Podcast Episode 177: Main Street USA – In Depth

If you’ve listened to our show in the past, you know that we do an In Depth series listing all the fantastic things you can find at the various Disney resort hotels.  Starting with this episode, we’re going to take our In Depth series a little further, into the parks!  For our first installment, we’re going to start with Main Street USA at Magic Kingdom.  We’ll tell you what food, fun, and attractions you can find in this iconic entrance to our favorite park!

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Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Missing At Magic Kingdom

We all know that Disney are masters at the hidden details so here are 5 things you didn’t know you were missing at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

1. Cinderella’s Crown – If you look around the back side of Cinderella’s  Castle, there’s a statue of Cinderella with a painting behind her.  As you bow down to take a sip from the water fountain, look up and see Cinderella with a crown.

2. The Kiss Goodnight: About 30 minutes after all the attractions have closed for the night, the castle starts to sparkle and there’s music right around the hub. You can hear the dedication speech made by Roy Disney when Magic Kingdom was opened and it’s very moving.  It’s a great way to end a fabulous day at Disney.

3. The Walt Disney World Railroad – Taking the train is a great way to get from the back of the park to the front and vice versa if you don’t feel like walking.  There are also lots of little things that you can’t see unless you take the train, like little vignettes and scenes.

4. PeopleMover – It’s not a thrill ride by any means, but it’s a great way to get off your feet.  It’s about a 15 min ride and if you can time it right you can get a great view of Wishes.  You get a nice breeze and you can even take a look inside Space Mountain as the train runs right through it!

5. Harmony Barber Shop – Baby’s First Haircut package.  For $19 plus tax you get a child’s haircut, a certificate, a set of mouse ears, and a lock of your child’s hair to keep.  It’s a great bargain!

My First Haircut at Harmony Barber Shop

Well, it wasn’t my first haircut, but my daughter’s!  Last October, when my youngest was just a wee babe of two years old, I thought it would be a fun experience to have her first haircut at Walt Disney World.  It was a great decision and I’m so glad we did it!

You will need an appointment and when you or your travel agent sets it up you will have to request the First Haircut package.  For $19, you get the haircut and a style, a certificate, and a Mickey ear hat with My First Haircut embroidered on the back.  I think this is one of the most overlooked bargains in all of Disney.  The ear hats alone start at around $15, so this is a great value, especially if your little one is too young for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or Pirate’s League.

As you can see, she was overdue for a trim.  The stylist was so nice!  She gave my daughter a little toy to play with (we ended up having to buy that toy later because she loved it so much!) to distract her from the haircut.  We just did a little bit of a trim, nothing drastic.

After the cutting was done, she got to try on her new hat!

After the hat time fun was over, the stylist offered to put my daughter’s hair back into pigtails.  It was hot that day and I wanted to keep her hair out of her face so I agreed that would be best.  She put just a little bit of gel in to help hold the style, and it made the most adorable curly pigtails you’d ever seen.  I was so pleased by that little detail.

And finally, it just wouldn’t be Disney without some pixie dust!

I talked to the stylists for a little while after the haircut and they were all so wonderful and nice.  Most of them had been working in that tiny little shop for decades and they seemed to enjoy it so much. They were just amazing with the kids. It really was a fantastic experience and I would recommend anyone, not just the babies, have a haircut there.