An Iconic Feature on Main Street, U.S.A. Is Painted EVERY Day

in Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World

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If you’ve ever visited Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park or Disneyland Resort’s Disneyland Park, you know that Main Street, U.S.A. is the road that leads to the magic — literally. Both Cinderella Castle and Sleeping Beauty Castle sit at the end of their respective Main Streets, and every Disney Park Guest who enters a “Castle Park” must walk down Walt Disney’s version of small-town America.

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While you’re probably familiar with many of the iconic features on Main Street, U.S.A. at both Disney Parks — like the lampposts, the Emporium, and the Main Street Confectionery — there’s one thing you probably don’t know about the most high-touch hitching posts on this famous theme park street.

They are painted every night!

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An article about little-known Disney facts shared:

Each night, the highly touched hitching posts are stripped and repainted so they look fresh the next morning for the next round of guests.

In fact, the starting time these posts are painted is based on the humidity and temperature, to ensure they’re dry in the morning and no one gets sticky fingers.

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This is a fascinating Disney Park secret — and just goes to show that Disneyland and Disney World Cast Members truly go above and beyond to provide the very best Guest experience each and every day!

More on Main Street, U.S.A.

The new Magic Kingdom Central Plaza area between Main Street, U.S.A. and Cinderella Castle is now open to guests. The new landscaping is the first milestone of a multi-phase project that features sculpted gardens, charming fountains and winding pathways. This area is designed to be reminiscent of castle gardens and offers extraordinary viewing locations for parades and fireworks. Magic Kingdom is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
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Disney Parks Blog shared the following details about visiting Main Street, U.S.A. at Disney World:

What was before me was less a small rural town like Main Street at Disneyland park and more of a larger, bustling, architecturally sophisticated township with East coast design sensibilities of the ragtime era of 1890-1910 with an abundance of awnings, covered porches, interior spaces, and lots of eye-candy. From the enormously impressive Hospitality House (now the Town Square Theater), to the Main Street Station of the Walt Disney World Railroad, to the elaborate Emporium, it was a Victorian, turn-of-the-century setting better than anything that could have ever really existed. It was like being on the greatest movie set in the world except it was real! I was hooked!

From the enormously impressive Hospitality House (now the Town Square Theater), to the Main Street Station of the Walt Disney World Railroad, to the elaborate Emporium, it was a Victorian, turn-of-the-century setting better than anything that could have ever really existed. Even the recently re-imagined Magic Kingdom Central Plaza, with its fountains, pathways, and colorful gardens, seems like a frame of cinematic visual magic.

Did you know this fun detail about the hitching posts on Walt Disney’s Main Street, U.S.A., based on his hometown of Marceline, Missouri?

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