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Exploring Main Street
Every time I enter Main Street that tingling sense of magic comes back. The sounds of laughing people mingling together, the vast arrays of Mickey-head balloons combined with the smell of fresh-baked cookies and sweet candy greet you as you pass through the tunnel.
Over the top of the tunnel you will find the Main Street Train Station, this is a great vantage point to watch the Parade. If you are waiting for the Walt Disney Railroad at the station then put a quarter into the Antique Music Box located in the waiting room to hear a selection of tunes. You can also put a coin into some of the other machines scattered around the station to watch a short movie.
If you are lucky enough to be celebrating your birthday in the Magic Kingdom, a real treat awaits you. Stop in at City Hall to pick up a special Birthday Button that reads ' Today is my birthday! ' You will be surprised at the extra special attention it gets you. Cast members will call out to you and treat you like a very special person.
During 2009 if you visit a Disney Park on your birthday you will be allowed free entry for that day.
Not many people know that you can get your hair cut on Main Street. The newly renovated and recently relocated Main Street Barbershop is a little easier to find than it used to be, but it is still easy to walk right by unless you know it' s there. As you look up Main Street from Town Square, look toward your left and you will see a Barber’s Pole. Take a walk inside, they are open 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. every day and no appointment is necessary. You may even hear some harmonies from the Dapper Dans, the MK' s resident barbershop quartet. It may be your child’s first haircut or you just want to clown around, barbers Michal and Billie have a special cape and props for silly pictures.
Some of the most famous guests who ever dined at Tony' s Town Square restaurant have left more than their pictures behind, look for Lady and the Tramp' s paw prints in front of the stairs that lead up to the restaurant.
Look at the clock at 5 p. m, there' s a Flag Retreat in the Town Square, complete with the splendor of a brightly coloured guard. From Thursday until Monday, the Main Street Philharmonic also performs. If you are a veteran, inquire at City Hall about assisting in this special flag-lowering ceremony.
The Main Street shops do not close until a half-hour after the park; think about stopping for an ice cream treat or a bake shop goodie, while letting the departing crowds thin. If you stay long enough, maybe you will be able to get a photo of the Castle with hardly anyone else in it!
Finally most nights you will be able to experience the ' Kiss Goodnight' -- the Castle is drenched in a rainbow of changing colors. It really is magical to stand there for a few quiet moments as the day finishes.
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Page added on: 14 February 2009
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