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Living it up at Madame Tussauds

by Louise, Director of Operations

Last night we were lucky to be invited to check out the expanded exhibits at Madame Tussauds in Times Square. This branch of the famous wax museum (which originated in London over 175 years ago) has been open since 2000, and is one of the most popular additions to the area. It is well worth a visit on your next trip to New York!

Leo and Ash wore the same outfit. Awkward.

Leo and Ash wore the same outfit. Awkward.

The exhibition encompasses 6 floors – you’ll be brought to the top by elevator and make your way down. On the way you’ll find dozens of stunning replicas of movie stars, historical figures, famous athletes, fictional characters, and more, all ready for wonderful photo ops in a variety of poses. Some of the more distinctive displays (ET, the Obamas, etc) are manned by professionals to snap a high quality photograph of you, but most are available for casual smart phone photos (or real cameras, if you are still doing that).

Melba tries her hand at being Don Draper's secretary

Melba tries her hand at being Don Draper’s secretary

We’d had a glass of wine or two before embarking on the exhibit, and while it’s fun and silly no matter what I don’t NOT recommend being a little loosened up. It definitely makes for some fun pictures! You can also get wine, beer and snacks at a few different snack bars on your way through.

I might identify a little too closely with Dorothy Parker

I might identify a little too closely with Dorothy Parker

The work, of course, is stunningly accurate. You may find yourself staring into the eyes of Anderson Cooper, certain that at any moment he will suddenly spring to life. Or maybe that was just me. I can guarantee, however, that the lifelike nature of these figures is nothing short of remarkable.

Kelly loves the Jonas Brothers and she doesn't care who knows about it

Kelly loves the Jonas Brothers and she doesn’t care who knows about it

Madame Tussauds is great fun for all ages, and the location makes it a fantastic way to bridge the gap between say, your day of sightseeing and your pre-theater dinner. It is included in a number of our sightseeing packages, including the Freestyle Tour and the New York Pass, or as a standalone ticket. We can also include it in your customized New York City Vacation Package – e-mail us at info@newyorkguest.com to start planning, and you, too, can find yourself soon contemplating life with Dorothy Parker, or performing with the Jonas Brothers.

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The Wizarding World Comes to NYC

New York Guest Travel Planner Beth just went to see the Harry Potter Exhibit in Times Square! Check out her recap.

As a Harry Potter fan, I walked out of the final movie with my head down thinking, “No more books or movies… now what?” But alas, my faithful city has brought us all the wonderful world of Harry Potter at the Discovery Center in Times Square!

The DiscoveryCenteris located in the heart of Times Squareand has seasonal themed exhibitions on display. Past exhibitions have been King Tut, the Titanic, and Leonardo di Vinci’s Workshop. It’s a great place to learn and see some great pieces of art!

Two friends and I went over to the Harry Potter Exhibition recently and we loved it! It was a all a Harry Potter fan could ever want and more. Upon entering you are greeted with group a picture in front a green screen (the suspense of what it actually was was killing us!). You then proceed to a smaller room where you can get sorted by the Sorting Hat. (Which house do you think you’d be? Slytherin? Gryffindor?) After you are sorted, you enter a room with clips from all 8 Harry Potter  movies. It’s great to see all clips from the past and reminisce about the scenes.

After the movie montage is when the real magic sets in. Walk passed the Hogwarts Express into a hallway where you can see costumes and props from all the movies. We marveled at how small all of the costumes were from the first movie. As you walk through the exhibition you enter the dorm rooms at Hogwarts, Dolores Umbridge’s Headmaster’s office, Hagrid’s Hut and other great images from the movies right in front of you. Our favorites were pulling mandrakes out of the ground in Herbology Class and throwing a quaffle through the Quidditch Goals.

At the end of the tour you enter the gift shop for tons of great options! I purchased some “Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans” while my friends purchased wands and Muggle t-shirts. Better yet, right outside the gift shop was our pictures and we got to see ourselves standing in the middle of the Great Hall! It was a fantastic Harry Potter experience.

 Who is this for? Any one who has ever read a Harry Potter book or seen a movie! This is fun for all ages. Our group consisted of young teens, parents, people from New York, the Midwest and Scotland.

Are you a real Harry Potter fanatic? Check out our “Totally Radcliffe Package” highlighting this Exhibition, as well as “How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” staring Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe!

Contact me at blenowicz@newyorkguest.com or at 212-302-4019 for all things Potter!

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