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and can’t resist stopping in for a treat!
5. View From The Station –
The Walt Disney World Railroad takes guests on a scenic 1.5 mile loop around the exterior of the Magic Kingdom and makes stops on Main Street, in Frontierland, and in Storybook Circus. The Main Street Station boasts the most impressive view of the three stations as it features a massive balcony overlooking both Town Square and all of Main Street. Guests love sitting up there and enjoying the sights and sounds during the day and at night overlooking Happily Ever After.
4. Harmony Barber Shop –
Many guests don’t realize that they can get their hair cut on Main Street! The Harmony Barber Shop offers all guests the opportunity to have their hair cut in an old fashioned barber shop complete with striped pole. Many guests love to bring their small children into the Harmony Barber Shop for the My First Haircut Package which includes a very special haircut as well as Mickey Ears. Guests can also enjoy a little Disney magic while getting their haircuts with Pixie Dust that will leave them sparkling.
3. Dapper Dans –
The Dapper Dans are a barber shop quarter which frequent the Harmony Barber Shop and all of Main Street. Dressed in striped shirts, bright pants, and straw hats, the Dapper Dans serenade guests with classic a cappella songs and family friendly jokes. Stopping to enjoy the Dapper Dans on Main Street is a great way to enjoy time in the Magic Kingdom.
2. Plaza Ice Cream Parlor –
One of the best places in the Magic Kingdom to indulge in an ice cream treat is the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on the end of Main Street. The location serves up hand scooped flavors like chocolate, mint chocolate chip, and strawberry and tasty desserts like the Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich, Ice Cream Float, or The Plaza Ice Cream Sundae. With so many delicious options to choose from, guests love stopping in at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, ordering up a treat, and enjoying it on the curb of Main Street.
1. Town Square Theater –
Located just inside the entrance to the Magic Kingdom on Main Street is the Town Square Theater where guests can meet Mickey Mouse! Mickey is inside dressed in his Magician outfit ready for hugs, photos, and autographs. Guests who are set on meeting the Mouse should definitely pay a visit to Town Square Theater while enjoying all that Main Street has to offer in the Magic Kingdom! Plus, Tinker Bell is available for a meet and greet in Town Square Theater as well… pixie dust and all.