How to do Disney in New York City


Skipping the Disney vacation this year?  If you happened to choose New York City as your getaway, there are plenty of activities to get your Disney fix in the big city.

Broadway:

As of right now there are two Disney shows to catch on Broadway:  Aladdin and Lion King.  Currently playing at the New Amsterdam theatre on 42nd street, Aladdin hit the Broadway scene in February 2014 and has no end date in sight.  The show runs every day of the week except Monday. Show times are Tuesday and Thursday at 7 pm, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and 2 matinee shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 pm and Sundays at 3 pm.  The Lion King is at the Minskoff on 45th street.  The show started in October of 1997 and also has no end date in sight.  Show times are Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 pm, Thursday Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 6:30 pm and matinees are 2:00 on Saturday and 1:00 on Sunday.

Also look out for a new Frozen Broadway show that is slated to be opening sometime in Spring 2018.

The Lion King features beautiful costumes and innovative puppets as the animals.  Aladdin’s main draw seems to be the humor of the Genie.  I believe the Genie is somewhat similar to the Genie of the now closed DCA Aladdin show.  Between the 2 shows, the Lion King is the more popular and ticket prices will reflect this fact.

Times Square Disney Store:

Both of the Disney Broadway shows are right next to Times Square, which can get extremely crowded and busy on weekends and during popular vacation times (think Main Street at Magic Kingdom after Wishes).  Times Square is worth a visit if for no other reason than to shop in the large Disney store.  There are 2 floors to explore and the store is wonderfully decorated.  The cast members working there are just as friendly as at the parks and there is some cool New York exclusive merchandise including tsum tsums and vinylmations.

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Pixar in Concert:

In early May, Pixar in Concert is coming to New York City.  Composer and conductor David Newman presents this enchanting concert.  According to the concert listing: “From the Toy Story trilogy to Finding Nemo, Wall-E and UP, Pixar has given audiences of all ages some of the most touching and memorable moments in movie history. Now, together with visually stunning film clips from all 14 Pixar hits, you can enjoy these remarkable scores performed as only the New York Philharmonic can.”

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum:

A tourist favorite in Times Square, Madame Tussaud’s houses wax statues of all your favorite celebrities, and now superheroes.

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The Marvel 4D Experience gives you the opportunity to get up close with your favorite Marvel characters. A 3D movie with physical effects is also included where you can watch the Avengers do battle with Dr. Doom and Loki to save New York. Madame Tussaud’s, located at 234 West 42nd Street, is open 10am-8pm and 10am-8pm Fridays and Saturdays.

Star Wars and the Power of Costumes:

Discovery Times Square is an exhibit space that features rotating exhibits at 226 West 44th Street and is open Sunday-Thursday 9-8pm and Friday and Saturday 9-9pm.

On display now is a great Star Wars costume exhibit.  The exhibit features 70 hand crafted costumes from all 7 movies and gives some great presentations on the thought process that carefully went into all the costumes.  There are some very well known costumes on exhibit, including a full suit of Darth Vader armor, Princess Leia’s metal bikini, Queen Amidala’s elaborate gowns and even some brand new costumes from The Force Awakens.  There are some great interactive features to this exhibit, including a couple of digital screens that will transform your movements to a Stormtrooper on the screen.  Kids could play with this feature for a long time.  The exhibit is great for kids and adults alike and is enough to hold your attention for an hour or two.  It is definitely worth a look.

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Enchanted in Central Park:

If you are in New York City, it is a given that you have to visit Central Park.  If you’ve ever seen the movie Enchanted, you can visit many of the movie locations on a tour of Central Park.  Pictured below is the boating lake, but there are many other iconic locations such as the dairy, the mall, reservoir bridge, sheep meadow and Gapstow Bridge.

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Adventures by Disney- New York City Long Weekend:

Finally, if you’re looking for some extra magic, you can book an Adventures by Disney trip. An ABD vacation will give you exclusive access to the backstage of Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, a Good Morning America backstage visit and a Broadway workshop experience.

There you have it, even if you don’t visit Disney you can still have a little Disney in your trip to New York City!

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