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      04.10.2013 13:13
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      A wonderful 1900s land at Disneyland Paris.

      I have visted Disneyland Paris numerous times, my most recent visit was in April 2012.

      The Disneyland park is split into 5 magical lands - Main Street USA, Frontierland, Adventureland, Discoveryland and Fantasyland.

      Main Street USA is the first thing you will see when you enter the Disneyland park. It is situated at the very beginning and runs right through the centre of the park. You have to walk the length of Main Street USA to reach the other lands. There are 4 other similar Disneyland parks in the world (Florida, California, Tokyo and Hong Kong) and all of them have the very same set up, along with Main Street USA as the centre point. Main Street USA is an actual street, with a road which runs through the middle and shops/restaurants on either side of the street. The only difference of Disneyland Paris' Main Street USA is that it has 2 indoor 'arcades' which run the length of the street. These arcades are really useful to use when it's bad weather and also when you want to avoid the parade (Main Street USA is packed during the parade). Sleeping Beauty's Castle can be found at the very end of Main Street USA. The castle is huge and beautiful, a total spectical! The view of the castle down Main Street USA has become very iconic (the perfect photo opportunity). It's a really exciting sight, particularly for children as it symbolises the start of the magic! Main Street USA looks even more spectacular at night, when the street and castle is all lit up. Disney also make a special effort of decorating Main Street for special occasions such as Christmas and Halloween.

      There are no rides and attractions here. It's strictly shops and restaurants. There's always a balloon seller or two on Main Street (selling Mickey shaped balloons!) and of course, characters! You can normally find out on the park timetable (pick one up at the entrance) which characters will be on Main Street at certain times. I've noticed that the more traditional and classic Disney characters are found on Main Street (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald, Winnie The Pooh etc). There is a steam train called the Disneyland Railroad which runs around the outside of the whole park. There are 4 train stops/stations (in Frontierland, Fantasyland, Discoveryland and Main Street USA), you can catch the Disneyland Railroad to and from Main Street. There's a daily parade at Disneyland Paris which starts at Fantasyland and ends at Main Street. Parades change from time to time (you also get 'special' parades on holidays such as Christmas and Halloween) but on the whole are a must do. They're brilliant - full of characters, music and magic! The best and most popular place to watch the parade is on Main Street, I would advise saving yourself a spot at least half an hour before the parade is due to start. Shows are often put on in front of the castle too (at the end of Main Street). The only downside is that Main Street is usually quite busy (probably due to the fact it's the main route in and out of the park), but if you manage to catch it when its quiet, it makes for quite a lovely atmosphere.

      Shops on Main Street include Plaza East & West Boutiques, The Storybook Store, Ribbons & Bows Hat Shop, The Bixby Brothers, Emporium, Dapper Dan's Hair Cuts (you can actually get a hair cut here!), Town Square Photography (you can view and buy photographs here, taken by photographers around the park), Boardwalk Candy Palace (it's amazing!), Disney Clothiers Ltd, Main Street Motors, Harrington's Fine China & Porcelains, Disneyana Collectibles, Lilly's Boutique and Disney & Co. I love Disney shops, they're always full of unusual Disney merchandise and beautifully decorated. Places to eat include Walt's - An American Restaurant, Plaza Gardens Restaurant, Casey's Corner (specialising in hot dogs), Victoria's Home-Style Restaurant, Market House Deli (I've had a snack here once or twice), Cable Car Bake shop, Cookie Kitchen, The Coffee Grinder, The Ice Cream Company and The Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour (which I always visit!). I don't usually eat on Main Street as Disneyland Paris is so big and there are so many different restaurants and snack stops to choose from...

      The theme is my most favourite thing about Main Street USA. Disneyland Paris' Main Street has a slightly different feel to the other Disneyland parks, as they have more of a turn-of-the-century theme and although Paris has a turn-of-the-century theme, it also has references to the 1920's (although in all honesty I've never really noticed the difference until I read about it!). The street has tram lines on it and you may be lucky enough to see (or catch a ride) on a horse-drawn tram (I have never done this as I feel bad for the horses!). There are also a number of Victorian cars and vehicles which drive up and down the street from time to time. All of the buildings look brilliant, full of character and really authentic. Both sides of the street are lined with old lamp posts, there are old billboards up and a statue of an old baseball player outside of Casey's Corner. There is background music which is played throughout Main Street (the whole of Disneyland has music played throughout but with different music for different lands) which is brilliant, fits in with the theme and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Another one of my favourite things about Main Street USA is the window displays! Disney REALLY make an effort when it comes to window displays and every window in Main Street is a real treat to look inside. Overall, Main Street USA is a brilliant land (and probably a bit overlooked by a lot of people who just pass through it) - it has a great theme, lovely window displays, looks great at night (and day!), has a good selection of shops and places to eat, has a brilliant view of the castle and is where the magic really begins!

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        06.06.2010 20:41
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        You are on your way to Disney

        After entering the gates to Disneyland you are confronted with a long stretch of road, old American terraced houses on each side. This is Main street USA and you pretty much have to go down the road (unless you go via one of the 2 arcades either side which stretch the length of the main street and are a definitely advisable when it is raining) to get to all the other lands.

        When I first went to Disneyland I didn't quite 'get' Main street, I was there for the rides and the characters and there are no particular rides bar the option of jumping on one of the Main street vehicles( if you get the chance), instead there were just shops and restaurants.

        The sceptic in me said that the reason for Main Street USA was just to grab some more of my hard earned cash within the stores - now however I love it as much as the other lands.

        The Very best bit is the music, if you love the music when you are clothes shopping then you will love the old fashioned American disney music geeing you up for what's around the corner. The music puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step as you rush to get to the land of disney!

        And for those who love all the Disney paraphernalia you will simply be in heaven.

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        02.03.2010 13:36
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        Enjoy.

        Well this is the last 'zone' of Disneyland Paris left for me to review, so it would be rude not to - Here is what we thought of Main Street USA..

        When you walk through the gates of Disneyland Paris, you will be at the very beginning of Main Street USA. You have to walk down it, to get to any other the other lands and to all of the rides so they have cleverly lined it with shops, restaurants and snack places.

        Apparently Main street USA is based on Walt Disney's own experiences of growing up as a child in Chicago. From the cobbled street to the, the view of the castle and the delightful shop windows, this is a street of pure fantasy.

        Food, glorious food - Main street USA is home to 10 food outlets, so you have no chance of going hungry. You can pick from quick stand outlets for snacks and hot drinks, a mid range fast food joint such as Market house Deli or Victoria's home style restaurant both serving gorgeous sandwiches and pastries or you can go for something more formal like Walts, American restaurant. Whatever your tastes or budget you will find something suitable for you.

        Shop till you drop - This is the street to spend some serious pennies (Euros actually). One side of the street is practically a giant Disney store although it looks like several smaller shops, once inside it is all connected. Here you will find anything you ever wanted to do with Disney, from princess dresses to Mickey mouse pens. They have it all.
        Main street USA also has some other smaller shops like the sweet emporium, every childs dream. A photo shop where you can buy memory cards, get photos printed and deal with any other photography needs you may have. There is also a fine china and porcelain shop, it may be best to leave the kids outside this one. If you have some cash to burn then you are in the right place.

        Other attractions - There are horse drawn carragies and vintage cars that you can take a trip down the street in and soak up the atmosphere.
        There is city hall which has any information, maps and leaflets you might want. You can also reserve resturants here. Strangely enough there is also a hairdressers - Dapper Dans, it is based on a traditional barbers shop, so if you fancy a shave whilst you are in Disney you know where to go.
        There are also two arcades running along the back of the shops

        Liberty arcade - using pictures, art work and displays, this is follows the thinking, making and opening of the statue of Liberty. There are also toilets in this arcade.

        Discovery arcade - This shows lots of different inventions from when they were first thought to how we use them today.

        Main street USA is the link to the rest of the park, take time to explore it and you will get so much more out of it than just rushing down it to get to the rides.

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          15.12.2009 12:22
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          Main Street, USA is the first place you'll go when you arrive at Disneyland Paris and is the place where the magic begins. There aren't actually any rides as such here, but it is the hub of all activity in terms of Disney Parades, meeting and greeting the characters and, most importantly, shopping! It's also the best place to take an obligatory photograph of sleeping beauty's castle which provides the centre-piece for the whole park and the back drop for Main Street, USA.

          The street itself is a step back in time to the 1900's when Walt Disney himself was a young boy. The street is lined with Victorian-styles stores including hotdog vendors, ice cream parlours and gift shops. The attention to detail is the unmistakable style of Disney and it is present here in all its glory. Whilst it may not be a completely accurate version of the truth, after all it is just a facade - a glance at the price lists in the cafes will bring you back to the present with a bump - but it does give you an idealised and feel-good version of what it might have been like back then. And that feel good factor, after all, is what the Disney Corporation does do best!

          Inside the establishments here you'll find the Disney money-making machine working its giant socks off selling every kind of Disney covered item you can think of - stuffed toys, sweets and souvenirs to name a few. The romantics among us will look beyond the price tags and will be unable to resist our own souvenir and the children's eyes will be bulging at the sheer amount of things they can have. The more critical will not be able to look beyond the price tags, but will be faced with the pleading eyes of those who can feel the magic, because believe me it is there!

          In reality, I think you'll find the prices here are much the same as they are in any Disney park or shop, however the poor exchange rate is not reflected in the prices here - they still think that we get 1.5 Euros to the Pound and charge accordingly. The selection is like nothing you will see anywhere other than a Disney park though - there is far more choice than any shop can offer and the range includes everything from pocket money purchases to second mortgage purchases!

          One final point I will make about the shopping here is that it is bedlam towards the end of the day, especially after the parades have finished. The magic by this stage has well and truly gone and you're left with a crowd of surprisingly aggressive shoppers using everything they can to push competitors out of the way - prams, elbows and bulging shopping bags at the ready! It is possible to avoid this nightmare though, but you have to be savvy. First of all, you could shop elsewhere in the park - most, if not all, of the items available here can be found in the hundreds of themed shops and concessions littered around the park. Secondly, if you want to get it all in one place and at one time (and this is undoubtedly the best place to do so), you have the option of reserving your shopping. Simply select and pay for your purchases before 3pm and the friendly staff will either deliver your shopping to your Disney Resort hotel (if you're staying on-site) or they'll hold it ready for you to pick up from the store at the end of the day.

          Outside of shopping, there are plenty of other things that will draw you back to Main Street, USA during the day. First of all it is the starting point for all of the parades and the best vantage point from which to admire the massive floats upon which your favourite characters dance and wave. You should pick up a programme as you enter the park that will give you full details of all the parades taking place that day. In true Disney style, the parades are a chance to show off and you can't fail to be drawn in to the atmosphere of the events, whether young or old.

          Also on the programme you'll find details of the meet and greet opportunities that take place each day. Some of them happen in specific areas of the park, depending on where that character's ride is located. However, most of the main characters will be found on Main Street, USA at some point in the day. Expect long queues for Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh, but all of the others, including Donald, Minnie, Goofy and Pluto, can be easily found for autograph hunting during the day!

          During the summer months, you can get a horse-drawn carriage to take you down Main Street, USA and at Christmas you'll find snow falling over the stores, whilst Christmas music plays along. Main Street, USA really is where the magic begins and ends and I think it's a great way to bookend your day at the Magic Kingdom.

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            04.12.2009 01:08
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            You have to go there to feel the magic

            This is review number 100, so I thought I would write about my favourite place in the whole wide world, Main Street USA in Disney Land Paris!

            I visited Disneyland Resort Paris at Christmas time a couple of years ago and Main Street USA, what can I say, it is the closest thing you can get to being in a fairytale!

            I remember getting very emotional the first time I walked into Main Street, it was night time and the street was lined with flagpoles all lit up with Christmas icicle lights and stood at the very top was Sleeping Beauty's castle also decorated with dazzling snowflake bright Christmas lights.

            It took my breath away it looked so amazing, even if it was a grotty old rainy night.

            Main Street is what I would call the gateway; you must pass through Main Street to get access into all of the other themed lands.

            It is packed with shops, cafes and restaurants either side, and it even has a little arcade style passage way which also has cafes, restaurants and shops.

            We stopped at one little café for a hot chocolate, as it gets very very cold in Paris in December! We had a delicious hot chocolate with a novelty mug which we got to keep.

            There is also a train station situated above Main Street for the Disney train which stops at all of the different lands in Disneyland, which you can hop on and off. We never used the train, I'm not really sure why, we were probably too excited, and loved walking through Main Street too much!

            We loved to walk down Main Street, not just because it looked so nice but because every now and again, you hear bells ring in Main Street and all of a sudden it starts to snow (it is very fine bubbles, however it is that good, it really does look like real snow.)

            The character parades which are themed floats which are full of disney characters also passed down Main Street and the character express, which was a train all decked out with Christmas decoration carrying much loved characters.

            I loved this place so much and so did my husband and daughter who was 3 at the time. We are saving our pennies to go next year again.

            If you are considering a trip to Disney Land Paris, I would give this advice. Go at Christmas time, it's so magical!, don't go in school holidays or weekends.

            I know it's not that good for children to have the time off from school, but it is well worth it. When comparing trips with friends, they have told me how packed the place was, where as we found it not too bad. We were also just walking straight onto rides!

            Go for at least 3 days so you haven't got to rush around too much.
            Also plan your visit each day when you know the times of everything, I know it seems too much hassle, but you get to do everything without missing out!

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              20.10.2009 12:22
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              Main Street, U.S.A is the first "themed land" inside the entrance of all the 4 Disneyland and Magic Kingdom parks by The Walt Disney Company around the world. It is one of the most known streets in the world.
              Every Main Street, U.S.A. (apart from the one in Tokyo Disneyland) has the train station in front of the entrance. They did this because the stations hide the rest of the park mainly the 4 Castles that stand in the middle of the parks. They do this to make it feel like a film. You enter though the turnstile under the archers to a smell of popcorn and shops and as you turn the comer the main film start to run until you get to the top of the street where the film begins. It is an amazing feeling walking down Main Street. You feel like a kid again ready for an adventure.
              If you look at the top of the buildings. All the windows have names and companies on them. This is like the starting credits of a film. They list the names of people and companies who made the parks. The Main name is above the station "Walt Disney" as he was the man who started it all. Of Disneyland's 50th anniversary a first story window on each Main Street around the globe was dedication to all the cast members who had work for Disney through the years.
              The streets man looked paved with normal asphalt but they really paved with a resilient asphalt to prevent aching of feet. This is continues around the park. Also the streets and walk ways are panted in a perticular colour. Disney found after a lot of research that some colours make pictures look better.
              Main Street is styled from states around America, such as New England and Missouri. This is most noticeable in the area in the middle alcove of Main Street where each of the four corner buildings represents a different architectural style.
              Main Street is the main shopping and dinning area. City Hall at the start of the street is where the parks Guest Relations is. The Emporium on the corner carries a wide variety of Disney souvenirs such as plush toys, collectible pins, and Mickey-ear hats. Casey's Corner is one of the most popular take always in the park. It sells traditional American hot dogs & fries. This is the place a miss the most. When I get home from Walt Disney World I really miss having a good hot dog. Everyone must eat here once. Also Main Street has real working barber shop gives haircuts for a fee
              Main Street uses a technique called forced perspective. The second stories of all the buildings are shorter than the first stories, and the third stories are even shorter than the second. The resulting visual effect is that the buildings appear to be larger and taller than they really are. This saved on building cost and restrictions.
              I would recommend taking in this area. The shops are very good with everything you could want, clothes to glass works. The street give you a happy buzz and feeling was you walk down it. The street is also the best place to watch the fireworks from as you are directly in front of the castle.

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                An exciting introduction and farewell to Disneyland Paris

                When you enter the park, you find yourself on Main Street USA, which has many shops, cafes and vintage vehicles such as horse drawn street cars and fire engines offering rides (payable).

                You can get Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream (I think it was about 1 euro 60 cents per scoop), as well as souvenirs on Main Street, such as the trading pin badges which always seem popular, and Disney costumes for children. Prices aren't cheap though! If your child would like to dress up, I would definitely suggest you consider bringing the costume from a Disney store in the UK.

                Main Street makes a great impression when you enter the park; there aren't any rides here, other then the car rides, but it's really about setting the atmosphere that will remain with you throughout your day with the olde-worlde shops and cafes and the light and bright paint work. It really is like a different world.

                Facing you as you walk down Main Street USA on your way to the other rides is the spectacular castle of Sleeping Beauty, which adds to the atmosphere and is a great photo opportunity!

                However, the first thing that we usually go on here is the Disney Railroad, which is the first thing you come to. This is the train, which is particularly good for people who have never been to Disney before as it is a nice, relaxing train ride which takes you on a round trip of the main Disney park, stopping at the stations of the four different lands for people to get on and get off where convenient: Main Street USA, Adventure Land, Frontier Land, Fantasy Land and Discovery Land. On busy days like weekends, the queue for this can be very long, but we found that on weekdays it was generally easy to get on.

                We also like to go to Sleeping Beauty's castle where you can go up stairs and see the stained glass windows, visit the shops on the ground floor, which includes a glass shop where they have demonstrations of glass crafting, and if you're feeling brave, you can go to the dungeon beneath and see the dragon! He will be stationary for a few minutes before moves and has smoke come from his mouth as his eyes light up red.

                This may be scary for young children, as it is quite dark down there, and with quite a few steps down to the dungeon which are poorly lit and unaccompanied by a hand rail, I suggest you take great caution there also as, especially coming in from outside where it is light, it really is very difficult to see and therefore dangerous, but worth seeing! Perhaps take a torch; I'm sure it would be very appreciated also by other visitors!

                The parades also come down Main Street and turn at the bottom in front of the train station, which makes the station a great point from which to view the parade, as it is also elevated, however, on weekdays you shouldn't have much trouble getting a good view of the parade from ground level where children have a better chance of meeting the characters in the parade.

                While we there, there was also a show with Mickey and many other Disney characters about three times a day infront of the castle, which involved lots of singing and dancing!

                Finally, if you wish to avoid the crowds on Main Street, you can cut through the alley to the side of it which is much quieter, but just doesn't have the same atmosphere! Main Street is a great way to say goodbye to the park at the end of the day, at about 7:00 when everyone is leaving, there is a great, exciting energy from the many fun-filled days!

                Getting Around

                You don't have to take the train to the various other lands, as they are all within walking distance also. From Main Street heading clock-wise, the next land you come to is Adventure land, then Frontier Land, then Fantasy Land and finally Discovery Land.

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                Worth taking the time to enjoy it!

                Main Street USA is where the magic begin as they say. Its the first part of the park and you have to walk down it to get to any of the ride. The backdrop to Main Street is the castle so its right infront of you as you walk down the street.
                At the beginning of the street you have the Main Street railway station, where you can get on the train that takes you around the park to the other lands. They also have old fashioned cars, and cart and horses taking visitors up and down main street USA.

                Main Street USA is meant to be based of Walt Disney's home town of Marceline Missouri and if you look at the windows above main street you will notice that there are peoples names on each window. These are famous disney designers and imagineers - right down to Walt Disney himself.

                Main street is home to a wide selection of shops, from clothing and general gifts to sweet shops and a camera shop.

                You will also find quite a few street entertainers - barber shop quartet and characters out for meet and greets with the kids.

                As i mentioned you have to walk up main street in order to get to the rest of the park so its not really like you can miss it, but it is worth taking a bit of time to enjoy it rather than just rushing past!

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                A nice entrance to the park!!!

                Main Street USA is situated in Disneyland Paris, when you first enter through the gates of Disneyland you have to walk down Main Street USA before you get to the juicy bits of the rides!!!!!

                Main Street USA houses a selection of shops, restaurants and coffee shops, the idea is that is looks like a US street, and it does, it's very nice and cute, and all the shops have gorgeous fronts to them to make it feel like your in a real street!

                There is also a platform in Main Street for the train which runs around all of the "lands" in Disneyland, where you can hop on and go to wherever you want to go to in the park.

                There are also small transport which are driven by park staff and they pick you up in main street and take you up the street and drop you off in the square.

                Main Street USA is lovely to walk along at the end of a busy day, getting some shopping or souvenirs, and also just sitting down for a nice relaxing drink!!! Its great to be able to sit down and get away from all the excitement at the park, although the kids won't be impressed at not been able to go on all the rides for half an hour while you relax!!!

                Main Street USA is also a good place to stand when the parade is on as you can get a good clear view of the parades from here, especially as there is quite alot of space for you to sit down!!!!! :-D

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                Great place to walk around and browse through the shops.

                Main Street USA, as the name might suggest is the main road in Disneyland. It is the street leading forwards from the entrance to all the other attractions. Over every Main Street in every Disneyland (except Tokyo) there is the main train station stop.

                Main Street is set up like a Disney version of how roads in America used to look at the start of the 1900s. A lot of the buildings in Main street are fake, for example a gym and dentists, but the names on the windows are dedications to those who helped in someone to create disney land. Although there are shops all over Disneyland Main Street is the main shopping parade and the place to go if you wish to purchase something, or sit outside an old fashioned coffee shop and watch the world go by.

                Main Street has a focus to some extent on old fashioned automobile and memorabilia, which is incredibly fashionable and interesting to look at. Main Street, being the first place you walk through really sets the scene and starts off the atmosphere for a great experience at Disneyland.

                Main Street itself has no rides, however it does have the night and day parades going through it, and at new years eve it has a DJ and music for everyone.

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                When I think about Disneyland Paris, Main Street USA is the first place that comes to my mind. Main Street USA is the first place that all guests enter as soon as they enter the Magic Kingdom, this is the same in both Disneyland Paris and Disney USA.

                Main Street USA is decorated in a clean and upbeat way, it shows a Disney version of what the USA looked like in the early 1900's there is loads of big beatiful buildings on this street and there is also loads of bright colours and a train station at the begining that will bring you to all the different lands of the park.

                The first thing you will notice when entering Main Street USA is that Cinderellas Castle is over looking it, in the Paris park you can walk through this magical castle and go upstairs to see the story of Cinderella in stain glass, and also downstairs there is a Christmas Shop all year round, further underneath there is a dragons dungoen where a fire (well fog really) breathing dragon stays, this dragon can be quite scary to younger children though as it is quite well done and realistic.

                Back to Main Street USA though, this part of the park has no rides or shows in it, however occassionly there are street performers on it, playing upbeat old songs, and also this is where the Disney Day and Night Parades pass through.

                There are loads of Disney shops and restaurants on Main Street USA, they include Caseys Hotdogs, which do a great hotdog and arent that expensive compared to other food places in the park, there is also a great restaurant that sells waffles with chocolate syrup and all other sorts of sweets, though they can be quite expensive its worth having one at least once in your holiday, and a load of different sweets and mercandise shops, that are great to have a browse through and pick up some soveiners, even though they are quite expensive.

                Main Street USA sets the magical feeling in the Disneyland park and is unavoidable when you visit, its full of great shops and restaurants and one of my favourite parts of the park.

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                  Let the Magic Begin.........

                  Main Street USA is the place you will find yourself when you first enter the main Disneyland Park in Disneyland, Paris. It is where the magic begins. It is officially classed as a "land", however it differs greatly from the other "lands" within the park as there are no rides, no shows as such and to be honest I think it is bypassed without much thought by quite a lot of the visitors to the park.

                  However, if you look a bit deeper, you will find that Main Street USA has a lot more to offer than you first imagine.

                  You will enter Main Street USA under Main Street Train Station and as soon as you emerge from under the bridge, you will catch your first glimpse of Sleeping Beauty's Castle at the end of the beautiful street lined with old fashioned looking buildings. It's not common knowledge, but the buildings along the street are built with a slight slant. This makes the walk out of the park look longer than the walk into the park, to deter people from leaving, making them not want to take the long walk to the exit.

                  There are two arcades which run alongside the main street. These are often much less crowded than Main Street and can be handy to avoid the crowds. You will find lots of hidden extras in these arcades - ATM machines, coffee/snack vendors, toilets and souvenirs to purchase.

                  If heading to another land, you can hop on the train at the station and jump off in whichever land you want to be. There is also the option to take a street car from the beginning to the end of the street. However, I highly recommend that you take a walk along the street when first entering the park, so as to truly appreciate the magic that is Main Street USA.

                  There are many shops and boutiques along the street where you can purchase all the usual Disney merchandise. City Hall is situated just in the entrance of the park. This is where you can book restaurants or find out information about shows etc.

                  There are a few little counter service food shops including Casey's Corner with their fantastic hotdogs, or Markethouse Deli which has a seating area in a side street off the main street which is lovely to sit and have a morning coffee in the summer. There are also a couple of restaurants, Walts where you can have a table service meal, or Plaza Gardens where you can have a buffet meal. The entrance to Walts can be found on the corner between Main Street and another of the side streets. You will enter downstairs to a very grand hallway with a piano and be taken upstairs for your meal. The restaurant is set out in different areas, with only 3 or 4 tables to a "room", so it is a very quite and intimate place to have a lovely meal. If you can, be sure to visit around parade time and ask for a window seat facing onto Main Street USA. You will have a fantastic view of all the floats and it will add a fantastically magical feel to your meal. The other restaurant, Plaza Gardens, is often missed, as it is at the end of the street and is set back from the main walkway, through a little garden. We have only ever eaten here when it hosted the character tea party and it was a lovely experience. However, the tea party is no longer held here, but you can have a buffet meal and sit in the conservatory area overlooking the garden and Central Plaza at the top of the street.

                  There is also a barbers, a photo shop, pin trading areas, baby care centre, character meet and greets and I'm sure there will be more that I have forgotten but these are all pretty self explanatory so I wont go into too much detail about these. There are shows at Central Plaza at the top of the street and of course the parades will all pass through Main Street USA. If you visit at a special time of year (e.g. Christmas, Hallowe'en etc), the street will be decorated with amazing lights and other decor. Apparantly at christmas time the snow falls on Main Street USA every day, however, during our trip it was snowing anyway, so I can only comment to say that the real snow did indeed give it the magical, christmas feel that we were expecting.

                  I don't want to spoil too much of the hidden magic of Main Street USA, but for anyone planning a visit, be sure to listen as you walk. Not only will you hear music playing, but if you listen carefully, you will hear a whole host of sounds coming from the first floors of the buildings, including a dentist's drill. Be sure to have a good look at the signage, some are very amusing and you can give yourself a moustache if you find the mirror outside Dapper Dan's Haircuts. Another thing to look out for are hidden Mickey heads and other little secrets. Without giving too much away, not everything is what it seems in Disney. If you think you saw something some place before and it's not there on second glance, chances are you're not mad, you did see it, but it's changed.

                  Of course, at the end of the street, you will find yourself at the foot of the castle and you will be faced with the choice of taking one of the paths through to one of the other lands, visiting the castle, or popping underneath for a peak at the resident dragon lurking in the caves beneath. For the lucky minority the magic continues from here on in, but to most, this is just the point where it all begins.

                  Well I hope you have enjoyed your virtual tour of Main Street USA in Disneyland, Paris. So many of these things go unnoticed by so many of the visitors that pass through it in their mad rush to get to the "more exciting" lands beyond. Yet it's these hidden extras that make Disneyland, Paris truly special for me and will enable me to go back time and time again. No matter how many times I visit, I'm sure I will find something new each time during my relaxing stroll down Main Street USA. It is also these extras that bring the magic to life for my children and they make it an adventure to see who can uncover the most secrets each time we visit.

                  So if you're lucky enough to take that stroll, make sure you take it all in and really live the magic that is Disney ;)

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                    07.01.2009 23:05
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                    My favourtie place, full of Disney magic!

                    Main Street USA is at the entrance to the Disneyland Paris Park. As a previous reviewer has said, it is billed as a land but it isn't really. There aren't any rides, just a train station (the train takes you around the park) and the chance to go on an tram.

                    What Main Street USA does offer is atmosphere in abundance. This is what Disney is all about. As you enter you can hear the music and see the smiles, as you feel your own mouth turning upwards without you even realising. Yes, you have arrived and there is now a smile on your face that you just can't erase!

                    Lots of gift shops and cafes and eateries await you. The gift shops are large Alladin's caves. Most sell the same things, but hiding in each one is a product you cannot get anywhere else in the park. If you like shopping you will love them. If you don't - then this might not be the place for you - try to lighten up a bit, no-one will punish you for touching or playing - its Disney! All the shops are connected by an arcade at the back - handy to know if it is raining!

                    The cafes are basic and can get crowded. Prices are about what you would expect at these places. Three euros for a hot chocolate, 10 for a meal deal. You can pay a lot more if you want table service.

                    The whole land has a New England feel, fab buildings, quaint charm. You can't help wishing that the whole world looked like this - that you lived in this street! Beautiful. All the buildings are themed and don't forget to read the adverts and window posters - some are very funny.

                    What this land offers is all the extras that you get with a Disney park - characters to meet and greet - parades - music - the whole package! Plus you get that wonderful view of Sleeping Beauty's castle, you can't beat it.

                    We just came back from a Christmas visit and I highly reccommend it. Fake snow seemingly falls from nowhere down this street, carols drift through the air and Christmas decorations adorn the buildings! Also a chance to meet Father Christmas Goofy and Christmas Mickey! Don't worry about the queues for characters, they move very quickly and even though there is a prof photographer, they also use your camera, so you don't have to pay.

                    The New Year's Eve party is also great. Loud music, lights that beat in time and the best view of the fireworks in the park.

                    My top tip is if you don't mind paying, eat at Walt's during the parades - it looks like they get a top view from there!

                    Have a lovely time!

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                      A great place to buy gifts

                      Main Street U.S.A is the first land you arrive in as you come through the turnstiles, it stretches out before you towards Sleeping Beauty's castle at the centre of the park. Disney refer to this as a land but it is more of an enlarged gift shop. The only constant real attraction here is the Railroad station. You do get cars and other vehicles driving up and down now and then with the characters in, and most of the parades will pass through here. The shops and restaurants are accessed by arcades either side of the street (Discovery and Liberty Arcades) these arcades are good to take shelter in in bad weather.
                      As it is Disney the restaurants are all over priced, but the best one I found in this area was the Plaza Gardens Restaurant it is situated just at the end of main street to the left. There are tables outside under big umbrellas. They do a really nice salad and it is not hat expensive (for Disney I mean!) Out of the two Ice Cream Parlours on Main Street Gibson Girl is by far the best, it has a wide variety of flavours and you can get mega cones for the whole family to share. There are loads of gift shops here where you can buy everything from clothes to fine china to toys, so you are bound to find a souvenir for everyone. Although it doesn't have a lot of rides makes sure you take the time to look around Main Street and get some lovely gifts to take home

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