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Comparing Main Street in the Magic Kingdom to Disneyland Paris

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By Don Gworek

Main Street U.S.A. at Walt Disney World and in Disneyland Paris have a lot in common. For example, they both recently refurbished the facades of their Confectionery shops. Above is a photo from May 2010 in Disneyland Paris, and below is a photo from the Magic Kingdom in February 2011.


This video playfully and quickly shows how similar, yet different, the two Main Streets are:

Main Street USA - comparing Walt Disney World to Disneyland Paris

The shops along the two streets sometimes seem very much alike. For example, the two ice cream shops are neary identical. Above is Disneyland Paris and below is the Magic Kingdom.


But these two Main Streets are not twins. They are more like siblings that have similar features – maybe 40 percent alike. Above are the shops near the ice cream shop in Paris, and below is the same block area in Orlando.


Above is Casey’s Corner restaurant in Paris, below is Casey’s in Orlando. Note the arrow …


The arrow in the previous photo points to this facade, which temporarily covered the projectors of the new Magic, Memories, and You show at the Magic Kingdom. Things are always changing, will always be tried, always being tested. This test was in place for about a month this year and has since been removed.


One of the my favorite details on Main Street is the weather vane in Casey’s logo.


Here’s a detail I just noticed when putting together this blog. This acknowledgment of Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother, can be found in Disneyland Paris.


Here’s a shop in Paris. Note the acknowledgment of Roy O. Disney in the upper left. Below is the same block in Orlando. Note how in Paris there are blue signs, “Toys”, next to the windows but Orlando doesn’t have this detail.


Across the street now, to the Delicatessen in Paris. Below is the same shop in Orlando, similar, but different.


In the opposite corner of this intersection is a Jewelry shop in Orlando (above). In Paris, there is a motor cars shop.


Above is City Hall in Paris. Below is City Hall in Orlando.


Above is the opposite side of Town Square, in Orlando, where you can now meet Mickey Mouse. Below is the same area of Town Square in Paris.


A pavement marker in Paris, acknowledge Walt and Roy’s dad, Elias Disney.


We’ll end the comparison with this really cool (or, really warm in winter) feature that is only in Disneyland Paris. Open mall-like arcades run behind the shops on both sides of the street. Each section has different theming.

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4 comments

Tim June 22, 2011 - 10:16 am

Fascinating comparison. While both Main Streets are surprisingly similar, I think it’s clear that Disneyland Paris’ is far more elaborate and believable. Just look at the ground. The Magic Kingdom has tarmac, whereas Disneyland Paris has full paving blocks.

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Heidi June 22, 2011 - 11:15 am

Very cool! It’s amazing how similar they are!

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Kristina K. June 22, 2011 - 2:34 pm

Lovely, now you have made me want to visit again, although where I live it costs something simular to visit WDW. I loved Paris’s Moter Vehicle shop, cute!!

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Rebekah September 20, 2011 - 2:04 pm

Paris VS Orlando Disneyland

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