Main Street USA is themed to a small town at the turn of the 20th century. The train station works to block the view of what’s inside as guests pass underneath. Once through, the magnificent Cinderella Castle shines in the distance. To the right in Town Square Theater is a Magician Mickey Mouse meet and greet, and the only location where Mickey may talk to guests. It’s expected that Tinker Bell will move here in late 2014. Next door is Tony’s Town Square Restaurant themed to Lady and the Tramp. The relatively inexpensive lunch is recommended, but the pricier dinner steaks are overpriced when paying out of pocket.
On the left is package pickup and Guest Services. Inside the fire station, guests can sign up to play the interactive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game. Five playing cards per person may be picked up daily to help along the game. Next to it is Harmony Barber Shop with surprisingly reasonable prices. Stop in for a fun first haircut or some “pixie dust” for a lot less money than the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland. Also on the left, The Emporium stretches for much of Main Street, offering just about every piece of theme park merchandise from toys and plush to Mickey Crocs.
On the right, The Chapeau offers a wide selection of hats and Main Street Confectionery is your best spot for handmade treats and cupcakes. Further up on the right is Main Street Bakery, which now hosts the park’s Starbucks. Past that is Main Street Cinema, Uptown Jewelers, and Crystal Arts, all offering upscale items like Dooney and Bourke bags and Ray-Ban sunglasses.
At the end of Main Street on the left is Casey’s Corner, serving interesting hot dog toppings like barbecue pork and coleslaw or a polish sausage with stone ground mustard and grilled onions. Best are the corn dog nuggets dipped into the gooey hot cheese sauce. Further on the left is Crystal Palace, which hosts a Winnie the Pooh and friends buffet for all three meals. On the right is Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, which is a great spot for a sundae in the afternoon. To the right of it is The Plaza Restaurant, serving the most inexpensive table service sandwich fare on property.
Split into two distinct areas – the Arabian Village and Caribbean Plaza – Adventureland is distinctively adventure-y. In the Arabian section, you’ll find the majority of the attractions – Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, and Swiss Family Tree House, in addition to the popular Dole Whips at Aloha Isle. Agrabah Bazaar is the primary, smallish store offering wares perfect for the adventurers among us. To the right of the entrance to Pirates is the signup building for the fun Pirate’s Adventure Treasures of Seven Seas interactive game. It includes a high quality map that sends players around Adventureland unlocking secrets and setting off surprises. Visit in the afternoon as a fun diversion when waits peak elsewhere.
Arabian Village opens up to Caribbean Plaza on the Frontierland side, hosting the classic Pirates of the Caribbean attraction with an expansive store at its exit offering everything pirate. Tortuga Tavern is the land’s quick service, often only open from 11am – 3pm and serving taco and nacho fare across from Pirates. It’s a nice way to mix up the usual burgers and nuggets found elsewhere. Sunshine Tree Terrace behind Aladdin’s Magical Carpets serves soft drinks, ice cream, and the cult favorite Citrus Swirl blend of frozen orange juice and vanilla ice cream.
With the longest list of attractions, this is where most guests will spend the majority of their time. Fortunately, most attractions enjoy short durations and healthy capacities, making it relatively easy to bang out the majority of rides in under an hour first thing in the morning or when crowds ease in the late evening. Mickey’s PhilharMagic is an outstanding 3D anytime attraction and Enchanted Tales with Belle is an afternoon FastPass+ priority.
Be Our Guest Restaurant is a popular quick service lunch option and a nearly-impossible-to-book table service restaurant at dinner. Lunch service typically begins at 10:30am and runs through 4pm. We recommend getting in line at 2pm so as to not waste precious morning touring time in line for lunch. Waits balloon to an hour or more from 11am – 1:30pm. On-site guests may be able to book FastPass+, which doesn’t count against the initial three FP+ limit. FastPass+ users bypass the standby queue and even have the opportunity to pre-order food, bypassing the line entirely. Dinner is table service with above average food and the only Magic Kingdom location that’s serves wine and beer. Cinderella’s Royal Table is the popular princess meal inside the Castle. See the dining chapter for more information.
Pinocchio Village Haus is the primary quick service, located to the left of the entrance to New Fantasyland. The flatbread pizzas and salads are above average and there’s plentiful air-conditioned seating in addition to outdoor patio seating. Gaston’s Tavern in between Be Our Guest Restaurant and Journey of the Little Mermaid serves pork shanks, cinnamon rolls, and snacks. The pork is surprisingly tender and a nice alternative to the more-difficult-to-eat-than-you-might-expect turkey legs. Indoor seating is minimal, but the theming is exquisite throughout. Friar’s Nook to the right of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is only open when crowds are heavy, but it offers several hearty macaroni and cheese dishes, in addition to usually enjoying short waits for snacks and drinks. Storybook Treats is Fantasyland’s version of the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, serving decadent sundaes and other ice cream treats. Cheshire Café serves snacks, drinks, and cake cups next to Mad Tea Party, while Prince Eric’s Village Market serves drinks, lemonades, sno-cones, and snacks across from the Journey of the Little Mermaid ride in New Fantasyland. Finally, Big Top Souvenirs across from Dumbo is yet another spot to find freshly made treats, including caramel corn, candied apples, and fudge, in addition to the frozen Goofy’s Glacier drinks.
Shopping is plentiful in and around Fantasyland. Castle Couture to the left of Mickey’s PhilharMagic is one of the best spots for princess merchandise. Across the way is Sir Mickey’s, primarily offering toys and apparel. Two great stores are located back in New Fantasyland. Bonjour Gifts, to the right of Gaston’s Tavern, offers unique glassware, goblets, and other upscale items. Storybook Treats also offers a lot of toys and apparel.