For any Disney fan, there is nothing quite like walking down the same streets that Walt Disney himself walked. Main Street U.S.A was inspired by the town that Walt Disney grew up in, Marceline Missouri. We had the privilege of going on the Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps tour which was absolutely amazing and we highly recommend. One of the best parts of the tour was being able to step inside the Disney family apartment above the Fire Station. There is truly a magical feel in the air as soon as you step foot on Main Street U.S.A in the original Disney park. Let’s take a look at all of the fun and excitement you can experience here.
Before entering the park it is impossible to miss the Main Street U.S.A station. This is one of 17 opening day attractions that are currently still in operation. If you are not in a hurry we suggest taking the train all the way around the park. There are stops at the following stations: New Orleans Square, Mickey’s Toontown, Tomorrowland, and Main Street U.SA.
Make sure to look up at all the windows lining the street. Important and influential people are honored by having their name on windows all along Main Street U.S.A. What a unique and special way to honor those who helped make Disneyland® what it is.
Main Street U.S.A Vehicles
A fun way to get down Main Street U.S.A is to take one of the vehicles that offer one way transportation from Main Street U.S.A to in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. You can chose from a Fire Engine, Horse-drawn Streetcar, Horseless Carriage, and our favorite the Omnibus (definitely try to grab a seat on the top deck). Taking one of these classic vehicles is a great vantage point for a unique view of Main Street U.S.A.
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
For all the Disney trivia fans out there, where did this attraction first appear? If you guessed the 1964 New York World’s Fair, then you are right! Walt Disney always was found of Mr. Lincoln and that was most evident in the hours of work that were dedicated to this attraction. While most of the time the Opera House features Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, there are some other special features that temporarily take its place. For example currently until May 27th, you will see a preview of the exciting live action adaptation of Aladdin. In addition the lobby of the Opera House known as the Disney Gallery also currently is displaying artwork and costumes from Aladdin.
Main Street Cinema
Here you can see some true Disney classic cartoons. This attraction was also an opening day original. You can see the following cartoons: Plane Crazy, Mickey’s Polo Team, The Moose Hunt, Traffic Troubles,The Dognapper and Steamboat Willie. What would be more fun than seeing the original Mickey Mouse movie in the original Disney theme park?
The Plaza Inn – table service restaurant featuring a character breakfast buffet (Minnie and Friends). Lunch and dinner offerings include chicken, pasta, salmon, pot roast, and salads. Fun fact: Lillian Disney (Walt’s wife) handpicked many of the decor items in the restaurant!
Carnation Cafe – table service restaurant featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner. This restaurant serves up traditional American fare.
Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe – Mary Poppins themed quick service location
Little Red Wagon – If you love corn dogs, this is your spot!
Refreshment Corner Cafe – A lot of people refer to this at Coke corner. Here you will find chili dogs, pretzels and soda. You can also listen to live piano music here!
Market House – In the last several years the demand for Starbucks has prompted a Starbucks location at nearly every Disney park. Market house is where you can get your Starbucks fix along with some bakery items. While we love Starbucks, when we are in a Disney park we prefer the exclusive coffee of Disney, Joffrey’s!
Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor – get a cone, sundae or float and take in the nostalgia of an old-fashioned ice cream shop
- Emporium – largest store on Main Street U.S.A, you can find most anything here
- 20th Century Music Company – pins, books, music
- Candy Palace – watch as delicious treats are made before you eyes
- Castle Bros. – men’s clothing
- Chester Drawer’s – youth clothing
- China Closet – ceramic items of all sorts
- Crystal Arts – artisan crystal items along with some unique sunglasses!
- Disney Clothier’s, Ltd. – women’s fashion
- Disney Showcase – seasonal merhchandise
- Disneyana – art and collectibles
- Main Street Magic Shop – trick shop
- Main Street Photo Supply Co. – photopass information spot, also picture frames etc.
- New Century Jewelry – Disney jewelry
- Fortuosity Shop – watches, purses, fashion items
- The Mad Hatter – you guessed it, hats and mickey ears with on site customization
Mickey’s Soundsational Parade – see your favorite characters stroll down Main Street U.S.A during this fun parade!
Dapper Dans – this very talented musical quartet are a must see
FLag Retreat ceremony
Each day the Flag Retreat Ceremony is a special part of the day at Disneyland®. The Disneyland Marching band plays patriotic songs and the military branches are honored during this moving ceremony. Walt Disney was always a very patriotic person and vowed to have the flag retreat be a tradition at Disneyland® everyday!
Main Street U.S.A is truly an awe-inspiring location and is the perfect gateway to The Happiest Place on Earth. If you are thinking about planning a family vacation to Disneyland® Resort, we would love to help plan your magic. As always, when booking a vacation package through us, our services are free to you!
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