/ Friday, September 14th, 2007
  • With two, small side streets, Main Street, USA is just two blocks long, stretching from Town Square in front of the Walt Disney World Railroad Station, up to the Central Plaza hub.
  • For about eight months after the Magic Kingdom’s opening, the only station on the Walt Disney World Railroad line was at Main Street, USA , making the ride a "D-Ticket," round-trip attraction. In 1972, the first Frontierland Railroad Station was constructed near the Pecos Bill Cafe, marking the westernmost point of Frontierland for nineteen years. In preparation for the building of Splash Mountain , the station was torn down in 1990. In December 1991, a new station opened as part of Splash Mountain . In 1988, a third station was constructed as part of the addition of the new "Mickey’s Birthdayland."
  • The Main Street Cinema operated from October 1, 1971 until April 1998, when it was replaced by a toy shop. When the theater originally opened, it played a number of different silent cartoons. In 1994, the theater began playing "Mickey’s Big Break," which was a film showing how Mickey got his first starring role in "Steamboat Willie," as well as other Mickey animated films, like "Plane Crazy."
  • When the Magic Kingdom was created, Walt Disney wanted his guests to feel as though they were entering a movie, and there are numerous indicators all along Main Street, USA to illustrate that metaphor. Like all movies, the Magic Kingdom had to have its opening and closing credit, with the names of people who were important to the creation of Walt Disney World. This is accomplished by placing the names on the windows over the shops on Main Street, USA . As you walk into the park, they are the opening credits, and act as the closing credits on the way out. Walt Disney’s name, the only one to face the Castle, can be seen over the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. His name is also the first you see as part of the "closing credits."
  • In honor of the year that marked the opening of the Magic Kingdom , the Firehouse on Main Street, USA is "Engine Co. 71."
  • The Dapper Dans quartet began singing in Disneyland in 1959, and continues to do sever since. In 1971, a new Dapper Dans quartet was formed to perform in Walt Disney World. They can be heard performing throughout the day on Main Street, USA , as well as near the barber shop (of course).
  • Hosted by Nestle, the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor serves cones, sundaes, and old-time floats in this shop located at the end of Main Street, USA. The Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor is the name of the ice cream parlor in Disneyland, while Casey’s Corner and the Crystal Palace are the names of two other restaurants located on Main Street, USA
  • There is a flag ceremony daily at 5:00 p.m. in Town Square, where the American flag is taken down for the evening, while the band plays and white doves are released. Veterans can inquire about participating in the ceremony.
  • Main Street, USA is loosely based on the town of Marceline, Missouri circa 1910. Marceline, located in north central Missouri about 120 miles northeast of Kansas City, was a community of about 5,000 people that had sprung up along the route of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in 1888. The town was a stop along the train route for crew changes and refueling. In April 1906, the Disney family settled there on a 45-acre farm when Walt was just four years old. It was here that Walt’s interest in trains was sparked. He often enjoyed walking to the Santa Fe Railroad tracks to watch the trains come in and out of the station. Also, his Uncle Martin was a train conductor, and would often stay with the Disneys when in town. Although the Disneys sold the farm and moved to Kansas City in 1910, Walt often spoke fondly of Marceline, and used his memories of it as an inspiration for his idealistic Main Street, USA . In 1956, Marceline’s most famous son named a new swimming pool and recreation center after him, which prompted Walt’s return to his boyhood home with his brother Roy. Four years later, on October 13, 19 60, the "Walt Disney Elementary" school opened, with Walt coming to the ceremonies by train.
  • Another great loss to the Magic Kingdom, The House of Magic sold magic tricks, monster masks, as well as tons of books and inexpensive gags. Sadly, The Main Street Athletic Shop replaced the Main Street Bookstore, the Penny Arcade, and the House of Magic when it closed on March 19, 1995 .
  • Guests can catch a ride in Town Square or in front of Cinderella Castle near Central Plaza for one-way, horse-drawn trolley ride down Main Street, USA . The horses used to pull the trolleys make their home at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Their horseshoes are made of plastic, since that was found to be easier on their feet than metal
  • Guest Relations on Main Street helps guests make get priority seating and Resort hotel reservations, ticket upgrades, handles messages for separated parties, provides Guide Maps in multiple languages, assistance for Guests with disabilities and more.
  • Join Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore in the wonderful, all-you-can-eat buffet, character dining experience at the Crystal Palace. The characters go from table to table signing autographs and posing for photos. Sorry, no rabbit, though – on the buffet or signing autographs.
  • Over the years, many shops on Main Street, USA have come and gone – and for some of them, it was a surprise they were ever there at all! In addition to the Holiday Corner, which should Christmas accessories and candles, there was the House of Magic, the Wonderland of Wax candle shop, and the Main Street Book Store, which sold books, writing accessories and greeting cards. Surprisingly, there was also a Tobacconist, which sold pipes and various kinds of tobacco. Why is it surprising? Because Walt Disney died of lung cancer in 1966.
  • After the park closes, service trucks drive up Main Street doing maintenance. The truck drivers are required to put a huge pan underneath the truck so as not to drip anything that would foul Main Street’s immaculate streets!
  • In the sidewalk in front of Tony’s Town Square Restaurant on Main Street, USA, there are Lady and the Tramp’s paw prints in the cement enclosed in a heart.
  • There is a crew of Cast members whose after-hours job is solely to replace the burnt out little white light bulbs on the roofs of the Main Street shops.
  • Did you know that you can get a haircut on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom? The Harmony Barber Shop is open seven days a week, usually until dusk. No appointments are given, just walk in – it is located in the far corner of the Emporium, near Disney Clothiers.
  • If you straightened all the wiring used in the floats in the now-extinct Main Street Electrical Parade, it would reach from Miami to Tallahassee, approximately 550 miles.
  • The horse-shaped hitching posts on Main Street, USA are scraped and repainted twice a month!
  • Listen for the sound of tap shoes outside the "Dance Studio" on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Having a birthday while at the Magic Kingdom? If you have a child who is celebrating a birthday during your visit to the Magic Kingdom, be sure to stop by City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. and pick up a "Today is my birthday" button! Many Cast Members will go WAY out of their way to make your child feel extra special! ( OK, I guess if you’re a grown-up they’ll give you one, too!)
  • There is a Flag Retreat ceremony every day on Main Street, U.S.A. At approximately 5:10 p.m. every evening, a color guard marches to Town Square, to the sounds of patriotic background music. The American flag is taken down from the flagpole, and a flock of white homing pigeons is released, symbolic of the dove of peace. (The birds fly back to their home, which is behind Cinderella’s Castle).
  • Veterans can inquire at City Hall about participating in the ceremony.
  • When the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, you could take a double-decker bus, called an Omnibus, on a one-way trip down Main Street, U.S.A. The buses were later moved to EPCOT to transport guests around the World Showcase Lagoon.
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Double Decker omnibus 
 
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