Welcome to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World! If you have an hour, check out the above video for a complete walk through tour of the Magic Kingdom. For our purposes today, like we did with the Disneyland Resort Virtual trips, we will focus on one area at a time to get the full Walt Disney World experience. The purpose of these virtual trips it to sit back, relax and enjoy the ambiance and everything that makes the Disney theme parks so magical. So, like we did with Disneyland (the original Magic Kingdom park), we’ll spend today exploring Main Street U.S.A. on the East Coast.
Have you ever wanted to make it out for the opening of the Magic Kingdom but had things like the need for extra sleep, a missed bus/monorail, or slow friends/family destroy that dream? Well, virtually, it doesn’t matter when you make it to this video, the opening ceremony waits for you. Isn’t that cool? You could be watching this video at midnight, 10am, noon, for dinner and still make it to the opening show at the Magic Kingdom!
After the opening performance, is the all important rope drop. I’ve never made it out to any theme park for this before. How exciting!
Like Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom has an Omni bus that can take you from one end of Main Street U.S.A. to the castle. It seems like a good way to get this virtual trip kicked off. After all, you’ll see the entire Main Street U.S.A. and then we can explore all that we can do at the Magic Kingdom‘s Main Street U.S.A. Of course the first thing that jumps out is how Cinderella’s Castle towers above Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom. So, let’s get this out-of-the-way first. Yes, Cinderella’s Castle is bigger than Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland. When people compare Disneyland and Walt Disney World, that’s the number one comment I hear…how much bigger the castle is at the Magic Kingdom. One thing I notice is how similar Main Street U.S.A. appears at first glance. Yet, the Main Streets have their differences as well.
First thing that looks similar, yet is different is the theater on Main Street U.S.A. At Disneyland, we have the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln Theatre. At the Magic Kingdom, it’s the Town Square Theater where you can meet Mickey Mouse himself!
By the way, Mickey Mouse now speaks! I had to throw the above video in so you could watch Mickey Mouse interact with the guests! Pretty cool stuff!
Much like Disneyland, there is a railroad at the Magic Kingdom. Since Walt Disney was such a huge fan of steam engine trains, we must take a ride!
At the Main Street Fire Station, you can play Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game. This looks like a lot of fun!
No trip to Main Street U.S.A. is complete without the Dapper Dans…the original “boy band.”
Main Street U.S.A. has many different street performers. Check out this Saxophone Quartet! Personally, I’d prefer a trumpet quartet. But, that’s me. These guys are really good!
At Disneyland, we have the Disneyland Band that plays on Main Street U.S.A., at the Magic Kingdom, we have the Main Street Philharmonic.
The Main Street Trolley Show is a fun little show. It kind of reminds me of the Newsies Red Car Tolley show at Disney California Adventure. I don’t think I’d stop for this on if I were at the park. However, on the virtual trips, we want to experience EVERYTHING!
At Disneyland, they have a similar guy at piano. At the Magic Kingdom, the piano show comes from Casey’s Corner. Not bad at all. Let it Go seems like’s become one the biggest hit songs Disney has ever had. Sometimes I wonder what previous hits from The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Aladdin, etc. would have inspired if You Tube were around back then.
At the Magic Kingdom, there are some tours that you can pay extra to participate in. One such tour is the Keys to the Kingdom Tour. The above video is part of that tour. This is not the entire tour. The real tour lasts 5 hours and takes you truly behind the scenes. The video above is pretty cool because you will gain some insight to the thinking behind the magic.
Part of that tour takes you to the utilidoor system. I know this is a bit of a tangent from our virtual trip to Main Street U.S.A. However, it is part of the Keys to the Kingdom Tour, which I believe starts on Main Street U.S.A. So, it kind of fits.
Another tour you could take is Disney’s Magic Behind our Steam Trains Tour. The above video is a condensed version of the 3 hour tour. Very interesting information. Don’t you think?
The Festival of Fantasy Parade debuted shortly after the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. Boy did I miss out. I love this parade! The dragon is obviously the best float of the bunch. However, I must give some props to the Imagineers in Florida for such a wonderful parade. I can honestly say that I didn’t think there was a bad float in the entire parade. I also love how they mix the past and present of Disney films.
I’m not sure if this counts as Main Street U.S.A., but Dream Along with Mickey in front of Cinderella’s Castle is so worth the time to watch. Brooke and I took in this show in our visit to the Magic Kingdom the day after the Walt Disney World Marathon. This show is Disney cheesiness at its finest. So much fun!
Spending time on Main Street U.S.A. at night is even more special. I worked at Disneyland for the last summer of the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland. So, I was super excited to see this parade again when I last visited the Magic Kingdom.
Once the Main Street Electrical Parade ends, the magic continues. Make sure to head up Main Street U.S.A. to get as close to Cinderella’s Castle as you can for Celebrate the Magic. Brooke and I had no idea what this was when we went in January. Such a great Disney-tastic show! I love the projections on Cinderella’s Castle. Of course, this idea actually premiered at Disneyland Paris. However, this show is a must. Plus, you’re already planning on seeing Wishes…right?
Right after Celebrate the Magic is the best way to end the day ever…Wishes! While my favorite Disney fireworks show remains Remember…Dreams Come True from Disneyland‘s 50th Anniversary, I love Wishes! Talk about spectacular finishes! Wishes has the best ending of a fireworks show ever! It’s the perfect good-night to a theme park a person could have.
Even though Wishes is the perfect way to end your day at the Magic Kingdom, you might choose to stay until the Magic Kingdom closes. If you do, and we will, here’s how your day might end with a stroll up Main Street U.S.A. in the dark. Well, we’ve covered Main Street U.S.A. pretty well. Although, we’re ending this post with a stroll up and out of Main Street U.S.A., we will actually continue our virtual trip to the Magic Kingdom next week by venturing into Fantasyland. I hope you enjoyed this trip to Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom. Have a magical weekend everyone.