Main Street USA Introduction at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Theme Park

by josh on May 15, 2010

Main Street USA is the section visitors walk through as they enter and leave the Magic Kingdom.  There are no rides or attractions here other than the Walt Disney World Railroad station and characters inside town Square Theater, but you will find plenty of places to part with your money and the majority of the Magic Kingdom’s sit-down restaurants.  The Photopass center is housed inside of the Town Hall Exposition Center and guest relations is located inside of City Hall.  You will want to agree on a meeting place in case one of the members of your group gets lost and the City Hall is an excellent choice because there will also be people here that can help reunite the lost with the rest of their group.

Main Street is themed like an early 20th century small town and is inspired by Walt Disney’s own childhood.  The buildings look taller than they actually are due to the clever use of forced perspective.  In other words, the second and third floors are shorter than the ground floor, giving the impression that they are taller.  A similar technique is used throughout all of Disney’s theme parks and is most apparent when looking at Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom and Expedition Everest at the Animal Kingdom.

For my full reviews of all of the Magic Kingdom’s sit-down table service restaurants click here and for counter service locations click here.

In short, the Plaza Restaurant is the cheapest sit-down meal at Disney World and serves mostly sandwiches and ice cream.  It’s an excellent and relaxing alternative to a counter service meal with prices in the same ball park.  Tony’s Town Square Restaurant serves basic Italian food similar to what you would receive at the Olive Garden or similar restaurant, but the atmosphere is hard to beat.  The Crystal Palace serves an excellent breakfast buffet and a decent lunch and dinner buffet featuring characters from Winnie the Pooh.  With an early breakfast reservation before the Magic Kingdom officially opens, you will be allowed to enter the Park before anyone else and get some fantastic photo opportunities on Main Street, USA with few other people in the picture (though you won’t be allowed to leave Main Street).  Casey’s Corner is the baseball-themed counter service location at the end of Main Street that serves below average hot dogs, corn dog nuggets, and not much else.  Finally, the Main Street Bakery serves delicious snacks and desserts and is an excellent location to use Disney Dining Plan snack credits.  The only downside is the slow service and limited seating.

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Drew June 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm

This is probably not top of mind for most Disney visitors, but one of the best experiences we had on our first trip to WDW was the barber shop on Main Street. We stumbled upon it entering the park and decided it would be fun for our 13 month old to have his first haircut at Disney World. The old-time decor of the barber shop was super cool and made for some great pictures. Also, the barber was extremely friendly (and patient) and made our little guy feel right at ease. When she was finished cutting his hair (good haircut by the way), she handed my son a pair of mouse ears with “first haircut” embroidered on the back. Since we didn’t price it going in, I was sure this was going to set me back an arm and a leg…I was wrong. $11 was all it cost (in 2007), and the experience was second to none.

I highly recommend this non-traditional Disney experience, especially if your trip coincides with a little one’s first haircut. We will certainly be stopping there for all three kids to get their hair cut when we go back to WDW this fall.

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