THE RIDE Celebrates 15,000th Performance
JUNE 15, 2017
THE TOUR Powered by The Ride Celebrates 2,500th Performance
JUNE 12, 2017
(New York City, May 2017) As we speak, the 125 performers, technicians, drivers, mechanics, box office treasurers, choreographers, sound engineers, lighting designers, casting directors, marketing managers, composers, photographers, videographers, audience service associates, upper management and office administrators who get THE RIDE and THE TOUR (Powered by The Ride) rolling every day of the year, are preparing for THE RIDE’S 15,000 performance (Thursday, June 15 at 7:00pm) and THE TOUR’s 2,5000 performance (Monday, June 12 at 2:00pm).
Written and Directed by THE RIDE LLC’S CEO/CCO, Richard Humphrey, these two historic milestones are the euphoric inspiration for Mr. Humphrey’s newest production, THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE (Powered by The Ride), a revolutionary, Virtual-Reality-driven tribute to lower Manhattan’s awe-inspiring legacy.
Putting all of this into stunning perspective, on Thursday, June 15, 2017 The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest running show, will play its 12,227 performance. Chicago will play its 8,552 performance. The Lion King will play its 8,152 performance.
Established on October 15, 2010 and Re-Launched on April 1, 2014 to unqualified rave reviews, THE RIDE is currently scouting Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston, London, Hong Kong, and Dubai as expansive markets.
THE TOUR (Powered by The Ride) launched to critical acclaim on Monday, March 23, 2015. It sells-out more often than not.
All three Experiences are equally magnetic Attractions to International as well as local New York audiences.
Mr. Humphrey is a visionary whose inspirational perception turned the multi-billion dollar streets of New York into the most expansive and successful stage in the country.
On June 15, 2017 he’ll make even more history.
The Ride’s Two Box Offices:
Inside: THE GIFT SHOP
584 Eighth Avenue
Between: 38 & 39 Streets
Inside Hornblower Cruises & Events
78 South Street
The Ride’s Portfolio of NYC Experiences
Just awarded the RTO Summit’s COOLEST NEW PRODUCT Award and its FIFTH TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award, THE RIDE has also been inducted into THE TripAdvisor® HALL of FAME; an accolade reserved for less than 1% of the worldwide Travel-Related Corporations reviewed by TripAdvisor’s® 60 million members and 140 million visitors. Also honored with a nomination for Broadway’s coveted Drama Desk Award in the prestigious Unique Theatrical Experience Category and named the Third Most Successful Youth-Primed Attraction in New York City by FODOR’S Travel, THE RIDE has most recently been nominated for THE CONCIERGE CHOICE Award in the BEST TOURIST ATTRACTION category. THE RIDE has also been declared one of the Top 8 Must-Attend Wild & Wonderful Spectacles in New York City by NewYork.com who also named THE RIDE’S Gold Star Tour Guide, RORY LIPEDE, as the Most Entertaining Tour Guide in New York. The New York City phenomenon began 2016 by winning The Culture Trip’s Favorite Award as the Must-Take NYC Tour and being named “the most exciting entertainment experience to ever hit New York City” by VIATOR. All of this homage and accompanying critical acclaim has led to THE RIDE becoming the singularly most requested ticket at Travel Agents’ offices all over the country. The concept is a brainstorm of design that has resulted in a fleet of multi-million dollar motor coaches whose interiors are a state-of-the-art wonderland of electronic wizardry that guide 49 dazzled tourists around the most fascinating city in the world. THE RIDE’S original genius was its realization that the streets of Manhattan are a fifty-mile stage exhibiting the most riveting visuals on earth. Adding its own actors to the crowded mix on the street, the huge motor coaches deliver a show worthy of the standing ovations and group euphoria that results at the end of each RIDE. The motor coaches are events in their own right. They are specifically designed theatrical vehicles; the tallest allowed by federal law, fitted with stadium-style seating that orients the 49 fortunate participants sideways so as to look through the massive windows that deliver New York as the most successful Broadway show on earth. These unanimously acclaimed coaches are equipped with surround sound, 3,000 LED lights and 40 video screens. They are, in essence, rolling state-of-the-art theatres that introduce their travelling audiences to an interactive experience that only the most interactive city in the western hemisphere could deliver. Each motor coach’s external speakers and lighting allow riders and on-board performers to interact with THE RIDE’S street performers as well as anyone else they pass on the street. THE RIDE is an EVENT whether you are on the bus or on the street. But it’s better on the bus. A fact mightily agreed upon by both Broadway critics and audiences alike. Established on October 15, 2010 and Re-Launched on April 1, 2014, THE RIDE is currently scouting Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston, London, Hong Kong, and Dubai as expansive markets. In the meantime, THE RIDE is planning the World Premiere of its breakthrough Virtual Reality DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE that looks to expand the parameters of live experiential entertainment far beyond the wildest dreams of both its fans and its competitors.
Powered by The Ride
On March 23, 2015 the producers of THE RIDE launched THE TOUR, “The New Generation of Sightseeing” where you luxuriate in climate-controlled comfort as you experience New York through an enormous glass wall and specially designed glass ceiling. THE TOUR hosts you with an informed, personable, licensed Navigator who has all the facts you want and more. THE TOUR is enriched with audio/visual support that frames the City and its glorious history in context and brings moments along the way to magical life utilizing THE RIDE’s patented technology. Discover the past, present and future of NYC through an immersive multimedia sightseeing adventure! With five departures daily from 45th and Broadway, THE TOUR’s $1.5 million state of the art motor coaches will immerse you in the greatest city in the world while plunging you into its exhilaration and excitement. THE TOUR is a love letter to New York where EVERY SEAT is the BEST SEAT in the house.
THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE
Powered by The Ride
The Award-Winning Times’ Square attraction juggernaut, THE RIDE, has chosen TimeLooper, a global Virtual Reality platform, to create unforgettable VR moments in New York’s history to be scripted into its new timeless production, THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE, Powered by THE RIDE. While continuing to scout and negotiate with City Councils and Zoning Boards in Boston, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo, CEO/CCO Richard Humphrey and President Dan Rogoski have chosen historic Downtown Manhattan for the next revolutionary version of the Internationally acclaimed phenomenon. THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE, Powered by THE RIDE presenst the world-changing iconic events of a neighborhood that gifted FREEDOM to every other country on Earth. From the minute President George Washington was sworn in on the second balcony of Federal Hall at 29 Wall Street on April 30, 1789 the new Americans went to work. They laid out the streets, built bridges, libraries, universities, ships, railroads, tunnels, hospitals, theatres, museums, churches, town houses, meeting halls and commercial concourses, survived fires, riots, epidemics and the weather, created Wall Street, organized unions, published newspapers, developed public education, public transportation and public housing. And all of this under the welcoming torch held high by the Statue of Liberty as she introduced millions and millions of people to Downtown Manhattan where the word FREEDOM was spoken in over forty languages. Downtown Manhattan is still the center of all that is possible. It is now the stage for THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered by The Ride.
HISTORY – REVOLUTION – EVOLUTION
THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered by THE RIDE begins at 200 Water Street overlooking the New York Harbor and explores the historic blocks of the Seaport and lower Manhattan – the very blocks where rough and tumble New York roared to life, struggled to be born into freedom and through freedom’s challenges evolved throughout the last two hundred years. THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE looks forward to having you aboard the 21st century technological wonders that are THE RIDE’s patented traveling theatres on this audio/visual, personally narrated journey recreating New York’s downtown history and enhanced with the magic of Virtual Reality.
VIRTUAL REALITY & THE STORYTELLER
THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE is a multi-media historical adventure with a STORYTELLER’s on-board narration highlighted by the magic of 6 VIRTUAL REALITY visualizations (enhanced with the magic of the TimeLooper Virtual Reality app) and including on-location time-travel back to the inauguration of George Washington in 1789.