Today was our second day in New York City on our Adventures by Disney trip!
This morning, we started out bright and early with a 5am wake up to go behind the scenes at Good Morning America in Times Square! We got to sit in as part of the live studio audience while we watched the show, including interviews with special guests as well as meeting Michael Strahan!
Afterwards, we all headed over to check out the amazing New Amsterdam Theatre which is a historical landmark of New York that was built in 1902--over 115 years ago! This is the same theater we will be watching "Aladdin" in on Saturday night, so we got to see a sneak peak before the show. The architecture of inside the theater was beautifully crafted and made to resemble a garden. We weren't allowed to film insde the theater, but we could take a few pictures off the stage--check them out below! The theater is also said to be haunted by a ghost of famous actress who performed there a long time ago...but I didn't see anything. We actually to go up onto the stage and look out across the entire theater, which only happens to those on Adventures by Disney!
After the New Amsterdam Theatre, it was time for lunch. We walked down the street a few blocks to John's Pizzeria, the biggest pizzeria in New York! The building used to be a church, but was turned into a pizzeria in the late '90s. It's said to be the best pizza in New York--and I believe it. It was delicious and truly lived up to its reputation.
Then came one of the best (or maybe worst) experiences of the Adventures By Disney trip so far: the opportunity to learn part of the opening number of the Broadway musical, "Aladdin"! We were taught the choreography by experienced and professional dancers, which really put into perspective how hard dancing for Broadway is. Not only do you have to memorize steps quickly, but you have to sing AND act--MAD props to Broadway professionals! This was the worst moment for all the non-dancers in the room because we were reminded how terribly uncoordinated we all are, but it was so much fun! It was amazing to see how much work goes into each routine; we were all winded after half of a song! Adventures By Disney let us have that first hand, exclusive experience that not many other people get to see. It was a blast, but don't expect my Broadway debut anytime soon!
After a quick break (including a much needed power nap) back at the hotel, we were off again for the last part of Day 2--dinner and a journey through the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side. While traveling through the neighborhood, you could really see all the rich diversity and mix of cultures that New York has to offer. The Tenement Museum gives a first-hand look into what the lives of immigrants who lived in New York in the late 1800's-early 1900's were like, including Irish, Sicilian, and Jewish immigrants. Before exploring the museum, we got to explore food from all the different cultures that were thriving in the Lower East Side dating from early 1900's to now. My personal favorites were pickled pineapples and this German cheese spread that tasted like butter! It was an amazing experience that is just another example of all the one-of-a-kind things you can do on Adventures By Disney!
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