Saturday, 12 April 2008

Something Around Every Corner

Just when you thought I couldn't blog anymore about Parc Disneyland's Main Street USA, I keep going...kind of like the Energizer Bunny! Anyway, today's post will just look at some of the little details of the European version of Main Street. Before I show you some of the little treasures I had found, I wanted to share you this picture. Taken by my Dad on a trip last year to Disneyland Paris, I just love the combination between Main Street and Fantasyland this picture highlights... And, as you can see, Town Square has a lovely band stand in the centre of it, which is slightly different to the other Magic Kingdoms throughout the world. Here you have a lovely view looking down Main Street and the main stop for Horse-Drawn Streetcars, which is are as familiar here as on any other Disney Main Street.

In my opinion, one of the most enjoyable and interesting details throughout the whole of the Park are the signs that you can find. Most of them are hidden in such a way that you notice them, but you don't. Main Street is no exception - and here are a couple of signs that I took notice of. I noticed The Ocean Steamship Co. sign mainly because of it's destination - Florida! I wonder if they take in the sites and sounds of that other famous Main Street...

And for those of you with a sweet tooth, don't forget to stop by Main Street's Favorite Candies - especially if you're looking for gifts for the ladies... Delicious!

Walking down a little further, pausing to look back at the Christmas Tree on Town Square, we suddenly notice something. On the other end of the Emporium store is another Bixby Brothers! If you can't get your lady something in the Candy store, maybe this Bixby Brothers will have something just as nice for her.

For those of you thinking of joining the Disneyland Paris cast, you can do so right here. If you decide that you too can "make the dream a reality", just enter the agency and leave your details! This is one of my favourite details of Main Street USA: during the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland, each Disney Park had a 'Casting' door added to the park, and dedicated to the casts of each park. I was working at WDW when we had the door dedicated, and every time I see one of these doors I get a little tingly-feeling. Silly, I know, but it's something I like to spot on every trip to a Magic Kingdom.

Well, I think I have at least a couple more posts related to Main Street USA still to come - one in relation to Walt's Restaurant, and another looking inside some of the shops that we come across. Hopefully you're enjoying exploring the area with me - and thank you to those of you who have left me know, namely George at Imaginerding and Ryan at Main Street Gazette. Don't forget to stop by and enjoy their amazing blogs!

Updated 13th April 2008: Thanks to George for pointing out that there was originally a gazebo (band stand) at Disneyland, but it has found 'home' in a number of places - ending up in New Orleans Square. I wonder if Disneyland Paris's gazebo was placed in a sort of tribute to the original...


Biblioadonis aka George said...


The gazebo was part of Disneyland from the beginning. It is the one thing at Disneyland to have occupied more different spaces than anything else. It, too, started life in the Town Square area, but was relocated to just outside the hub and then into Frontierland (near the back) and to where New Orleans Square ended up.

-- Ryan P. Wilson said...

Thank you for the kind words, and the amazing pictures. It may not be as good as being there, but it certainly is close!

I can't wait to see the article on Walt's restaurant. Keep up the great work!