Thursday, May 23, 2013

Disneyland's Main Drag: Part 1


I usually assume that I shall start at the beginning and finish at the end. And so I shall here.

YEAH! MAIN STREET! WHY AM I SHOUTING?!
Main Street USA.  It is where Disneyland begins for us visitors. It's also where it ends, I suppose. Depends on what way you're walking. Anyway, here is my walk through of the way it is as I recall.  I hope you enjoy my story. Reflections of Main Street. Phhooosh.  (Que dramatic music [might be somewhat unnecessary])

Many of us have mindlessly passed under the famous plaque that marks the entrance to Main Street USA without so much as a glance.  “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.”  That's what the plaque reads. What does it mean? Where does it take us? Patience, my padawan.

"...and entitled tourists."
As soon as you cross that threshold, you are transported to a world of yesterday, albeit a wonderful yesterday that never existed. There is the clean town square with the flag pole and the civil war era canons at the ready, the horse drawn trolley with the poo sweeper following closely (but not too close), and the early horseless carriages (cars for most of us). The sweet view of turn of the (last) century architecture lines the streets full of happy folk and a quaint little German-esque castle finishes the perspective, just like most small American towns of yesteryear.

Most American small towns also have Swiss peaks behind them.
Then there are the smells. Oh my! The smells! Early morning goods being baked! Cookies, cinnamon rolls and breads! Candy being blended for your sniffing pleasure! Horse shit and B.O.-ridden tourists bring us back down to reality.

Then, there are the shops, all hidden behind the neat facade. We can find watches, hats, touristy gizmos, snacks, did I mention ice cream up there?  No. Well, ice cream! But, when I first enter at opening there is usually only one thing on my mind:

Carnation Cafe

My favorite place for breakfast! Although, as of the time of this post my favorite item is not available, the cinnamon roll French toast!  The food is altogether great and the chef, Oscar, is a delight to chat with. Oscar, for those of you don't know is Disneyland's most tenured cast member.  Also, one of the waiters has been working at Carnation Cafe since the mid '70's. Did I mention that all of this is set in a little alley outside with umbrellas as a covering?  The atmosphere here is effing great!

Oh look! A glass elephant!
Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor

This place is set up like an ice cream parlor you would expect to find on Main Street, U.S.A. It's ice cream, and it's in Disneyland. If you're looking for ice cream in Disneyland, this is the place for you! If it's gumbo you're after, you will be severely disappointed.

That wraps up Part 1 for now. We shall continue our tour of Main Street at a later date. If you can't wait, I suggest buying a TARDIS, DeLorean, or some sort of wild ass phone booth in front of a Circle K and go about mucking with the time-continuum.