Top 5: Reasons to Spend More Time on Main Street U.S.A.

Maybe my presumptions are wrong but I am of the belief that a majority of Disney park goers, veterans or novices, spend very little time in Disneyland’s and Magic Kingdom’s Main Street U.S.A. We all have to travel through it. It’s not optional. Is the castle too mesmerizing? Do the E-ticket attractions call out the names of every guest? We have all day at that park, why not slow it down and enjoy what is the first real “land” we come across? I understand the park isn’t as crowded as it will be later in the day or maybe you don’t feel like you have enough time for all of the things you’ll need to check off of your list, but let me present to you my top 5 reasons to spend mroe time on Main Street U.S.A.

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#5-Browsing Shops. I know this is probably what most people do on Main Street, but most items for purchase are here, either in the Emporium or some of the other specialty shops. Browsing early on in your day will keep you from being involved with big crowds near the end of the day and browsing doesn’t mean you have to purchase anything. You can scout that trophy souvenir and then grab it before the evening parade. That makes for a quick trip later in the night and tons of time for yourself earlier in the day where you can take your time shopping around.

#4-Transportation. Main street has an abundance of transportation. Take the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Railroad around the park to soak in and preview what is to come with the rest of your day. It’s worth just the relaxing ride, but to see some of the sights from that angle builds anticipation. If you are at Disneyland, be sure to ride the whole park because you’ll get cool little visuals you won’t see in any other area of the park including the Grand Canyon. If you don’t know what I mean, just ride the train and you’ll see! Beyond the train, there are horse drawn trolleys, omnibuses, fire trucks, etc…Get your feet off of the ground and take a trip down Main Street in one of these vehicles. Relax and have some popcorn!

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#3-Main Street Windows. My good friend Jeff Heimbuch wrote an entire book on the Main Street Windows. The windows above the shops on Main Street are all fictional business names. The names are a tie to Disney Legends, Imagineers, and others. See if you can spot names you know and how they may or may not relate to the businesses they are fictionally running. A window like Alice Davis where she owns “Small World Costuming Co.” pays tribute to Davis doing so many costumes for famous attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean.

#2-Photo Spots. Many families take photos at the entrance of the Disneyland/Magic Kingdom park, in front of the train station where the giant floral Mickey Mouse sits or they run down Main Street to grab a photo in front of the castle. These two photo spots are par for the course. Almost every family has a photo here at some point, but do you have a photo with the cigar box Indian on Main Street? It’s a wonderful photo op! So is the porch of the previous Disneyland lingerie shop on Main Street. Sitting on it’s stoop or in the rocking chair there can be a great spot. Take the time to find a spot on Main Street and take a photo. Take 100 photos! It’s a gorgeous place to take pictures and during mid-day there is hardly anyone around to get in the way of your camera or phone!

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#1-Spontaneous Entertainment. I enjoy planning my vacations. So much so that I usually start planning the next vacation right after getting home. Despite my love for planning, some of my favorite memories are the spontaneous moments I never planned on. For myself, and maybe for others who have spent more time here, those spontaneous moments happen quite often on Main Street. On my last trip to Disneyland, I caught Cruella De Vil teaching a man to “strut his stuff” while the Fire House Five were playing in the background. The show wasn’t planned. It just happened and it was such a funny moment. Music tends to be alive on Main Street and a favorite for many who hang out on Main Street are the Dapper Dans. Some people wait for them. Others just come upon them. Regardless, you should stop to watch. They sing a great amount of music and have a great knack for changing up pop songs or Disney songs into barber shop quartet tunes. If you are at Disneyland, maybe you’ve seen the Disneyland band here. It’s worth it to take the time to stop and see them. Maybe you’ll meet the Mayor of Main Street at the Magic Kingdom. These are the things I love seeing because I don’t expect them and they always stand out as moments I’ll cherish forever.

How often do you spend time on Main Street U.S.A.? What’s your favorite thing to do there? Would you add anything to this list? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going!

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