Mickey: The True Original

As I type this I’m sick. I hate being sick especially when I created myself a long todo list for today. I need to feel like I’m accomplishing something so typing this blog post while lying down and watching The Office will at least be something.

Yesterday, Tom, Steph, Peter, and I traveled from Astoria into lower Manhattan to the Mickey: The True Original Exhibit.

The exhibit was created to celebrate the 90th birthday of our pal Mickey Mouse. Up and coming artist (and some known) were asked to create pieces that represent this famous icon. Who is Mickey to them and what does he mean? It’s something I thought about as we traveled throughout the exhibit.

The exhibit takes you through the history of Mickey with bright colors and interactive displays. There are even hidden Mickey’s to be found in each room.

Tom’s favorite room took you into the magic of Fantasia. It was incredible to see sorcer Mickey come to life right in front of us.

At one point we even got to live out one of my childhood dreams and be on the set of the 90’s Mickey Mouse Club while eating special Ample Hill ice cream flavors created just for Mickey!

Each room was more creative than the next and we had an awesome time. It helped to scratch that Disney World itch I’ve been feeling.

In true Disney styled we exited through a gift shop (where I bought a mystery pin. More on that later) and found that one more room of magic awaited us. It was the cosmic cavern. If you can look past that most of this art was made from trash you will find incredible colors and lots of hidden Mickeys.

So what does Mickey mean to me? Mickey represents a simpler time in my life. A time surrounded by the people I love. He represents my grandparents, parents, and even my aunts and uncles. Mickey is love.

After our tour, we headed over to the Gansevoort Market for lunch. We got there just before 12 around 11:55 and really beat the rush. Tom and I both opted for honey roast pork from the Pho booth. He ordered a banh mi and I order pho to help warm my slowly getting sick body. Both were so tasty.

Shortly after we said our goodbyes and headed home. I was feeling under the weather so we relaxed for the afternoon watching the new Netflix show Sex Education (it’s a coming of age comedy, but for mature audiences only) before heading to Burgerlolgy for dinner.

Tom’s been dying to try this place and it was a quick and easy walk. Tom had the Saratoga BBQ (signature blend, bacon, onion straws, pickles, and BBQ sauce). It was juicey and the bacon perfectly crisp. He was very happy with his order.

I had the Hudson Valley Turkey Burger (turkey blended with Tuscan spices, avocado, caramelized onions, house sauce, and spinach). I wasn’t as thrilled with my choice, but it was enjoyable enough. I did love the garlic aioli that came with the fries! We plan on going back just for dessert sometime in the near future.

All in all it was an awesome day. It felt like a “Minnie” vacation on a regular old Saturday. The Mickkey exhibit closes in February so if you want to go book it soon. Like many other Disney things it’s not cheap, but it’s worth it.

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