On our second day in New York City we woke up late because of jetlag and a busy schedule on our first day. Our second day was already planned: first, a warm shower and get ready to walk back to Coco and Toto to drop off Precious, and second we had to take the C Uptown metro to 81st Street to visit the Museum of Natural History to see our favorite characters on the Night at The Museum movie we love so much.
While on our way to the subway station we stopped to get some coffee and donuts as breakfast, I sat down and called Ticket Master find out if there were any Lion King Tickets available for that day’s 2:00 p.m. show.
Some of you reading might think I am a procrastinator, but in this case waiting until the last minute actually paid off, since I had already checked for tickets at Ticket Master and Broadwaybox.com before leaving Las Vegas and the tickets were either too far from the stage or too expensive.
I was really happy when I called on the day of the show at 10:00 a.m. and got third row tickets for a 2:00 p.m. for $150.00 each which was such a great deal that I could not say no to. I undestand I could have not been able to buy any tickets at all.Once I paid over the phone for the tickets we started our way back to the subway station to jump on a train that would take us close to the museum.
For those of you who might not know, there is an entrance to the museum right off the subway’s exit and there is even a ticket booth there (which this day it was a little crowded because of the extra tourists they had for the parade)
I was really excited to see the museum and all the exhibits inside, but we really did not have the whole day to see it all, so we went to an information booth where we found a very nice lady who gave us a map in which she pointed out all the characters in the movie, the Easter Island Head, Rexy the Dinosaur, Attila the Hun and many others, so with the map on hand – my son and I turned the situation into a game to see who found which character first – we spend the next two hours going up and down the four floors of the museum and taking as many pictures as we could to show our family back home. Unfortunately we ran out of time, and even though I wanted to spend a bit longer at the museum, we had to get to the Minskoff Theater to watch The Lion King.
The taxi dropped us off a few steps from the Minskoff theater in the middle of Time Square. Neither I, nor my son had ever seen The Lion King and I don’t believe we have to do a whole article review of the show because so many people has seen it, I just have to tell you that it was wonderful! The young and adult actors were very believable and along with the live orchestra, set scenery and props, it made you stay focus on the plot and relieve the Disney Classic Story of Simba.
After the show was over – we were exhausted but hungry – we walked about two blocks from the theater to a Famous Dave Ribs restaurant but unfortunatelly it was crowded, understaffed and the ribs were very dry. Some other customers were left because the server never got back to them and since we had the same waitress, we experienced the worst service ever; besides, we could’ve just walked our the door without paying because we had to literally find someone to run my credit card and charged us for our meal.
By the time we picked up Precious, it was about 8:00 p.m. so we headed back to the Hilton to get some sleep because the following day was Thanksgiving and we had to be up by 5:00 a.m. to get a good spot for the parade.