Main Street USA
°o° On your way in, grab your park map and schedule; sometimes parades and shows happen at different times due to the day/season/occasion.
°o° All the shops are conjoined – when Main Street is packed, like park closing, make a dash to the nearest shop and cut through there, you’ll save a load of time!
°o° The shops don’t shut until an hour after park closing, so if you’re not in a rush to get to bed, you can take your time browsing souvenirs.
°o° If you need any help, pop into City hall, or if you have any Photopass problems, Town Square Theater is the place to go.
°o° With any luck you won’t need to, but should you have any medical problems, First Aid is just next to Crystal Palace.
°o° If you can, watch the Main Street Electrical Parade on a Friday – they make it longer with additional floats.
°o° Sneaky devices emit the scents of cookies and vanilla onto Main Street.
°o° There’s a secret apartment above the fire house to reflect Walt’s apartment.
°o° Most people head to Fantasyland first, so Adventureland is really quiet in the morning – hello queue times under 5 minutes!
°o° Most attractions and shops are indoor or undercover, great for avoiding middle of the day sun.
°o° Watch out for spitting camels!
°o° On Pirates of the Caribbean, look out for Ab Lincoln disguised as a pirate – when Hall of Presidents was updated, the retired animatronic was moved here to live out the rest of his career!
°o° The skeletons playing chess in the queue for Pirates of the Caribbean are at a stalemate – how ironic!
°o° The front half of the plane on Jungle Cruise is the one used in the Casablanca scene of The Great Movie Ride
°o° Most people don’t like doing Splash Mountain first thing, so its pretty quiet, but if its hot, its a great way to keep you cool.
°o° While a lot of the queue for Big Thunder Mountain is under cover, its still very warm during hot seasons, so don’t get stuck in a long queue around the middle of the day.
°o° From Frontierland, you can catch a ride to Tom Sawyer’s Island to explore, and look for hidden paintbrushes.
°o° Sometimes parades run reverse routes and begin near Splash Mountain.
°o° From here you can hop on the Walt Disney World Railroad to get across to Fantasyland, Tomorrowland or Main Street USA
°o° You can meet Woody and Jessie near the queue for Splash Mountain.
°o° If you’re a Vinylmation collector, Frontier Trading post trade and sell figures.
°o° During the heat of the middle of the day, Liberty Square is an ideal place to be; all the main attractions are indoors, and hold a lot of people.
°o° Many of the displays in the waiting area for Hall of Presidents are authentic items that belonged to former presidents and their families. Disney also needed special permission from the US State Government to have the Presidential Seal on the carpet.
°o° Tucked into a small corner of Liberty Square is a year-round Christmas store: Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe.
°o° In the queue for The Haunted Mansion, you pass a pet cemetery where you’ll see a tombstone for J. Thaddeus Toad, a nod to the former attraction, Mr Toad’s Wild Ride.
°o° Each building in Liberty Square has a 2 digit house number – put an 18 in front of each number, and it gives you the year from which that style of building came.
°o° There are no restrooms to reflect a lack of plumbing during that period in history.
°o° The Liberty Tree holds 13 lanterns, to represent each of the original colonies.
°o° Ask to pilot the Liberty Belle!
°o° As you start your trip on It’s a Small World, look up and wave at diners in Pinocchio’s Village Haus!
°o° You can ride Cinderella’s horse on Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel – its the one decorated with purple flowers.
°o° You’ll find another nod to Mr Toad on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride; Mr Toad appears in several pictures to mark the fact that this ride replaced his own.
°o° Ride the lilac teacup on the Mad Tea Party – it goes fastest!
°o° Try and pull the sword from the stone; you just might succeed.
°o° Through Storybook Circus is another stop of the railroad, continuing road to Main Street.
°o° Dumbo the Flying Elephant Ride has a new interactive queue – inside the Big Top is a play centre where you can wait, and a pager will let you know when its your turn to ride.
°o° In Pete’s Silly Slideshow, you can meet your favourite characters in wacky circus outfits – great unique photo opportunities!
°o° Tomorrowland is an ideal place to go at all extremes of weather: hot, cold, wet etc, as almost all the attractions are indoors, as are the queues. Even the TTA Peoplemover is fairly safe in rain – we took cover on it during a horrendous rainstorm, and stayed pretty dry!
°o° You can skip fighting through the busy castle area to get to Tomorrowland by taking the shortcut past Plaza Ice Cream Parlour and walking through the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant
°o° Get a Fastpass for Space Mountain, whether its busy or not. The Fastpass queue leads to the track on the righthand side, which is longer and faster, with more bumps and turns.
°o° There’s a quiet path round the side of Space Mountain, which leads to Fantasyland through the Storybook Circus – also a good way to get to the railroad.
°o° The TTA Peoplemover runs through the top of a few rides, look out into Buzz’s Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain, and also spy on shoppers in Mickey’s Star Traders.