We love Walt Disney World for attractions, resorts, restaurants, characters and more. But for many of us who return time after time, there is always something a little less travelled at the "World" enhancing the overall Disney experience and drawing us back. This story is about some of the lesser known or frequented Disney magic that makes our vacations truly special or unique, and which takes us off the beaten path at Walt Disney World.
Today we take a walk down Main Street, U.S.A. As much as this is the main entrance into the Magic Kingdom, most people walk very quickly down the street toward Cinderella’s Castle and into the park hub. But even in the Parks, there are overlooked or infrequently visited attractions and activities.
This is the first of two stories on things to see and do on Main Street of Walt Disney World, but which are still off the beaten path.
HARMONY BARBER SHOP
Sit back in the good ol’ barber’s chair and get ready for a good old-fashioned haircut at Harmony Barber Shop. It is located near the Emporium gift shop with a signature candy-striped pole outside. A step into Harmony Barber Shop is a step back in time. Hair tonics and talcum powders line the dark burgundy shelves. The Dapper Dans barbershop quartet strolls by daily, singing melodious tunes in perfect harmony and entertaining guests with their humorous banter.
Haircuts for children age 12 and under are priced at just $15. Another popular treatment for kids as well as kids-at-heart is colored hair gel, which costs $7.50. Of course there are also services for grown-ups to enjoy. An adult haircut costs $19. Beard and mustache trims are $5.
“First Haircuts” is the establishment’s specialty. Young Walt Disney World guests who receive their first haircut at the Magic Kingdom barbershop are treated to many delightful surprises, from “pixie dust” and bubbles to Mickey Mouse stickers, and an extra-special “My 1st Haircut” set of Mouse Ears and certificate. The “My 1st Haircut” special is priced at $18.
Harmony Barber Shop only accepts appointments for those staying at a Disney resort or guests who have dining reservations. Guests without reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. [Prices are subject to change without notice.]
MAIN STREET VEHICLES
Main Street Vehicles let Guests take a historic one-way ride on a fire engine, omnibus and more down Main Street. And there is no charge for this ride.
Photo by Disney
Imagine living life a little more slowly than at today's superfast pace. You can when you climb aboard any of this charming transportation inspired by the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Catch a ride in Town Square or in front of Cinderella Castle for your nostalgic one-way journey. Cruise on the new-fangled contrivance of your choice: horse-pulled trolley, omnibus, horseless carriage, or fire engine. Then turn heads as you travel in style. You'll enjoy the relaxed, quiet pace of the good old days.
They don't build them like they used to, do they?
THE FLAG RETREAT CEREMONY ON MAIN STREET
A respectful ceremony honoring the veterans and current members of the armed forces is held every evening around 5:00 as part of the retreat ceremony for the American Flag. (But it’s best to check the schedule for the exact time, and arrive a few minutes early for the best spot to watch.) Disney encourages service members and veterans to register at Guest Services if they will be available to participate; one of whom will be specifically recognized at the event.
The Disney “plus” to this event begins with the Main Street Philharmonic and the Dapper Dans offering their renditions of several American patriotic songs.
When the flag is lowered, a selected veteran of that day is introduced, along with their family, and who then assists in the folding of the flag in the official military manner.
Once this is complete, some military music follows and then the Guest Veteran, the Disney Color Guard, the Main Street Philharmonic and the Dapper Dans march down Main Street to conclude the ceremony.
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