Every time you visit Disney Parks, you participate in a story with a beginning, middle and end. One of the most delightful of these beginnings is the series of Magic Kingdom Park “welcomes” that start your day of enchantment.
The first “scene” in your story occurs before park opening. You look up at the Main Street, U.S.A., train station and see colorfully costumed Disney cast members performing a song called — what else — “Welcome.” (You can get this song on the “Four Parks, One World” official Walt Disney World Resort CD album, available in select shops.)
Mickey Mouse and his friends, including characters from favorite Disney animated features, ride into the station aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad for a hearty “hello” before you — and they — head off for a day of Magic Kingdom Park fun.
Once you’ve entered Main Street, U.S.A., you can feel the anticipation and excitement as everyone heads toward Cinderella Castle — and the attractions that await them on all sides. But if you linger a little, you might see and hear the next “welcome moment,” an appearance by Dapper Dans, crooning a ditty or two aboard a trolley.
You might decide to shop for a few minutes. At this hour, you can breeze through the Emporium, savoring the pleasant music in the air.
At 9:30 a.m., the talented troupe of performers that you saw on the train station, some now toting pic-a-nic baskets, merrily moving down the street on their trolley. The song you hear is — of course — “The Trolley Song,” one of the “Great American Songbook” hits that Judy Garland sang in the movie, “Meet Me in St. Louis.”
The trolley comes to a stop and the dancers leap onto the street. They launch into a special summertime song, “Things Are Gonna Hum This Summer.” The leap, whirl and twirl with such unbridled elation, it’s as if you’ve stepped inside one of those happy, peppy movie musicals from the good ol’ days. The trolley makes two more stops for similar performances in order to delight more Main Street, U.S.A., guests. Such happy peppiness should be shared with as many folks as possible!
As “The Trolley Song” fades away, you’re off to enjoy your Magic Kingdom Park day — maybe with just a little extra spring in your step. You smile in recognition of one of those wonderful little touches that add up to an unmatchable Disney Parks day.
Look below for more from the “Sight & Sounds at Disney Parks” series:
Watching the Magic Kingdom open up is one of the best known “secrets” there is at Walt Disney World. I found out about this by accident one visit and now it is mandatory to see every time.
Not only is this welcome show at the train station near and dear to my heart and one of my faves, but as far as I know this is the *only* Magic Kingdom worldwide to have an opening like this. That makes it extra special and uniquely Walt Disney World. 🙂
The Dapper Dans! The bicycle…the costumes…the songs!
Seriously, when I hear “Clang clang clang goes the trolley…” I love it every time!
Now THAT is the way to go. Well done, both the blog post and the attraction (park opening). Just the way to start off a magical Disney Day!