Guided tour

New York Disney on Broadway Behind the Magic Experience

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New York Disney on Broadway Behind the Magic Experience

Activity provider: Walks - US
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Go behind the scenes and experience the magic of Disney on Broadway at New York’s New Amsterdam Theatre. Learn the history of the building as you discover what goes into making shows such as “Aladdin,” “Mary Poppins” and “The Lion King.”

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Experience the magic of Disney on Broadway behind-the-scenes at the New Amsterdam Theatre
  • Learn how Broadway productions like "The Lion King" and "Aladdin" were produced
  • Discover the origins of Times Square and the fate of New York's Red Light District
  • Follow a "Broadway Insider" to landmark locations
  • Hear the gossip about legendary performers, on and off stage!
Full description
Enjoy an exclusive access tour of the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway, and experience the magic of Disney in New York City. Created in collaboration with the Disney Theatrical Group, the tour is a dream from Broadway and Disney fans alike. Spend 1 full hour with the in-house historian, learning the history of the incredible building. You’ll have the place to yourself so you can visit the 1st floor and balcony levels, admiring the vast stage as your guide describes what goes into the creation and performance of a Broadway production like “Beauty and The Beast,” “Mary Poppins,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King.” Hear stories of the goings-on behind the scenes, and learn about the superstitions held by Broadway performers - including a few ghost stories. Next, visit the Prop Studio to see original props, costumes, and set piece for many of your favorite Disney on Broadway musicals. Hear audio recordings from shows, and learn lots of fun Disney trivia. Please note, with preparations underway for 'Frozen' the musical, this room will be inaccessible from November 20, 2016. Instead, guests who take this tour between November 20 and January will, for the first time in a century, have a real backstage experience at this historic theater, walking onstage themselves. After January, guests will once again have access to props and costumes, this time in the orchestra pit of the theater. Get a full picture of Broadway on a guided tour of the famous New York stretch before your visit to the New Amsterdam. Stop at landmark theatres where legendary shows drew huge crowds and global attention. Travel with one of the “Broadway Insiders,” drawn from a bank of actors, crew members, and theatre mangers. Discover the unlikely origins of Times Square, and hear the rags-to-riches tale of NYC’s theatre district, and how Disney was instrumental in changing the fate of a notorious red light district. Learn about the legendary Ziegfeld Follies that kick-started Broadway production as you know it; not to mention the careers of so many legendary performers. Visit Sardi’s to see the famous character portraits, learning about the on and off-screen shenanigans of Broadway’s biggest names. With your “Broadway Insider” guide, you’ll see the most popular cast hangouts and identify the most important theatres - in both a historic sense and from a theatrical and musical standpoint.
  • Access to Broadway, New York
  • Access to New Amsterdam Theater
  • Live tour guide
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    Covid-19 precautions
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants 5 and older must present proof that they have received two vaccine doses of an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
    • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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    Meeting point

    George M. Cohan statue at West 46th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue towards the end of the block, (not the statue in front of the red stairs).

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • The voucher is not redeemable at the New Amsterdam Theater ticket desk
    • This tour is offered in English only
    • Walks comply with all local government regulations
    • Please refer to New York government guidelines for the recent information on Covid-19
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    4.5 /5

    based on 61 reviews

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    This was a nice tour, but it wasn’t what I expected, especially in terms of learning about Disney. I thought we would go into more than one theater to learn about the history. We only went into the New Amsterdam theater. It was a lot of standing in front of the locked theaters and learning about our guide’s experience on Broadway. Again, it was enjoyable, but not what I expected.

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    March 10, 2020

    Loved this tour!

    My 11 year old theater loving daughter and I did this tour. Very informative and fun. Our guide was smart and funny and entertained us with games the whole way around. Being able to walk on the Aladdin stage and try on costumes was best part for my theater junkie. Perfect morning!!

    July 23, 2019

    Awesome tour guide!

    My 11-year old daughter and I took this tour recently and we loved it. It was kid-friendly and engaging for both children and adults. There’s a lot of standing and walking outside, so it’s best to do on a warm, dry day. We loved our tour guide who was great at telling the story and history of Broadway while keeping younger children interested with quizzes and prizes. We’d highly recommend this to any family (probably best for 7-8yrs or older where attention spans are more developed).

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    April 27, 2019

    Product ID: 54885