Continuing from where we left off last time, let’s go back down Main Street to the plaza inside the train station. Here you see the band stand in the center of the Main Street loop, with the train station and the Disneyland Hotel in the background.
The east side of the plaza has buildings for the Main Street vehicles, stroller rental and restrooms. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of those locations due to walls and scrims being in place for renovations. The left side of those buildings is the Bixby Babies Shop, pictured above. As you might expect, this store focuses on baby clothes and accessories.
Next as you continue around is the Discovery Arcade south entrance, pictured on the far right of the photo. The other store fronts (covered by walls) include the Town Square Photography shop and the Boardwalk Candy Palace. The photography shop occupies the corner location on this side of the street.
As you make your way past the Candy Palace (behind the scrims on the right side of the picture) the next shop is Disney Clothiers Ltd, offering more souvenirs and especially clothing for kids.
The next facade is one of my favorites on Main Street at Disneyland Paris: Main Street Motors. I love how three dimensional the facade appears, as well as the vintage billboards above the shop. The story for this shop is that it is the town garage, which is reinforced by the red brick paving that goes from Main Street into the facade under the Auto Service sign. Alas, inside is just more clothes, primarily for adults at this location.
East Center Street really only offers alternate entrances to the shops and restaurants along Main Street. There is also plentiful outdoor seating for the nearby quick service food locations. It’s also a great area to get away from the bustle of all the foot traffic along Main Street, and each time I went by there were not many people hanging around the area.
The Market House Delicatessen anchors the corner opposite Main Street Motors. This Quick Service dining location offers sandwiches and baked goods. The decor of the interior resembles a general store to some degree, with tin containers lining the walls and even a potbelly stove. You can also find the party line phones inside here!
Continuing up Main Street you will find Harrington’s Fine China and Porcelains. This shop specializes in kitchen and cooking related souvenirs. It also has decorative items similar to Lilly’s across the street.
As you approach the end of Main Street, you get a couple opportunities to satisfy your sweet tooth. The first location you come across is the Cable Car Bake Shop. The shop offers cookies, donuts and other baked sweets in a Victorian setting. There is also a walk-up window if you’d like to grab something quickly. In the photo the entrance to the seating area is on the left, while the walk-up window is on the right. Be aware that the interior portion of the shop may not always be operating.
Last, but not least, you find the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour at the end of the street. They offer the expected ice cream cones and sundaes. I was actually surprised that it is sponsored by Ben and Jerry’s rather than one of the European brands of ice cream! The left side of this building (the part with the second story balcony) is Victoria’s Home-Style Restaurant. This is a table service restaurant that offers pizza, hot sandwiches, and salads.
So that’s the tour of Main Street USA! Overall the attention to detail is excellent, with many small touches throughout the buildings that really make them feel “real.”
Next up: Frontierland! I look forward to sharing the similarities and differences in the French take on the American Old West!