The next morning we hopped on the subway and headed to downtown Manhattan. Today was our busiest day of activities, so we had no time to doddle around. We went to the Top of the Rock (Part of the NYC Pass) and looked at the amazing view of the city. There were only glass panels separating us from the edge of the building, and Kristy got a little skittish about it.
We made a pit stop to look at Central Station and found our way to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum (also part of the NYC Pass. Seriously, if you’re going to go see NYC as a tourist, get this pass). It was nice to get out of the heat and the museum turned out to be really awesome. The figures were all to scale, and incredibly realistic. There was even a gag one of a girl taking a photo of N*SYNC that caused everyone walking through to stop and wait for her to finish taking her “picture”.
We stopped for lunch at Planet Hollywood and thanks to our NYC Pass, we got VIP treatment and were able to skip the line to get right in. At this point, we were seriously loving the Pass and all its wonderful powers over the city.
Next was the tour of NYC Studios, which turned out to be my favorite attraction of the day. There wasn’t any photography, which bummed me out, but we saw the studios where SNL and Jimmy Fallon are filmed. Our tour guides were incredibly informative and really entertaining as well.
After the tour, we went down to the shop and my wonderful mother bought me a Dunder Mifflin shirt and this amazing Doctor Who shirt that I’m now obsessed with. We had some time to waste and decided not to go back to the hotel for a break, so we scooted a few streets over to this Harry Potter exhibition. The line was absurdly long for what the exhibition turned out to be, even though it was cool to see the props from the movies. Photography also wasn’t allowed, and when it isn’t, I tend to not enjoy the museum or attraction as much as I normally would have.
Before dinner we went into the Hershey Store and the M&M store just to say we did. They were packed full of tourists and honestly didn’t have anything worth suffering the crowds for.
For dinner we went to a themed restaurant called Mars 2012. There was a fee to even go INTO the restaurant. Once we took the “space shuttle” to Mars, we were surrounded by costumed aliens in a dark, cave-like restaurant with overpriced food. An interesting place, but I doubt we would have gone if wasn’t included in our passes.
After dinner we went to see Lion King on Broadway. Of course it was fantastically amazing in all forms of wonderfulness. Such an amazing show, so true to the original story, and produced so brilliantly. We got out late at night with all of the other theatre goers, and wandered back to the subway through bustling, bright Times Square.