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Main Street U.S.A.
The first land inside the Magic Kingdom gates is Main Street U.S.A. It is said to be Walt's homage to his small town child-hood home of Marcaline, Missouri; and a celebration of Turn-of-the-Century small town U.S.A. Main Street U.S.A. Employs the movie making magic of forced perspective (where each story of the buildings is smaller than the last) to help create its great ambiance.
While there are only four actual buildings that make up the stores and restaurants of Main Street U.S.A., each building has several different facades. Each facade is very detailed and ornate creating a beautiful turn of the century street. Restaurants including Tony's Town Square themed after Tony's restaurant in Lady and the Tramp, and The Plaza Restaurant. Recently Main Street U.S.A.'s Town Square Exposition Hall became the home of Mickey and his Pals. A relocation from Mickey's Toontown Fair after its closed to make way for Storybook Circus. This is where guests can meet and greet with the classic Disney Pals.
Main Street starts with the Walt Disney World Railroad, Main Street, U.S.A. train station and ends with Cinderella's Castle. It is the central viewing location for the Magic Kingdom parades--such as the Main Street Electrical Parade--and fireworks shows. Main Street U.S.A. is also home to turn-of-the-century vehicles including a horse drawn trolley, double decker bus, and fire engine.
Main Street U.S.A.'s City Hall houses the parks Guest Relations. The Main Street Fire Station became home to the new--park wide--interactive game Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. Guests pick up game cards with things like magic powers or characters on them from the Fire Station and then use the cards at portals throughout Magic Kingdom; guests are working to rid the Magic Kingdom of Villains.
Fun note: Nearly every Main Street window has business names on it, each of which is a tribute to someone or thing connected to Disney. (See the Reedy Creek Development page for a great example of this.)