Save up to $50 with this exclusive coupon on The Ride! http://usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?regionid=75&bid=11739&dealid=1737
We are not “tour bus” folks nor will I ever ask for directions. When I sent the text to my wife to see if she was interested in doing this as we were planning our couple of days in the city she quickly replied “are you kidding me?”.
I wasn't kidding because I have been checking out their web site and thought that this would be a unique experience for seeing the city. Yes it is a bus and yes it does go by landmarks in NY, but that is the ONLY connection The Ride has with any sight seeing tour.
First of all it is a completely tricked out bus where you sit theater style facing the side enclosed in glass from ceiling to street. Like a human terrarium – The bus has several flat screens, lights and along the way the bus is part of the show with lights, music and chimes in with bus like comments. They did a “close your eyes subway” imitation that was very real!
Second – your “tour guides” are far from it – they are a professional acting duo and begin entertaining the audience immediately when you get on The Ride! They were both great and had some pretty good planned bits, but also did a wonderful job of engaging the audience. When you sign up for one of these things where you are literally in a fish bowl for all of New York to look at you we a group of strangers, you can go two ways. Hide in shame and sarcasm, or go along with it and have fun. With the help of the hosts, everyone on our bus choose the latter and the way they have this set up I think all other rides are the same.
Third – and what really makes this program work – they have people planted along the route to help spontaneously play along with the bit. Our first encounter was a stoner with his New Years Eve gear on in Times Square “waiting for the ball drop”. He was mic'ed up so the bus could interact with him - Funny stuff . Next we encountered a tap dancing business man who enthusiastically tapped down 42nd Street as we shared our show tunes with the streets of NY, then a rapper, then a ballerina in Columbus Circle, a street saxophone guy, a singer, and more. This was very entertaining and again the hosts set each bit up perfectly. The funny thing is that no one on the streets paid that much attention to the actors – typical New Yorkers just sat there, walked right past or continued texting while a fully outfitted ballerina pirouettes around them.
They did also share real facts about the landmarks of the city and played little snipits of info on the flat screens for each major attraction. The Ride is a quick tour just over 1 hour and I would highly recommend it for all ages. This troup really makes seeing the sights a blast!