People Watching at the Magic Kingdom ~ Witnessing the Magic


When visiting a Disney Park, we see people from all over the world, all walks of life, and basically a truly diverse crowd. Now that we’re locals, we have a whole new understanding of the dynamics of how Disney works, and how it touches the lives of people everywhere. I’ve never been anyplace else where you see a complete melting pot of people, not like Disney has anyhow. Have you ever sat and just people watched at Disney? It’s worth it to do so. Why is that? Well, if you do, you’ll see for yourself that Disney is universal and we all love it the same, especially at the Magic Kingdom.

There’s something to be said for walking under the train station near the entrance of the Magic Kingdom, and the anticipation you feel as you head towards Main Street USA and see Cinderella Castle for the first time. It doesn’t necessarily have to be your first time ever seeing the Castle, it could be just the first time that trip, or that week. It still gives you that special feeling. The next time you’re on Main Street, look around, do a little people watching. You can always spot a first timer on Main Street. That person usually has a look of childhood wonder and excitement, no matter what their age is. We all feel that way at one point or another, don’t we? Well if you’re a seasoned Disney vet, take a look at the newbies around you, I promise that it will make your heart swell!


The same kind of people watching can be done during a parade or fireworks display. Have you ever looked around you during Wishes at night, and seen people with tears in their eyes? I sure have. It usually makes me cry too. Heck, sometimes I get teary still during the Festival of Fantasy Parade, and I’m not even sure why. I just love that parade, and I’ve seen it over and over again, it never gets old. If I get that excited during the parade, I can only imagine how a first timer feels, it’s the best. I remember when I took my Mom and Dad to the Magic Kingdom last September, they had that look too. They loved the parade, and really enjoyed Wishes too. My Dad, who was previously a Disney skeptic, looked like a big kid by the end of the day, taping Wishes on his phone and loving every minute of it. That’s what Disney does. It breaks down barriers of age, language, nationalities….. everyone loves it the same.

So, the next time you’re at a Disney destination, take a look around you. People watching is always fun to do, but at Disney, it will do your heart good. Just seeing how the magic of Disney effects others is truly a pixie dust filled experience, it’s amazing!

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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One thought on “People Watching at the Magic Kingdom ~ Witnessing the Magic

  • August 14, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I love to people watch when we are in Disney, you see so many interesting people. My husband does not understand why I like it so much, and I tell you just have to experience it to understand.

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