Recently, I took you on a tour through Fantasyland and revealed some of the mysteries and fun facts in many of our stores. This month, take a stroll with me down Main Street, U.S.A., and learn the history of a few of our locations, plus special items to keep an eye out for.
The Disney Gallery – Opening its doors in its new location just a couple years ago gave us the chance to get a closer look inside the vault. The vault made by Mosler Safe Co. in 1916 was part of the Bank of Main Street from 1955 to 1993. Today, artwork created by Disney-inspired artists, is often kept inside. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to take a look.
Main Street Mad Hatter – Classic Mickey Mouse ears are the main staple here.
Fun Fact: Look closely at the detailed scroll work of the main chandelier and see the initials “WD” (overlapping), a nod to Walt Disney and similar to features in the wrought iron balcony of the Dream Suite in New Orleans Square.
Market House – Coffee may be the forte of this general market, but so is picking up an old-fashioned telephone receiver and getting the latest gossip from the local party line. Try it out.
Emporium – This nostalgic location is filled with toys, books and apparel, but it’s the walls of the Emporium that feature much more than meets the eye. Head toward the books and toys section and you’ll find two of Cinderella’s dearest friends (Gus and Jacques) scurrying up a crooked clock. In the same area, watch the miniature train chug along the tracks as it has for more than 1,000 miles since its debut. Don’t forget the tailor, barber and millinery vignettes that appear high above the store.
I know these are only a few of the locations on Main Street, U.S.A., but next time you are heading into play, take a quick detour through some of these locations and see if you can spot any other “must see” hidden mysteries.