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  • Greggy123
    Singapore, Singapore397 contributions
    Totally mesmerised by this amazing show.

    Firstly it’s the most Christmassy thing to do…ever! In an iconic venue.

    Was a charming, fun and festive experience. So American. So brilliant. So recommended if you are in nyc for the festive month.

    Wonderful.
    Written 11 February 2024
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  • Rebecca W
    Baltimore, MD12 contributions
    loved looking at the Christmas tree I liked seeing the different decorations on it and loved seeing it for the first time it made me think about home alone 2.
    Written 7 February 2024
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  • WPLandry
    Fairfax, VA554 contributions
    This was on our bucket list and I am so glad we did it this year. While it's not something I would do every year, it is something I would do again. Be ready for crowds, but then again, that's NYC in general! Streets are blocked off, which is actually really cool. Before and after the parade, you can experience the streets of NY in a unique way - no cars! We took full advantage of just walking around before and after to really see the city in a way you don't often get. As for the parade, it's everything you see on TV except the performances. Mostly, you just get to see everything coming down the streets unless you camp out in one of the performance zones.
    Written 7 January 2024
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  • Roger M
    Redhill, UK182 contributions
    Despite the gloomy weather a lot of people turned out to this annual event. Good humoured and slightly bonkers!
    Written 12 June 2019
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  • femaleboxer
    New York City, NY606 contributions
    Thousands upon thousands lined the streets to watch thousands of costumed locals and visitors parade through the Village. There were floats. There were bands. There were costumes that left little to the imagination and some that raised far too many questions. You need to get there EARLY if you want to be able to see, and there's no place to rest your tired feet.
    Written 31 March 2022
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  • JanLinksGroningen
    Groningen, The Netherlands1,308 contributions
    When You are in New York And You can see this, Go. But don’t travel more than 30minutes for It. But it is ok! A quiet nice experience
    Written 30 August 2022
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  • GianMarco P
    1 contribution
    Check-in is super easy and quick. This event is really only fun if you have a panel or 2 to attend or have a really hardcore and diverse interest in multiple media franchises. Otherwise you’ll end up like me last year and end up just walking around doing nothing and leave unfulfilled and feel like you wasted your money. This year I went on Thursday and there was plenty to do. Could be because covid restrictions are mostly gone but… yeah it’s great. People are super nice, too
    Written 12 October 2022
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  • Privatemf
    New Orleans, LA42 contributions
    Came upon this by accident, and it was a great festival. You get a world tour through food. The close the street down and it was between our hotel and the subway.
    Written 24 December 2023
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  • SteveOS
    New York City, NY62 contributions
    Show is great as always, but at box office, our “digital” promotions from LIRR were not acceptable and printed copy was needed beware!
    Written 2 May 2019
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  • Samora N
    Newark, NJ8 contributions
    I had a great time and would repeat. Although next time, I would either go with a larger group of around 4 or go solo. I went with my wife, which was fun, but the festival is not really an ideal couple's experience. It lends itself more to a group party or a solo vibe.

    My wife and I only went on Sunday and got the VIP package. I chose Sunday because I got to see Tiesto and Major Lazer and because the weather was ideal. Notwithstanding the music, the people watching was the most fun part. On the ferry, we got to see all of the youngsters preening in their costumes. Some of them introduced themselves to us and told us about their favorite DJs.

    The vibe was excellent, the crowd was mostly cool, and I never had a problem reaching the bathrooms. I actually liked the system of adding $ to the bracelet and then paying with the bracelet. It beats the ticket system of Caribana and other similar festivals because it cuts down on lines.

    My personal experience was very positive, but I have to address two huge issues: the Friday closing and the Sunday rejections.
    Friday closing
    The organizers did not have the venue ready on Friday, which was a huge mistake. If I paid thousands of dollars for a three-day pass, I would have been angry. The refunds are a nice idea but they will be incomplete. I don't how they will calculate the value of the Friday VIP or Select attendance plus round trip ferry, but I know the customer will not get all of the money back. I don't know that they will reimburse for the ferry but I know they cannot reimburse for the opportunity cost of coming to NY on a Friday morning. People came from as far as Brazil and from all over the country for this festival, will the refund incorporate that fee? Their excuse, global supply chain issues, was vague enough to mean nothing and seemed like a way to pass the buck.
    Sunday rejections
    On Sunday, the staff turned away masses of ticket holders because they would have overcrowded the venue. This led some of the angry ticket holders to rush the entrance. Luckily, no one was hurt. Can't blame that on the supply chain: the organizers got greedy and sold too many tickets. The Sunday fiasco makes the supply chain story less believable.

    Pros
    The vibe, my experience, the music, the people, the staff, the easy access to bathrooms.

    Issues
    Expensive, badly planned.
    Written 7 September 2023
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  • David L
    Wilmington, DE883 contributions
    I would have appreciated this exhibit more if I was a big fan of Harry Potter. My two young boys (10 and 8) are, so we decided to go. We purchased tickets on the TodayTix app, so we got the flex tickets for $23 per person. Whether flex or timed, be prepared to wait in line to get into the venue. We wen there at 12:30 pm and line to get in was so long that we tried later in the day (3:00). When we got there at 3:00, the line was only slightly shorter. When we left the merchandise store around 4:30, the line was considerably shorter, so I would suggest you go later in the day if possible.

    It's interactive. Everyone gets a bracelet that they can tap different stations and earn for your chosen houses. There are glass encased robes and wands of the different characters and several simulations that Potter fans will love. For example, there was a section for Quidditch where you can throw a similar Quidditch ball through the hoops.

    The whole exhibit takes between 60-90 minutes. Some of it is paced with a group, but most of it is self-paced. After you're done, you exit downstairs to the merchandise store which is far too pricey for most.
    Written 30 December 2023
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  • GeorgiaKem25
    Liverpool, UK16 contributions
    This is one of the hardest things I've ever had to organise in my life! The reviews are appalling and TBH there is just a lot of moaning about security and not much on what actually happens etc!

    So here is my review which I hope is better than the ones I had!

    Firstly the event we went to was Tonic Bar Times Square! Booking the event was very easy once we decided we was going Tonic, the process was a long few weeks as you truly are shooting in the dark as the lack of reviews is astounding and it's hard to see on a map where the ball drops, if you can actually see or even go on the street to watch the ball drop!

    So once we chose Tonic bar we booked it through their website which was linked to event bite! The tickets where $370 roughly £300 this included an open bar and food being passed around (pizza, cheese sticks, sliders etc) Honestly I was more interested in street access, something this event offered and this is the reason we booked it as it was the most 'reasonable' priced place we could find. So yeah we booked it and the tickets where sent via email and that was it!

    New Year's Eve - so we arrived in NYC 28/12/16 and over those days we got told by many New Yorkers to make sure we leave our hotel at least 1-1.5 hours before our event is due to start as there is a lot of security (something I'd seen a lot of people mention online) so we decided to leave our hotel 'double tree hilton' on 51st Lexington avenue at around 18:30! Security was tight but in all honesty I found it comforting especially in the world we live in today! What I can tell you about security and access to your event is that you have to access on the street of your event. You won't get through if it's not. So ours was between 48th and 49th so we went through 49th off 6th! Don't bother 'trying' as they check your ticket and in our case google map the bar if they are unsure! So just make your life easier and do what you're told haha. Many didn't in my line and it's really annoying! So you get bag checked and your body scanned once that's done you're through to the next batch of security who are the ones who escort you to your bar/restaurant etc! The only minor hiccup we had was that the bar didn't open till 20:00 and we arrived through security at 19:15 so we had a 45 minute wait but hey ho can't have it all!

    Once in we had a ball! The atmosphere is great and in all honesty its worth it for a once in your life experience! We got access to the street to watch the ball drop but I'd definitely start queuing at the door earlier so I can get next to the barrier (best view) if I done it again which I probably would. However I still got to see the ball drop so that's great! What I would like to say that I wish you wasn't allowed balloons and tall hats it's not fair on other revellers as some couldn't see because of them! Something the organisers should think about!

    So yeah I had a great time! A quick note I'm going to make now is places you can go to and see the ball if you want to go and can't get Tonic bar!

    Tonic bar
    Olive garden
    TGIFridays - 51st (my parents went here the same night for New Years and they loved it)
    Bubba gumps
    Applebees
    The view (expensive)
    Marriott (expensive)

    Hope this helps! If you need any help let me know (I've already done a separate review of tonic bar on their own review thing)
    Written 8 January 2017
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  • Johnson_250
    Redmond, WA77 contributions
    Tribeca festival pretends to be open and accessible with fans but it's just not true. At least not anymore. They act like elitists and fans are just little peons to them, not worth any time or effort. I did not have a great experience at the festival and it felt like being a fan of RD was this huge no-no. i've had friends who have worked there who have said the same. MOST come to the festival because of RD!?

    Before I went to the festival this year, I didn't get a response with a few simple questions. I emailed again and the person who answered a week later seemed annoyed. Won't be going again
    Written 8 July 2021
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  • Monica S
    Cleveland, OH54,311 contributions
    So we were very disappointed by the Food & Wine Festival particularly with the food selection at the Grand Tasting event on 10-12-19. The food was prepared by vendors (mostly local grocery stores like ShopRite or Citarella's) and local restaurants. We went mainly for the cooking demos by the celebrity chefs which we loved. We tried to hit a few food booths before and in between the demos, but all the food we tasted was horrible. The pizza we tried was cold; the lobster gnocchi i tried was good but cold; Brazilian truffles were yummy; there was some rum chocolate cake which was horrid; my husband hated all the burgers and chips or fries. The food was definitely a let down. The gift bags were neat and had bruschetta crackers, green tea cookies, apple baby squeeze pouches, some cappacinos in a can, and a few other items. The demos were fantastic and loved the Food Network Chef citings.
    Written 12 October 2019
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  • Mónica M
    Guatemala City, Guatemala16 contributions
    Well, really cool festival, well organized, but the weather wasn't the best, I really was into the line up.

    The food was cool, good prices but the booze was kind of expensive.
    Written 4 July 2016
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