Adventures by Disney® offers a variety of long and short adventures to destinations around the world. One of their newest offerings is the New York City Long Weekend, where Adventurers get to experience a one-of-a-kind adventure in “The City That Never Sleeps”. I had the opportunity to experience one day of this wonderful itinerary, and I would love to share my experience with you!
Upon arrival at our hotel, InterContinental NY Times Square, I was greeted by our Adventure Guides Dusty and Stefan. We all got checked in, and then we were on our way! Our first stop was the New Amsterdam Theatre, home of Aladdin the musical. This is a gorgeous theatre, and the history behind it is amazing. We were able to go backstage to see how the show comes together for each performance each night. From props to backdrops and even the secret trap door in the floor that shoots the actors and actress up out of the floor, we got to see it all. Once we were done backstage, we had a chance to try on some different costumes from other shows that also perform at the New Amsterdam.
Next up was The Ride. This is a large coach bus weʼre one side of the bus is all glass. The Ride takes you on a 45-minute tour throughout Time Square. Along the way, you see some amazing sites and run into some very creative and entertaining street performers! Definitely bring the camera!
By this time we were pretty hungry, so it was time for lunch! And in New York City, that means one thing: pizza. We were treated at Johnʼs Pizzeria, and it was definitely a treat. If you ever go to NYC you have to go. Best pizza Iʼve ever experienced, it makes me hungry every time I think about it!
After lunch, we headed over to Pearl Studioʼs. Pearl Studioʼs is where the choreographers work on dance steps with the actors and actresses for different Broadway productions. You guessed it, we were their next pupils – we got to learn the first 45 seconds to the opening dance to Aladdin! And yes I learned the dance. It was a lot of fun, but I never realized how time goes into learning each step. What an exhausting day.
We had about an hour break to head back to the Hotel to freshen up for dinner, eat, then and get ready for the evening performance of Aladdin.
Once we finished dinner at the hotel, it was time to head back to the New Amsterdam Theatre for the performance of Aladdin. Oh my, is all I can say! If you ever have the opportunity to see this show on Broadway, I highly recommend it! When the show came to an end, we were told by the Adventure Guides to hang tight until the theatre cleared out. Once the theatre was empty, we all moved up to the first two rows, and several performers came out for a meet and greet, along with a quick Q&A session! Talk about a VIP experience that you can’t get anywhere else! Please Note: Since I had the opportunity experience this one day trip, the Broadway show has changed, and Adventures by Disney® – New York City Long Weekend is now seeing Frozen the Musical on Broadway.
As we were exiting the theatre it started to rain. Let me tell you when they say you donʼt have to worry about a thing on these trips they are right. At the exit doors of the theatre were Dusty and Stefan, handing everyone in our group a poncho to help keep us dry for the walk back to the Hotel.
Even though this was just a small taste of what Adventures by Disney® is all about, the Adventures by Disney® – New York City Long Weekend was an amazing experience, and I canʼt wait to take my family on a longer one!
Here is the full itinerary for the Adventures by Disney® – New York City Long Weekend:
Continental Breakfast at Hotel: Enjoy a continental breakfast before you begin your day exploring the Big Apple.
Interactive City Sightseeing on THE RIDE: Take the city by storm on THE RIDE, a whirlwind adventure on wheels where you’ll see some of Manhattan’s most iconic sights, including Times Square, Madison Avenue, the Chrysler Building and more. On this special tour, you’ll experience live performances, fun surprises and get an up-close look at classic New York locations.
Lunch at John’s Pizzeria in Times Square: No visit to New York would be complete without a slice of authentic New York pizza. Enjoy a delicious lunch at John’s Pizzeria—a converted tabernacle church that’s now the largest pizzeria in the country. With pizza made in coal-fired brick ovens, you’ll enjoy an incredible, crispy crust plus a tomato sauce worth writing home about!
9/11 Memorial and Museum Visit: Experience the museum and memorial on your own, after a brief introduction by your Adventure Guides. Inside the museum, learn about this momentous day in American history by examining the artifacts and hearing the stories of the witnesses, victims’ families and survivors. Reflect at the twin pools where the Twin Towers once stood and feel the calm, stoic rush of the largest man-made waterfalls in North America.
The Top of One World Trade Center: Feel like you’re on top of the world at the One World Trade Center! It’s the tallest building in the Western hemisphere—with an observatory that provides the best view in all of New York City and the Tri-State area.
Welcome Dinner at Tribeca Grill: Join your fellow Adventurers for a private dinner and welcome reception at this renowned eatery that is co-owned by Robert De Niro and offers New American cuisine, a stellar wine list, and superior service.
Good Morning America Studio Visit: Get VIP access to Good Morning America, provided to you exclusively by Adventures by Disney. When you visit Disney’s Times Square Studios, you can see the cameras roll and lights go up as the first news story of the day is aired to the nation. You can even go back into the control booth—the nerve center of the show—and learn the secrets of producing one of ABC’s longest-running live shows as it broadcasts before your eyes!
Live! at the Tenement! – Visit the Tenement Museum: Be entertained by the incredible stories embodying the hopes and dreams of the residents of the Lower East Side tenement in an exclusive experience for Adventures by Disney Guests. Tour a living museum where history comes to life, with restored apartments that reflect tenement life from different eras. Take part in these historically accurate recreations and hear the tales about the immigrant families residing at the tenement—who came to America to start new lives.
Lunch at the Tenement Museum: Celebrate the diversity of the melting pot that is New York City over a private tapas-style lunch. Taste the flavors of the Lower East Side and watch interviews of local store owners who provided the very food that you’re eating. Sample a wealth of local ethnic cuisines as the history of New York’s food culture from Jewish to Chinese to Cuban excites your appetite. And discover how immigration brought new culinary dimensions to New York and shaped the character—and the waistline—of the city!
Historic Harlem Walking Tour: Step back in time and become acquainted with Harlem’s history during The Harlem Heritage Tour. This guided-walking excursion through one of New York’s most unique and dynamic neighborhoods is complete when a portable soundtrack led by “Mr. Harlem,” a true-blue Harlem local, brings to life the stories of the residents and the events that happened to them. See the locations of the Cotton Club and Savoy—Harlem nightclubs that were the birthplace of the musical sounds that swept across the nation.
Dinner On Your Own in New York City: Explore a magnificent array of dining options that offer a variety of cultural flavors and ambiance. You’re sure to find a restaurant that’s ideal for your family or ask an Adventure Guide for recommendations.
Breakfast at Hotel: Enjoy breakfast before you begin your day exploring the Big Apple.
Private Tour of the New Amsterdam Theatre: Go behind the scenes for a private tour and discover the beautifully restored art and architecture of this landmark Broadway theatre built in 1903, once home to the legendary Ziegfeld Follies. Then take an up-close look at Disney Theatrical Production’s history on Broadway to see how classic Disney stories, as well as completely original works, are brought to life on stage.
Broadway Theater Workshop: Make your Broadway debut as you learn music and dance steps from one of your favorite songs featured in a Broadway musical. Suitable for all ability levels, the workshop will be held in a private rehearsal studio, so leave your inhibitions at the door.
Lunch and Afternoon On Your Own in New York City: The Big Apple is yours to explore. Find a great lunch spot, then head out and explore the magnificent city that surrounds you.
Farewell Dinner at Sardi’s: Bid your fellow Adventurers a fond farewell at Sardi’s, the legendary Times Square restaurant. Dine on a delicious menu of continental fare as you check out the celebrity caricatures that adorn the walls.
See Disney’s Frozen: The Broadway Musical at the Legendary St. James Theatre Experience the magic that can happen when you “let it go” as you marvel at this magnificent Broadway production of Disney’s animated classic film, Frozen, at the iconic St. James Theatre.
Breakfast at Hotel: Enjoy breakfast before you begin your day exploring the Big Apple.
Morning On Your Own: Enjoy the morning on your own before departing at your leisure for your flight back home.
Transfer to Local Airport or Train Station: Travel to John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia or Newark Airports. Transportation will also be provided to local train stations within a reasonable distance of the hotel.
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