Main Street U.S.A. at Walt Disney World is where you’ll first be greeted when entering Magic Kingdom Park. Disney’s Main Street beckons you into the park with a direct view of the Cinderella Castle at the very end of the beloved street.
You’ll immediately find yourself immersed in the magic that Main Street U.S.A. offers. For those who have been joining along, this is the final post in our series of the different Magic Kingdom lands.
In this review, we will cover every Main Street U.S.A. attraction, dining, and shopping that you can expect to find here on vacation. Main Street U.S.A. is a really special place in the park, and hopefully, you’ll take the time to get to know it a little better when you visit again.
Main Street U.S.A.
As you can see below Main Street U.S.A. has a lot to offer. With there being so many things to cover here, I’ll try to focus on the important (need to know) information. Then I’ll link to other reviews for more details if you seek additional information.
Below is an overview of what we’ll cover:
- Main St U.S.A. Vehicles
- Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom (Closing Early 2021)
- Walt Disney World Railroad
- Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
- Meet Tinkerbell
- Snow White
- Flagpole Characters
- Casey’s Corner
- The Crystal Palace
- Main Street Bakery
- Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
- The Plaza Restaurant
- Tony’s Town Square
- Casey’s Corner Pianist
- Citizens of Main Street U.S.A.
- The Dapper Dan’s
- Flag Retreat
- Let the Magic Begin
- Main Street Trolley Show
- Mickey Royal Friendship Faire
- Move It! Shake It! Mousekedance It! Parade
- Main Street Philharmonic
- Once Upon a Time
- Happily Ever After
- Festival of Fantasy Parade End
- Harmony Barber Shop
- Box Office Gifts
- The Chapeau
- Crystal Arts
- Curtain Call Collectibles
- Disney Clothiers
- Main Street Chamber of Commerce–Package Pick Up
- Main Street Confectionery
- Uptown Jewelers
Disney World’s Main Street U.S.A.
While not all true rides like you might expect, Main Street U.S.A. does have a few things to offer attraction-wise.
For starters, there’s the Main Street Vehicles. The Main Street Vehicles consist of an antique motor car, horse-drawn carriages, and the Omnibus. They are available to ride at various times of the day but are mainly out in the morning.
The sign above indicates where the Omnibus stops to pick up guests. If you encounter the two-story bus you are in for a real treat. I can’t remember the last time I saw it, but I know it’s out from time to time. Since I rarely get to the parks early in the morning I sometimes miss these things.
The picture below was a day when I caught a ride on the horse-drawn trolley car. It is so much fun to promenade down Main Street USA in one of these modes of transportation.
The horses of Main Street are also listed as an attraction, so I felt it best to mention them. Below is one of the horses that you might see out and about on Main Street. These horses have a beautiful home over at Fort Wilderness.
And they have a new barn being built! I hope to share a review of the place when everything is finished. Fort Wilderness is one of my favorite places to go for a jog when I’m on the property and I like to visit the horses after my run.
Next on the list of Main Street U.S.A. attractions is Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is scheduled to close in late January of 2021.
Normally, you could pick up a starter pack of cards and map at the Firehouse on Main Street U.S.A. to play the game. We’ll see what the future holds for this charming building in Disney’s Town Square.
The Walt Disney World Railroad also has a stop on Main Street. You will see the train stop from outside the entrance and it’s one of the most popular backgrounds for family photos. Often you’ll find a PhotoPass photographer outside the area. If you don’t have the Memory Maker ask them to take a picture for you with your camera or mobile device.
When you enter the Magic Kingdom, you can go immediately up to catch the train when it’s running. The reason I say when it’s running is that it’s closed due to construction in another area of the park at this time.
It is expected to re-open after the construction is completed. With the current state of things, I can only imagine the expected dates of opening will be pushed further back.
The train station does have a lot of interesting information and displays to browse if you like these sorts of things. And the views of Main Street U.S.A. from the upper balcony can’t be compared to others. It is uniquely distinct and rather breathtaking.
You’ll find quite a few character locations on Main Street U.S.A. at Disney World, including the one and only Mickey Mouse! Mickey Mouse and Tinkerbell normally meet in Town Square Theater.
Snow White also meets at various times during the day at Town Square Gardens. Additionally, you’ll probably find a character meeting at the flagpole during the morning to afternoon hours. You can find the most updated places to meet Snow White at Disney World here.
Pick up a times guide for the exact times when you enter Magic Kingdom. The outdoor characters meet intermittently, meaning they might be difficult to catch.
Make sure to visit our Disney World characters guide for up-to-date information on character meets in the parks.
Disney World’s Main Street U.S.A. is home to a couple of different dining venues, sweet stops, and even an ice cream parlor.
Below I’ll list each location and there’s a link to view the menu for each one where available.
Casey’s Corner joins the Emporium lineup of stores on the left-hand side of Main Street. This stop is on the corner and offers limited indoor seating along with a nice outdoor area. Casey’s is where you would pick up a variety of hot dogs and other similar items.
You can preview their menu on Disney’s site here.
The Crystal Palace
Right off of Main Street U.S.A. and a few steps away from Casey’s is The Crystal Palace. Any fans of Winnie the Pooh and Friends will want to make a reservation here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Characters are typically Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet. This meal comes in the form of a buffet.
Preview their menu here on Disney’s site. You can adjust the menu to display breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the top of the screen.
Main Street Bakery
For those looking to get their coffee fix, Main Street Bakery is the way to go. This is your local Starbucks stop for Magic Kingdom. They carry the typical pastries and items you would find at a regular Starbucks location.
I stop here for a coffee from time to time, and I always request a free cup of ice water. Do not forget that all counter services will provide you with free ice water upon request. A cast member once told me that this was the best place to get one because the water is filtered.
Here are all of the selections available.
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
On the opposite corner of Main Street from Casey’s is the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. It’s a fairly popular stop offering hand-scooped ice cream and sundaes. Edy’s Ice Cream is the sponsored brand of ice cream here.
You can visit the menu here. The menu lists the types of sundaes and different flavors of ice cream that are available.
The Plaza Restaurant
Moving on around the corner, next door to the ice cream parlor is The Plaza Restaurant. Think salads, sandwiches, and milkshakes because that’s what the menu offers. The Plaza Restaurant also started offering a breakfast menu a few years back. Lunch here is reasonable but it’s not a place that’s always on my radar. Food and service have always been good, but if I had to describe the restaurant with one word it would be “average.”
With all that being said I haven’t had breakfast here yet. Make sure to remember to get a reservation in advance if you would like to dine here. You can preview the menu here.
Tony’s Town Square
Tony’s Town Square is your stop for Italian cuisine while in the Magic Kingdom. The restaurant is themed after Lady and the Tramp and offers a lunch and dinner menu. Tony’s is located in Town Square at the front of the park. It’s right next door to the Mickey Mouse and Tinkerbell character meets.
Take a look at the Tony’s Town Square menu here.
To learn more about dining at Disney visit our list of Disney Restaurant Reviews. Additionally, we have a full list of the best Disney Springs restaurants and a guide to Disney World character dining.
Going into 2021 the main form of entertainment on Main Street U.S.A. is the pop-up character cavalcades. Below is one featuring the different princesses.
And the Fairy Godmother making her way down Main Street U.S.A.
The mini-parades happen at all different times throughout the day. Expect to see a variety of favorite characters at any given time.
Under normal circumstances, there is so much entertainment to experience on Main Street U.S.A. You never can tell who you might encounter entertaining the crowds at any given moment.
From a pianist down on the corner to roaming citizens or dancers coming down the way, the performers make the entire street come alive. For me, these performances tend to be things I like to happen upon by chance, and I nearly always stop to watch. Here’s what you might run into on your visit.
Casey’s Corner Pianist
Just outside Casey’s Corner, you’ll occasionally find a pianist out playing some fun tunes. The performances usually last about 20 minutes. If you see someone out playing make sure to stop for a few minutes.
Citizens of Main Street U.S.A.
You won’t be able to miss the Citizens of Main Street if they are out roaming among guests. Dressed in attire from the early 20th century, they tend to stand out. Make sure to stop for a photo, trust me, they won’t be shy! The citizens will probably fill you in on all of the latest local gossip.
The Dapper Dans
I’ve had quite a few run-ins over the years with The Dapper Dans. This quartet puts on quite the performance. Each show lasts for about 20 minutes. Feel free to stop and watch at any point during the performance. These types of experiences are come-and-go.
Flag Retreat on Main Street U.S.A.
The Flag Retreat happens every day in Town Square on Main Street U.S.A. It usually begins at around 5:00 p.m. and lasts for 15 minutes. The Flag Retreat is patriotic and worth taking a few moments to recognize all the many things that our flag symbolizes. The flag is also presented daily to a veteran of our country’s armed forces.
Let the Magic Begin
For those of you that like to get to the park before opening, you’ll likely want to experience “Let the Magic Begin.” This is a five-minute welcome show performed on the castle stage. Guests are allowed into the Magic Kingdom up to an hour before the official opening. There will be some shopping locations available along with the Main Street Bakery.
Main Street Trolley Show
My favorite entertainment is the Main Street Trolley Show. Below is a photo I caught of a Fall performance. Their costumes change seasonally. This troupe of performers rides the trolley down Main Street stopping every few moments. At each stop, they’ll hop out and perform a song and dance number. The duration of the entire performance is around 20 minutes.
Above is a Springtime performance. During the summer months, dancers are usually wearing red, white, and blue. And at Christmas, you’ll find them in full holiday attire.
Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire
Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire is normally held multiple times daily on the castle court stage. Check the daily times guide for the exact timings of the performance on the day of your visit. Things can change overnight at Walt Disney World so it’s really important to pick up a daily schedule on your way into the park. You can always use the My Disney Experience app as well, but often the times guide in your pocket is a simple, reliable asset.
The characters in Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Tiana and friends, Rapunzel with Flynn Rider, and Anna with Elsa.
Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire lasts for approximately 20 minutes. We tend to stop from time to time when we run into it. I think it’s an easy way for children to see some of their favorite characters. The only negative is that you are in direct sunlight and it can get a little uncomfortable on a hot Orlando day. Don’t forget to pack plenty of sunscreen.
Move It! Shake It! Mousekedance It!
This 35 minutes parade with dance party happens twice a day at Magic Kingdom. Typically the performance is held around 12:30 p.m. and later toward the evening at 5:45 p.m.
While not a must-do event, it’s still something that’s probably more fun than expected if you take the time to participate.
If you want to know more about this parade and others check out my Magic Kingdom parades guide. It goes over all the different parades you can expect to see on your visit.
Main Street Philharmonic
The Main Street Philharmonic performs up and down Main Street U.S.A. at different times in the day. I have run into the band anywhere from morning to late afternoon.
Each performance lasts for about 20 minutes. These guys are true entertainers and another act that we always stop for when we see them out. You might also catch them at their other performance venue from time to time back in Storybook Circus.
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time is an evening castle projection show with a duration of 14 minutes. Most performances are held nightly about 30-45 minutes after the evening fireworks. The projection show features Mrs. Potts reading a bedtime story to Chip. The story will unfold before you on the backdrop of Cinderella Castle.
I prefer to use this time when possible to ride attractions with lower wait times. But if you need a break and your family isn’t ready to call it a day, this might be a good place to rest.
Happily Ever After
Happily Ever After is high on our must-do Disney list. It’s something that I’m always looking forward to seeing again. The performance is held nightly at around 9:15 p.m. but always double-check the times. Happily Ever After lasts approximately 18 minutes, and it’s one of those things you don’t want to end.
Here’s is a video of the performance from Disney Parks. I listen to these videos from time to time when I’m working on reviews. This one probably gets played more than others.
The whole performance is moving and even after all this time. Some moments send chills through me. Naturally, the spectacular is better in person, but the video does a decent job of capturing the heartfelt moments.
Festival of Fantasy Parade from Main Street U.S.A.
Another must-do item at Magic Kingdom is the Festival of Fantasy Parade. If you asked me what the number one thing not to miss on your vacation, this is it with Happily Ever After running a close second. Thankfully, you can do both.
Main Street U.S.A. is the last leg of the parade. While it’s probably the most crowded area to enjoy the parade, it’s also one of the most pleasant.
Main Street U.S.A. has shops galore. Here’s a look at what all locations you might be interested in browsing on your vacation.
Guests in need of a haircut might want to check out Harmony Barber Shop. If you would like to make a reservation you can do that here.
Box Office Gifts offers items like cameras and magic bands for purchase.
The Chapeau is a great place to pick up a hat or new set of Mickey Mouse ears.
Collectors of glass will probably want to check out Crystal Arts. I love to peep in the window here to see what they are creating.
Curtain Call Collectibles features items like Mickey ears, pins, and other collectibles.
Lovers of the latest Disney fashion will want to step inside Disney Clothiers. The window display here will easily get you into the store from my experience.
The Emporium is the large store down the left-hand entirety of Main Street U.S.A. You can find a little bit of everything here as you would expect in an emporium. Just watch out, sometimes guests use the store as a shortcut to avoid Main Street.
Main Street Chamber of Commerce is the place to pick up packages you might have purchased on the way out of the park.
Anyone who’s ever visited the Magic Kingdom is probably familiar with the Main Street Confectionery.
It’s one of the best locations to pick up an extreme variety of treats. The Confectionery is such a popular location and well worth the visit.
Lastly, we have Uptown Jewelers where you’ll find the latest high-end Disney purses, jewelry, and accessories. For those on a budget like me, it’s probably best to avoid this stop. You are sure to find something that you just have to have here.
Whether it’s morning, noon, or night, Main Street U.S.A. is one of the most alluring and detailed lands of Magic Kingdom. There are so many different things you can do here.
We didn’t even get into all of the PhotoPass photographers in the area, but that’s something we will have to discuss further in a future review.
I hope you enjoyed this Magic Kingdom series of reviews. You can find the the review for every land here on the Magic Kingdom planning page.
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if you are planning on staying close to Magic Kingdom, the following resorts are all located on the Magic Kingdom monorail:
- Disney’s Polynesian Resort (Review)
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort (Review)
- Contemporary Resort Review at Disney World
So now that we’ve finished what is your favorite land? Let me know below in the comments.
I have to admit, I have a bit of a sweet spot for Tomorrowland and Main Street U.S.A.