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10 Things You’ll Love About Main Street, U.S.A. At Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

For many guests, Main Street, U.S.A. is where their Walt Disney World vacations begin. Once you pass through the turnstiles you leave the real world behind. Main Street, U.S.A. is based on a turn of the century town such as Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri. There are too many little details to mention, so plan to spend some time exploring Main Street, U.S.A. the next time you’re at the Magic Kingdom. Here are ten of the many things that you’ll love about Main Street, U.S.A.

10) Shopping

Both sides of Main Street, U.S.A. are lined with shops. You can purchase normal souvenirs such as Mickey Ears and T-shirts, but that is just the beginning of the choices. There are delicious treats to be found, or maybe you’d prefer to buy some blown glass; after you’ve watched other pieces being made. You can pick up a hat, or you could instead buy a special piece of jewelry. Main Street, U.S.A. opens an hour earlier than the rest of the Magic Kingdom, so arrive early and plan to do some browsing.

9) Characters

First thing in the morning you’ll find classic characters greeting guests in the Town Square. They don’t hang around all day, so if there is someone who you want to meet don’t wait until the end of the day. Inside Town Square Theater next door you’ll find Mickey and Tinkerbell in two separate lines.

8) Harmony Barber Shop

All ages can get a quick trim in this old fashioned barber shop, but it is a special place for a first haircut. Call 407-WDW-PLAY (407-939-7529) to make a reservation. Look for the striped barber’s pole, and take a step back in time.

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7) Entertainment

There is plenty of fun live entertainment on Main Street, U.S.A. Check your Times Guide so you won’t miss the Dapper Dans. You’ll also want to catch the Main Street Trolley Show, and Casey’s Corner Pianist. Don’t forget about the Citizens of Main Street! Have your camera ready because you’ll want to capture the memories.

6) Viewing Areas

Plan on catching Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade? How about Happily Ever After at the end of the night? There are great viewing areas all along Main Street, U.S.A. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time. You can’t grab a front row spot ten minutes before.

5) Dining

Main Street, U.S.A. has some great dining choices. You can enter a romantic classic, or dine with friends from the Hundred Acre Wood. There’s a charming ice cream parlor, you can order sandwiches and burgers, and there’s a ballpark hot dog location. You can also fulfill your coffee craving. There are snack kiosks as well. If you’re hungry, you’ll find something delicious on Main Street, U.S.A.

4) Main Street Vehicles

An old fashioned street needs the right vehicles to keep the trip back in time going. With Main Street Vehicles, you can ride in a horse drawn car, a fire truck, or another fun vehicle. Main Street Vehicles are only out first thing in the morning, so don’t put off taking your ride.

3) Let the Magic Begin

What better way to start a day at the Magic Kingdom than to be greeted by Mickey and some of his friends? Let the Magic Begin is held on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle. It takes place about five minutes before the Magic Kingdom officially opens for the day. If there are morning Extra Magic Hours it is held only once, before the opening for the Disney Resort Guests.

2) Flag Retreat

Walt Disney loved his country, and the Flag Retreat is a great way to show a touch a patriotism. Held daily at 5:00pm, the Flag Retreat takes place by the flag pole in Town Square. It features patriotic songs, the Pledge of Allegiance, and a Color Guard. A Veteran of the Day is asked to assist in the ceremony. It’s a beautiful tribute to those who have fought and died so that others can be free.

1) Seeing Cinderella Castle!

What says Walt Disney World more than seeing Cinderella Castle for the first time each vacation? The structure is magnificent, and you will want to spend a few moments just staring. There are great places for pictures all along Main Street, U.S.A., and there are plenty of PhotoPass photographers on hand. Whether it’s your first visit to the Magic Kingdom or you’ve been there 100 times, seeing Cinderella Castle never gets old.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.