Friday, February 24, 2012

Magical Blogorail Green: Hidden Treasures

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Green. Enjoy the ride as we share with you Hidden Treasures from Our Favorite Disney Park.

While I was at Walt Disney World last week, I paid particular attention in each park to try to decide what my favorite "Hidden Treasure" was.  My husband and I even had a few conversations about some possibilities, but one area continued to keep making it's way to the top of my list.

Main Street, USA at the Magic Kingdom.

Hidden Treasure?  Probably not, since EVERYONE walks down Main Street as they enter the Magic Kingdom.  But, how many people really pay attention to Main Street, all it has to offer and the wonderful attention to detail in this area?  That's what I consider "hidden!" 

Did you know the Magic Kingdom is set up as a "show?"  The turnstiles act as the entry to the theatre.  When you walk under the train tracks you can see posters of all the attractions in the park.  When you pass through the tunnel you can immediately smell the popcorn that is popping for your enjoyment.  Finally, you are "in the show!"  Main Street USA even has red sidewalks on either side representing the "red carpet" that is rolled out.  

As you make your way down Main Street toward Cinderella Castle, you will notice the "credits" of the show in the upper windows above the shops.  Jenn at Disney Babies Blog has a wonderful weekly segment called Window Wednesday... Check it out for more details on the amazing windows on Main Street!

A few other unique features of Main Street USA are that the street lamps evolve as you make your way down the street.  At the Town Square end, they look as if they are gas lamps.  As you move toward the castle they become electric.

But, my FAVORITE part of Main Street are the citizens!  Obviously, they aren't hidden because people stop to see, listen to and interact with them all the time.  But, how many people truly take the time to enjoy their role in the show?

Tony (L), the owner of Tony's Town Square Restaurant.  The Dapper Dans (R) a quartet who sing and  play the Deagan Organ Chimes.

Trolley Driver (L) moving up and down Main Street and The Main Street Band (R).

Main Street Fire Chief, Smokey Miller (L) and Hildegard Olivia Harding (R).

My favorite tid bit about Main Street is that it is believed to be modeled after Marceline, Missouri where Walt grew up.  It gives the perfect feel for Hometown America.  When I walk down Main Street, I know I'm "at home."  It may not be "hidden" per say, but it's the "hidden" details of this area that I love!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Walt Disney World: Not Just for Kids.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
3rd Stop ~ Your Highway in the Sky
4th Stop ~ Disney Living


  1. I agree.  I think a lot of people walk down Main St. very quickly, in order to get to their favorite attractions, when they're missing so very much!  Great post, Beth - I love all the pictures!

  2. I love Main Street USA.  I always say the time I go down it without crying, put me down :)

  3. The Dapper Dans are my favorite. :) They captivate me over and over again. Love this post, thanks for sharing.
    Rosanne @ The Disney Point 

  4. Very interesting tidbit about the lamps! I'll have to check that out during my trip this fall.

  5. There is so much to see and do on Main Street.  The details are just amazing!  I did not know about the lamps though.  I will be checking that out on my next trip.  We actually met a Cast Member from New Hampshire (near where we live) and spent a good deal of time talking with him.  It is truly a special place!

  6. You have so many "hiddens" here Beth!  I had read just last week about the "red carpet", and thought to myself that I never noticed the colors underfoot!  I think all of us reading this will now look at Main Street with new eyes!!

  7. So true! I never noticed the whole "show" in it's entirety. No wonder I feel special walking down those sidewalks :0)
    I think my favorite on main street is the people watching. They're a continuously hanging hidden treasure. Not only that but the music too!
    Thanks for sharing