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