As soon as you walk through the train tunnel and step onto Main Street, U.S.A. Area in Magic Kingdom Park, you know you are in a whole new world. It’s quaint shops and restaurants have that “welcome home” feel and the streets are bustling with busy families. A few steps towards Town Square’s Municipal Park and there she is in all her magnificent glory, Cinderella Castle. I can’t describe the feeling of the sight of the castle on every visit other than saying it’s breathtaking and, at the age of 45, it still brings tears to my eyes. It’s like stepping back into my childhood.
Modeled after Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri, the buildings on Main Street appear larger than they actually are thanks to an optical trick known as forced perspective. The second stories of all the buildings along Main Street are shorter than the first stories, and the third stories are even shorter than the second.
Main Street, U.S.A. Area is an attraction unto itself and if you rush past to get to the attractions, you a missing a huge part of Walt’s vision of this themed area of the park. With many unique shops, fantastic dining, a working train depot and a quintessential City Hall, Main Street U.S.A. Area serves as the opening credit to the show created by Walt himself. If you pay attention to the detail found throughout, you will notice that the windows above the shops pay homage to the Disney executives, contributing artists and family members who were instrumental in making Walt’s dream a reality.
“For those of us who remember the carefree time it recreates, Main Street will bring back happy memories. For younger visitors, it is an adventure in turning back the calendar to the days of their grandfather’s youth”
– Walt Disney
Attractions in Main Street, U.S.A. Area
City Hall – Home of the Magic Kingdom Park’s Guest Relations, think of them as your in-park concierges. You can get your First Visit, I am Celebrating and Happy Birthday buttons here as well as find the Lost and Found.
Flag Retreat – Held daily at 5:00 p.m. in Town Square’s Municipal Park. Guests can inquire within City Hall for Veteran’s information
Harmony Barber Shop – This is an functional barber shop. Haircuts and beard and mustache trims are available. Fully nostalgic with the barbershop quartet, the Dapper Dans
Main Street Vehicles – Take a ride around the loop of Main Street, U.S.A. Area on a antique car, fire engine or a horse-drawn trolley
Parade Routes – All of the parades in Magic Kingdom Park start off on Main Street and travel through Liberty Square completing their route in Frontierland
Town Square Theater – Meet Mickey Mouse here as you go backstage in a victorian theater and make your way to a rehearsal room to meet the star of the show
Dining in Main Street, U.S.A. Area
Casey’s Corner (Q)- Hotdogs, french fries and snack
Crystal Palace (T)- Character dining with Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore. All you care to enjoy buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Main Street Bakery (S) – gourmet breakfast sandwiches, cookies, baked goods and Starbucks coffee
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (S)- hand-scooped ice cream, snacks and drinks
Plaza Restaurant (Q) – Burgers, sandwiches, milkshakes, desserts
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant (T) – Italian cuisine with soups, salads, pizza, pasta and desserts
Shopping in Main Street, U.S.A. Area
Box Office Gifts – Camera and media needs, pins, vinylmations, gifts and housewares
The Chapeau – Character hats especially Mickey Ears, mongramming and embroidery
Crystal Arts – Handblown glass figurines and glassware, gifts and housewares
Curtain Call Collectibles – Apparel, toys, plush Mickey Ears and MagicBands
Disney Clothiers – Character themed apparel and accessories for the whole family
Emporium – Largest souvenir shop in the Magic Kingdom Park with clothing, gifts, housewares and much more
Main Street Cinema – Art, collectibles and books from Disney’s cinematic history
Main Street Confectionary – Old fashioned sweet shop where carmel apples, peanut brittle and fudge are made before your eyes
Main Street Fashion and Apparel – Apparel, footwear and bathing suits for men women and childen
Newstand – Film, cameras, sundries, apparel, plush toys and more
Uptown Jewelers – Jewelry, china, clocks, pins and character figurines