'Mickey: The True Original'

10 Reasons You Need To Visit 'Mickey: The True Original' Exhibition Before It's Too Late

Regardless if you're a die-hard Disney fan or not, this is a pop-up you don't want to miss!

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Mickey Mouse has been an icon that shaped everyone's childhood. Walt Disney created a franchise that would last forever and changed the history of animation. In celebration of Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday, this exhibition was created with the help of dozens of artists. Last weekend with some friends I unleashed my inner kid and had the best time at the exhibit. Now I'm giving you a list of reasons why it's a must-see before it closes on February 10th!

1. Nostalgia

Whether it's before your time or not, I think everyone will love and appreciate this recreation of the 1990's Mickey Mouse Club set. There's a jukebox that plays Mickey's very own anniversary playlist and it's also available on Apple Music. Each room is chock full of old memories and as you make your trip through all of them, they will definitely bring up a feeling of nostalgia.

2. Hidden Mickeys

We all know about the subtle Mickey representations that are inserted into the Disney films and theme parks. In the exhibition itself, there are 22 hidden Mickeys total, and I just gave one away for you guys. It's a fun, competitive game to play with your friends, and a great way to get involved with your surroundings. Good luck with your search and if you're stuck, the staff gives us Mouseketeers helpful hints.

3. Game show

As you end your journey, the last thing you can do before entering the gift shop is participate in Mickey's game show. You're separated into teams and asked trivia questions about Mickey Mouse and his pals: Minnie, Goofy, Daisy, and Donald. This was their special way of demoing the game that you're also able to play at home. You're also given a cute pin at the end, so make sure you go inside!

4. Photo ops

Every pop-up has good photo ops, but "Mickey's True Original" has aesthetic shots everywhere. How could you NOT expect me to reenact the Titanic on the steamboat — I mean, come on, it was the perfect opportunity no matter how cliché. I may have also made a boomerang of me imitating Mickey in Steamboat Willie, sue me.

5. Free ice cream

When you first enter the Mickey Mouse Club, you're offered complimentary tastings of Ample Hills Creamery's Disney Mickey Mouse Collection ice cream flavors. I recommend the Triple Chocolate Surprise because it has Mickey-shaped white chocolate pieces filled with fudge that were to die for!

6. The art

We can't forget the whole purpose and focus of the exhibition — the art! Mickey had a global impact on art and pop culture, and the dozens of contemporary artists that showed off their original work paid homage to that legacy and inspiration. This piece by the Japanese artist Keiichi Tanaami is my favorite from the exhibit, and I advise you to take a closer look at it in person.

7. The history

We learn a lot about the history and evolution of Mickey Mouse throughout the visit, but in the last room, "The Collection," you get to witness it in its entirety. There's Mickey Mouse: watches, sleds, bicycles, bags, toy cars, figurines, dolls, clothing, games, shoes, and so much more. You truly get the sense of how big and influential Mickey was and as Walt Disney said, "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse."

8. Special Saturdays

Every other Saturday Mickey Funko Pops and pin sets are revealed and sold. As the description says, you'll want to come early because supplies are limited! To give you another piece of inside information, if you have a Disney Visa debit card, you can receive four complimentary special-edition commemorative Mickey prints from the store!

9. Customize your own shirt/sweater

No, not this giant t-shirt — although this would be a cool take on the oversized trend! At the end of your visit, you have the option to make your own t-shirt or sweater. The prices vary by size and additions. You get one print free but each patch and additional print costs you extra. What better way to end your trip and remember it than by creating your own unique Mickey attire?

10.  Cosmic Cavern

If all my other suggestions didn't motivate you to buy your tickets ASAP, maybe this last one will. I think I can speak for all the exhibit-goers by saying Cosmic Cavern is by far THE coolest room in the entire exhibition. Don't get me wrong, each room is special to me and Fantasia is close to my heart, but Cosmic Cavern was a trip. With music blasting and neon Mickeys everywhere, I felt like I was in a psychedelic dream.

I fully enjoyed my time there and I know you will as well if you go. It was well worth the money spent and if I could go back 100 times, I would.

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11 Must-Go To Day Trips In North Carolina

For the wanderers and curious...
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It's finally summer, classes are out! There are so many things to do in this beautiful state. There are many small towns to visit. These towns are perfect day trips. From the mountains to the beach and everything in between, there is something for everyone! Pack your car up and get ready for a summer of adventure.

1. NoDa

This is a small hipster district right outside of Uptown Charlotte. Music and art paint this town and it has a very creative energy flow. Amelie’s Bakery, a 24/7 french bakery, is located in this district. There is always something fun and new to try in this cute, artistic town!

2. Asheville


This town is known for the beautiful scenery and historic importance. The Biltmore Estate is located here, and it is open for tours every day of the year. It is the biggest estate in America. The downtown area is very artistic, and the mountains make for a gorgeous hike. This is definitely an adventure you don't want to miss.

3. Boone

This small town has a lot of outdoor activities. It is perfect for hiking and whitewater rafting. If you love nature, this is a must see. It is a college town where Appalachian State University is located. The downtown area is very old school and for modern hipsters.

4. Crowders Mountain

This is located in Gaston County. Once you reach the Pinnacle, the peak of the trail, with clear skies you can see for miles. It is a quick four-mile hike for the short one, the view is amazing.

5. Wilmington

This city is known for the beachfront. It makes a perfect day to hit the waves. There are many beach fronts to visit, such as Carolina Beach. Cape Fear Ocean runs through this city. White sand, waves and the boardwalk. If you are a fan of One Tree Hill, it was filmed here.The small restaurants and characteristics give this town a vibrant energy.

6. Serendipity House

This house is from the movie Nights In Rodanthe located on a beach in Avon, North Carolina. It has been remodeled, but the amazing characteristics of this make it a sight to see.

7. Linville Falls

This is located in Linville, North Carolina. Attractions close by are also the Blue Ridge Mountain. To get to the main fall, it is about a mile hike.

8. Outer Banks

Small beaches on the outer banks of North Carolina have wild horses. Corolla Wild Ponies run free, and you can even take a ride on them in the water.

9. Sliding Rock

Located in Brevard, this rock is actually naturally made from a small waterfall. You can actually go sliding down it. It is in Pisgah National Forest also near Asheville.

10. Devil's Tramping Ground

This is located near Bennett. It is a 40-foot circle that cannot grow life. If you leave something or sleep in the circle, the rumor is it will be outside of the circle the next day.

11. Land of Oz Theme park

Located in Beech Mountain, this theme park that was once full of life is now closed and for the most part abandoned. It comes alive for one night a year for an event. This is definitely a place to take a night adventure to...

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The Ultimate Going Abroad Guide For The Upcoming Fall Semester Travelers

Here's everything you need to know before you pack your bags and travel the world.

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Studying abroad is argued as being one of the best parts of the entire college experience, and this fall, I'm going to be able to see if this statement is true. I can't wait to be able to travel all throughout different countries in Europe with my friends, where we'll be trying new things, visiting cool places and landmarks, and making some of the best memories. Although it's still only a few months away, preparing to go abroad is essential because you want to have the right things to pack, ideas on what you want to do while you're abroad and much more. So if you're going abroad soon in the Fall, here are some tips on what you should try to do while you're there.

1. Do your research 

Find multiple reviews and suggestions online on landmarks to visit, restaurants to dine at, and things to do while you're abroad. That way, once you're there you'll have a less stressful time figuring out all of things that you want to do and will have a concrete plan.

2. Start saving up now and throughout the summer

Studying abroad is anything but cheap, so if you want to enjoy yourself and have fun while you're abroad, start saving your money now so you aren't limited to doing certain things. It also might be beneficial to get a credit or debit card before leaving.

3. Set goals for yourself

Do you want to learn a new language, or travel to as many places on your bucket list as possible, or maybe even learn how to be more independent? Make a list with a few important things you want to accomplish while studying abroad so you go into the experience with an agenda that will essentially keep you driven and focused.

4. Document. Everything.

This is probably going to be the only time in your life where you can say that you'll be living in another country for a few months, so it's important that you try to document all of the fun memories you're making that you can look back at later in life. Whether it's pictures on your phone or with a journal, find a useful and consistent way to snapshot all of the fun things you're doing and learning.

5. Keep an open mind and try new things

It's often common to go into a new country with a few pre-conceived stereotypes in your head, but instead of doing this, try to open your eyes and mind and embrace the culture you're immersing yourself in. Learn more about the culture, interact with locals, eat new foods, and so on. You'll most likely find that some of the stereotypes you originally believed were incorrect and will leave with a different perspective.

6. Plan a consistent schedule for when you'll contact friends and family

Remember that you'll be in a different time zone than all of your loved ones, so try to find accommodating times for everyone where you'll be able to talk to everyone back home. Having this consistent schedule will help combat any feelings of possible homesickness and will help you be prepared for when you go abroad, since it will give you something to look forward to each week.

7. Don't forget to travel

While you're already going to be in another country for study abroad, there are also so many other places that you'll have the opportunity to visit. Make plans with friends and discover which other countries or cities that you want to travel to during your time abroad, since there's always so much to see and do when you have free time and aren't in class.

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