6. Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire–
I understand that the shows can be a little cheesy, but it’s also ridiculously fun and a part of the Main Street experience. Multiple times a day, Mickey and the gang come out to perform. They’re ready to celebrate friendship with all the usual favorites, plus a few additional not-so-usual characters. This show is super fun and just an adorable way to kick off the excitement!
5. Picture in Front of the Castle–
This one seems a bit stereotypical, I know. But there’s a reason for that! Cinderella Castle holds magic and why wouldn’t you want to capture some of that? I think everyone needs a picture (or fifty!) in front of the Castle if for no other reason than to say you did it. I could fill a photo album of pictures of that Castle and me, but it’s so fun to see me grow up with it. The Castle is a gorgeous backdrop, but really any picture in Disney is a magical moment captured and that’s always worth it.
4. Dapper Dans–
Who doesn’t love a barbershop quartet?! The Dapper Dans are as good as they get. They come out several times during the day and have a small set that always gathers a crowd. They’re not really a show as much as they are characters that walk the street and tend to sing. The quartet also sometimes has strange instruments that they love to jam on! The Dapper Dans love to have fun, so expect plenty of jokes and silliness with a side of some amazing music.
3. Main Street Trolley Show–
“You’re walking right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A-a-a-a! Clang clang!” Sound familiar? To me, there is no better welcome to the Magic Kingdom than to be greeted by the Trolley Show. Every day several citizens of Main Street come out to sing hello to all of Magic Kingdom’s guests. I love the excitement and enthusiasm that comes from the performers and how it gets everyone pumped for their day in the Happiest Place on Earth.
2. Festival of Fantasy Parade–
This parade has quickly become one of my all-time favorites in the parks. The Festival of Fantasy Parade isn’t like the others. Its floats are more than just vehicles with stuff on them; they’re like miniature sets. I love being on Main Street to watch this parade: it gives the most beautiful and interesting backdrop for the performance. It’s so cool how the floats take up the entire street and completely bring it to life. Grab a Starbucks, snag a spot on the curb and enjoy the show!
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My all time favorite thing to do on Main Street is to just meander. You can take away all of the glitz and glamor and theatrics and the street that Walt designed to look like his hometown would still be wonderful. I love walking the Emporium, window-shopping on the street, and exploring the little side streets. I always find little details and fun things that catch my attention, like the Disney names on the windows and sounds from the studios and apartments over the shops. I’ve never been on Main Street without the sweet smells from the bakery calling my name. If you linger on the street long enough, you’ll probably run into some of the Citizens going about their day. Make sure to stop the mayor and ask him some questions about the town, he’d love to chat with you! If it’s even remotely an appropriate time to eat something, I love to stop in at Casey’s Corner, grab some mini-corn dogs and listen to Jim, the piano man, outside of the restaurant. At the end of the day, I like to catch the Flag Retreat by the flagpole before heading out. There’s a magic to Main Street and it is a beautiful introduction to the park and just makes leaving that much harder!