Things to See & Do on Main Street U.S.A. at Walt Disney World

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Visitors to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World enter through the gates and into yesteryear as they step onto Main Street U.S.A. Walt Disney created Main Street U.S.A. to capture the spirit of the main street from his hometown of Marceline, Missouri. When vacationing at the Walt Disney World resort in Florida, plan to spend some time enjoying the sights, sounds and flavors of Walt’s Main Street U.S.A.

Main Street U.S.A. is an Attraction

While it’s not a ride like the Pirates of the Caribbean, Main Street U.S.A. is considered an attraction. It stretches for two complete blocks with shops, storefronts, eateries and even a working barber shop. It’s also home to City Hall and the Walt Disney World Railroad.

Main Street Vehicles

Catch a ride on an old-time vehicle! The Main Street vintage vehicles include antique cars, a jitney, a fire engine, omnibus and even a street car. One-way trips pick up at the transportation stops in Town Square and in front of Cinderella’s Castle at the central Plaza. The Main Street Vehicles do not run during parade times.

Meet Mickey and Tinker Bell

Mickey Mouse and Tinker Bell meet and greet guests at the Town Square Theater, across from Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. FastPass+ is available for this meet-and-greet.

Get a Haircut

The Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street U.S.A. is a real, working barbershop that takes appointments for all ages for haircuts as well as shaves plus beard and mustache trimming. Make your child’s first haircut extra special by having it done at Disney. The barbershop offers a special My First Haircut package that includes a certificate and commemorative Mickey Ears.

Street Entertainment

Main Street U.S.A. always is bustling with something to see and do. Take a moment to enjoy an ice cream from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and listen to the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet perform or catch the Main Street Philharmonic play. There’s also the Main Street Trolley Show that performs multiple times daily.

View the Flag Retreat

Daily at 5 p.m., the Magic Kingdom performs a Flag Retreat in the Town Square of Main Street U.S.A. Cast members and guests say the Pledge of Allegiance and there are patriotic songs while the flag is lowered and folded. Each day a special guest is chosen to participate in the Flag Retreat. It’s a great moment to share with children of all ages.

Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom is so much more than just the most popular location to watch the park parades. It’s a vibrant attraction that must not be overlooked. Browse the shops, enjoy the different treats from Casey’s Corner or the Main Street Bakery and pose for pictures on one of the most famous streets in the world.

Must-try Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World

Posted by disneyvisitorblog on Friday, 25 December 2015 in Must-try Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World | 0 comments

The Walt Disney World resort in Florida offers some of the best dining experiences. Disney, unlike other theme parks, has elevated its food options, even its quick service/counter service menus. While guests still can enjoy a traditional hot dog and fries at Casey’s Corner in the Magic Kingdom, there are many other quick-service options offering everything from sushi to vegetarian wraps and authentic French cuisine like quiche and Poulet au Pistou.

When visiting Disney World, don’t miss these unforgettable quick service restaurants.

Harambe Market (Animal Kingdom)

Indulge in an array of entrée choices that range from meat skewers to a gyro flatbread and spice-rubbed ribs. There are ample vegetarian options plus dessert such as the African milk tart, a chocolate tart with coconut custard and dark chocolate ganache drizzle.

Flame Tree BBQ (Animal Kingdom)

Choose from smoky pulled pork, Jamaican jerk chicken, smoked turkey breast or even a traditional Disney park’s turkey leg. Vegetarian meals include the savory/sweet watermelon salad.

Studio Catering Company (Hollywood Studios)

This quick service offers one of the best vegetable wraps in Disney World. The wrap features a spinach tortilla stuffed with fresh tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, watercress, provolone and a savory garlic herb spread. Meat eaters will enjoy the pulled beef brisket sandwich on ciabatta or the spicy chipotle ranch chicken sandwich.

Toy Story Pizza Planet (Hollywood Studios)

Kids and adults alike will love enjoying pizza and other sandwiches in this themed, quick service restaurant designed to recreate Pizza Planet from the movie “Toy Story.”

Tortuga Tavern (Magic Kingdom)

Sandwiches stuffed with roasted pork, barbecue chicken or pulled beef brisket are the stars at Tortuga Tavern located across from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

Columbia Harbour House (Magic Kingdom)

Don’t miss the lobster/shrimp macaroni and cheese or the succulent lobster roll at the Columbia Harbour House. This quick service restaurant is located across from the entrance into the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square. Other menu items include New England clam chowder, a fried shrimp plate, chicken pot pie and grilled salmon.

Sunshine Seasons (Epcot)

Located in Future World West in the Land pavilion (where Soarin’ is) Sunshine Seasons is a cafeteria-style eatery with many fresh food options. Menu items include Maryland-style crab soup, Mongolian beef, spicy fish tacos, stir fry, oak-grilled salmon, chicken wraps, a Cuban sandwich and more. The menu is huge and it’s easy to find something for everyone in your group.

Boulangerie Patisserie les Halles (Epcot)

Have lunch along a Parisian street when you choose the quick service Boulangerie Patisserie les Halles in the France pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. Indulge in quiche Lorraine or the croque Monsieur and don’t forget a decadent French pastry for dessert.

Best Buffets at Walt Disney World

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The Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida offers more than 350 different dining experiences on site. These include fine dining, quick-service and even food trucks at Disney Springs. Throughout the parks and resorts buffet and family-style dining is popular among guests. Disney has 22 different buffet or family-style restaurants available.

A few of the best, all-you-can-eat buffets at Walt Disney World include:

The Crystal Palace (Magic Kingdom)

Located on Main Street U.S.A., The Crystal Palace is buffet experience that includes meet-and-greet time with Winnie the Pooh and his friends like Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger. Reservations can be made for breakfast, lunch or dinner and each American-style menu includes a bounty of favorites including Mickey waffles at breakfast, oven-roasted chicken at lunch/dinner and dessert items like key lime pie and bread pudding.

Biergarten Restaurant (Epcot)

The Germany pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot is home to the family-friendly Beirgarten Restaurant. Enjoy Oktoberfest any day of the year and a buffet brimming with authentic German dishes such as potato dumplings, sauerkraut, pork schnitzel, bratwurst and more. Picky eaters? No worries, the buffet also has macaroni and cheese, chicken, potatoes and mixed green salads. The atmosphere is festive and boisterous. Seating is family-style and there’s even live entertainment while you’re eating.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Epcot)

Head to the World Showcase and the Norway pavilion for meal at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. This restaurant is home to the Princess Storybook Dining experience that includes a chance to meet a variety of Disney princesses like Snow White, Belle, Cinderella, Princess Aurora and Ariel. Reservations may be made for breakfast, lunch or dinner and the buffet items vary but include both Norwegian and American dishes.

Boma — Flavors of Africa (Animal Kingdom Lodge: Jambo House)

A family-friendly buffet, Boma is located in the Animal Kingdom Lodge resort and brings to the table the delicious flavors from more than 50 different African countries plus several American favorites. Boma serves breakfast and dinner. Guests can watch the chefs prepare succulent roast meats as well as grilled seafood and indulge in house-baked pastries and desserts like the unforgettable zebra domes. Don’t miss sampling the different African breads and the huge selection of soups.

Other great buffets at Disney World include 1900 Park Fare, Chef Mickey’s, the Cape May Café, the Garden Grill, ‘Ohana (themed dining), Tusker House and Hollywood & Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park.

11 Magical Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Posted by disneyvisitorblog on Friday, 11 December 2015 in 11 Magical Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party | 0 comments

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held annually in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World resort in Florida. This special event runs in November and December and does require a special ticket for admission in addition to your park admission. To make the most of your time at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, consider these 11 Magical Tips.

  1. The party starts at 7 p.m. and runs until midnight in the Magic Kingdom park. Because this is a late night for little ones, plan to rest earlier in the day so everyone is refreshed and ready for the party.
  2. While the festivities starts at 7 p.m., your party ticket allows entrance into the park at 4 p.m.
  3. Plan to eat before the party starts, you don’t want to waste party time eating or waiting for food to be served.
  4. Many rides and attractions are open during the party, so plan to take time to enjoy your favorites.
  5. Don’t miss the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland during the party. It’s transformed into a “Jingle Cruise” especially for this event.
  6. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade has two showings so if you miss the first one, make sure to catch the second.
  7. Did you know it snows in Florida? It does during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on Main Street U.S.A., so be sure to catch a few flakes and take plenty of pictures of Disney with “snow.”
  8. Plan to meet Santa during the party as well as your favorite Disney characters. Santa can be found in the Candy Cane Garden.
  9. Don’t miss the Character Dance Party (look for it on your park map) and special live entertainment in front of Cinderella’s Castle.
  10. The Holiday Wishes fireworks spectacle will burst high above Cinderella’s Castle, great viewing areas are in front of Casey’s on Main Street U.S.A. and from Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland.
  11. Check the special party park map for the locations of each Cookies & Cocoa locations. These are throughout the park and are included in the party admission ticket price.

Bonus tip: During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party the different Magic Kingdom shops often offer special event merchandise that only can be purchased during the party.

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