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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.