Main Street, U.S.A.
History and photos of the Main Street, U.S.A. section in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
Take a step back in time to the turn of the century (early 1900s here, not the early part of 2000) and enter the world of yesteryear on Main Street, U.S.A.
Located at the very front of the Magic Kingdom, Main Street, U.S.A. is themed to be just like any other small town that dotted across America back in the late 1890s and early 1900s. Some might say that the street bears a certain resemblance to Marceline, Missouri, one of the towns were Walt Disney lived during his youth.
The entrance to Main Street, U.S.A. is the impressive train station on top of a hill. Park guests pass underneath the train tracks to enter the Magic Kingdom and the simpler times of yesteryear. Horses pull trolley cars up and down the street, the Dapper Dans sing songs, and people mingle and window shop outside the various stores and establishments.
It's been noted that a visit to the Magic Kingdom can be compared to a trip to the movie theater. The entrance to the theme park is covered in red bricks (like a prestigious red carpet at the movies). The tunnels that transport guests underneath the train tracks have attraction posters for various rides in the park (just like movie posters). Popcorn and drink stands are nearby (similar to movie theater concession stands), and many of the windows along Main Street, U.S.A. have the names of Imagineers responsible for the creation of the theme park (like the opening & closing credits in a movie).
Main Street, U.S.A. has remained relatively stable with only minor changes and updates throughout the years. The biggest change in the land was the removal of the Penny Arcade, House of Magic and other shops on the west side of the street to make way for the expansion of the Emporium store. The older days of Main Street, U.S.A. also had more of the horseless carriage vehicles and double-decker buses transporting guests up and down the street.
The primary attraction on Main Street, U.S.A. is the train station for the Walt Disney World Railroad. This is one of three railroad stations along the mile-and-a-half train track that circles the Magic Kingdom theme park.
The rest of Main Street, U.S.A. is composed mainly with shops and restaurants. The Emporium store dominates the western side of the street while smaller shops and venues, such as The Confectionery, Main Street Cinema (it's a shop now versus being a small theater showing silent-era cartoons), and Main Street Bakery are on the eastern side of the street. The south end of Main Street, U.S.A. has the town square section along with the Harmony Barber Shop, the fire station and City Hall. The Town Square Exposition Hall has been converted into Town Square Theater, a place to meet Mickey Mouse and the Disney princesses. The north end of Main Street, U.S.A. has the Hub, the center and focal point of the park, along with the majestic Cinderella Castle.
Restaurants on Main Street, U.S.A. include Tony's Town Square Restaurant, Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, The Plaza Restaurant, Casey's Corner (a counter-service restaurant themed to the Casey at the Bat baseball poem written in 1888), and The Crystal Palace, A Buffet with Character.
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