Welcome to Big Castle Travel’s first Saturday Stroll! This weekly series will take you through each land in each park in Walt Disney World. We are starting in Magic Kingdom first, and with the very first land you enter: Main Street, U.S.A.
We have organized this in two ways. First, we have organized it into sections similar to how Disney organizes it in the My Disney Experience app: Attractions, Restaurants (Dining), Entertainment, and Shopping. Second, we listed them in order of appearance as if you took a counterclockwise path around the land, starting from the entrance to Magic Kingdom. Basically, start at the train station, turn right, and keep hugging the right hand side until you get to the Hub in front of Cinderella Castle, and then turn around and come back.
Let’s get started on our Saturday stroll through Magic Kingdom’s Main Street, U.S.A., in Walt Disney World!
Attractions at Disney World include both rides and experiences. We have listed the permanent and daily attractions, but be on the lookout for seasonal attractions and special events while you are in Magic Kingdom!
Walt Disney World Railroad
The railroad station is one of the first things you see as you enter the Magic Kingdom. Many visitors do not realize they are passing under the station as they pass through either entry gate. The Walt Disney Railroad is the embodiment of Walt Disney’s passion for trains.
The railway is currently undergoing refurbishment. Under normal operations trains circle the Magic Kingdom and transport guests between Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, and Storybook Circus in Fantasyland. For now, guests can visit and inspect one of the steam-powered locomotives at this Main Street, U.S.A., location.
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is a sort of scavenger hunt throughout all the lands of the Magic Kingdom. It starts in the Firehouse on the left side of the Town Square if you are facing Cinderella Castle. After you sign up you will receive your Sorcerer Key Card, map, spell cards, and clues to find 20 Magic Portals in the park.
Once you find a Magic Portal, similar to the image here, you use a combination of your MagicBand and the spell cards to activate an interaction with a Disney villain. The mission lasts from 20-30 minutes depending on difficulty and crowd levels.
Main Street Vehicles
Interested in taking a horse-drawn trolley ride to Cinderella Castle? How about a classic fire engine? Maybe an omnibus or a jitney? If you visit Magic Kingdom early enough then you can enjoy a cruise down Main Street, U.S.A., in one of the Main Street Vehicles.
These vehicles pick guests up in Town Square or the central plaza in front of Cinderella Castle. You will then enjoy a one way trip through the crowds. Vehicles operate before 10:30AM each day when crowd levels are lighter.
Say it with me, “Disney World food is more than just pizza and hamburgers.” Main Street, U.S.A., has six permanent restaurants in addition to various stands and snack shops.
Tony's Town Square
Romance abounds at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant! This Italian eatery is where Lady and the Tramp had their first kiss.
This Casual Dining location has a basic Italian menu at lunch and dinner, and average pricing for Walt Disney World restaurants. Tony’s also hosts holiday overlay parties with special parade seating at both Halloween and Christmas. Reservations are recommended.
Main Street Bakery
Welcome to the Magic Kingdom’s Starbucks. This Quick Service location has almost all of the specialty beverages as well as a selection of drinks and pastries unique to Magic Kingdom.
Lines tend to get long shortly after park opening or when a popular seasonal treat is available. Do note that you cannot redeem any Starbucks Rewards at the Main Street Bakery.
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor is a staple of Main Street, U.S.A. With perfect views of Cinderella Castle and the central plaza, this Quick Service option is a great spot to enjoy a cold treat.
Be sure to build your own ice cream cookie sandwich or tackle the Mickey and Minnie Kitchen Sink with friends.
The Plaza Restaurant
Next door to the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor is a full Casual Dining restaurant. The Plaza Restaurant enjoys the same great views of Cinderella Castle and offers options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you have kids, lunch at The Plaza might result in some rather official experiences. The Mayor of Main Street, U.S.A., frequents this establishment, and rumor is they are looking for a Junior Mayor!
The Crystal Palace
Lasagna, for breakfast? What are Winnie the Pooh and his friends thinking? Find out in our dining review of The Crystal Palace!
The character dining buffet at The Crystal Palace is a delicious option for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations are highly recommended for all meals to make sure you see Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet.
Whether you’re in the mood for a 12-inch hot dog or one of the 12 specialty hot dogs released every year, Casey’s Corner is Big Castle Travel’s go-to location for an afternoon snack in Magic Kingdom.
Service can be slow here simply due to the amount of guests they serve. Be sure to use the Mobile Order option in the My Disney Experience app and skip the line.
Entertainment at Walt Disney World encompasses most shows, parades, and character interactions. We are listing the entertainment offerings that are available daily in Main Street, U.S.A., but be sure to check a local times guide and as Cast Members for any special entertainment options while you are in Magic Kingdom.
Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater
Tinker Bell has thrown a little pixie dust at the Town Square Theater! Her magic has shrunk you down to her size for a visit to Pixie Hollow.
This character meet & greet will delight adults and kids alike thanks to Tink’s mischievous spirit. This is Big Castle Travel’s favorite part of Main Street U.S.A! If you are short on time we usually prefer meeting Tinker Bell over Mickey at the Town Square Theater.
Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
You can meet the head mouse himself right at the front of Magic Kingdom. Through September 30, 2019, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be meeting in their 90th Birthday Celebration attire. After that, expect to see Mickey here.
While the line can be long at certain times, it’s hard to justify using a FastPass+ here. Work with us to determine the best time to fit this into your itinerary.
Citizens of Main Street
The Citizens of Main Street are a perfect example of Disney World’s immersive entertainment experience. Sadly, many guests don’t know these Cast Members exist, and walk by without even noticing!
The costumed townspeople of Main Street, U.S.A., walk around at various times each morning. If you see them mingling around town, be sure to stop by for a chat.
The Dapper Dans
Usually showing up around the same time as the other Citizens of Main Street, The Dapper Dans are a talented barbershop quartet that sings and dances down Main Street, U.S.A.
The Dans generally have more showtimes throughout the day. While young children may not be captivated by the full show, the quartet is always humorous and engaging for their audience.
Main Street Philharmonic
Step aside for the band! When you hear the horns and the drums it is time to take a little respite and enjoy the antics of the Main Street Philharmonic.
The 12-piece percussion and brass ensemble is full of talented musical Cast Members. Pay close attention to the band leader for a few laughs as well.
Main Street Trolley Show
So many fun things happen in the morning on Main Street, U.S.A., it can be hard to want to head to other lands! Another unique offering is the Main Street Trolley Show, where citizens of the land sing and dance their way down Main Street.
Let the Magic Begin
If you are at the Magic Kingdom for rope drop then it is worth it to head straight to the end of Main Street, U.S.A. 5 minutes before the other park lands open you can catch the Let the Magic Begin ceremony in front of Cinderella Castle.
The Royal Herald will welcome you and your family to the wondrous Magic Kingdom. This will also be your first change to see Mickey Mouse and many other characters in person first thing in the morning!
Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire
With showtimes throughout the day, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire is a royal performance in front of Cinderella Castle. See classic characters in the royal court costumes alongside contemporary characters like Tiana and Elsa.
If you hear fireworks while you are in the park, they are likely from this extravagant stage show!
Happily Ever After
It is hard to overstate how absolutely incredible the Happily Ever After fireworks show is at Magic Kingdom. While you can see the majority of the show and fireworks from various places throughout the park, most people watch it from Main Street, U.S.A.
This 18-minute grand finale fireworks and projection show was introduced in 2017. It quickly became a crowd favorite and it delights guests almost every single night. Seriously, don’t miss this show!
Once Upon A Time
This nighttime show usually happens after Happily Ever After. It is more of a projection story on Cinderella Castle than a fireworks spectacular. Thanks to most guests leaving after the Happily Ever After showing, Once Upon A Time is worth enjoying if you are in the parks late!
The Kiss Goodnight
The Kiss Goodnight is something you won’t find on Disney World’s official site. This short light show and audio recording takes place every night at the very very end of Magic Kingdom’s night. Cast Members will start pushing you to the exits shortly after this plays.
I won’t spoil the surprise. I will simply say that if you stay in Magic Kingdom to the end of the day, stay in the central plaza of Main Street, U.S.A., for a final show.
Casey's Corner Pianist
Jim Omohundro has been delighting guests on the piano for an incredible 36 years! Situated near the entrance of Casey’s Corner, the aptly names Casey’s Corner Pianist belts our classic ragtime tunes while interacting with nearby guests.
One thing to remember about Walt Disney World is that each shopping experience is unique in some way. DO NOT make the mistake of thinking that each shop has the same merchandise and clothing or you might miss out on your new favorite item!
Here are the permanent shops on Magic Kingdom’s Main Street, U.S.A.
Curtain Call Collectibles
Curtain Call Collectibles is the gift shop exit for the Tinker Bell and Mickey Mouse Meet & Greets in Town Square Theater. Appropriately, this is going to be one of the best places to get Tinker Bell-themed merchandise. There is also a solid selection of mouse ears and Mickey Mouse clothing.
Box Office Gifts
Box Office Gifts is Magic Kingdom’s PhotoPass location. You can view and purchase PhotoPass photos, Memory Maker, and various camera and media items here. It is between the entrance to the Town Square Meet & Greets and the Curtain Call Collectibles store.
Have you seen friends or guests with monogramed Mickey hats? Well The Chapeau on Main Street, U.S.A., is one of the few places to get them!
The Chapeau is located on the far corner of Town Square, across the side street from Tony’s, and connected to the Main Street Confectionery. It is also a good spot to buy pins.
Main Street Confectionery
Everyone passes the Main Street Confectionery on their way into and out of Magic Kingdom. If you don’t see it on the right corner as you head down Main Street, U.S.A., then just follow your nose to the source of sweet smells like candy apples and Mickey Krispie treats.
The Confectionery is connected on the inside to The Chapeau, Main Street Cinema, and Uptown Jewelers.
Main Street Cinema
While Main Street Cinema still shows some Disney shorts on the wall in the back, it definitely isn’t a full movie theater or show. If you enjoy Disney artwork then you can find some niche gifts here.
Not to be confused with the similarly named store in Disney Springs, the Crystal Arts shop on Main Street, U.S.A., specializes in hand-blown glass and unique watches. Be sure to look around for other art and collectibles here, just across the side street from Uptown Jewelers!
Now we are over to the left side of Main Street, U.S.A! Disney Clothiers is the name on the marque, but really this entire side of the street is one mega-store called the Emporium. You can enter any of the doors and enjoy air conditioning and Disney merchandise all the way from Town Square down to the central plaza at the Casey’s Corner exit.
As mentioned in the Disney Clothiers section, the Emporium is one big store that extends from Town Square down to Casey’s Corner. This is the go-to spot for the latest Disney merchandise. If you are in the Magic Kingdom for a special event, be sure to check out the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A., for event-specific gear.
Harmony Barber Shop
Did you know the Magic Kingdom has a real, working barber shop? It’s right on Town Square in Main Street, U.S.A!
Any guest can use the services at the Harmony Barber Shop. The unique service here is the My First Haircut package. If your kid needs a trim, there is nothing more special than getting the first one at Disney World.
While technically this is outside of the Magic Kingdom, the Newsstand is the last store you will see as you exit Main Street, U.S.A. This is the perfect spot to grab any last minute collectibles, especially if you are worried about potential tantrums from little ones.