“The Ride” – The Only Moving Theater in the World

We went to the only moving theater in the world – “The Ride”. Whoever comes up with this idea must be a genius. All the audience sitting in a moving bus, which is very different with the normal ones. There are glass windows on one side and no windows on the other side. Everyone faces the glass windows instead of the driver. The audience sees clearly the views outside when the bus moves.

The guides introduce the history and story of the landmarks when the bus is moving and passing each relevant landmark. It sounds similar to bus tours, right? But what’s different is that all the screens in the bus play the documentary film of the landmark while the guides are introducing the spot in exaggerated gestures and body languages.

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The most interesting thing is that there are “shows” to watch in several certain places. The street is the stage and passengers are co-stars. The actors/actresses sometimes get some passengers to “play” the “shows” with them.

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These two couriers from FedEx did a hip-hop performance. The audio equipment in the bus is quite nice but the aged may find it a bit noisy.

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This singer improvises according to the features of passers-by.

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When we reach the Columbus Circus, two dancers did a short ballet. Some passers-by just made fun with the two by “dancing” together with them.

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Look at the concert of the singer and the saxophone.

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When the bus moves on, if there is no landmark or performance to watch, the screens play the history and cultures of NYC. For example, the system tells you that NYC has 8.3 million residents and there are over 48 million tourists visiting the city every year. Meanwhile, the number of cabs is 13 thousand, and number of taxi can be offered when you need one urgently is 0.

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We can see various passers-by during the trip and the guide would ask who is New Yorker and who is tourist. Well, we just make a guess. Then the system releases the answer, which is “none of your business”.

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