“The Ride” – www.ExperienceTheRide.com
“The Ride” has become a popular New York City attraction that makes use of the Big Apple’s landmarks as its backdrop. As you cruise the midtown streets in their high-tech bus which is like a moving theatre on wheels that’s equipped with floor to ceiling glass windows, that also melds this ride into two-way (bus connected to street) theatrical performance.
My trip occurred in the midst of their fifth edition of their “Holiday” version of “The Ride.” So the mood was festive singing Holiday songs with the passengers that were prodded on by our two fine hosts: Julie and Stewart who worked well playing off of each-other providing humorous moments and factual information about Grand Central Station, Bryant Park, the Hearst Building, the Chrysler Building and more. I also enjoyed the street actors (equipped with two-way piped in communications linking their street antics with the bus) who gleefully performed for the patrons on-board of the floating theatre. Adding to the allure: At times it was difficult to know if some of these street performers were part of “The Ride” team. Many of us know that New Yorker’s can be ready and willing performers capable of providing their own unique entertainment scenes, especially in front of an audience. “The Ride” street performers were dressed for their parts (note the ballerina dancer in picture) that gloriously danced around the fountain at the circle on W. 57th Street near the edge of Central Park West. Other performers were charming and at times extremely hilarious. All of these actors and actresses were quick-witted and spontaneous, often commenting and interacting with people hustling and bustling on the street, some with their wrapped presents in hand, and others who were just attending to their daily chores. My only (minor) quibble was that I thought we’d cruise by the major NYC Holiday destinations like the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and other decorative settings. But all in all this seventy-five minute tour vaulted me into a very merry mode as I disembarked with a Ho-Ho-Ho smile on my face.
Bottom line: If you are looking for a fun Broadway like an entertainment esperience trip on wheels (that at this time of year) has a festive flare, you’ll certainly enjoy the Holiday Edition of “The Ride.”
(*) “The Ride” Holiday Edition runs through January 8th, 2017. www.ExperienceTheRide.com – 866-811-4111.
(**) Be sure to check reservations in-advance as the excursion I was on was sold-out, and their website indicates that other tours might be close to at near capacity as well. Last but not least: Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night, Merry Christmas!
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