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Disney on Broadway: Behind the Magic Tour

Anyone who knows me knows that I love Disney and movies. Disney has put out some amazing movies including The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast. These movies and more have been turned into Broadway musicals. Walks of New York teamed up with Disney Theatrical Group to give a behind the scenes tour of Disney on Broadway and access to the New Amsterdam Theater.

The tour begins in Times Square with a group of 15 people. The tour guide handed out headphones and a radio so that everyone could hear her. New York City is very busy and loud so this came in handy. The tour guide was an actress on Broadway who was in between shows. She was very passionate about theater. She was the perfect person to have as a tour guide.

Disney On Broadway: Behind The Magic Tour ©2015 HollyDayz

I am from New York and have been to Times Square many times, but never noticed that the theater district map was on the ground. It tells you the name of each theater and where each is located. The tour guide also showed us some pictures of Times Sq. before all the lights and glam.

Theater District Map in Times Sq. ©2015 HollyDayz
Theater District Map in Times Sq. ©2015 HollyDayz

She was full of knowledge and I learned some new things about NYC that I wasn’t aware of. I love history and thought this was great. We had barely moved from the meeting spot and I was learning a lot and enjoying myself. We began walking around and she put on some Broadway music from different decades as we walked.

As we continued to walk around the Theater District we stopped at the famous Sardi’s restaurant. Sardi’s is a staple in the Broadway community. It is even the birthplace of the Tony award! Many actors and producers frequent the restaurant for business lunches and more. There are many caricatures of Broadway stars that adorn the walls throughout the entire restaurant.

Broadway Stars Caricatures ©2015 HollyDayz
Broadway Stars Caricatures ©2015 HollyDayz

It is really amazing how much history the Theater District truly holds. After walking around some more and standing in Shubert Alley hearing so many stories and walking around a bit more we headed over to the New Amsterdam Theater. The New Amsterdam theater is gorgeous and currently home to Aladdin. A tour guide who works for the theater took over the tour. We had the opportunity to sit in the theater and listen to the history of it all.

Inside the New Amsterdam Theater ©2015 HollyDayz
Inside the New Amsterdam Theater ©2015 HollyDayz
Beautiful design of the New Amsterdam Theater ©2015 HollyDayz
Beautiful design of the New Amsterdam Theater ©2015 HollyDayz

She informed us of the many performances that took place there including A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Zigfield Follies, and so much more.There were also some pictures of what the theater had turned into during the time when Times Square was an extremely undesirable place to be. It was extremely ugly. Luckily it was leased to the Walt Disney Company and restored to its former glory.

Some props from Beauty and the Beast ©2015 HollyDayz
Some props from Beauty and the Beast ©2015 HollyDayz
Costumes and props from Mary Poppins ©2015 HollyDayz
Costumes and props from Mary Poppins ©2015 HollyDayz
Props and costumes from The Lion King ©2015 HollyDayz
Props and costumes from The Lion King ©2015 HollyDayz

After learning so much amazing history we were taken into the a room that held props and costumes from Beauty and The Beast, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Aida, the Lion King, and more. After walking around the room and learning about some of the props and costumes we were told we could try the costumes on! I thought that was awesome and everyone became very excited.

Me wearing a headpiece for the Broadway Play Aida ©2015 HollyDayz
Me wearing a headpiece for the Broadway Play Aida ©2015 HollyDayz
Me trying out part of the costume for The Lion King ©2015 HollyDayz
Me trying out part of the costume for The Lion King ©2015 HollyDayz

I tried on some head pieces from Aida first. I then went to check out the lion faces from The Lion King that they were on their head. The tour guide asked me if I wanted to be a jelly fish and helped me into the costume from the Little Mermaid. It was so much fun to play dress up.  Afterward I hopped into Ariel’s seashell for a photo opportunity.

Dressed as a Jellyfish from The Little Mermaid. ©2015 HollyDayz
Dressed as a Jelly Fish from The Little Mermaid. ©2015 HollyDayz
Hanging out in Ariel's seashell ©2015 HollyDayz
Hanging out in Ariel’s seashell ©2015 HollyDayz

Before leaving the theater I said goodbye to a picture of Olive, the ghost that is said to haunt the New Amsterdam Theater. We were told it is something you must do. Afterward I took a picture in front of the Genie’s lamp. Aladdin is a broadway play that I really want to see, so I hope the Genie grants my wish soon!

Portrait of Olive ©2015 HollyDayz
Portrait of Olive ©2015 HollyDayz

If you are a Broadway lover this is certainly a tour you will enjoy! If you love Disney this is a tour you must go on! Enjoy history, this tour is full of fun and interesting history. I enjoyed myself immensely on this tour! If your in NYC I highly recommend Disney on Broadway: Behind the Magic Tour. The tour was 2 hours and 3o minutes, but the time seemed to fly by.

Aladdin's lamp ©2015 HollyDayz
Lamp from Aladdin ©2015 HollyDayz

Have you seen any of Disney’s Broadway musicals? Have you been on the Disney Behind The Magic Tour?

Disclaimer: Thank you to Walks Of New York for having me. While receiving complimentary admission all opinions and views are my own.

46 Comments

  • nappynaturalaisha

    Amazing photo opps… love them… I am not a big fan of Disney anymore, and I try not to spend too much with them because of their company ethics, but I can’t deny that they have a lot of awesome things to offer…

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you! They do have great things to offer.

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  • patricemfoster

    Great graphic looks like you had a lot of fun. Musicals not my thing but I love the child like atmosphere that is Disney.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you. I am not huge on musicals myself, but these are some great theatrical shows. Disney has some amazing songs and so it is something I can enjoy.

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  • Dave from Daves Travel Pages

    I always wondered what happend to the props and costumes from old musicals and plays – Now I know! It sounds a really interesting tour, especially finding out the history behind everything.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yea they even showed us some theater magic and tricks. It was a great tour.

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  • Ayanna

    I love broadway! great idea for a tour, I might have to look it up next time I’m in New York!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is a fun tour, you should certainly look into it on your next visit to NY.

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  • TheBohoChica

    I’ve never experienced a tour like this, very cool! And I’d love to hear more of the story about Olive, so intriguing!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is very cool. I had a lot of fun. Yes, the story of Olive was interesting. Even more reason to take the tour!

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  • aliceteacake

    The New Amsterdam Theatre looks so beautifully intricate and old fashioned. I love that! I would go just for the history alone but you trying on those costumes is just the cutest! I wanna get in that shell too 😀

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is very beautiful and old fashioned. The history was great I enjoyed learning so much. You should certainly take the tour I think would have a blast.

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  • Claudia

    I have never really been much of a Disney fan. The only character I could stand, even as a kid, was Donald Duck. And as an adult, I have only managed to see The Lion King. Seriously. I’d make a horrible aunt 😉

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    • Holly Dayz

      Haha, there are some really good Disney movies. I think you might like some of them.

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  • Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green

    This is looks like a great tour. I’ve only seen Chicago w/ Wendy Williams & Motown on Broadway. New York is one of my favorite cities and I would love to see more of the theater. Really cool that you got to see the props from the different shows.

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    • Holly Dayz

      The theater is beautiful. There are so many great shows to see. Yea I had fun trying on a few costumes.

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  • Veronika

    Hi! This looks like some great think to do in New York: and you even got to try on some of the movie costumes:) Great, I will add it to my list!

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    • Holly Dayz

      I am glad you are adding this to your list. I think you may enjoy this tour. It was a lot of fun.

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  • ntbrewer

    This is such a cute idea. I never thought to do one of these tours, got to check it out next time I hit NYC.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yea it was so much fun. You have to do this tour!

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  • The Happy Jetlagger

    I’ve only been to New York once and I didn’t visit anything on Broadway at that time – should change that next time 🙂 Good tip!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Next time you visit you should certainly check out a Broadway show. There are so many good ones.

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  • Jen Seligmann

    Hey Holly,
    What a cool tour. This is definitely something I’d be keen to do someday.
    I love that you got to learn more about your home city as this is something I am all about right now because of the lack of travel in my life. We really do take our home for granted sometimes.
    I’ve made a note of theater district map for next time I’m in New York as I didn’t see it in Times Sq last time either.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was a cool tour. I enjoyed myself. I love learning about my hometown. There is so much and your right we do take our homes for granted sometimes. There is a lot to offer right in your own backyard. I am glad I am not the only one who didn’t notice the map.

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  • Mia

    I had no idea they had a tour like this! I’m a huge fan of Broadway and I could see myself doing this tour one day. I’d love to visit Sardi’s and see those famous pictures. Plus, I want to try on all those cool costumes. Sounds like you really enjoyed your day!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is a brand new tour. There were many Broadway lovers taking the tour and they enjoyed it a lot. The costumes were fun!

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  • Laura

    I’m a big Disney movie fan too, especially the ones you mentioned – we used to know the words to all the songs even. I’d love to go on that tour. Not just to see the disney side, but also to learn the bits of things you did about Broadway. NYC is so great.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Disney movies have such memorable songs. I learned a lot of Broadway and New York history on this tour. It was great.

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  • Shawana

    Great pics! Looks like you had an awesome time. The Lion King is one of my favorite Disney movies among others. This looks like an awesome tour I get to New York a few times a year, I will make sure I look into it.

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    • Holly Dayz

      I had a lot of fun. You will have to check out the tour, you will enjoy. If you haven’t, see The Lion King on Broadway.

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  • Love and Road (@LoveandRoad)

    Nice Tour!!
    Is so good when we can let or inner child have fun! I have never been to NYC, and Broadway is a place that I really want to visit, a Disney tour sound like a good start.
    All the best,
    Nat

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yes your right, it is a wonderful moment when you can do that. I hope you get to NYC soon and get to see a show on Broadway.

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  • Jo

    This looks so FUN. I live in NYC, but I’ve never heard of this. I know my niece would love this.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Oh awesome you should take the tour. It is so fun and you niece would love it.

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  • Jonna

    That’s cool to do a Disney on Broadway Tour. Sounds like a great way to pull all your favorites together. Looks like a lot of fun.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was a lot of fun. It was a great combo for a good time and learning experience.

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  • thereviewchic

    Such a cute idea! It looked like lots of fun!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was a blast.

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  • rattlesandheels

    This is so cool! I live in New York too and I had no idea about the map in the Times Square. I went to the Disney Social Media Moms conference back in June and it was held at the New Amsterdam Theatre which is definitely an incredible beautiful theater.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Oh that is awesome! The theater is amazing with so much history!

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  • GinaB @ Mirror Watching

    I’ve been to NYC many times as well. Love the city can’t get enough of it. I will definitely look for this tour next time around.

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    • Holly Dayz

      I hope you do, you will enjoy it.

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  • Jaye@Curvatude

    Oh how cool. I love theater and am always thinking about the what magic and chaos backstage must be like when I am seeing a show.

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    • Holly Dayz

      There is so much of both magic and chaos. Our tour guide, being an actress on Broadway gave us some insight into it all.

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  • Candace Howe

    This is so cool! Sad that we’re right in NYC and would think it too touristy to try lol

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was a lot of fun. I enjoyed learning more about my city and getting exclusive access to Broadway!

      Reply

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