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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The "Magic" Feeling as You Enter the Magic Kingdom and Main Street, U.S.A.

Each and every time, from that very first time WAY back in 1976, (YES! I am old!) that I enter through the tunnel under the Walt Disney World Railroad.......I sort of get a lump in my throat.  With each step I take, my heart beats a little faster, my feet move a little quicker, and my steps seem a lot lighter.  The anticipation to gaze upon the wonderment, and have that feeling of timelessness is almost unexplainable.

Oh, and the smells........those YUMMY smells which to me are a combination of fresh popcorn, baked goods and chocolate all mulled together. Aaahhhh....the sights, sounds and scents of Main Street, U.S.A.

 Photo taken October, 2012

As I step further in and get my first glimpse of Engine Co. 71, the Car Barn, City Hall, The Confectionery and Town Square Theater, the excitement builds, but also the contentment settles in as well.  The tears usually well in my eyes too.  It's a place I have felt at home since my first visit, way back when.  The ties that bind can never be broken.

                                         Photo taken May, 2013

                                          Photo taken May, 2013
Photos taken May, 2013

I begin my trek "right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A, of course that song pops in my head.  The sight of all these wonderful things makes me feel like I have transported back in time. 

                                                                                 Photos taken October, 2012

I love to take a look at the windows on the second floor of the buildings.

Those windows that honor so many Disney legends.  Not only Walt Disney himself, but his brother Roy, their father Elias and another example is in the window that reads "General Joe's Building Permits, Licensed in Florida, General Joe Potter, Raconteur."  This window is in honor of the late General William "Joe" Potter who was the very first Disney employee in Florida.  He was hired by Walt Disney to direct the construction of the infrastructure of Walt Disney World.  General "Joe" also has a ferry boat named after him!

Photos taken May, 2013

If you take the time to notice these small details instead of rushing from this place to that, hurrying to get to your favorite attraction or see your favorite character, you learn to appreciate the charm of Main Street even more.
My sincere recommendation  is relax, and take your time.  Soak it all in.  Make memories that will last forever, no matter how many times you have been.  There is always something you might not have noticed on previous visits, even after your 5th or 15th time like on my last trip to my "happy place."

In closing, please make sure to open your eyes, ears, heart and mind to the "magic" that is all around you in the Magic Kingdom, and especially right on Main Street, U.S.A.  It's a magical place too!  It will certainly change your experience for the better.   Have a MaGiCaL visit!


  1. That's why I loved your posts when you first started your maniac page, where you showed us all the little tricks and secrets, and gave us trivia such as you just did about General Joe. There's so much detail in so many places, that you would miss if you rushed around like a MANIAC to catch every ride in one day. :)

    1. Thanks izbemused!!! I appreciate your feedback!

  2. Now I really want popcorn! Lovely article!