I’ve loved Broadway my whole life, but growing up in California, it was not the easiest to get to a Broadway show. In fact, I didn’t see a show on Broadway until I was well into my 20s, having spent the majority of my youth and teens devouring Original Broadway Cast soundtracks and catching touring productions whenever they were in town. Needless to say, when I got the opportunity to go on Adventures by Disney’s New York City Short Escape, the itinerary made my heart skip several beats!
This trip, designed by Adventures by Disney to showcase the bustle and joy of the city that never sleeps, catered perfectly to both Broadway fans like myself and people who had never seen a show or visited New York City. The food, experiences, and people were amazing, and it was all wrapped in a delightful bow by our wonderful Adventure Guides, Laurie and Chris. They were basically the human equivalent of a cherry on top of an already delicious ice cream sundae. Here are five highlights of this trip:
Visiting Good Morning America
We woke up bright and early to head over to Good Morning America in Times Square for a special backstage look at the show, plus the chance to sit in the audience for part of the taping (and breathe the same air as Chrissy Teigen and Emma Stone). Some members of the group were even featured on-camera!
Seeing Frozen on Broadway
This was definitely a major highlight of the trip. The cast of Frozen on Broadway is so talented—it was worth the entire trip just to get to see Caissie Levy perform “Monster” and “Let It Go” live. After the show, we even got to sit and chat with a couple of cast members!
Participating in a Broadway dance workshop
Did you know that a ton of Broadway shows all rehearse in the same space: Ripley-Grier Studios? Not only did we visit Ripley-Grier Studios, but we also got to pretend we were in a Broadway show ourselves as we participated in an acting and dance lesson, learning part of the choreography for “Fixer Upper” from Frozen! You can bet I paid close attention during that part of the show to spot the choreography we had just learned in action. Let’s just say the professional performers were sliiightly better than I was at it.
Touring the New Amsterdam Theatre
If I could live in this theatre, I totally would. Currently the home of Aladdin on Broadway, the theatre’s interiors have been restored to its original art nouveau style, and is also allegedly haunted! We got the chance to explore the onstage and backstage areas, as well as the house of the theatre.
Can you spot the hidden Mickey in this archway?
Trying out props from Disney Broadway shows
In one very special room of the New Amsterdam Theatre, an amazing opportunity waited for me – and that was to try on and take photos with costume elements and props from Disney Broadway shows like Aladdin, The Lion King, Newsies, and Mary Poppins! A dream come true.
As you can see, I had the time of my life on this trip. 10 out of 10, would do it again! Be sure to visit Adventures by Disney to start planning your next trip!