Welcome in Disneyland Park and on Main Street U.S.A.! In this article, I’ll take you along on a journey on Main Street U.S.A., back in the past. I will tell you about the details on this street itself, not about the details in the stores, restaurants, and attractions on Main Street U.S.A. because these will all get their own article.
Entering Main Street U.S.A.
After having walked through the beautiful and peaceful Fantasia Gardens in front of Disneyland Hotel, guests enter Disneyland Park, a place full of energy where dreams can come true. The entrance to Disneyland Park, underneath Disneyland Hotel, has a cinema theming that was also used for the construction of Main Street U.S.A. itself. The Cast Members wear costumes like the employees of cinemas in their early days. The counters with turnstiles through which guests enter the park are inspired by the ticket booths in early cinemas, often located outside the cinema and on the street. This theming is reinforced by the posters you see of attractions you’ll encounter in the park, who were placed like movie posters to encourage guests to explore. You can also find these posters underneath Main Street Station.
After entering the park underneath the Disneyland Hotel, you find yourself between the hotel and Main Street Station. The adventure can begin! Around and on Main Street Station a first historic detail can be found: a sign with the letters EDRR. This goes back to EuroDisney RailRoad, which is how the train around the park was called in the past. And now… a world of dreams and happiness awaits both young and old (but still young at heart). Let the magic guide you, and who knows, maybe all your dreams might come true! Before walking underneath Main Street Station, make sure to read the welcoming text on the pillar of the station:
A partir d’ici, vous quittez le présent
Et entrez dans le monde de l’histoire,
Des découvertes et de la fantaisie éternelle
Here you leave today
And enter worlds of history,
Discovery and ageless fantasy.
Main Street U.S.A. is, as the name already clarifies, the main street of the park. It takes you straight to the castle and to the 4 other lands of Disneyland Park. But that’s not it. Main Street U.S.A. takes you back to a small American town at the turn of the 20th century up until the 1920s. You’ll find brightly coloured houses on this street built with almost 580.000 bricks and full of cute stores and lovely restaurants, and hear jazz, dixieland and ragtime music. There’s a square at both ends of Main Street U.S.A.: Town Square near the entrance and Central Plaza near the castle (which is centrally located in the park). Maybe I should give you a short introduction on the story of Main Street U.S.A. first, as it’s crucial to know the story before you’ll be able to understand the theming and details. Main Street U.S.A. represents an idealised version of an American town at the beginning of the 1900s, inspired by memories of Walt Disney about his childhood in Marceline, Missouri. This was only a small country town, so the architecture was not as exuberant and detailed as on Main Street U.S.A. Walt just wanted to create the nostalgia of his childhood and that era on Main Street U.S.A., not the true city. He lived here between 1906 and 1911. Thus, Main Street U.S.A. became a nostalgic, peaceful, and Victorian re-enactment of Marceline, Missouri, the city where Walt grew up, but it can also be interpreted as the Main Street of any small town that could be found in the U.S.A. at the beginning of the 20th century. Main Street U.S.A. tells the story of evolution: from the Victorian era in Plaza Gardens to modern times on Town Square and further on over the street. Main Street U.S.A. thus actually tells the history of a city and the evolution it makes between the 1890s and the 1920s. Read more about this story, how it was chosen, and ideas that didn’t materialise in a special article that I wrote about it.
Now, before exploring all the details and stories behind the first land of Disneyland Park, let’s talk about Forced Perspective. Walt Disney used techniques from the cinema industry in his park to immerse guests into a different world and era. Forced Perspective is the most commonly used technique for sets. Buildings are meant to look like they are two or three storeys high, while they’re not. The Imagineers used this technique called Forced Perspective on Main Street U.S.A. too. The buildings are all constructed to look like they are two or three storeys high, but the windows are too small and too low! A good example is the biggest store on Main Street U.S.A.: Emporium. The ground floor is built in normal size, while the windows on the first floor are abnormally low and too close to the ground floor’s ceiling. The windows above them are even smaller. Colours and reliefs played an important role in creating this illusion: often darker, brighter, and more vibrant colours are used on the ground floor while lighter colours are used for the upper floors. Guests will thus think the buildings are higher than they really are, and while walking down Main Street U.S.A. it will seem like the windows are further away. Main Street U.S.A. seems longer than it is in reality, and guests lose their sense of perspective when they enter the park. While walking down Main Street U.S.A., the eye and mind of guests will interpret these smaller windows as further away, but it’s of course an exaggerated effect. Forced Perspective allowed Imagineers to break guests away from reality and transport them into another world by mastering space. This means that guests don’t question sizes and proportions once they walk into the parks, because the Imagineers built everything in order to make guests lose their sense of perspective as soon as they arrive. From the moment guests enter Disneyland Park and Main Street U.S.A., they are thus cut off from reality. This happens initially because of the low-hanging structure that guests encounter first: Main Street Station is lower than the other structures. After having walked underneath Disneyland Hotel, guests walk under a lower Main Street Station that cuts them off from the real world and welcomes them into a world of wonders. So, when you walk underneath Main Street Station towards Main Street U.S.A., note that the ceilings are intentionally lower to create a feeling of grandeur when you enter Town Square! By walking under these lower arches, guests might feel smaller, so when they finally see Main Street U.S.A. and Sleeping Beauty Castle, everything will look bigger and even more splendid. Main Street U.S.A. and all its buildings are then constructed and designed in such a way that guests are really impressed when walking down the street towards the castle. Sleeping Beauty Castle looks much further away and bigger than it really is. In the other way around, the exit and Disneyland Hotel don’t seem that far away from the castle.
Now that you’ve walked underneath Main Street Station and arrived on Town Square, let’s start to explore this land full of details, history, and beautiful stories! Main Street U.S.A., especially the Disneyland Paris version, is a dream come true for every lover of details, storytelling, and Imagineering. It’s filled with secret details and nods to the creators of the park and to the Walt Disney Company. The first thing you’ll probably notice is the cute gazebo in the middle of Town Square, the first square on Main Street U.S.A. In front of it is a plaque that commemorates the inaugural speech given by Michael Eisner on 12 April 1992 to celebrate the opening of the newest Disney park!
Upon entering Town Square, let’s turn right first. You might want to take a look at a special poster there. Between the bathrooms and the Main Street Transportation Co. building is a poster for the medicine Electric Bitters from the company H.E. BUCKLEN & CO, which announces that “the great electric remedy positively cures all diseases of the stomach, liver and kidneys, biliousness, general debility, fever and ague, and blood disorders” for only 50 cents! It’s about a real remedy from this Chicago-based company, as the advertisement also mentions “registered in patent office”. Then take a good look at the building of the Main Street Transportation Co. Does it look familiar? The architecture resembles the silhouette of the original Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland in Anaheim, California, the first Disney park and only park created by Walt Disney himself, but in a more Victorian style! It was initially planned to make a stable with horses here that would be open to guests. Next-door, the building that houses the fire department of this little village was built in 1888, a tribute to Walt Disney’s parents who got married in that year! Walt Disney’s older brother Herbert Arthur was also born in this year.
Next to it is the Bixby Brothers store, above which is a Dental School! It can easily be recognised by the sign in the shape of a golden tooth and the staircase leading towards the door. Stop here for a moment. You’ll be able to hear screams as Dr. Bitz uses his students as test subjects. It’s really funny to hear all the noises coming from above. The name of the dentist who leads the dental school is also no coincidence but directly derived from Imagineer Eddie Sotto, whose full name is Eddie Sotto Bitz! Dr. Bitz also uses laughing gas on his patients to practice how to take care of teeth. Therefore, the Dental School mentions the following: “Dentists in Training: Licensed to use Laughing Gas”, which was an actual practice at the beginning of the 20th century. Also, funny to explore is the windows on the first floor above Bixby Brothers, as it promotes a sleepwalking club with an owl as logo and a society of palaeontologists whose name is written in the form of a dinosaur. There’s also a window that pays tribute to Robert Fitzpatrick, the first CEO of Disneyland Paris. He is designated as tailor on this window, with the slogan “a fit for every occasion”. Another window above this shop pays tribute to the 5 Imagineers that led the creation of Disneyland Paris’ 5 lands: Eddie Sotto for Main Street U.S.A., Tim Delaney for Discoveryland, Jeff Burke for Frontierland, Tom Morris for Fantasyland, and Chris Tietz for Adventureland. The building itself, housing amongst others the Dental School, sleepwalking club, and the shop Ribbons and Bows – Hat Shop (Bixby Brothers) is built in 1895, as can be read on the façade. Elias Disney, Walt Disney’s father, began working as entrepreneur, amongst other things, in the Mid-West in this year.
Right around the corner, close to the gate where the parade enters or leaves Main Street U.S.A., is the Kitty Hawk Bicycle Shop located. This refers to the town of Kitty Hawk in North Carolina, where the Orville brothers and Wilbur Wright achieved an incredible milestone: the first powered flight in history on 17 December 1903 with an aircraft called Flyer. This isn’t an actual shop, made clear by the sign “Closed/Flight Testing” on its door. On the right to the entrance to Discovery Arcade is an advertisement poster for “The Tasker Skating Shoe – sent to any part of the United States for $3.00 – manufactured by H. & F.H. Tasker, 991 & 993 Fulton Street”. Tasker was a real company that was actually based on 991 & 993 Fulton Street in Brooklyn. They also really advertised themselves as shoe distributors on their posters.
Now, on the other side of Town Square are even more details and history to be found! First up is City Hall, where you can go with all your questions and complaints, get more information, and give Cast Compliments. A special detail for me as Belgian can be found on its exterior wall. It’s a sign left of the door that announces the twin city of Disneyland Paris since 2013: Dinant in Belgium! As I told you above, Main Street U.S.A. found its inspiration in the town of Marceline in Missouri. Not only Missouri is represented, however, but also other cities in the United States. That’s why this land is called Main Street U.S.A.: it shows you references to many influences from the East Coast to the West Coast. City Hall represents two places found in the U.S.A. for example. The exterior is in reference to the Western Union Telegraph Building in New York and its trademark clock tower, which can be seen as the first skyscraper in history. It was 10 storeys high in 1875! The colours, symbols, and columns inside City Hall are inspired by the Independence Hall of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Inside City Hall, you can see a photo of the Main Street in Walt’s town Marceline. You can also see the very first concept art of the park in the back of City Hall. On the left is a photo of Walt Disney receiving the Legion of Honour in the 1930s from the consul of France at the Hyperion Studio in Los Angeles. France thanked Walt Disney with this for his commitment to France, as had been to France with the Red Cross during World War I, fell in love with the country, returned with his wife Lilian afterwards, and was inspired for his movies by French fairy tales. Another special detail to be found in the inside of City Hall is a plaque from the Cast Members of Tokyo Disneyland to celebrate the opening of Disneyland Paris. It reads “EuroDisney Resort Cast Félicitations! Congratulations! 12th April 1992 from the Cast of Tokyo Disneyland”. A quite peculiar sign is the sign that encourages lost parents to wait at City Hall to be picked up by their children. Yes, you’ve read it correctly. It’s for lost parents! Because in Disneyland Paris, children don’t get lost.
Next door is the building that houses Storybook Store. It has been built in 1891, as can be read on the façade. Walt Disney’s grandfather, Kepple Elias Disney, died in this year. On the other hand, Carl Stalling was born in this year. He met Walt Disney in Kansas City when Walt was on the verge of bankruptcy. Walt showed Steamboat Willie to Carl Stalling and he accompanied the short film on the piano in the screening rooms. This collaboration eventually led to the creation of the Silly Symphonies a few years later. There’s also a mailbox close to this store. You can put your stamped and addressed post cards in it because it’s a real mailbox! On the left of Storybook Store is a big mural with a ship on it. This might seem a normal publicity for cruises, but when you look more closely, you’ll find some familiar faces. George is present on it, the main character of the old attraction CinéMagique, that was first located in Discoveryland and afterwards in Walt Disney Studios Park. Both the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty are also painted on this mural, to mark the link between France and the United States of America. This is of course because the mural is close to Liberty Arcade, where this relationship between both countries is celebrated too.
A unique feature in Disneyland Paris are the arcades! They can be found exclusively in the Parisian park as they weren’t built in any other Disney park. Two arcades were built parallel to Main Street U.S.A. to provide covered spaces for when the weather would be bad (which is often the case in Paris). The Imagineers didn’t want to cover Main Street U.S.A., so they chose to build two arcades. They wanted to leave Main Street U.S.A. open to keep the nice French atmosphere of wandering, shopping, and sitting on terraces alive. The arcades are a great contribution to the story of Main Street U.S.A., as in Discovery Arcade (on the right) many turn-of-the-century developments and inventions are shown to guests, along with visions about the future and about where this new wave of seemingly unstoppable progress would take humankind, while in Liberty Arcade (the one on the left) the story about the development of the Statue of Liberty and its journey from France to the U.S.A. is told.
Main Street U.S.A.: general information
Main Street U.S.A. is not only a nostalgic re-enactment of Walt Disney’s memories, it also pays tribute to Walt Disney’s parents. One way of commemorating and honouring Walter Elias Disney’s father Elias Charles Disney can be found on the ground. He was a building contractor in 1901, the year Walt Disney was born, which you can see on the plaques placed on several places on Main Street U.S.A. You can find one close to the entrance of Main Street Motors, on the corner of Main Street U.S.A. and Market Street. It says “Elias Disney – Contractor 1901”. If you like this one, you can also search for the others as Elias Disney has had many professions in his life and there are more of these plaques on Main Street U.S.A. Flora Disney, Walt’s mother, on the other hand, has her own store on the right corner of Town Square and Main Street U.S.A.: New Century Notions – Flora’s Unique Boutique!
When you walk down this street, don’t only watch out for the plaques commemorating Walt’s father, but also look down for the manhole covers. All the manhole covers on Main Street U.S.A. were donated to Disneyland Paris by firefighters in major American cities like Chicago or New York. You can read the names of the cities on the manholes and know where each one came from, for example from Croton from the state of New York, Balto (Baltimore) in Maryland, Chicago in Illinois, and Central City in Colorado. When you proceed onto Main Street U.S.A., watch out for numbers too! Every ‘92 you see, refers to 1992, the opening year of Disneyland Paris (or Euro Disneyland). On many places the year 1892 is mentioned. The year of opening was transposed to one century earlier to fit in the Victorian theme. Another one is ‘88: the year construction began on Euro Disney was 1988, so in some cases this is also transposed to one century earlier by using 1888!
All the shops and restaurants on Main Street U.S.A. are deliberately designed in different styles as contrasts were important for the Imagineers. So-called masculine and feminine styles were used to alternate. The masculine Casey’s Corner faces the feminine The Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, the masculine Disney & Co faces the feminine Cable Car Bake Shop… The Imagineers made this decision to attract women, men, and children alike and keep them all busy while walking down Main Street U.S.A.
Finally, while walking on Main Street U.S.A., don’t forget to pay attention to the lampposts (yes, I know, you need to pay attention to a lot of things and need to look up and down, to your right and left constantly, I’m sorry!). The lampposts on Main Street U.S.A. are not the same as on Central Plaza. Those on Main Street U.S.A. take you back to the early 20th century when the gas lights were still lit by hand every evening. After Edison Avenue (around the Plaza Gardens area), Main Street U.S.A. evolves into Central Plaza, which enters modernity and has electric lights! This is of course also a reference to Thomas Edison, one of the inventors who brought us electric lights. So, after Edison Avenue, you won’t see any gas lights anymore. Time has evolved and lampposts have become electric now! Besides these lights, a total of 225,000 light bulbs are used to enlighten the facades of Main Street U.S.A.
Right side of Main Street U.S.A.
In this part, I’ll tell you the most important things that you can see on the right side of Main Street U.S.A.
New Century Notions – Flora’s Unique Boutique is located on the corner of Town Square and Main Street U.S.A. The name of this shop pays tribute to Flora Disney, Walt Disney’s mother. A window above this shop mentions Dr. Edmund Chilton, one of the characters of the 1960 Disney movie Pollyanna. This movie was a major source of inspiration for the design of Main Street U.S.A. There’s a mailbox close to this store. You can put your stamped and addressed post cards in it because it’s a real mailbox! The candy store Boardwalk Candy Palace is located in a building with the name Tilyou, in reference to George Tilyou, the founder of amusement park Coney Island in New York. On this façade, the date 1888 is mentioned. This date refers to 1988, the year in which the construction of Disneyland Paris began. Harrington’s Fine China and Porcelain, one of the most wonderful stores on Main Street U.S.A., lends its name from the posh aunt in the movie Pollyanna, another example of how much the Imagineers were inspired by this movie for the creation of Main Street U.S.A. The building dates back to 1892, a reference to 1992 or the opening year of Disneyland Paris.
Since Main Street U.S.A. represents the evolution of a village from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1920s, you travel along in time when walking on this street. The area of Main Street Motors shows you the arrival of and excitement about motorised vehicles. Main Street Motors even was a small car museum in the first years of Disneyland Paris. This was also the era of the first gas pumps, and therefore, you can find an old gas pump close to the side entrance of Main Street Motors. It even bubbles from time to time. Above Main Street Motors is a detective agency located, you might hear a dork bark here when you walk past it. Even higher, at the top of the building where Main Street Motors is located, you can see a hand that raises a giant cup of coffee. It’s a very special advertisement because if you’re lucky, you might see smoke coming out of it. It’s clearly a hot cup of coffee! This advertisement for Nescafé tells guests: “Coffee – Rich and Satisfying – Visit the Coffee Grinder”. So, this is actually an advertisement for the Coffee Grinder on Market Street, the little side street after Main Street Motors. When your halfway down Main Street U.S.A., there are thus two side streets: Market Street on your right and Flower Street on your left. Market Street is a reference to the city of San Francisco, California, and faces Flower Street, a reference to Glendale, California. Both cities are important for the Walt Disney Company.
On the corner of Main Street U.S.A. and Market street is another giant advertising poster, this one is for Coca-Cola: “Drink Coca-Cola – Delicious and Refreshing – the hit that saves the day!”. Did you ever enjoy a treat on the terrace on Market Street, the side street on the right? Personally, I love sitting on this terrace. Did you also notice the music? You can hear a student trying hard to learn how to play the piano! The student is not always hitting the right notes, but it’s so charming. On the window of the music school are the names of the men who run this school: Philippe Bourguignon and Steve Burke, who were CEO and General Manager of Euro Disney in the beginning years of the park. My favourite advertisement can actually be seen in this side street. It’s the one that says: “I Scream – You Scream – We All Scream for Ice Cream” from the Ice Cream Company on Market Street. At 1221 B Market Street is a guesthouse called Beulah located, right next to The Coffee Grinder. Beulah is the name of the town in the Disney movie Summer Magic from 1963. Some of the tenants of this pension are called P. Godey, J. Junkmeyer, and R. Sherwood, M.D. The name Godey refers to a woman’s fashion magazine called Godey’s Lady’s Book, which was created in 1830. The name J. Junkmeyer pays tribute to the person of that same name, who was the first editor of the Disneyland Newspaper in 1955. The last one refers to a doctor, as can be seen by the initials M.D. (Medicinae Doctor), who was the first person to order a drawing made by a young Walt Disney.
Victoria’s Home-Style Restaurant, at the end of Main Street U.S.A. on the right, has a terrace nowadays on Edison Avenue, close to the garden of Plaza Gardens. One of the things I love here is that you can hear a particular noise. Someone is showering in an apartment above Victoria’s Home-Style Restaurant! You can hear him sing in the shower (and suddenly scream when the water gets too hot) and brush his teeth! It does sound a bit like Goofy, don’t you think? It’s actually Eddie Sotto’s voice, the leading Imagineer to work on Main Street U.S.A.! In Plaza Gardens Restaurant, also on Edison Avenue, guests can admire large mural paintings that tell the history of Main Street U.S.A.
As you’ve read above, lost parents have to wait at City Hall for their children. In the rare occasion that a child might get lost, you can go to the Baby Corner on the right side of Central Plaza, close to the bathrooms and first aid at Edison Avenue. On Central Plaza, you can find another reference to Marceline, Walt’s childhood town. As in City Hall, the information board on Central Plaza shows guests a photograph of the Main Street in Marceline.
Left side of Main Street U.S.A.
In this part, you’ll be able to find details that you can see on the left side of Main Street U.S.A.
A fun window can be found above the store Emporium, which is also the largest shop one can visit on this street as it takes up the whole first part of Main Street U.S.A. up until Flower Street. Above the shop a window learns guests that Pongo is a volunteer firefighter! Another family tribute was put on the façade of Emporium: the date 1896. Walt Disney’s great-grandmother Maria Swan died in this year; she was married to Arundel Disney. On Flower Street, the side street on the left of Main Street U.S.A., you can find the barber shop Dapper Dan’s Hair Cuts. On the outside, the barber placed a special mirror: it gives you a moustache in a style that was popular a century ago!
On the keys of the gas lamps at Walt’s – an American Restaurant, you can find the Walt Disney logo that was also used in the fittings and interior of his personal apartment in the original Disneyland in California. You can read on the façade of this splendid restaurant that it opened in 1901 in Chicago, which is thus a reference to the birth year and birthplace of Walt Disney. It’s located at 1401 Flower Street, being the side street on the left of Main Street U.S.A., as a tribute to the address of Walt Disney Imagineering’s headquarters in Glendale, California. Walt’s – an American Restaurant and Lily’s Boutique are beautifully located next to each other. Lily’s Boutique is named after Lilian Disney, Walt’s wife. Walt and Lily are thus always together in Disneyland Paris! You can find many old photographs of the Disney couple in Lily’s Boutique. Both the façades of Walt’s – an American Restaurant and Lily’s Boutique also mention “Since 1901”, the birthyear of Walt Disney. Further on, the building of Disney & Co is dated on June 24, 1893, the birth date of Roy Oliver Disney, Walt Disney’s older brother. The name of the building is R.O.D. BLDG or the Roy Oliver Disney Building. So, Walt, Lily, and Roy are placed next to each other! There’s a mailbox close to the store Disney & Co. You can put your stamped and addressed post cards in it because it’s also a real mailbox! Oh, and of course, a fan-favourite! There’s a small side door of a casting agency run by Walter Elias Disney between Walt’s – an American Restaurant and Lily’s Boutique. On the door is his famous quote “It Takes People to Make the Dream a Reality”, but also “Open Since ‘92”.
At the right side of the entrance to Liberty Arcade, coming from Central Plaza, you can see an advertisement sign with the sentence “Dr Beardsley’s Camels Hair – Health Underwear”. This pays tribute to Aubrey Beardsley, who was a British engraver and illustrator. One of his bigger works was his contribution to Mademoiselle de Maupin, by Théophile Gautier, for which he used a garment made from camel hair.
So, this was a very long article… but there’s just so much to see on Main Street U.S.A.! I find new details on every trip, not just in this first land, but also in the four other lands of the park. I hope you enjoyed this overview, if I missed out on details, please let me know as I’m always eager to find them 😉 to finish I’ve added an overview with things to do on Main Street U.S.A.!
What to do on Main Street U.S.A.?
As is made clear in this article, this land doesn’t really need many attractions to be interesting, and therefore also only offers a few attractions. Guests are able to immerse themselves in this typical atmosphere that can only be found in a Disney park, even without rides.
Upon entrance in the park, you actually see the first attraction of Main Street U.S.A. right in front of you: Main Street Station, the first train station of the Disneyland Railroad!
- Main Street Station: train ride, station to get on the Disneyland Railroad around the park, for guests of all ages (any height), covered, not accessible for guests who can’t transfer from their wheelchair
Before running towards the train station or into the park, you can find two shops, one on the left of the entrance and one on the right. The shops are actually in the building of the Disneyland Hotel, but only accessible via the park.
- Plaza East Boutique: clothes, accessories, toys, plush, and housewares
- Plaza West Boutique: clothes, accessories, toys, plush, and housewares
When you’ve walked underneath Main Street Station, you’ll find yourself on Town Square. Here guests can enjoy two attractions.
- Horse-Drawn Streetcars: ride over Main Street U.S.A. in a carriage pulled by a horse, for guests of all ages (any height), not covered, not accessible for guests who can’t transfer from their wheelchair
- Main Street Vehicles: ride over Main Street U.S.A. in early 20th century vehicles, for guests of all ages (any height), not covered (except for some vehicles), not accessible for guests who can’t transfer from their wheelchair
Except for the attractions, guests can also visit City Hall. Here they can find information, ask for help, for example with reservations in restaurants, give Cast Compliments, or complain about problems they’ve encountered in the park. There are also five shops on Town Square. Two are on the right, one is on the left, and the other two are located on Main Street U.S.A. itself but also have an entrance on Town Square.
- Stroller and Wheelchair Rentals: accessories, clothes, sweets, and rental of wheelchairs and strollers
- Ribbons & Bows Hat Shop: Christmas merchandise, plush, accessories, and houseware
- The Storybook Store: books, media, toys, and plush
- Emporium: almost everything! Toys, plush, clothes, accessories, Christmas merchandise during Christmas season, houseware, collectibles…
- New Century Notions – Flora’s Unique Boutique: clothes, accessories, plush, toys, houseware, media, and imaging
Now that you’ve entered Main Street U.S.A., there are a lot of shops and restaurants to choose from! First up: three shops on the first part (up to Market Street) on the right side.
- Boardwalk Candy Palace: sweets, candy, and snacks
- Disney Clothiers, Ltd.: clothes and accessories
- Main Street Motors: clothes and accessories
The whole left side of the first part is the huge store Emporium that I described above. Market Street, the little side street on the right, offers two snack stands.
- The Coffee Grinder: counter/quick service for take away, €, snacks and drinks
- The Ice Cream Company: counter/quick service for take away, €, snacks and drinks
The side street on the left of Main Street U.S.A. has one attraction, which is however not always open.
- Dapper Dan’s Hair Cuts: a real barber is waiting for you here! Covered and accessible for everyone
Further on, on the second part of Main Street U.S.A. on the right side are four restaurants or snack opportunities.
- Market House Deli: counter/quick service restaurant, seating inside and outside, €, sandwiches and snacks
- Cookie Kitchen: counter/quick service restaurant, seating inside, €, snacks
- Cable Car Bake Shop: counter/quick service restaurant, seating inside, €, snacks and drinks
- The Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour: counter/quick service for take away, €, ice cream and drinks
On this side, there are two shops, but they are located within one shop or building.
- Harrington’s Fine China & Porcelains: jewels, art, collectibles, glassware, and houseware
- Disneyana Collectibles: art, collectibles, and glassware
On the left side of the second part of Main Street U.S.A. are also two restaurants.
- Walt’s – an American Restaurant: table service restaurant, seating inside, €€€, lunch/diner, fine dining/American and European cuisine, reservations recommended
- Casey’s Corner: counter/quick service restaurant, seating inside and outside, €, American food
Between these restaurants are two shops.
- Lily’s Boutique: houseware
- Disney & Co: toys and plush
Last but absolutely not least, when you turn to your right at the end of Main Street U.S.A. and enter what is called Edison Avenue, you’ll find one bar and one restaurant.
- Victoira’s Home-Style Restaurant: table service restaurant, seating inside and outside, €, pastries and Mickey waffles, seasonal drinks and snacks
- Plaza Gardens Restaurant: buffet restaurant, seating inside, €€, breakfast with Disney characters/lunch/diner, fine dining/European cuisine, reservations recommended
At the end of Main Street U.S.A. is Central Plaza, where shows are performed during some seasons and where you can watch the daily parade that starts in Fantasyland and goes all the way over Main Street U.S.A. towards Town Square. You can also watch the night-time spectacular with fireworks here.
- Disneyland Railroad (Main Street Station)
- Horse Drawn Streetcars
- Main Street Vehicles
- Liberty Arcade
- Discovery Arcade
- Dapper Dan’s Hair Cuts
- Restaurants and snack bars
- Plaza East Boutique
- Plaza West Boutique
- Roll-a-Long Rentals
- Ribbons & Bows Hat Shop
- The Storybook Store
- New Century Notions – Flora’s Unique Boutique
- Boardwalk Candy Palace
- Disney Clothiers, Ltd.
- Main Street Motors
- Lily’s Boutique
- Harrington’s Fine China and Porcelains
- Disneyana Collectibles
- Disney & Co