Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. is inspired by Walt Disney’s boyhood hometown of Marceline, Missouri. For the past several months, we’ve been sharing details about the windows on the street’s nostalgic buildings that honor influential individuals who contributed to the development, design, storytelling, and magic of Disneyland.

Don’t miss Windows Part 1 & Windows Part 2

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

The tradition of honoring people with Main Street windows dates back to July 17, 1955, when Walt selected who would be honored on Disneyland’s opening day. According to Disney Legend Marty Sklar (who has his own Main Street window), Walt’s “rule” was that Main Street windows are only dedicated upon retirement (except the people Walt honored on opening day).

In the third of our multi-part series about these whimsical windows, we’re continuing our stroll on the west side of the street, from Refreshment Corner to Carnation Café.

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

While on the Walt’s Main Street Story Tour, our guide pointed out “something odd” about the red and white light bulbs at the entrance to Refreshment Corner (you can find out how to take the tour below).

“Walt had a keen eye for detail,” our guide explained.”There’s an odd number of chase lights here making it impossible to have a continuously flowing red-white pattern. So, what they did was paint the one bulb in the corner half red and half white, so now we have a continuously flowing red white pattern.”

FUN FACT – There’s actually a 2nd red and white bulb that’s a bit harder to find, just around the corner.

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

Bob Penfield

The last of Disneyland’s opening day cast members, Penfield worked as a ride operator for King Arthur’s Carousel and became a ride foreman. Penfield moved to Florida to help with the opening of Walt Disney World, moved to Japan to help with the opening of Tokyo Disneyland, and moved back to California for the opening of California Adventure. The “Club 55” on Penfield’s window refers to Disneyland cast members who started their careers during the park’s opening year; “School of Golf” is because he organized company golf tournaments.

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

Disney Legend Wally Boag

In 1947, Boag appeared in the London musical Starlight Roof, which marked the debut of 12-year-old Julie Andrews. In 1955, he was cast as the original Pecos Bill in Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Revue and later provided Jose’s voice in the Enchanted Tiki Room.

FUN FACT: Boag performed in the Golden Horseshoe Revue almost 40,000 times.

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

Royal “Mickey” Clark

Clark was Walt Disney’s personal accountant (and the brother of Disney animator Les Clark) who worked his way up in WED Enterprises from secretary-treasurer to executive vice president. He later also became treasurer and vice president of Retlaw Enterprises (Walter spelled backward).

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

Renie Conley

Disneyland’s original costume designer who designed all the gowns Betty Taylor wore in the Golden Horseshoe Revue.

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

Ed Winger

Winger started during Disneyland’s construction, including Main Street U.S.A. and Sleeping Beauty Castle. He later became Supervisor at Disneyland’s Paint Department and Mill and Sign Shop. Winger’s window refers to his hobby of gold prospecting in Northern California.

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

Sam the Tailor

This window has existed since the park’s opening day. Some people think Sam the Tailor might be a reference to Sam McKim, who was listed as a window recipient for opening day, but later received a window above the former Main Street Photo Supply/now Plaza Pointe (detailed in the second article of our window series). 

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

Disney Legend Fred Joerger

Joerger was an Imagineer who crafted detailed three-dimensional miniature models Disneyland attractions, including the Mark Twain Riverboat, Sleeping Beauty Castle, Main Street U.S.A., and the Jungle Cruise. Joerger also contributed to Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Tom Sawyer Island, and created the red rock buttes for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

Christopher Miller

Walt’s first grandson by his daughter Diane and her husband Ron Miller, Christopher worked as an assistant director on several Disney films, including “The Black Hole,” ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes, and “Herbie Goes Bananas.”

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

“We have a whole series of businesses here,” our Walt’s Main Street Story guide said. “We have a gym here on Main Street U.S.A. We have a Turkish Bath; we even have a fine dining Chinese food restaurant.”

West Side Windows

These windows can be found on the west side of Center Street (running alongside the Carnation Cafe patio).

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You’ve probably already noticed that this section of Main Street has fewer windows with specific names, which just means they’re placeholders for future window dedications. It will be fun to see which names are added in years to come.

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

In Case You Missed It!

Our first article in the series included the windows on the east side of Main Street U.S.A., from the original Main Street Bank in Town Square (now the Disneyana store) to the Market House (AKA Starbucks) at the corner of Main Street and Center Street:

Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part One)

Our second article continued down the east side of Main Street U.S.A. from Center Street (the cross street at the Market House) to the First Aid Center near Plaza Inn restaurant:

Hidden Tributes: Disneyland’s Main Street Windows Revealed (Part Two)

Walt’s Main Street Story Tour

If you’re interested in learning more about Main Street, U.S.A., the 90-minute Walt’s Main Street Story includes a guided walking tour down Main Street plus a visit to Walt’s apartment.

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

Five tours are offered each day: Three morning tours at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m. and two afternoon tours at noon and 2 p.m. Tickets are $160 + tax per person ages 3+. Valid ticket and park reservation are required. Click here for details.

Another way to learn about the Main Street windows in both Anaheim and Orlando (and the perfect holiday gift for your favorite Disney fan) is the new book by Chuck Snyder titled People Behind the Disney Parks: Stories of Those Honored With a Window on Main Street U.S.A. available on Amazon.


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Let’s Hear From You!

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)

Which names do you expect to see gracing the still-to-be-dedicated windows on the west side of Main Street U.S.A.? And did you ever noticed the red and white light bulb at Refreshment Corner? Let us know in the comments below!

And don’t miss the first two parts of this series: 

Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part One)

Hidden Tributes: Disneyland’s Main Street Windows Revealed (Part Two)

Be sure to keep an eye out for the fourth and final article our Main Street windows series soon!


This article was shot by Mike Kindrich and written by Samantha Davis-Friedman. 

Windows on Main Street, Hidden Tributes Revealed: The Story Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Windows (Part Three)
Mike Kindrich (photographer) & Samantha Davis-Friedman (journalist) in Walt Disney’s apartment above the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A.

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Samantha Davis-Friedman
Samantha was born and raised in Southern California. She spent ten years working in television production; however, her English degree from UCLA was finally put to good use in 2011 when she began writing about family travel and theme parks. She has enjoyed sharing her adventures with readers ever since.