I grew up watching Disney and Mickey is like that happy friend to me. Found out about this pop-up Mickey the True Original Exhibition on Social media, to celebrate Mickey’s 90th birthday!!! I was super excited. I picked a Sunday to go, dressing up in my Mikey outfit and pom pom hat.
This is not a super cute, jelly Disney place, it’s so much about the history of Mickey and the influence on art, fashion, music, and design. To me, it’s a perfect combo of Mickey and NYC.
The exhibition goes between Nov 2018- Feb 2019 in NYC. Located under Highline next to Chelsea market. Opens Tuesday-Sunday 10am-8pm. You can purchase the ticket online, and even if the date you picked are sold out, you could purchase for the next available date, and they can still scan you in.
I’m going to walk you through the different themes.
Honestly, I really hesitated when I found out the entrance fee is $38, but the gift shop area is FREE and open to the public, So I went there first.
You can also enter the Cosmic Carven from here, which I really loved. Feels like falling into a neon color jar I’ve never seen anything like this.
Mickey’s Maker Shop
The gift shop area is not very big, you can find a few classic products but mostly graphics and designs inspired by Mickey.
After circling the blocks several times, check out reviews (not too many positive ones) and Instagram posts, I decided to go anyways.
A very high fashion entrance. I loved the feeling of this.
Opened by a really cool soundtrack by James Fauntleroy. We entered this unique Mickey world.
The first thing you saw will be the Gold Oscar Trophy, I thought it’s really cool.
Followed by the wall of light art, and a really pink painted wall. I think Mickey is one of the most photogenic character ever! I came here by myself, but there are plenty of staffs who are more than happy to take pictures for you. They’re super nice and helpful, so you feel a lot less annoying by asking.
A twist on the classic Mickey Mouse cartoon with modern art. You will see the two videos playing side by side.
It’s Black & White
I like this room a lot, feeling like inside a black and 3D white comic book.
Ink & Paint
So this is the room with lots of colors, I particular like this crochet art on the wall by London Kaye. I followed her on Instagram and really loved how people get creative with different technics.
Burst Into Color!
The entrance was created like the color department of Walt Disney Animation Studio. Inside the room, there are different arts on display, but they all very rich in colors.
This was about the movie Fantasmic! You might have seen the show at Disney parks. It’s a voyage through Mickey Mouse’s imagination. The art and films inside this room were all themed after that and look really magical.
Mickey Mouse Club
This is themed after the old TV show back in the 50s. So the look of the place is very American. You will get your free ice cream by the door and enjoy sitting around the booth for a while. You can also add Mickey 90th anniversary soundtracks to your playlist.
This is the original Keith Haring piece in the middle. After reading stories about him I am so excited to see his work as he is such a big part of NYC art scene. The display setup is really neat.
This is the coolest section where you can see collections from the 1930s till last year. Toys, books garments, accessories all the original pieces. I felt really connected with American history by looking at the evolution of Mickey. This is one of the experiences that would always live with you.
Mickey’s Game Show Live Presented by Google Home
I participated in this game, It was more of a promotion of Google Home than a game but it’s always fun being part of the activity.
And like Disney, by the end, everybody won.
You can chill here enjoy some cool soundtracks, and I really liked the headphone design.
Goodnight Mickey and Happy Birthday
It was a great experience traveling back in time with Mickey. I really enjoyed the show and glad I did. I hope more people can come and enjoy this while it’s here in NYC.
And great job creating magic, fun and making everybody happy for the past 90 years. You’re amazing Mickey!