So excited to welcome Andrew from the Disney Hipsters Blog to THP!
New York and Walt Disney World are both strikingly similar and completely different. I moved to NYC seven years ago with the same zeal and gusto that I now visit The Magic Kingdom. While both are extensively themed, they bring out totally opposite reactions in me. At Disney World I feel the weird little tug on the sides of my face requesting me to smile and (oh my goodness!) talk to strangers! While walking around NY I develop a nasty scowl…and hide in my sunglasses, hoping nobody will talk to me.
This is not to say I don’t love NY. I really, really do. I still get the same sense of opportunity in both places. Finding little bits of Disney World in NYC is a small pleasure, assuring me that I’ll get back to the world soon enough.
One of my favorite Disney reminders?
Getting on the same train for six years…
Despite my love/hate relationship with New York, I can still partake in my favorite activity of people watching. Much like Disney World, NY is filled with people from all over the world, just trying to be happy. Finding a bench in The Esplanade has a very similar feel to finding a bench in Epcot. Sit back and soak up the atmosphere.
Another great way to “find Disney” in the city is to have a World Showcase staycation! I love to pick a country from Epcot’s World Showcase and plan a day around it! Take China for instance! Despite its seedy reputation (and smell) Chinatown has hundreds of delicious restaurants and superstores similar to those in Epcot. Just pretend that the litter and fish smell is part of the theme.
Don’t be scared off by the tongue in cheek nature of this post. Second to Disney World, New York City is my favorite place in the world. Given the choice between living in Orlando and NY I’d pick NY every time. It’s all about finding a balance and little things to get you through the day. And remember, The World is always just a plane ride away!
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If I Can Make it There (NY + WDW) is part of our September I Heart NY series.