Main Street, U.S.A. is the first "themed land" inside the entrance of the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by Walt Disney Company around the world.
| Main Street, U.S.A. has a train station above the entrance. At the Magic Kingdom Cinderella Castle stands at the end.Main Street, U.S.A. is home to City Hall, in which the Guest Relations office is located. Further along Main Street, the names painted in the windows on Main Street serve as credits for some of the many people, Imagineers and others, who contributed in some way to the creation of Disneyland. Largely they appear as fictional businesses (gyms, realtors, dentists, etc. ), and they often refer to a hobby or interest that the person in question had. Ub Iwerks's window, for example, refers to his prowess with cameras. |
Travel back in time on Main Stree USA. Stroll the streets of classic hometown at the turn of the 19th century. Historical walk through a recreated street complete with all the trimmings from street cars and horse trams to gas effect lighting. Visitors to Main St. enjoy a calm start or finish to the day in this delightful setting. Ride on a vintage fire engine and get a coffee and cake at the bakery.
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| A bronze likeness of Roy Oliver sitting next to Minnie Mouse on an ornate bench. || |
Main Street, U.S.A.
Mickey Mouse introducing the famous Cinderella Castle.
| Main Street is lined with shops selling everything from merchandise to food. Decor is early-20th century small-town America, inspired by Walt Disney's childhood and the film Lady and the Tramp. City Hall contains the Guest Relations lobby where cast members provide information and assistance. A real working barber shop gives haircuts for a fee! This includes "baby's first haircut" which comprises of a certificate to always remember that magical moment. The Emporium carries a wide variety of Disney souvenirs such as plush toys, collectible pins, and Mickey-ear hats. Tony’s Town Square and the Plaza Restaurant are sit-down restaurants, and Casey's Corner located at the end of Main Street sells traditional American ball park fare including hot dogs & fries. |
In the distance beyond the end of Main Street stands Cinderella Castle. Though only 189 feet (55m) tall, it benefits from a technique 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, and the top windows of the castle are much smaller than they appear. The resulting visual effect is that the buildings appear to be larger and taller than they really are.
Main Street is more than just shopping for souvenirs it can be about finding the perfect sweet treat. Main Street has an ice cream parlor, which features a Mickey Mouse cone with chocolate ears. With a variety of desserts, cookies, and sweets, the Main Street Bakery is the perfect place to satisfy a shopper’s sweet tooth. Here, you'll find both freshly baked goodies, as well as packaged candies and treats.
| Main Street is considered the opening credits for the Magic Kingdom. You pass under the train station (the opening curtain), and then you view the opening credits on the upper stories of the main street buildings. Each window has a business name on it, such as "Seven Summits Expeditions, Frank G. Wells President", each of these people has a connection to Disney. The windows/credits are ordered as they would be for a movie. |
In addition to the bronze "Partners Statue" of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle, there is also the "Sharing the Magic Statue" of Roy O. Disney sitting with Minnie Mouse near the park's entrance. Surrounding the "Partners Statue" at the central hub, are several iconic Disney characters featured throughout the park. Some of these include; Minnie, Donald, B'rer Rabbit, Goofy, Chip and Dale, etc.