Chille and I hop on the B train to 7th avenue and 53rd street.
With so many stairs to climb in NYC, a subway station escalator is always a relief. Word to the wise, however: There is strict etiquette while on escalators in NYC. You STAND on the RIGHT and WALK on the LEFT in a single file.
Chille and Mama head out on Broadway at 9 am. Many New York office workers start at 10. Aren't we lucky!
A quick walk from Times Square, this area is known for its Broadway theatres, television studios and Carnegie Hall.
Like the rest of the country, New Yorker City kids go on field trips, too. They each walk with one partner with whom they hold hands. Here are 40 kids with 4 teachers heading out for a day of learning outside the classroom.
As Chille and I head down 54th street, we check out the view as we look down Broadway.
New York is priced by VOLUME. Paper towels and toilet paper are more expensive in the city due to the amount of space they take up. Likewise, you'll never find a gallon of milk. This is the price of parking PER HOUR IF you are in by 6am for the early bird special. Expect to pay around $7-8 per 30 minutes.
We reach our destination in a matter of minutes. The historic Ziegfeld Theatre (of the famous Ziegfeld Follies) has beautiful chandeliers and gorgeous red velvet seats.
The Ultimate Disney Experience begins with a viewing of the new Disney animated feature film.
Chille picks up our tickets at the Will Call booth.
Disney's The Princess and the Frog opens across the USA on Friday, December 11th. Since it is Monday, December 7th, there is a lot of security to prevent scenes appearing on YouTube prior to the release date. Identifications are checked and recorded. Along with the tickets, we all received separate green wristbands.
All cameras and phones were confiscated before we were even allowed into the theatre. This is getting EXCITING! See you in a couple hours!!
WOWZAH!! BEST DISNEY PRINCESS MOVIE EVER!! Incredible! Chille was clapping and dancing in his seat from the sounds of New Orleans!!!!
After the film, we walk a couple blocks to the Roseland Ballroom for part two of our Ultimate Disney Experience...
Disney really does make dreams come true...
Her Royal Highness Princess Tiana in the flesh! So stunningly beautiful and her accent is simply lovely!
Every Disney Princess is in attendance. Isn't Jasmine spectacular?
Chille is STILL talking about Belle's beautiful yellow gown. "It was YELLOW, Mama! YELLOW!" He said as I put him to bed.... sweet dreams, no doubt!
Oh! To be surrounded by such beauties! All the girls were dressed in their Princess Best...
Snow White thought Chille's size was just right...
Ariel was simply PERFECT!
Pocahontas and Chille checked out each other's bling...
Chille just couldn't stay away from Mulan. He repeatedly visited her and she was the lucky Princess to be wrapped in a warm embrace. Prince Charming!
Chille and Sleeping Beauty had a wonderful time together and they sat for a bit of a chat...
The set and decor was shipped in from Hollywood.
The walls were painted as if we were back in time deep in magical New Orleans.
There was so much to see and do! First stop, a trip inside the Bayou for a good play!
Once Disney personnel sanitized every child's hands (AWESOME!) they were allowed to enter one of the most clever and fun experiences Chille has ever had!
The entire play area was made into the Louisiana Bayou.
Blue foam made up the swamp water and children jumped from lily pad to lily pad all while listening to a soundtrack of real frogs in the Bayou. Here, Chille is given some assistance for the best possible experience.
You never knew when it was shallow or deep as Chille waded through the Bayou.
There were lots of cool tree houses and forts to climb and hide in!
There were smiles on Chille's face that were completely new! It brought tears to Mama's eyes to see Chille experience such joy...
There were vines to swing on and slippery slides...
Who could say "Ultimate Experience" and live up to it? Only DISNEY!
Besides the Main Ballroom where the Princesses and the Bayou Adventure were, there were three floors to explore, as well!
There were Kodak photo booths and a website with a special code to download the images at home...
And there were cool green screens for special effects. Kodak let you choose your scene from the movie and Chille thought the music was the best part of the film.
Disney handed out enough keepsakes to fill an album!
Chille received every Disney Princess' autograph.
While little girls did crafts and made tiaras and older siblings played the Xboxes tucked away in every nook and cranny, it was fun for us Mamas to walk through the Archives Area.
There was the original dress that Toni Braxton wore as Belle on Broadway (a reminder of Disney's multi-racial casting, I'm sure).
It was neat to see the dress that Amy Adams wore in Disney's Enchanted. Especially since she wore this gown mere blocks away in Times Square!
There were the costumes used in Disney's High School Musical 3.
And Miley Cyrus' real guitar that she played in Disney's Hannah Montana: The Movie.
There was an area where children could learn how to be an animator.
Disney thought of everything for the Ultimate Experience.
This REAL Disney Animator has worked on The Princess and the Frog for years already!
After playing some New Orleans-themed carnival games, Chille took one last look at the vintage cars painted on the walls as we were leaving. He proudly wore his 'Mardi Gras' beads all day...
Since we barely had enough energy left to make our way home...
Chille came up with an inspired way to carb up quickly before we hit the subway.
Just another ordinary day in an extraordinary city....