“If it’s family fun you’re looking for, the Holiday EVENT you want to check out is the HOLIDAY version of THE RIDE which combines sight-seeing, entertainment and Christmas magic. It is New York’s finest Holiday EVENT that will make your November and December all the more merry. THE RIDE Holiday Edition is this Editor’s Pick. ”
-Josh Ferri, Editor, Broadway.com
“THE RIDE Holiday Edition is a joyous experience to share with friends and loved ones during New York City’s favorite season. Enjoy the exclusivity of gliding through midtown Manhattan in THE RIDE’S state-of-the-art sleigh, protected from the frenzy of the crowds and winter weather. THE RIDE’S repertory company of talented performers will continue to surprise and to delight you with their original themed vignettes and music. No one does Holidays like THE RIDE.”
-Richard Humphrey, CEO/CCO, Author, Director, THE RIDE
LIGHT THE LIGHTS
The ICONIC 5th Year THE RIDE Holiday Edition
November 7, 2016 – January 8, 20017
ENCHANTMENT ON WHEELS In The City of Lights
Celebrating The Celestial Lights of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza
The Season’s Most Sought After Family Event
ADVANCE TICKETS NOW ON SALE
SPECIAL HOLIDAY PRICES
SHOPPERS, STUDENTS, SENIORS, GROUPS, CORPORATE HOLIDAY PARTIES
The ICONIC 5th Year HOLIDAY RIDE is now on sale at THE RIDE’S new Box Office (584 Eighth Avenue – between 38 and 39 Streets) preparing for a repeat of last Season’s ticket-buying frenzy.
The ICONIC 5th Year HOLIDAY RIDE will premiere on Monday, November 7, 2016 and will dazzle audiences until Sunday, January 8, 2017.
Having just picked up his sixth TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award, Drama Desk nominated CEO/CCO Richard Humphrey has scheduled over 700 Holiday RIDES in anticipation of a repeat of last year’s incredible award-winning, sold-out success and unqualified critical acclaim.
Mr. Humphrey has also tripled the number of Gift Certificates and Gift Boxes that sold-out last year by the second week in November.
Celebrating the celestial lights of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza, tickets for THE RIDE Holiday Edition are pre-ordered in record numbers by visiting Student Groups, Traveling Senior Excursions, thousands of Tourists and most especially by Corporations for their Holiday Festivities.
Created, written and directed by RICHARD HUMPHREY, the exclusively produced THE RIDE Holiday Edition has become a key ingredient of the Holiday Magic of New York City and the Season’s most sought after Family Event.
THE RIDE’S 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 and native New Yorkers around the most fascinating city in the world. THE RIDE’S original genius was its realization that the streets of Manhattan are a billion-dollar, fifty-mile stage exhibiting the most riveting visuals on earth. Guided by two Gold Star Hosts while adding its own award-winning actors, singers and dancers 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.
THE RIDE’S Holiday Edition is a 21st Century SLEIGH RIDE that begins aboard THE RIDE’S patented, 1.5 million dollar travelling theaters with technology galore and floor-to-ceiling gigantic glass windows featuring side-facing VIP seating making the streets of New York the stage.
Original seasonal music, videos and hilarious Hosts support dazzling Holiday performances that you will discover along the 4.2 mile journey through New York City.
‘The weather outside may be frightful’ but THE RIDE’S audiences will be experiencing all of this entertainment protected from the elements as the show unfolds against a backdrop of the magnificently sparklingly New York City.
THE RIDE Holiday Edition wraps New York in a big bow for you, your family and your friends to open together.
The electric wizardry of New York’s Holiday brilliance is only eclipsed by the stars in the winter skies and the sparks of joy from within THE Holiday RIDE’S toasty warm Motor Coaches as they escort their audiences around the glorious CITY OF LIGHTS.
Two periodicals, last year, questioned whether the audience members on THE RIDE took more photos of the New Yorkers on the sidewalks than those very New Yorkers whose cameras were all pointed at the gigantic floor to ceiling windows of THE RIDE.
The subject of acclaimed Holiday Specials on both WABC-TV and ClearVISION, THE Iconic 5th Year Holiday RIDE will dazzle its RIDERS with a custom designed exterior wrap, a vibrant 4.2 mile route highlighting the finest of New York’s breathtaking Holiday decorations and locations, new content, new seasonal videos, a dedicated soundtrack, a commissioned score, additional cast members and especially choreographed performance events.
THE RIDE: HOLIDAY EDITION’S award-winning Creative Team proudly includes Richard Humphrey ( Executive Producer & Mise-en-Scene), Leslie Meisel (Additional Scripting), Daryl Embry (Additional Scripting & Staging Supervision), Michael Staneck (Choreography), Patrick Noth (Opening Music), Ryan O’Gara (Lighting Design), Brendan Bekowies (Sound Design), Roger Acosta (Videos) and Joe Morgan (Videos).
‘O, What Fun It Is To Ride!’
THE ClearVISION Holiday Ride Special
THE Creative TEAM
THE RIDE Holiday Edition – Creative Team
Executive Producer: Richard Humphrey
Mise-en-Scene by: Richard Humphrey
Additional Scripting by: Leslie Meisel, Daryl Embry
Staging Supervision by: Daryl Embry
Choreography by: Michael Stanek
Opening Music by: Patrick Noth
Lighting Design by: Ryan O’Gara, Mark Hoffner
Sound Design by: Brendan Bekowies
Videos by: Roger Acosta, Joe Morgan
THE Box OFFICE
Inside: THE GIFT SHOP
584 Eighth Avenue
Between: 38 & 39 Streets
Across From: The Holiday Inn
The Holiday Tickets : $79
THE Avalanche of AWARDS
Just awarded the 2015 RTO Summit’s COOLEST NEW PRODUCT Award and its SIXTH 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.
THE Avalanche of ACCLAIMS
THE Holiday RIDE MUST NOT BE MISSED
“Everyone knows there is something very special about New York City during the Holidays. The tree at Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue, the Macy’s Parade and the Ball at Times Square delight a zillion tourists from all over the world, as well as millions of New Yorkers. THE ICONIC HOLIDAY RIDE is one of New York’s most unusual and delightful Holiday activities that should NOT be missed. NOT BE MISSED. Theatrical busses with stadium seating, massive glass panels, surround sound, 3,000 LED lights and 40 video screens take participants on a RIDE they will not soon forget. Providing a panoramic view of the most exciting city in the world, RIDERS are treated to the town’s most eccentric inhabitants as well as surprise street performers, historical facts about local attractions, Holiday tunes, sing-alongs, and the wild and wacky antics of THE RIDE’S brilliant hosts. A hilarious ONE-OF-A-KIND time is had by all. Get on board and RIDE!” -Laurie Lawson, ELJnyc.com
SPECTACULAR. ENTERTAINING. CHARMING
EXPERIENCE HOLIDAY NEW YORK IN AN ENTIRELY NEW WAY
“THE RIDE changes throughout the year based on the season. They have a spectacular ICONIC HOLIDAY RIDE. These motor coaches, made by Prevost, the Cadillac of custom designed busses in the world, allow you to experience Holiday New York in an entirely NEW way. Regardless of how many times you have been to New York City, you have never seen the Holiday Lights and the Holiday Sights in a format as entertaining and charming as THE ICONIC HOLIDAY RIDE.” -Josh Young, Theme Park University
AN ANNUAL HOLIDAY TRADITION FOR OUR FAMILY
“During school break, I love to explore New York with my son and do really cool stuff. One of our favorite things to do together is to take THE RIDE. It’s loads of interactive fun, laughs, information, sights and a unique experience; chockfull of jokes, singing, doing the wave, sightseeing and more. We enjoy taking THE HOLIDAY RIDE in the evening to experience all the grandeur of the lights of New York. It’s become an Annual Holiday Tradition for our family. THE RIDE operates year round, and it’s always a fun time. And an absolutely wonderful way to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion. Let THE RIDE know, and they will arrange a celebratory shout out that you’ll always remember.”-Robin Gorman Newman, MotherhoodLater.com
I FULLY ENDORSE THE RIDE
IT’S A MILLION DOLLAR PORTABLE THEATER
SHOWING YOU NEW YORK’S BEST
IT IS A COMPELLING EXPERIENCE
“On Christmas Eve, my family and I ventured into NYC for a day of Holiday sightseeing. We started at the tree at Rockefeller Center, went by department windows at Sax Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, went shopping at the Bryant Park Market and idled in the fantastic lobby at the Algonquin Hotel. But we had ONE THING on our mind: our 4:00pm reservation on THE RIDE. It would be inclusive of everything I love most in life. I’ve lived in New York for years and never tire of the buzz it radiates. I also love the theater and I knew THE RIDE would relish in its role in Times Square life. I love street life. I enjoy karaoke, comedy and everything interactive. BELIEVE IT! THE RIDE ENCOMPASSES ALL OF THIS. It takes place on a fancy Bus with stadium-seating, video screens and thousands of lights. There are two Hosts; each one funnier than the other. As the Bus travels through Times Square, the people on the streets are part of the show, both willingly and unwillingly. Each night a crew of more than 60 technical people, street performers and tour-guide actors with improvisational comedy experience provide entertainment, and all of a sudden, one of the people being spoken to from the Bus breaks out in performance. We were entertained by a rapper, a ballet dancer, a saxophonist and soulful singer, a hip hop dancer and most certainly, our two Hosts who were HILARIOUS. The tour includes NYC history, which I found very compelling. At one point, the Bus turned into an actual subway, speeding down a few blocks, shaking just like an actual train that cruises underground. The bus that is THE RIDE is no joke. Each vehicle costs upwards of a million dollars and includes 49 seats, transparent windows (so the people on the street actually see you), 3K LED lights which flash in various colors all through THE RIDE and many video screens. I FULLY ENDORSE THE RIDE. It’s literally a portable theater riding through the streets of NYC, showing you the City’s best.” -Holly Rosen, The Culture Mom
I LOVE THE RIDE & THE Holiday RIDE
“I loved going on THE RIDE so much that I decided to take in the Iconic Holiday Edition with a four o’clock tour that lasted for 75 minutes. The 4:00pm affords you both daylight as well as the entrancing Holiday lights. This particular RIDE had a large group of people from Russia. There was much focus on pointing out the Holiday hot spots while THE RIDE voice gave us all a bit of fascinating history. The soundtrack and videos inside of the bus are much different from the one I did with Fazzino and the art work on the outside of this bus is way new! I so enjoyed it when we hit a spot where one of THE RIDE’S entertainers perform. The microphone and speakers open up so you can hear them and they can hear you. I was most totally amused to see the people passing by as to whether they would stop to look at the performer as well as in some cases actually join in. Then there are those that are taking photos of the scenario. One day I want to set it up to be on the street and take photos and video of what it looks like from a viewer’s point versus being on THE RIDE itself. Book THE HOLIDAY ICONIC RIDE by going to www.experiencetheride.com. -Merle Exit, The Queens Tribune
ABOUT THE RIDE
Just awarded the 2015 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 15, 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.