A more industrial walkway, Discovery Arcade is dedicated to the great inventors and visionaries of the early twentieth century, lined with startling artworks and surprising inventions...
The arcade can be reached via entrances at either end or by Main Street Marketplace on Market Street. Disney Clothiers Ltd., Market House Deli, Cable Car Bake Shop, Harrington's and Victoria's Home-Style Restaurant link directly onto the walkway, which is also the home of The Coffee Grinder and The Ice Cream Company.
Through the heavy wooden doors on Town Square or the open walkway from Plaza Gardens, you step into Discovery Arcade and a time of great ideas and great inventions. The boom of the turn-of-the-century gave those of the time a feeling that anything "can, and will" be achieved by man. Discovery Arcade pays homage to these great minds, from their ingenious yet humble patents to their wildest dreams of futuristic cities.
As you stroll along the warm, gas-lit arcade of wooden features and striking green ironwork, large, startling posters depict cities 100 years into the future, whilst in contrast, display cases house inventions and ideas from the most local, small-town turn-of-the-century visionaries.
The central area of Discovery Arcade is a break from the style of the two walkways either side. Here the optimistic warmth turns to a more industrial brickwork style and the faintly gothic features show Main Street's youthful optimism growing up and moving on, to the dramatic worlds of Discoveryland which lie beyond...
Covered walkway behind boutiques on West Main Street, with Statue of Liberty tableau and exhibition.
12th April 1992
Around 10 minutes to explore
Turn-of-the-century New York inspired the patterns of Main Street's 580,000 bricks