Upon entering Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, you are embraced by what we all know as Main Street, U.S.A.. Your first few steps into the Park are welcoming with smells, colors, and magic. The vibrance of the Park exudes in every nook and cranny.
As you stroll through Main Street, U.S.A., there are many things to soak in. Some things are intentional, while others are hidden in plain sight, with reasons for all, of course! There are some facts that all Disney fans know, like Magic Kingdom is actually on top of underground tunnels used by Imagineers. So here are five fun facts about Main Street, U.S.A., you probably didn’t know.
1. The Sidewalks
The sidewalks starting in the entranceway of Magic Kingdom lead through the Park change due to the land you are in. As you walk down Main Street, U.S.A., the sidewalks hold the purpose of subconsciously guiding Guests to the lands. They also serve the purpose of preventing Guests from tripping at night.
2. Main Street, U.S.A. Second-Level Windows
While you walk and talk, take a look up! The windows on Main Street, U.S.A. are nothing short of detail. The second story of the buildings pays homage to Imagineers and some of the most notable people in Disney’s history. Of course, people like Roy O. Disney are represented along with “folks like Buddy Baker, who composed the music for many Disney films.” as discussed by Travel and Leisure.
3. It’s All About Perspective
A fun fact about Main Street, U.S.A. is how the buildings were configured to look. The main focal point of Magic Kingdom is Cinderella Castle, which means everything around it must look less grand. Imagineers did this by illusion, making the buildings look taller than they actually are. It’s no surprise that Disney has some tricks to make this Park look as impressive as it does.
When you enter Magic Kingdom, you are instantly greeted with familiar smells. The scent of baked cookies and those of an ice cream parlor invite Guests to continue walking down Main Street, U.S.A., for more. The smellitizers and yes, that’s a real thing, pump these delicious smells through the Park entrance to entice the Guests.
5. Members-Only Club
Walt Disney World, along with Disneyland, has its members-only club. At Disneyland, Club 33 is a spot everyone knows of. In Disney World, all four Parks have their locations hidden in plain sight. At Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, it is to the right of Adventure Land after you’ve walked through Main Street, U.S.A. to get there.
In short, Main Street, U.S.A., is filled with nostalgia and new and exciting features. If you visit Disneyland, stop at The Disney Gallery to find true magic like a vault that was the “Bank of Main Street, U.S.A. from 1955 to 1993,” as Disney reports. Stop into other spots like the Emporium and Market House to experience more trivia about Main Street, U.S.A.