While many Walt Disney World guests rush through Main Street, U.S.A. to get to the Cinderella Castle and all the rides, there are quite a few things to do on this quaint turn-of-the-century American thoroughfare. On your next trip to the Magic Kingdom, take some time to explore and enjoy these top 15 things to do on Main Street, U.S.A.
1. Ride the Main Street Vehicles
One of my preschooler’s favorite things to do at the Magic Kingdom is ride in these classic, turn-of-the-century vehicles. The Main Street Vehicles include a horse-drawn trolley, a roofless jitney, an old-fashioned fire engine and a two-story omnibus, and they provide one-way rides from Town Square to Cinderella Castle and Cinderella Castle to Town Square. There’s hardly ever a wait for rides, but you have to get there early – the Main Street vehicles usually only run until 10:15 a.m.
Tip: You cannot take strollers on the Main Street vehicles – except on the omnibus. There a cast member will be happy to load your folded-up stroller for the ride.
2. Watch the Main Street Trolley Show
If you are “walking right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A.,” you will want to stop to see the Main Street Trolley Show, where performers make multiple stops along Main Street to sing and dance. For my family, this quick show always puts us in the mood for a great day at the Magic Kingdom. The show runs a few times throughout the morning, so check in the Times Guide or the entertainment section of the My Disney Experience app.
Tip: Watch the show in Town Square directly in front of the train station. That’s the last stop, and the performers usually have a little extra time to interact with guests when they are done performing.
3. Interact with the Citizens of Main Street
You will recognize this colorful cast of characters by their early 20th-century attire. Feel free to stop to say hi or take a photo. On one visit, the Fire Chief was handing out fire department badge stickers to kids.
4. Meet Mickey Mouse and Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater
Mickey Mouse and Tinker Bell both have separate character meets inside Town Square Theater. Mickey talks, but unfortunately it is rumored he will be losing his voice in May 2018. FastPass+ is available for both character meets.
Tip: Consider getting a FastPass+ for Mickey, as waits can usually be 45+ minutes (this may change after he no longer talks). Tinker Bell is usually a shorter wait, and you can sometimes pick up a fourth FastPass+ to meet her.
5. Get your Mickey Ears Hat at the Chapeau
Tucked in a corner of Main Street, U.S.A. between the Main Street Confectionary and Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, you will find the Chapeau, a practically perfect place to get your Mickey Ears Hat. They have a great selection and can do embroidery right there at the shop. Baby and kids sizes are available (my son got his first one at 7 1/2 months – and it’s lasted 3+ years!), and they look adorable in all those character photos.
6. Pick up your Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom cards
This interactive game uses spell cards and Magic Portals located throughout the park. Visit the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A. to pick up your spell cards, map and everything you need to help Merlin defeat Disney villains.
7. Enjoy ice cream from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
As much as my family loves Mickey ice cream bars, we also can’t resist some of the tasty treats offered at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. My recommendation – Mickey’s Kitchen Sink Sundae (aka the “Mickey Pants Sundae”). It comes with two scoops of ice cream; hot fudge, peanut butter or caramel; whipped cream and cherries. It’s big enough to share and comes in a cute souvenir Mickey sink bucket. But you better hurry – kids have been known to get angry if you take too long to give them a bite!
8. Eat at Casey’s Corner
This baseball-themed quick service restaurant features hot dogs, fries and kid-friendly corn dog nuggets. Seating can be hard to find during peak meal hours, but mobile ordering is available through the My Disney Experience app. You may even catch the pianist performing some ragtime favorites right outside.
9. Listen to the Dapper Dans
This talented and entertaining barbershop quartet performs periodically throughout the day on Main Street, U.S.A. (check in the Times Guide or the entertainment section of the My Disney Experience app). You can’t miss the bright pinstriped suits.
10. Attend the Flag Retreat
To me, the daily flag retreat is one of the most touching and emotional moments at the Magic Kingdom. As the American flag is retired for the night (usually at 5 p.m.), the crowd joins in the Pledge of Allegiance. Then as the flag is lowered, the Main Street Philharmonic plays the “Star Spangled Banner” before the Dapper Dans and guests join in for a round of “God Bless America.” The Color Guard then removes and folds the flag, and a guest veteran carries the flag to put it away for the night. It’s an incredible patriotic moment and a great civics lesson for kids.
11. Get your hair cut at the Harmony Barber Shop
Main Street, U.S.A. has an old-fashioned barber shop, where kids can get a haircut for $18 and adults for $19. They also have a first haircut package for $25, which includes a certificate, “My First Haircut” Mickey Ears Hat, and keepsake lock of hair. Reservations can be made at 407-939-7529 and a limited number of walk-ins are accepted.
Tip: If you are unable to get a reservation, wait outside before they open to get your name on the list.
12. Catch a train
All aboard! Catch a ride on the Walt Disney World Railroad at the Main Street, U.S.A. station. You can exit the train at the Frontierland or Fantasyland stops or ride a full circle.
13. Buy a Mickey Balloon
You can’t miss (or more specifically, your kids can’t miss) the vendors with huge bunches of Mickey balloons along Main Street, U.S.A. They cost around $12-$15 and are cash only, but ours lasted for several weeks. A couple things to keep in mind though: Where are you going it put your ballon while you are on rides? If you have a stroller, you can tie it there. Otherwise, consider purchasing one on your way out of the park.
14. Watch a glassblowing demonstration
In the back of the Crystal Arts Shop on Main Street, U.S.A., you can watch a glassblowing demonstration. It’s fascinating to watch, and they are always happy to answer any questions you have.
15. Shop at the Emporium
The Emporium has all of your Walt Disney World souvenir needs, from toys and apparel to housewares and gifts.
Tip: The Emporium and other shops on Main Street, U.S.A. stay open after the rest of the park closes, so do your shopping on your way out. This way you can also wait until some of those long transportation lines get a little shorter.
What is your favorite thing to do on Main Street, U.S.A.?