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Orlando Family Travel Guide 2015 Day 2 - Main Street USA Tips & Review

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Like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the castle is always an exciting site at the end of Main Street USA!

Magic Kingdom's Main Street USA in a nutshell

Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom is essentially a collection of shops and restaurants with several open areas and a short street near the entrance of the theme park. Shops range from high-end to souvenir and food stops range from bakeries to quick service as well as reservation-only dining. Some of the shops are too small for us to have ever ventured in as they are always quite full, but the ones we have popped in are always fun--especially the bakery! Grab some rice crispy treats here, they're delicious!

Date VisitedMarch 3, 2015

Crowd Levelsmoderate

Age Range Appeal: primarily juvenile ADHDers to adults depending on areas visited and what you're looking for

Special Note: A few things have changed since we last visited in March of 2014 including the opening of the 7 Dwarfs Mine Train ride. We also noticed that there seemed to be an increased number of mini parades and performances along Main Street USA and in front of the Magic Castle. This caused a bit of additional congested at times and made it difficult to pass through that area from one side to the other, but most were over somewhat quickly.

Main Street USA Tips

We generally don't spend too much time in the Main Street USA area, but we do recommend... 
  • Check out the Plaza Restaurant (reservation-only). We'll be doing a separate post on it shortly
  • Try Casey's Corner for quick service and bring your food to the Tomorrowland Terrace (to the far left if your back is to the castle) if the seating is full nearby, which it normally is. Food is mostly hotdogs and fries, but they're actually quite good in our experience.
  • First aid office and some bathrooms are near the end of Main Street USA to the left of Casey's Corner if you're looking at the castle.


A Stroll Down Main Street USA

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When you first enter Magic Kingdom at opening it can be a bit overwhelming as the crowds are very thick and move very fast. Hold tight to little ADHDers, especially those that have a tendency to impulsively run of when they see something enticing. We typically move right out of Main Street USA and return later.

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There are a number of different attractions in the entryway of Main Street USA, which is large and open.

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I believe that theater (to the right when you first walk in) often has meet and greets with characters.

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There are often lots of cast members (Disney's term for employees) out on the street waving in greeting at opening. It definitely builds the excitement for little ones.

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At the end of Main Street USA you can see the Magic Castle. Just keep heading in that direction and eventually you'll make it out of this cramped area.

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They were doing some renovating on one large building when we were there. Not horribly ugly to look at and it didn't really affect our time there.

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Crowds tend to move quickly at opening down Main Street USA, so I suggest staying to the side or carrying little ones that cannot walk quickly or have low stamina. Our guys have always done fine, but we definitely have to hustle to avoid gumming up the flow of traffic.

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To the left! As soon as you get to the open area, which reminds of a rotary with several wide walkways leading off in different directions, bang a left! Most people really do tend to go right and if you go to the left you can hit up rides like Pirate's of the Caribbean and make your way towards Splash Mountain.

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The Crystal Palace is home to Cinderella and offers reservation dining as well as character dining. We have never eaten here, primarily because our little guys aren't interested in Cinderella, but I've always wanted to. Reservations for character dining can fill up quickly so try to reserve your time as far in advance as possible of your trip. If you can't get a reservation, check back daily (especially the entire week before you want to eat there) as diners pay fees for canceling last-minute and many will cancel right before the cutoff to avoid them.

This is where our initial trek through Main Street USA ended. We generally head in the path on the map we originally featured in our post about the Opening Ceremony, which also included general tips on visiting Magic Kingdom. We did return to Main Street USA to eat lunch and to eat dinner. Because Magic Kingdom is actually smaller in some ways than you'd think, you'll probably pass through this area more than once if you spend the day there.

For little ADHDers we've found this area can be a bit overwhelming when it's busy, especially when Magic Kingdom first opens. We suggest having a game plan and knowing exactly where you plan to go to avoid getting lost in the crowd. But even if you do, it's a small enough area you can navigate elsewhere fairly quickly.

Don't forget to check out all of our features from our 2015 Orlando Family Travel Guide:
Note: This trip was in no way sponsored. All opinions mentioned above are our own based on our experiences.

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