Main Street
General Fun Facts

audio link Phsst: Fun Facts
Holidays

  1. In one of the original plans for the park Walt Disney had the entrance of the park so you would have to walk over the train berm using stairs then you would walk through the train station and back down the stairs and on Main Street. They probably dropped this plan because if there was a train in the station you would have to wait for it to depart therefore the entrance would be backed up with a lot of people all the time.
    REPORTED: Jeff Myers 03 APR 99
  2. Disneyland Park Entrance is designed to look like a red carpet.
    REPORTED: Tom Tanida 03 APR 95
    The entrance of Disneyland is meant to look like a red carpet because Walt wanted to give his guests the red carpet treatment.
    CONFIRMED: Lindsay Rice 24 DEC 96
    I was told by an ex-cast member that the red brick entry is a red carpet so you will feel like royalty! Very cool.
    CONFIRMED: Shavonne 15 JUL 97 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
    The ground is red in the entrance to give a red- carpet effect, but the real reason is that Walt wanted guests to feel as though they were stepping into a movie and they were the stars. So, like in Hollywood, he made the ground at the entrance red.
    UPDATE: Tiana 07 SEP 99
    Before you enter the park look on the ground, you will notice that it's red. Walt originally wanted the ground to have a red carpet on it so you felt like you were a famous person entering something fancy. Walt's friends and workers strongly advised not to do this though because the carpet would get extremely dirty in short amounts of time. So Walt decided to paint the ground red instead. Also Walt wanted people to feel like they were entering a new world after passing through the tunnels, so at first he was going to put huge curtains in front of the entrance to main street. His coworkers disagreed with him saying that people would run into on another while trying to go through the curtain so he made it a tunnel instead.
    CONFIRMED: Andrew 27 MAY 01
    The ground has a red carpet effect in the Disneyland entrance because Walt wanted to make Main Street subtly resemble a movie set. Not only does this feature make you feel like royalty, it also makes you feel like a star!
    CONFIRMED: oX CiNDeReLLa Xo 28 MAR 02
  3. Main Gate keeps a list of undesirables and their descriptions
    REPORTED: Wade Peeler 30 JUN 96
  4. On opening day, Bob Cummings was cut off after the parade on Main Street USA
    REPORTED: chernabog 23 NOV 98
  5. Ever notice how when standing on the sidewalks, it's difficult to see the Castle because the trees are in the way? The trees are deliberately placed in that fashion so that you look into the shops, where you are drawn inside! Conversely, if you're on the Street, the trees should be blocking your view of the shops, so you keep moving onward towards the Castle (weinie as Walt liked to say)! Note too, that the pavement is black on Main Street (and only Main Street). Why? Black pavement gets hot, which keeps people on the move. The pavement changes to calmer, cooler colours in the other lands. The idea behind this, I've been told by Disney Tour Guides, is to get people into the park, rather than bottlenecking the main entrance corridor.
    REPORTED: Daryl (another future Imagineer!) 22 APR 00 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  6. The gas lamps on Main Street are 150 years old, purchased as scrap from the city of Baltimore, Maryland. qtvr
    REPORTED: Ed Johnston 05 JUL 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 30 MAR 01
    The gas light flames are on both day and night!
    CONFIRMED: anon 30 DEC 96
  7. There is a whole crew just to dust the window sills on Main Street.
    REPORTED: Meg 29 JUL 96
  8. In and around 1975, very pretty Iceland Poppies (Papaver nudicaule) were planted each spring around Main Street near the bathrooms & fire station area. Although the poppies do not seem to be grown in Disneyland anymore, I noticed that the Alpine Motel on Disneyland's block now plants them in front of their motel in the spring.
    REPORTED: Mark Atkins 31 MAY 02
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  9. The massage parlor in Disneyland is located above the restrooms near the restaurant on Main Street. Painted in one of the windows is a sign for the massage parlor.
    REPORTED: ost1 25 OCT 95
    CONFIRMED: Ed Johnston 15 JUL 96
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    pict from hiddenmickeys.org pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  10. The Chinese Restaurant in Disneyland is located next to the massage parlor. Check out the window.
    REPORTED: ost1 25 OCT 95
    CONFIRMED: Ed Johnston 15 JUL 96
    
    
    
    
    
    pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  11. Besides the music on Main Street, there are several open windows in the side alleys that have sound stories going on behind them. From the piano teacher's window you can hear a lesson in progress and you can hear the metronome. Then, then the pupil will make a very obvious mistake and you hear a slap. At the dentist office where you can hear the dentist drilling in someone's teeth. From the detective, a barking dog and the guy on the phone... You can also hear a shower start, and the man taking the shower starts yelling about how cold it is!
    REPORTED: Allen C. Huffman 03 FEB 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 17 FEB 96
    CONFIRMED: Jed 22 FEB 96
    CONFIRMED: G Capra 25 MAR 96
    CONFIRMED: Shannon Minor 28 JUN 96
    CONFIRMED: Meg 29 JUL 96 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
    CONFIRMED: Jeff Douglas 05 FEB 97
    Amongst the constant running sound tracks: Piano Lessons. A loud dental patient in pain finally laughing because he got dosed with laughing gas. An old man singing while bathing.
    CONFIRMED: Steven M. Saito 04 JAN 00
    
    
    
    
    
    pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  12. The sounds of the Dentist office on Main Street was lifted from the sound of the Dentist office in Rainbow Ridge from the old Nature's Wonderland ride. The town is still there at Big Thunder Railraod, but I am not sure if the Dentist office is still there and making noise.
    REPORTED: anon 24 MAR 97
  13. In the coffee shop, Market House, there are many old-fashioned telephones. If you pick up the receiver, you can hear a conversation. about police reports, women's gossip and old men chatting.
    REPORTED: Bridgette Howard 07 AUG 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
    
    
    
    pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  14. Off of Main Street, on the way to the lockers, you pass the Hotel Marceline. It is named after Marceline, MO., where Elias Disney bought a farm in March of 1906, when Walt was only 4 years old.
    REPORTED: Ed Johnston 29 OCT 98
  15. The windows on the second story of the buildings on Main Street are named for notable people who were involved in the creation of Disneyland.
    REPORTED: Tom Tanida 03 APR 95
    When you come in to the park there are stores that line Main Street. If you look up above those stores, you will see names. If you look at the store you will see that the name corresponds with the store. When walt was building the park he wanted to find a way to credit his designers, so he wrote their names above the stores. He put the art designers on the arts and crafts store and so on.
    CONFIRMED: Sean Henderson 02 AUG 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
    Yes, some of the names may be designers. I have also been told that they are the names the original major executives of companies that help Walt finance and build Disneyland. I know that some of the names are also of retired executives who contributed to the success of Disneyland, such as Jack Lindquist, president and Ron Dominguez, Vice President. Usually the type of business listed under their names relates to something unique about the individual. For Ron Dominguez the business is Real Estate. Why Real Estate? Well some believe it is because he was responsible for the day to day manaagement of Disneyland Park property or real estate. It may also be based on the fact that, as a child, Ron lived in the family home, in the orange groves, on the site that is now Disneyland! Ron's first job was at Disneyland in his high school years. He later went to college while continuing with Disneyland and moving up the ladder until a few years ago when he retired as Vice President.
    CONFIRMED: Tim Connaghan 26 OCT 98 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  16. On Main Street in Disneyland, there is a window with Elias Disney's name on it. A tribute to his father from Walt.
    REPORTED: Mickey 29 MAY 01
  17. If you look at the top of the buildings, you will see that the building get smaller as you walk into Disneyland and bigger as you go out of the park. This is to make it seem like its a long walk in.
    REPORTED: john 09 AUG 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
    Actually the building getting smaller is called forced perspective, and is used to make the buildings appear taller. It is used throughout the park.
    UPDATE: Dan Pritchett 04 APR 98
    CONFIRMED: Jesse Lemons 21 MAR 99
    It is called forced perspective because it is forcing you to think it is taller. The Train Station is full sized and thus bigger than the castle which makes you think that it is further away and grander, then when you are leaving the park, it works the opposite, since the trainstation is bigger it makes the street look smaller which is better since you think you don't have to walk so far.
    UPDATE: Erika 15 JUN 99
    CONFIRMED: Ashley 29 JUN 00
  18. The second and third floor facades are built to 5/8 and 1/2 scale to create what set designers call "forced perspective," giving the illusion they are taller than they are. The Matterhorn and Sleeping Beauty's Castle also use forced perspective.
    REPORTED: R W Lipp 07 JUN 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
    The buildings size at Disneyland is not unlike that at Disney World. The buildings are constructed to look smaller coming in so that you want to hurry to get to all of the attractions. This also has the opposite effect while guest are leaving the park. Because the buildings appear closer, the guests are made to think they have plenty of time to get out. This way the guests will slow down and do some shopping. Going along with this is the placement of the shops on Main Street. Since research shows that most people walk to the right, the shops on the right on the way into the park are food shops. On the way out, the shops on the right are retail.
    CONFIRMED: Cary Kirby 09 DEC 96
    This is not correct. At Disneyland, the shops on the right as you go in are 95% retail, not food. The only food on the right are the fruit stand and the "hidden by the lockers" Ice Cream. Most of the food is on the other side, the left side. There is Carnation, The Ice Cream shop (if still there), the candy, the Hot Dogs etc. About 40-50% on that side is some sort of food.
    UPDATE: William H. Morrill 20 FEB 97
    I just got out of a class known as "Once Upon A Time Is Now..." and on one of the "secrets" someone had written that the second and third floors on Main Street were scalde to 5/8. This staement is wrong the actual figure is 7/8 for the seconf floor and the third floor would be 7/8 the size of the secong floor. Also, everything that you would see (i.e. benches, chairs, tables...) is also scaled down to 7/8 ! Thank you !
    UPDATE: Meredith 27 JUN 97
    Next time you take a walk down Main Street, U.S.A. take a close look at the castle. You will notice that the "bricks" get smaller the higher up the castle goes. This technique is called forced perspective. The castle looks a little taller than it would if all the "bricks" were the same size.
    UPDATE: Danny 11 JAN 98
    CONFIRMED: JMBellows 08 SEP 98
    CONFIRMED: Holly Atkins 05 NOV 00
    CONFIRMED: andy 30 MAR 02
  19. The name of the command post for the fireworks is called "Big Thunder" and is located on the top of the former Hallmark Store on Main Street. My command post was at the end of Main Street across from Coke Corner on what was once called "INA Carefree Corner." We would coordinate the parade and the fireworks from there.
    REPORTED: PhilChil 08 DEC 95
  20. Disney Fireworks Patents: US05627338, US05739462, US05526750, 5440990 and US05339741
  21. Parks Documentation keeps everything there is to know about attractions in all of the parks. What kind of paint is on the castle, who composed the music for Discoveryland at Disneyland Paris... they've got it all. They keep the blueprints, etc. They're pretty touchy too. when I last worked there they were in Main Street Operations West... I think above the Emporium.
    REPORTED: W. Todd Stephenson 11 JAN 96
    Parks Documentations is not kept above the Emporium. What is directly above the Emporium? The stockroom for the Emporium!
    UPDATE: Christy Hopkins 22 JUL 97
  22. The Main Street cart sells Corn Dogs only on certain months.
    REPORTED: ost1 25 OCT 95
  23. All of the stone side walks used to have Mickey heads on them but wore out a couple of years after the park opened but you can still see a couple of them on parts that are not walked on.
    REPORTED: bob 24 SEP 97
    There were once Mickey faces on the sidewalks, but they got worn out by the many feet that trampled them daily, a few remnents remain in the less trodden- areas.
    CONFIRMED: Tiana 07 SEP 99
  24. According to the cast members giving tours at the park, the last remaining trees from the "orchard days" of the property are actually the tall eucalyptus trees located behind City Hall and the Firehouse, along the back edge of the Jungle Cruise. These trees were originally planted to protect the orange trees from gusting winds. Although the landscape architects sought to save as many of the original orange trees as possible, they've all died, many due to relocation in the early days. As far as I know, there is no special reason for keeping the euc. trees, besides the fact that Bill Evans, the landscape architect in charge, had wanted to save money and time by retaining what they could of the original vegetation.
    REPORTED: AprilDecember 13 JUN 99
    In the Adventureland fun facts it talks about keeping some of the original orange trees. It is true that all the kept orange tree died but what they did with the dead ones is, they planted the trees upside down (roots up) to give the allusion of vines coming up from the water. You can find them in the area where you come up to the Indie exit. There are three trees planted there.
    UPDATE: Clint Taylor 29 MAR 00
  25. The flagpole base at the center of Town Square was originally part of a streetlight on Wilshire in L.A. which had been toppled or otherwise damaged in an auto accident. It was obtained - cheap - by a Disney Imagineer who happened to be at the right place at the right time.
    REPORTED: AprilDecember 13 JUN 99
  26. The names located along Main Street are also set in order of the opening credits to a movie. Walt's name is the last one, located at the end of Main Street on the Ice Cream Parlor. The train tunnel acts as a curtain. The first smell you encounter is popcorn. Hence, the effect of walking into a movie theater.
    REPORTED: Dave Kringer 07 JUN 00
  27. Yummy tamales are served from a cart on Main Street -- these are excellent and authentic,
    REPORTED: Meg 27 AUG 00
  28. The Horseless Carriages are outfitted with tractor engines to give them their authentic antique sounds.
  29. The Omnibus is 45-passenger bus modeled after the 1920 New York City double-decker, the Omnibus picks up in Town Square and near Sleeping Beauty Castle in Central Plaza.
  30. The Omnibus is capable of attaining speeds of up to 60 miles an hour.
  31. There is a band of singers at Main Street called the Dapper Dans. They performed Tuesday at 5:30 PM in front of the Jewelry Shop, and they are SO funny. They sing classic Disney songs and other songs, and have these neat chime things that they play during their songs. The time I was there, they let my brother play one while singing Pop Goes the Weasel!
    REPORTED: Eco-Mono 18 APR 01
    I stopped by DisneyLand on a whim today and got to hear the Dapper Dans doing their chime routine plus other barbershop stuff in front of the jewelry store. I took special notice because one of the original Dans was a music teacher of mine when I was a kid. By the way, they still sound great.
    CONFIRMED: pdtheo 20 SEP 01
  32. Steve Martin did in fact work at Disneyland; not as a Jungle Cruise skipper but as a magician at the Magic Shop in Main Street.
    REPORTED: niki 19 MAY 01
    Steve Martin was, in fact a magician at the magic shop. But before he did that, he sold park guide books at the main entrance. Apparently he was an amazing salesman, and could sell hundreds in one shift. He held the record for most sold for decades. Amazing since he was only around 13 at the time.
    UPDATE: emily 20 JUN 01
    Steve Martin can be seen in the Main Street Opera House in the fil Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years. This willonly run through the rest of the 50th Anniversary
    UPDATE: Iframedroger r 16 APR 06


Disney Toys | Disney Books | Disney Music | Disney Videos | Disney Software | Disney Magazines | Disneyana | More Shopping
Mickey Line
Mickey Where to next?