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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about New York City

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

New York City skyscrapersNew York City is a beloved location for all kinds of people. It’s full of history, excitement, opportunity and adventure. Today, we’re taking a looks at a few things – well 10 things you probably didn’t know about New York City. That’s right, it’s time for a few fun facts! Let’s get started.

1. The static electricity is so strong on the top of the building that people on the observatory floor can see sparks when they kiss.

2. The lampposts in Central Park are numbered to help visitors know where they are. (more…)

New Goodies!

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

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Spring is on it’s way and will (hopefully) bring some warmer weather to our side of the world, soon. We’ve been busy preparing new tours and activities to add to our catalog, and some of them are now available for reservations. Check out some of our new options below.

Chicago Favorites Food Tasting & Walking Tour

This one goes out to all the food lovers out there. If you’re interested in exploring the city of Chicago while satisfying your palate, here is the perfect 3-hour stroll through the city. his tour operates outside as much as possible, but will make use of Chicago’s unique underground Pedway system in extremely cold weather. During the warmer days, you’ll enjoy the large promenades of the Loop.Along the way, you’ll try some of the foods Chicago is best known for doing right, including pizza, brownies, hot dogs, and a couple of local brews (more…)

Holiday Daze

Friday, December 6th, 2013

christmasHave you been to a Christmas festival yet? Most tree-lighting parties have already occurred and Hanukkah started on November 28th, so gift-giving season is definitely in full swing. The weekends might start to get a little dreamy, and (hopefully) your days are getting more cheery. Enjoy it! The time will pass sooner than you expect, and you’ll be trying to stick to those New Year’s resolutions in no time. Wherever you’ll be over the next few weeks, chances are there’s a sweet holiday activity waiting for you – even if you won’t be leaving your hometown. All of our festive options can be found here, and below are some of our picks.

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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Monday, October 10th, 2011

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Justin, one of our ticketing agents, recently took a trip back home to New York City and scored tickets to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Though Justin was never really a comic book person, he strongly recommends watching the show whether you’re a Marvel nerd or not!

Being the adventure-seeker that Justin is, when he received tickets to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, he jumped to the opportunity to see what all the buzz was about. At first, Justin was skeptical about seeing a superhero tale translated into Broadway but was very pleased with the performance. He was delightfully surprised to see how seamless the show transitioned from action to singing and dancing.

One may think of an awkward burst of song right before Peter Parker whisks away a damsel in distress, but Justin stressed that there was none of that. The songs were songs about what they were doing and not necessarily these grandiose belts of devotion to your friendly neighborhood superhero, so the singing did not feel out of place.

The dancing was a different story in that choreographers fused dancing and fighting into examples of athletic feats. The dance/fight sequences reminded Justin of Brazilian Capoeira dancing and even compared it to Michael Jackson’s iconic Beat It music video. He definitely enjoyed all of the dance scenes but his favorite was the robbers scene where Spider-Man made his first appearance and swoops down onto the stage.

Justin raved about how often the performers were off the stage and suspended in the air. What makes this show so different from other shows is that they really do bring the show to you. “It’s a very audience involved show,” said Justin. Several fight scenes became acrobatic stunts over audience members, and at one point, Spider-Man even perched on top of a platform right next to the balcony seats.

“It kind of made me jealous,” Justin said jokingly, “here I am in the orchestra seats, and Spider-Man is chilling out right next to the nose-bleed seats!” He pointed out that no matter where you are seated, you’ll be guaranteed a show. Don’t worry if you happened to grab seats in the orchestra level, Spidey will make a couple of appearances down there too.

Even beyond the performance, Justin was impressed with the overall experience. He arrived 10 minutes before the show, and though the line was long, it moved quickly.Organized and friendly, the staff at the theater helped everyone from finding restrooms in the lobby to getting their seats before the show. Like every fabulous show, there were also plenty of stands to buy your Spider-Man swag (you have to get souvenirs for those not lucky enough to see it!).

To book tickets to Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, go here.

To see more tours and activities in New York City, go here.

(All photos by Justin)

-Kris
http://reserve123.com

Meet Michelle aka Swiss Army Knife

Friday, August 26th, 2011

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Michelle is like a Swiss Army knife. She pretty much does everything from fixing printers to creating vacation packages all while handling whatever ideas that Ryan throws at us. It’s pretty fun watching her do her thang in the office. Our Swiss Army knife sat down with me to chat about work, Savannah, and Russell Brand.

K: What do you do?

M: I’m the Co-Director of Operations and Ryan’s assistant, so I help with vacation packages, chargebacks, customer requests and any other kind of special projects Ryan may have.

K: How long have you been working at Reserve123?

M: I’ve been working here since May of 2004 so a little over seven years. I started as a Reservations Agent, then Assistant Reservations Manager, then Reservations Manager, then Marketing Manager and Assistant to the President and CEO, and then we joined Marketing and Advertising Departments which is now the Operations Department. I’ve been here forever and do a little bit of everything!

K: What is your favorite part about your job?

M: The fact that it changes everyday. I’ll be working on vacation packages one day, then I’ll do reviews all day one day, and then the next day I’ll be helping Allison do a special project. I never really know what to expect when I get here.

K: Any news going on with you? Any buns in the oven? Craving pickles and ice cream?

M: Hahaha what are you talking about? Haha I actually put it up on Facebook and made it Facebook official that I am pregnant. Got to see a nice strong heartbeat and saw a spinal cord. I was happy and good, so I made an announcement. =)

K: Congrats!

M: Thank you! I’m due around March 5th!

K: You don’t know whether it’s a boy or a girl?

M: Not yet. I’m waiting for a 3D ultrasound to see the baby’s sex.

K: Do you have a preference of boy or girl.

M: I want one of each. Prefer a boy first, but I’ll be happy either way. =)

K: Have you been having any weird food urges?

M: Honestly, I’ve been craving fruit. I want fruit, and I want it all the time! It’s fruits and veggies that’s been standing out. It’s that and salty snacks! It hits me in the evenings; sometimes all I want is popcorn.

K:What’s your favorite city in which to have fun and relax?

M: Nashville for fun. Last time we were there, we got to stand on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Allison got to fist bump Darius Rucker. I got to say hi to Charles from Lady Antebellum. He is GORGEOUS. We were literally standing  on the stage, behind the performers, as they were performing.
For relaxing, I’d have to say Savannah. We really like to go to Tybee Island and lay out on the beach, but Savannah is also fun. You can do so much in Savannah.

K: I’m so happy that you love Savannah.

M: Oh I LOVE Savannah. When we started working with the hotels in Savannah, I was like, “Oh, you want me to come down to Savannah? OK, Sure!”

K: If you could have a live concert in the office, who would play, and where would it be held?

M: Hmm. I would have to say Reba because one of my best friends, Cherie Oakley, wrote a #1 hit for her – “Turn on the Radio”. Cherie was on NBC’s The Voice. I would say Reba in the hopes that Cherie would come with her, and they’d sing it together or something. And where? I’d have to say the Reservations Department because that is probably the biggest area.

K: What is your favorite travel song?

M: Right now, if I were to plug in my iPod, it would be a playlist of songs from Glee. I absolutely love that show. But if I had to pick a non-Glee song, I’d have to pick Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night”. I don’t know why, but I love that friggin song.

K: If you can pick the perfect vacation for Nikita, where would she go and what tours would you choose for her.

M: I know Nikita likes New York. She was actually up in New York for six weeks this summer for a photography internship. I would have to put her own a Hop On, Hop Off because who doesn’t get on a double decker tour in New York? There’s some photography tours, definitely the Ground Zero Museum Workshop. And maybe a Broadway show or two, she may dig that. I know she loves museums.

K: Ok, last but not least —  word association. You know how to play. ;) So.. travel

M: Tours

K:Reserve123

M: E-tickets!

K: Chargebacks

M:Allison… haha

K: Vacation

M: Relaxation

K: Michael B.

M: Alacatraz. He does Alcatraz Tickets! He’s our special products guy. =)

K: Sacki

M: Friendly

K: Allison

M: Sweet

K: Ryan

M: Fun….hahaha and crazy!

K: Katy Perry… I swear I wrote that before the interview!

M: HonestIy, I automatically think about Russell Brand and the fact that he’s a diva. Makes me wonder who in the marriage is the diva. I feel it would be him.

K: He’s weird. I don’t think he’s attractive at all. I like his accent but that’s about it.

M: Yeah, it’s close your eyes and listen to him speak…

K: Nerd

M: ME!

Unfortunately, you  missed out on about 15 minutes of talk about Glee, Walking Dead, and Cherie Oakley and about 20 minutes of giggling. I couldn’t fit everything on here, but just know that Michelle is a television nerd who can also double as an office Swiss Army knife. =)

- Kris
http://reserve123.com/


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