Lands of Disneyland – Main Street, USA

Some of the best experiences of Main Street, USA, are at night!

Some of the best experiences of Main Street, USA, are at night!

By Mike Ellis.

A few weeks back, I wrote an introductory post called “Coming Soon: The Lands of Disneyland!”  Well, after what seems like an eternity, here I am, finally writing about the first land you come to at Disneyland — Main Street, U.S.A.

Much like it’s counterpart at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Main Street, U.S.A. takes all the best traits of a bygone era — when things were simpler, less complicated, and perhaps, more wholesome — and combines them in Main Street, U.S.A.  This street could be found in Anytown, USA, but in truth, it draws it’s inspiration from the town of Marceline, Missouri, the town where Walt Disney spent some of his formative years growing up.

Unlike the Magic Kingdom Main Street, U.S.A., the Disneyland version has quite a bit going on, including some things that you don’t find anymore at Walt Disney World — in fact, things that I wish still existed.  Let’s take a look at some of those in more detail.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is located in the section of Main Street known as Town Square — that part of the street that you see right after you enter the park.  Officially known as The Disneyland Story Presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, this isn’t just a museum/show about President Lincoln.  Located within this building are some incredible artifacts that you will want to take a look at and examine in more detail when you are there next.

This bench was located in Griffith Park, and was the very park bench where Walt Disney would rest -- and dream up Disneyland!

This bench was located in Griffith Park, and was the very park bench where Walt Disney would rest — and dream up Disneyland!

This Carousel Horse is one of the very horses that Walt Disney's daughters would ride on at Griffith Park

This Carousel Horse is one of the very horses that Walt Disney’s daughters would ride on at Griffith Park

I love models, and trains, so what better to look at than a model of Disneyland with the Railroad on it!

I love models, and trains, so what better to look at than a model of Disneyland with the Railroad on it!

This model of the Capitol in Washington, DC, is made of the same stone as the original!

This model of the Capitol in Washington, DC, is made of the same stone as the original!

This painting of President Lincoln illustrates the decisions that a President must make alone at times.

This painting of President Lincoln illustrates the decisions that a President must make alone at times.

Main Street Cinema

The Main Street Cinema still shows original cartoons of Mickey Mouse and his friends, including Steamboat Willie!

The Main Street Cinema still shows original cartoons of Mickey Mouse and his friends, including Steamboat Willie!

Further down Main Street is the Main Street Cinema, a small theater where you can go and watch some of the great Mickey Mouse short cartoons, including the original, Steamboat Willie!  I remember when you used to be able to go into the Main Street Cinema at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and see the cartoons, but that is no longer the case, sadly.  Now, the Main Street Cinema in the Magic Kingdom sells art.

Disneyland Fire Station

The Light on in the 2nd Floor is the apartment that Walt Disney would stay at.

The Light on in the 2nd Floor is the apartment that Walt Disney would stay at.

The Disneyland Fire Station is also located in the Town Square section of Main Street.  As you can see, there is a light on in a window on the 2nd floor of the building.  Did you know that this was an apartment that Walt Disney would sleep in sometimes during the construction phase of Disneyland?  When he passed away in 1966, I believe that is when they started turning the light on in the apartment, as if waiting for him to arrive home.  Unfortunately, the Fire Station exists at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, but what began as a duplicate of the Disneyland station gradually was turned into a gift shop, and now it is one of the starting points for the new Magic Kingdom game you can participate in known as Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.

Disneyland Railroad – Main Street Station

The Disneyland Railroad stands tall at the entrance to Main Street, U.S.A.

The Disneyland Railroad stands tall at the entrance to Main Street, U.S.A.

As I mentioned, I love trains, and the Disneyland Railroad is no exception!  We rode the train once or twice, and enjoyed every minute of it!  In case you don’t know, the Disneyland Railroad has stops at Main Street, U.S.A., New Orleans Square, Tomorrowland, and Mickey’s Toontown, so there are plenty of ways to get around that don’t include just walking everywhere!

In addition to the attractions I listed above, we also have the standard gift shops that grace Main Street the world over, and some good dining locations for snacks or even meals.  Most of them are similar to what you can find at the Magic Kingdom, but one, the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, is not found at Walt Disney World, and is a fun little place to go in and get a pastry from!

I hope you have enjoyed this look at Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park!  When you and your family come visit Disneyland, how much time do you spend in Main Street?  Is it your stepping stone, your path, if you will, to bigger and better things, or do you savor what you can find here and enjoy every moment you spend here?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

64 Days til Disneyland – Main Street Cinema!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

The Main Street Cinema at Disneyland is our selection for Day 64 in our Days til Disneyland countdown!  This venue, which I guess is really more of a show then an actual attraction, still hosts some of the original Disney cartoons.  For those of you that are closer to my age, I remember when the Main Street Cinema at the Magic Kingdom also showed cartoons, but they don’t anymore…bummer.

What I truly admire about Walt Disney and Disneyland, despite the fact that I’ve not been yet, is how much thought Walt gave towards history — and specifically, how much thought he gave towards preserving a record of how things used to be, even as we were moving on into how things are now.  Seeing how things used to be is perhaps what I like most of all about any of the Disney parks, whether it be Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, or whatever!

I think that stopping in and seeing some of the six cartoons that are on display in the Main Street Cinema will be a special treat, one that we will enjoy quite a bit as a whole family.  What do you think?  Do you stop and visit, or do you walk right past?

 

Today’s the last day to enter to win the TimeStream Software Apps!

Disneyland Mobile Guide - Splash - Castle

Today is the final day to enter to win the TimeStream Software series of apps that we are giving away for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch!  Have you entered the contest yet?  Well, if you have, great, you can always share the contest today for extra entries!  However, if you haven’t, and you are a Disney fan with an iOS device, then why haven’t you?  You can’t win if you don’t enter! The contest is up at 11:59 PM tonight, so don’t delay!

Over the past week, I’ve shared some of the incredible photography that you can experience in the apps, starting with the Photography of the Disneyland Mobile Guide, continuing on with more imagery from the app, and finishing up with a look at the incredible photography in the Walt Disney World apps.

So here’s your final chance to win these apps.  Remember, there are three prizes here.  They are:

  • The Grand Prize winner will win codes to get all of these TimeStream Software apps:
  • The Second place winner will win codes to get these TimeStream Software apps:
    • The Walt Disney World Secrets Gold!
    • Disneyland Secrets Gold!
    • WDW Hidden Mickeys
    • Disney World Mobile Guide
  • The Third place winner will win codes to get these TimeStream Software apps:
    • The Walt Disney World Secrets Gold!
    • Disneyland Secrets Gold!

To enter, you need to fulfill the requirements listed in the Rafflecopter form below.  There are plenty of opportunities for you to enter, so have fun, and remember, today is the last day!  Good luck everyone, and thanks for all of you that have participated so far!

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Product Review: TimeStream Software’s iOS apps Disneyland Secrets! Gold and Disneyland Mobile Guide

Disneyland Mobile Guide - Splash - Castle

 

My friends at TimeStream Software have released some incredible updates to their awesome apps, and I want to tell you all about them!  I am going to focus on two apps specifically because of our travel plans for the summer (shh…it’s a secret so don’t tell Sophie!) — and they are the Disneyland Secrets Gold! app and the Disneyland Mobile Guide app (cover picture shown above) for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

The TimeStream folks have been hard at work in improving the engine behind their apps, and I reached out to Mike at TimeStream Software to see what options they have available for Disneyland at this time.  Mike graciously agreed to let me review their apps for Disneyland because of our upcoming trip, and I have not been disappointed!  I thought I was excited to visit Disneyland already, but after playing with his apps for a few days, and taking a look at some of the stunning photography, I’m even more excited then ever!

Disneyland Secrets Gold!

The Disneyland Secrets Gold! app is worth it’s weight in gold (pun intended — please don’t stop reading!)  The TimeStream Software guys have laid out the app such that you can start at the beginning and follow their “tour” to discover the hidden secrets of Disneyland that so many people pass by on their way to the different attractions.  After you finish a section, their are links that take you to the next part of your journey.

Along my journey of the app, I have discovered some great things that I want to try when I get to Disneyland, so I thought I would share a couple of them with you to whet your whistle:

  • Did you know that you could ride the Disneyland Railroad from the tender seat — located right behind the engine?  I don’t remember Walt Disney World having this special vantage point, so this is something that I have got to witness!
  • Also on the Disneyland Railroad — did you know that you could request to ride on the prestigious Lilly Belle car?  If you don’t know, the Lilly Belle car is named after Walt Disney’s wife Lillian, and it was a special car that holds 14 people that was used to transport special dignitaries — even Presidents — around the Disneyland Railroad!  I would love to ride on this special car!
  • One of the things that I miss about Main Street, U.S.A. at Walt Disney World is that the Main Street Cinema isn’t a cinema anymore — unless I’ve been completely “Goofy” about that!  However, the Main Street Cinema at Disneyland still plays “Plane Crazy” and “Steamboat Willie” in the Cinema!  Stop and visit for a while as you enjoy these classic Disney shorts that got everything started!

The Disneyland Secrets Gold! app is available from the iTunes Store for the incredibly low price of $1.99!

Disneyland Mobile Guide

The Disneyland Mobile Guide is a self-contained app — so no wifi or cellular network is required!  At this time, the Disneyland Mobile Guide only covers Disneyland — not Disney’s California Adventure — but TimeStream Software is considering adding that into the app in a future release!

The Mobile Guide has sections devoted to several things that you would want to know about when you are at the Park, including these:

  • Attractions
  • Shows & Parades
  • Find Characters
  • Must Do’s
  • Phone Numbers
  • Tips
  • Tours
  • Vacation Planning Tips
  • and much more!

With all of these categories and more, the level of information you will find in the Disneyland Mobile Guide is absolutely incredible!  Available at the iTunes Store for a measly 99 cents, the app is an absolute steal!

Who wants to win the TimeStream Software Disney apps?

Although the apps are extremely well priced, TimeStream and My Dreams of Disney have teamed up to have a contest to give away copies of their apps!  Here are the details:

  • The contest will run from Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 12:00AM – Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 11:59PM.
  • The Grand Prize winner will win codes to get all of these TimeStream Software apps:
    • Walt Disney World Secrets Gold!
    • Disney World Mobile Guide
    • Disney World Hidden Mickeys
    • Disneyland Secrets Gold!
    • Disneyland Mobile Guide
  • The Second place winner will win codes to get these TimeStream Software apps:
    • The Walt Disney World Secrets Gold!
    • Disneyland Secrets Gold!
    • WDW Hidden Mickeys
    • Disney World Mobile Guide
  • The Third place winner will win codes to get these TimeStream Software apps:
    • The Walt Disney World Secrets Gold!
    • Disneyland Secrets Gold!

So, three winners of these great apps!  For the Disney Geeks like me, these apps are great ways to both enhance your Disney trips and help plan them, so I imagine some winners are going to be happy they won!

To enter, you need to fulfill the requirements listed in the Rafflecopter form below.  There are plenty of opportunities for you to enter, so have fun!

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Good luck everyone!