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Foursquare Check-Ins Move to Swarm App

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

--Foursquare, a company that pioneered the online check-in, is changing things up. Compiled on the list of our favorite travel apps, this mobile application is great for finding new places to visit while you’re traveling. If you’re new to a city and want to know where people are gathering for the afternoon, just open the app and see what’s hot. The higher the number of check-ins, the more popular the establishment. It really comes in handy if you’re looking for a good eatery, and there’s usually a handful of tips on what to order.

Once you arrive somewhere, the old Foursquare would let you check-in and leave a tip of your own. Sometimes a discount or special would pop up, just for using Foursquare. It’s a nifty little app. Now, however, the check-in process has migrated to their new Swarm application. This means users are now required to download a separate app for their check-ins. All recommendations and searches are still reserved for the Foursquare app, as are leaving “tips” for any places you’ve visited. Many users are frustrated with this transition, and App Store reviews for Swarm average two out of five stars. (more…)

The Best Coffee Shops Around Atlanta

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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We like the idea of visiting unique-to-the-city coffee shops on our travels. It’s a simple way to get a taste of the city, literally and figuratively. If you’re new to Atlanta, traveling to Atlanta, or even if you’ve lived in Atlanta a while, these coffee shops are definitely worth a visit.

1. Condessa Coffee – 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE

Condessa Coffee is comfortably situated in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. The beverages are crafted with Counter Culture Coffee and Rishi Organic Tea – the kind of high-quality brands you can’t find at your local grocery store. They also serve beers from local breweries and mix up some of the finest cocktails around town. (more…)

Around Atlanta on an Electric Car Tour

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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After a snowy and icy winter, the chilly weather has started to break around Atlanta, and we’re finally experiencing warmer temperatures. Spring is here!

In celebration, a couple of our team members took an afternoon to ride around Atlanta on an Electric Car Tour and got re-acquainted with some of our favorite neighborhoods. Click through for (many) more photos of all the sights.



Alcatraz Media Trivia Game at the Atlanta Headquarters

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Atlanta Office Headquarters

We all had a great time in the office last week with our Trivia Game! This was a game to see how well we know each other.

The object of the game was for everyone (or a decent amount of people) to write something interesting about themselves that not many others would know. Whoever could match them most facts to people correctly would win!

This was a tough challenge. We have a lot of cool, ambitious, unique, & talented employees here at Alcatraz Media & Reserve123. Everyone was speculating and second-guessing all week… Now, all the answers can finally be revealed!! :D


Here are all of the facts followed by the correct answers for our trivia game:

1. I was the first person in US history to reverse an adoption.  Answer: Lia

2. I tried out for the 1992 Olympics (Event 400 yard Dash). Answer: NiCole

3. When I was born I had a long vertical scar on my neck. My mother had surgery on her neck when she was a child and carried that scar on her neck all of her life, until I was born. Her scar disappeared when I was born! Answer: Barbara

4. I like to collect currency from different parts of the world. Answer: Raimari

5. I have the physical challenge of Cerebral Palsy. Answer: Rachelle

6. My family breeds Boykin Spaniels. Answer: Ben

7. I turned 15 while on a mission trip to Honduras & Nicaragua. Answer: Michelle

8. I had a poem published in a book when I was 13. Answer: Sheria

9. I can interact with people from all walks of life without judging. Answer: Sonya C.

10. I won the “Delta’s World Adventure Challenge with Carmen Sandiego,” which was a geography / essay writing contest in 1995 based on the kid’s game show on PBS. In my story, V.I.L.E. crook Wonder Rat stole the AJC news building in Atlanta and hauled it off to Australia! Answer: Lauren

11. My dream job title is “Commissioner of Major League Baseball.” Answer: Fauve

12. I was the first female newspaper carrier in my home town. Answer: Theresa

13. I once dated movie & TV star Delta Burke (before she or I became very famous). Answer: Tony

14. I learned to drive a stick shift when I was about 12 years old. Answer: Disa

15. I have written over 300 poems and am currently looking to publish a poetry book by this time next year. Answer: Charisse

16. I was a 4-time representative for the Piano State Convention. Answer: Modesty

17. All of my doctors are shocked that I’ve never had a cavity. Answer: Dra

18. When I was little I wanted to be a Killer Whale Trainer at Sea World. Answer: Jason

19. I am a scraper, which means I like to make scrapbooks. Answer: Darlene

20. I take Brazilian jiu jitsu during my free time. Answer: Siran


We were TIED for a top winner, so we used a names list randomizer to choose.

• Rachelle (11 correct answers!)
• Sonya W. (11 correct answers!)

And… The winner was………… Sonya W.!!!

Sonya chose a great gift card to Target.


And Honorable Mention went out to:

• Rachelle (11 correct answers)
• Michelle (9 correct answers)
• Sonya C. (8 correct answers)
• Theresa (7 correct answers)
• NiCole (7 correct answers)
• Tamesha (6 correct answers)
• Sheria (6 correct answers)
• Modesty (6 correct answers)

Great job everyone! We may have to do this game again soon… ;)

Crazy Hat Week at the Atlanta HEADquarters!

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Here at the & Alcatraz Media headquarters in Atlanta, we do more than just provide outstanding customer service and reservations for more than 11,000 tours, attractions, and activities in over 550 destinations and 85 countries. We work hard, and we play hard, too. Recently we have started having fun office contests every week, and last week was our Crazy Hat Week!

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We had three finalists in our contest – Jason, Cheryl and Raimari:

Jason, Lord of Asgard and God of Thunder!

Cheryl with a fabulously festive hat

Raimari with an amazingly creative updo

It was really tough to pick a winner. Everyone did a such a great job! But we finally decided that our winner is… JASON! Jason got to pick out his favorite $50 gift card from a variety to choose from for winning.


Although John & Carolyn could not participate in the contest (because they work remotely from Florida), they did send in an awesome picture of themselves in silly hats, so they are well-deserving of our Honorable Mention:

John & Carolyn (and that cute rabbit with them) rock!

Thanks to those who participated! Stay tuned for more office fun soon… ;)

Lauren's Hometown Must Do – Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Ga

Friday, November 18th, 2011

I asked Lauren for a quick response on what she thought was a must do in her hometown. In typical Lauren fashion, she went above and beyond and whipped up this little feature on Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery:

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Oakland Cemetery

I’m from Atlanta, and my favorite MUST DO in the city is to visit Oakland Cemetery. First of all, it’s free for entrance & self-guided walking tours, and second of all, it’s only a few miles from countless other famous attractions in the city, such as the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, and much more.


Marsh’s headstone

I realize that visiting a cemetery might sound morbid, but it is actually very peaceful, scenic, and filled with amazing architecture. Oakland Cemetery is the oldest cemetery, as well as one of the largest green spaces, in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1850 on six acres of land southeast of the city, Oakland remains one of the oldest historical plots of land in Atlanta, most of the rest of the city having been burned in 1864.

See the dying Lion of the Confederacy monument (which looks very similar to the famous Lion Monument in Lucerne, Switzerland). Shop in the intriguing Bell Tower Building (which looks almost like a castle in the center of the cemetery). Visit the grave of Margaret Mitchell Marsh, author of Gone with the Wind. Explore the many miniature-cathedral-like Mausoleums, many complete with polished stone, multi-colored stained glass windows, steeples, gargoyles, and gates.


the interior of a mausoleum

A beautiful array of flowers, trees, and walkways make Oakland Cemetery a place hard to leave. You might see someone painting under in the cool shade of a magnolia tree, someone else reading a book on a stone bench loveseat, another discussing the exotic flowers throughout, and still more enjoying the ghost walking tours through the cemetery at night. At the end of your visit, I would recommend heading straight across the street to the Six Feet Under Pub! They have fantastic seafood, drinks, and much more. Don’t miss out on the true “spirit” of Atlanta while you are here.

- Lauren

The World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

Friday, November 11th, 2011

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World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Ga (picture from Wiki)

One of the best things about living in Atlanta is that you’re living in Atlanta. With six distinctly different neighborhoods, the city offers a variety of activities for everyone. From family friendly destinations like the Georgia Aquarium to the trendy shops in Little Five Points, Atlanta will please all different kind of visitors.

Luckily, special products agent, Amanda, was able to take advantage of the Atlanta CityPass, and for one weekend, the city was her playground!We talk about two of Amanda’s trips, though with the Atlanta CityPass, you have admission to five venues: the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio, High Museum or FernbankMuseum, and Zoo Atlanta or Atlanta History Center.

This particular post will be about Amanda’s visit to The ‘World of Coca-Cola’. The exhibition features the history of coca-cola. It transports you back to the days when coca-cola was mixed in front of you, served warm, and purchased in a pharmacy and brings you back to the modern day where Coca-Cola sells over 500 beverage brands in 200 countries and where our soda is nice and cold!

the lobby and the gigantic bottles (picture from this blog)

Amanda and her friend headed over to the World of Coca-Cola and was greeted with a gorgeous lobby. With enormous, decorated soda bottles standing in the middle and swirls of fanciful colors sweeping the room, it’s a wonderful introduction to another world. She couldn’t stop marveling at the gigantic bottles and truly appreciated the amount of work it took to create them. Most of all, Amanda was especially happy to bypass the line on a Saturday morning with her CityPass!

Divided into groups, Amanda entered a room with walls decorated in Coca-Cola products. There was a brief introduction to the Coca-cola brand, the products, and the history of its presence in pop culture. One of Amanda’s favorite parts about the introduction was all of the memorabilia hanging on the walls. Every inch of the room was covered with metal signs, neon lights, and products such as dinnerware and oven mitts dating back to the early beginning of the iconic logo.

“It was definitely fun to see how Coca-Cola’s image has changed throughout the years,” said Amanda. Coca-Cola puts a strong emphasis on its journey from its humble beginnings to the international product it is today. After Happiness Factory: A Documentary, a cute animated short about characters in the Happiness Factory, Amanda was off to The Hub.


You can take a picture with the Coca-Cola polar bear! Who else loves those commercials?

At this point, Amanda was on a self-guided tour of the venue, and the Hub is where you can choose where to start your Coca Cola experience. There were various activities available such as listening to the company’s worldwide influence in the ‘Coca-Cola Connections’ room or visiting the ‘Milestones of Refreshment’, an attraction that showcases different advertisements in chronological order. Other activities include watching how the famous soda pop is made or watching the 4-D film In Search of the Secret Formula. In ‘Bottle Works’, visitors are allowed to see how, you guessed it, cola is bottled.

Probably the most exciting part about the exhibit is the ‘Taste It’ room. Certainly Amanda’s favorite part of the attraction, soda fountains offering 60 different soft drinks from all over the world are placed in this room for you to taste. You can try drinks from France, Chile, Zimbabwe, China, Japan, and the list goes on. Amanda tried every single one, even the notorious Beverly from Italy. She didn’t have a favorite flavor, but she distinctly remembers the Inca Kola from Peru, which she thinks tastes like bubblegum.

Another crowd pleaser is the ‘Coca-Cola Freestyle’ that allows cola enthusiasts to mix their very own drinks. Unfortunately, you can’t take full 2 liter bottles of your personally-made soda, but the Freestyle units are popping up all around the nation.


This is one of the soda fountains in the ‘Taste It’ room. Inca Kola is pictured in the center. Other sodas are from (left to right) Mexico, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Chile. 

There is no better way to end your visit at the World of Coca-Cola than visiting the gift shop. Actually, it’s where the exit is located, so you really can’t miss it! The gift shop is a huge store that offers almost everything Coca-Cola.

“From a pair of sunglasses to home decor such as lamps or bed sheets, you can get anything from the gift shop,” said Amanda, “if you know a coca-cola die-hard fan, you can probably furnish a whole house from this store!”

Amanda loved the World of Coca-Cola and all of the interesting little factoids the venue offered, but there is still one thing that the attraction didn’t mention: Is it soda, coke, or pop?

“It’s soda!”


Amanda decked out in Coca-Cola gear at the gift shop.

Look for the second part of Amanda’s Atlanta excursion with her Atlanta CityPass in upcoming blog posts! If you would like to purchase Atlanta CityPasses, go to this link. If you would like to chat with one of our representatives about the pass, call 800-745-1925. If you would just like to chat about Atlanta and where to find the best doughnuts, tweet at me (Kris) at @reserve123 or catch us on facebook.

Photos by Amanda unless otherwise noted.


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