Continue on with us as we take a closer look at the Main Streets of the (Disney) world! Previously, we brought you an inside look behind Disneyland Park’s Main Street U.S.A.. This time around we’re putting our focus on Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Those who are familiar with the seemingly quaint size of Disneyland Park’s Main Street may be surprised to know that its Orlando counterpart was built at a much larger scale. With nearly 66 square miles of land comprising the resort, Walt Disney World’s designers had much more space to work with when planning this part of the park.
The construction of the project was spearheaded by Walt Disney’s brother, Roy O. Disney, who insisted that the property be named the Walt Disney World Resort, in tribute to his brother, rather than just simply Disney World. As Roy once put it, “He did the dreaming, I did the building.”
This iconic park bench in Town Square pays tribute to Roy Disney’s legacy and impact on the creation of Walt Disney World. The same bench can be found in the Disney Legends plaza at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.
Main Street at Walt Disney World uses stylistic elements and influences from several different regions of America, most notably incorporating architectural elements reminiscent of New England and the east coast. Decorative mansard roofs, simple classical columns, and tall, thin windows are used along several buildings in Town Square.
To the right hand side of Town Square is the Town Square Theater, where Mickey Mouse waits backstage to greet his biggest fans. Alongside the theater is Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, inspired by the quaint Italian eatery where Lady and the Tramp shared spaghetti and a doggy kiss. Across the way is Harmony Barber Shop, a one-of-a-kind feature that has not been replicated at any other Disney Park Main Street.
No trip down Main Street U.S.A. is complete without visiting the Emporium, the largest shop in Magic Kingdom Park. In fact, the Emporium stretches an entire block long, and carries practically anything and everything Disney!
From getting your haircut to enjoying an ice cream cone–and even visiting with the one and only Mickey Mouse–there is so much to watch and experience on Main Street U.S.A.!
We have three more parks to go! Which shall it be next? Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, or Hong Kong Disneyland Park? Tell us in the comments below.