Main Street USA

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.


Walt Disney World Railroad

by josh on May 15, 2010

Opened: October 1, 1971

Location: Main Street, USA with stops in Frontierland near Splash Mountain and Storybook Circus near Barnstormer

Extra Magic Hours: No

FastPass+: No

Type: Public transportation

Similar To: Unique

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Zero

What to Expect: The Walt Disney World Railroad is a scenic train ride around the perimeter of the Magic Kingdom.  You can get on at any of the three stations and ride for as long as you like around the 1.5 mile track.  It’s an excellent attraction when you need a cool, seated break from the crowds and heat, but don’t want to sit in a theater.  The train travels at about 10 miles per hour and it takes about 20 minutes to make a complete circle, including stops.  Be aware that Disney rental strollers are not allowed on the train.  You will need to remove your belongings, name card, and have your receipt handy to pick up a new stroller at your final destination.

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