10 Things You Never Knew about Main Street, U.S.A.Liz Cerezo
Main Street, U.S.A. is one of the first attractions you see as you enter either Disneyland Park or Magic Kingdom. Once you take your first step onto Main Street, U.S.A., you are immediately transformed into a world of nostalgia, fantasy and magic.
As a frequent visitor of Disneyland Park, I tend to walk past the charming store fronts and head straight into the park, but one thing is almost certain, I always look towards Walt Disney’s Apartment and look at the light that is placed by the window.
I invite you to join me as we take a look at my top 10 fun facts about Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Park.
Did you know? 1 of 11
An insightful list of top 10 fun facts about Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Park.
What’s that Smell? 2 of 11
Ahhh, the sweet aroma of Disneyland. If I were to be blindfolded and lead into Disneyland, I would so recognize the smell of Main Street, U.S.A. It is rumored that Disneyland emits aromas throughout the famous street such as vanilla during the year and then during Christmas time, they switch it out to peppermint. Which aroma do you remember most?
Well Rounded Curbs! 3 of 11
Did you know that Main Street U.S.A. has no pointed corners? The idea is attributed to Walt Disney himself, that round curbs are more welcoming than pointed curbs. My Disneyland expert of a friend pointed that out to me. How cool is that?
Let’s Brush up on History! 4 of 11
While this attraction is famous for the special tribute to former president Abraham Lincoln, inside its corridors is a wonderful display of Disneyland history. With scale models of past and present Disneyland, a concept board of ideas and a very special surprise, this walk-through is somewhat of a hidden gem. Make sure to stop by on your next visit. You won't be disappointed.
Meet Oscar! 5 of 11
Oscar Martinez is a 56 year veteran employee of Disneyland Park. 56 YEARS! He holds the impressive record of the longest "Walt Disney Parks and Resort" employee to date. He is a legacy at Disneyland, and during the 24 hours of Disney last month, I finally had the privilege of having my picture taken with him. I was a ball of tears afterwards. You can find him smiling away at Carnation Cafe right in the middle of Main Street, U.S.A.
No Rides! 6 of 11
That's right! Main Street, U.S.A. in the only "land" not to have any rides, but you can catch a ride on 4 modes of transportation. The Main Street Vehicles consist of a Horse-Drawn Street Car, an old-fashioned trolley pulled by a horse, a Jitney, an early automobile without a roof, a Fire Engine, a replica of the very first fire trucks and an Omnibus, a gas-powered, open-air 2-story bus.
International Currency? 7 of 11
For many years, out of town guests were able to exchange foreign currency at a Bank of America that was located inside Disneyland. During that time, this specific bank was the only bank in the U.S. to be open 7 days a week. Now, you can just walk across the way to Disneyland City Hall and exchange your money there. Another insightful tidbit from my friend.
Somebody’s Watching Me! 8 of 11
During the scariest time of the year, Disneyland gets decked out with Halloween fun by displaying hundreds of individualized pumpkins. Yup! No two pumpkins throughout the park are alike. You can catch these ghouls perched high and low all along the street. Catch them looking at you when you visit the resort, this coming Halloween season.
Merry Main Street 9 of 11
During my favorite time of the year, Main Street U.S.A. can get a little buys, with holiday shoppers, but it's exactly on Main Street where you can get the best pictures of the firework show. Plus, you can't forget about the time it snowed when you were at Disneyland. During the holidays, there is a snow fall portion of the firework show. Walking on Main Street, in the snow? LOVE!
Need an Asprin? 10 of 11
Did you know that Disneyland had an actual pharmacy on Main Street U.S.A? The Upjohn Pharmacy was right in the middle of Main Street U.S.A. from 1955 to 1970. It is now Fortuosity shop, a jewelry and souvenir store.
America, America… 11 of 11
I absolutely love how Disneyland embraces America. One presentation that you have to catch at least one time during your visits to the resort is the flag retreat ceremony. The flag is lowered in the most respectful way while The Dapper Dans come out and sing famous patriotic songs. This ceremony takes place everyday at sunset (around 4:30-5:00pm) and will make your heart swell with good ol' fashion American pride.
Photo Source: Disneylandia al Dia and Flickr.