Marceline: The Real Main Street USA

Any Disneyland fan knows Main Street USA takes you back in time, to an old school American town. But did you know that it’s based on a real place?

 Source: Farm 8

Walt Disney was raised in a small town called Marceline, Missouri. When he grew up and created his magical park, he drew inspiration from his childhood for the very first land guests would encounter.

 Source: Dis-Explorers Podcast

Do you see the resemblance?

If you stop by the cinema, you’ll find a Marceline resident. Say hi to Tilly, and don’t forget to check out her name tag!

Of course, Main Street USA is not an exact copy of Marceline. But Walt definitely kept his childhood home in mind when he designed his imaginary town square. You can learn more about Marceline and how it influenced Walt on the Walt Disney Museum website here.

3 comments on Marceline: The Real Main Street USA

  1. Michael Kanauer
    April 3, 2017 at 4:22 am (8 months ago)

    So cool.

  2. George Husker
    March 31, 2017 at 8:07 pm (9 months ago)

    This area of the park must been extra special to Walt if it was based on his home. I didn’t know that, but it makes sense that a nostalgia area came from his own.

  3. Chad WDW
    March 29, 2017 at 6:02 pm (9 months ago)

    I can definitely see the resemblance. Thanks for sharing!


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