Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom what Walt Disney imagined the perfect small town would look like. There is just so much to see and do here. You can get a hair cut, shop for just about anything, watch the parade, the fireworks or just watch the people walk down the street.
One of Dad's favorite things to do is to stand on the street and watch people's reaction to the best theme park icon anywhere, Cinderella Castle. From knee buckling to tears streaming down faces. (Dad's done both.) Seeing the Castle for the first time ... it's hard to explain.
The Art of Disney is where you can buy Disney animation art, and much more. The Chapeau is the hat capitol of Disney World. Mouse Ears and hats and badges are available and you can get them personalized right in the shop.
Disney Clothiers is has a wide variety of Disney themed clothing. (Duh) Grab a sweatshirt for me. The Emporium is the Magic Kingdom's largest gift shop. It is full of all kinds of Disney stuff.
Crystal Arts is one of the places where you can watch craftsmen at work. You can watch as glass is blown into amazing shapes. The Harmony Barber Shop real barbers cut hair and occasionally you find a barbershop quartet regaling audiences with great music.
At the Shadow Box artists cut up black paper into silhouettes of children's likenesses. At Upton Jewelers, jewelry artisans from around the world create new pieces of jewelry. It's almost magic.
There are a couple of unique gift shops here. The Firehouse Gift Station has authentic firefighter paraphernalia. The Athletic Club has sports related merchandise and gifts.
Also on Main Street there is a package pickup area where you can have your packages held while you enjoy time in the park and pick them up on your way out. The Newsstand is an interesting place, it doesn't have any newspapers (they create messes), but it does have souvenirs. The Town Square Theater has a camera stand where you can buy your PhotoPass pictures, grab a photo album, get your camera worked on, and even take pictures with cardboard Disney characters.
Fine Dining is hard to find at the Magic Kingdom. The restaurants around the park are more geared to volume service. Saying there are 2 sit down restaurants on Main Steet and lots of places to grab a bite.
There are lots of good tasting treats available all up and down the street.
The Dapper Dan's are a barbershop quartet the performs at the barber shop. They perform some great music and skits. Every day ends with a Flag Retreat. A patriotic ceremony complete with veterans and a brass band taking down the flag. During the week, there are random bands, quartets and more.
No day at the Magic Kingdom would be complete without a parade or two. There are afternoon and evening parades every day.
Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade is the afternoon parade. It's has floats from several classic Disney movies and Disney characters that walk the parade route and interact with guests.
When Disneyland opened one thing Uncle Walt noticed was late in the afternoon the park emptied. Walt needed something to keep guests in the park after dark. What's better after dark than fireworks? So Uncle Walt went out and designed a great fireworks show to end each day.
Today, the best daily fireworks show in the world happens nightly at the Magic Kingdom. Wishes invites you to make a wish and your dreams will come true. (It doesn't quite work like that but it's a really cool show.) Main Street USA is the best place in the Magic Kingdom to watch Wishes.
Just outside the gate of Main Street you can rent wheelchairs and Electronic Convenience Vehicles (ECV's). You also rent strollers just outside the gates.
Every part of the Magic Kingdom tells a story. Main Street USA is the introduction to one of the best stories ever told. You enter under the train track, you enter the lobby of the park. This is where you can go to get your camera fixed, go to the ATM, get a locker, a stroller, or anything else you would need for a Perfect day at the Magic Kingdom.
Next you come to the lobby. In the lobby, there are flags, statues to Uncle Walt and Roy, and a perfect gathering place. As you walk down the street make sure to look up at the names on the windows of the upper floors. You'll see lots of names. These are the people that helped build the Magic Kingdom. It's an amazing roll of the greats of the past.
You could spend hours just looking at all the shops on Main Street USA. It's a shoppers dream. It's also one of the most beautiful areas of the park especially as the sun goes down and the lights come on.
The first look at Cinderella Castle is magical.
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