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Here is a collection of photos that I took at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium. I could have taken hundreds of photos, but then you wouldn’t need to go yourself! Here is a selection of photos from my visit. For more details, please read my 20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium posting.

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One week ago my family headed out to check out the Ripley’s attractions in Niagara Falls. These include Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks, Ripley’s Moving Theater, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium. Our last stop was Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium.

Note: To view images from our trip, visit the 20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium – Image Gallery posting.

This was the attraction that we were most anxious to visit as it had just re-opened after many months of renovations. I had been to the old Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum several times over the years. Although the attraction was always interesting, it just had kind of an old/dated feel to it. We were really looking forward to seeing the new Odditorium. We were not disappointed!

20160620_190829.jpg The entire attraction has been completely redone, and it looks fantastic. It has been enlarged, the ceilings seem higher, and everything is much brighter.

The odditorium has been divided into a variety of different rooms with similar themes. There are rooms that focus on strange animals, odd habits, art, and many other oddities. There are classic exhibits (shrunken heads, lint art, etc), and much more modern exhibits. It truly is filled with interactive displays, starting right in the lobby. My daughter loved the water pipe display. You can press buttons and turn knobs to make water flow, stop, change colour, and more. There was a place where you could try to fold yourself into a box, sit in Robert Wadlow’s giant chair, and stand next to the world’s shortest person.

20160620_191757.jpg The Erik Sprague exhibit is a great example of the layout. Erik Sprague is also called the Lizardman and he has done some extreme body modification. The exhibit is brightly lit, has a life-sized figure of him, and shows a video of some of his performances. It’s amazing. My wife also liked some of the classic exhibits that show the African neck rings, stretched lips andears and foot binding.

20160620_192714.jpg One of the exhibits that was new from just before the renovation was the Wigan Micro Sculptures. Willard Wigan creates micro sculptures that fit within the eye of a needle. This is where the name of the odditorium really comes into play… believe it or not! It really is unbelievable that this is even possible. However they have a variety of microscopes and sure enough, there are small little carvings that really do fit into the eye of the needle. Wow!!

20160620_194947.jpg One of the best  additions to the attraction is new “play” area. I think my kids could have played there for hours. There is a mind-bending “vortex tunnel” that was totally dizzying. There are other interactive games to play such as plastic pin art, a photo silhouette wall, and more. The evening we were there wasn’t particularly busy, but there were at least a dozen or more people in this area and no one seemed to be in a rush to leave.

20160620_194509.jpg I can’t recommend Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium enough! It was super fun and there was definitely something there for all members of my family. As has been mentioned in the other postings, the best deal is to get the 3 Attraction Flex Ticket. If you are interested in a single admission, at the time of this write-up on their website adult tickets are $17.99, senior tickets are $14.99 and child tickets are $10.99. Be sure to check out the Ripley’s web site for the latest information.

Note: To view images from our trip, visit the 20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium – Image Gallery posting.

Graham on June 28th, 2016

One week ago my family headed out to check out the Ripley’s attractions in Niagara Falls. These include Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks, Ripley’s Moving Theater, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium. Our second stop was Ripley’s Moving Theater.

Ripley's Moving Theater logo

Note: To view a few images from our trip, visit the 20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Moving Theater – Image Gallery posting.

20160620_183026(0).jpg Ripley’s Moving Theater is at the top of Clifton Hill at the corner of Victoria Ave. It used to be the location of the old Houdini Magical Hall of Fame. The attraction consists of rows of motion simulator seats that are meant to make it feel like you are in a roller coaster. There are lots of different technologies used for these sorts of simulators, but the major player in the business is SimEx-Iwerks. These used to be two separate companies, but merged several years ago.

20160620_190526.jpg I have to admit that I am not really a fan of roller coasters, but don’t mind motion simulators. However, my experience with them is limited. I’ve mostly been on high-end/expensive simulators at Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Obviously it is unfair to compare Ripley’s Moving Theater to The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man!

The ride itself uses some old technology. There appeared to be four rows of ten connected seats. Each row moves independently from the row ahead or behind it. The ride was kind of jerky, but that didn’t bother my kids. They quite enjoyed the ride, and thought the movements of the rows matched up well with the movies. However, they did think that the movies could be improved. The first movie was called Monkey Madness and the second movie was called Ultimate Roller Coaster. The Monkey Madness video was supposed to also have some effects. I believe there were supposed to be air and/or mist, but we didn’t experience any in our seats. I’m not sure about the other rows.

Ripley’s Moving Theater has a target audience, but if you like that sort of simulator then I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. I doubt that many people will buy an individual admission for it. Most people will get the attraction as part of the 3 Attraction Flex Ticket. The difference in price between the 2 Attraction and 3 Attraction Flex Ticket is only $3, so that is by far the best deal. At the time of this write-up, individual admission to Ripley’s Moving Theater on their website for adults is $13.99, seniors $10.99 and children $7.99. Be sure to check out the Ripley’s web site for the latest information.

Note: To view images from our visit, visit the 20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Moving Theater – Image Gallery posting

Here is a collection of photos that I took at Ripley’s Moving Theater. As you can imagine, I didn’t take many pictures since I was watching the movie, but I took a few of the building, the lobby, and the exit. For more details, please read my 20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Moving Theater posting.

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Louis Tussaud's Waxworks logo

Here is a collection of photos that I took at Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks last week when we visited. It should give you a good idea of what the attraction looks like. For more details, please read my 20160620 Trip to Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks article.

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Graham on June 27th, 2016

One week ago my family headed out to check out the Ripley’s attractions in Niagara Falls. These include Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks, Ripley’s Moving Theater, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium. Our first stop was Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks.

Louis Tussaud's Waxworks logo

Note: To view images from our trip, visit the 20160620 Trip to Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks – Image Gallery posting.

20160620_182623.jpg My wife and I have visted Tussaud’s before, both in their current location on Victoria Ave as well as the old location near the bottom of Clifton Hill. However, it had been a few years, and my kids had never been. The new location has been in use for several years, and they’ve done a nice job with it. Blondin is on a wire outside the building, above the street. The building itself appears very large from the outside and seems even bigger on the inside. The attraction consists of several rooms that are designed as a variety of sets. There are several very large rooms that take up almost an entire floor which let you “mingle” with the stars. There are lots of figures, but you never feel like they were crammed in.

20160620_181558.jpg As you can imagine, some of the wax figures look amazing, and some of them not so much. Don’t let that discourage you though, as that is part of the fun of visiting such an attraction. 20160620_180841.jpg The figures that look great are very cool to see and you marvel at how they managed to get them to look so similar to the real person. The figures that don’t look so great are still fun to look at. Harry Potter didn’t look that great, but David Letterman looked excellent. Of course part of the fun is that everyone will have a different opinion of what looks real and what looks fake.  You can debate those you are with on what might make the figure look more like the real person (eye spacing, different hair style, height, etc). My kids thought some of the figures were so real looking that they felt the figures were following them with their eyes. In particular they thought that Queen Victoria was “creepily real” (their words) 🙂

20160620_181956.jpg As mentioned above, there are several sets that are large rooms. 20160620_180221.jpgThere is a small room where talk show hosts are, large rooms with movie stars, a room with religious leaders, a room with world leaders, and more. Almost all figures have name tags on so you know who they are. There is quite a variety of themes and there really is something for everyone… models of historical figures, current celebrities, scenes from movies, and even a horror section. I couldn’t convince anyone to go into that section with me, so we skipped it.

On many of the walls between the rooms were “life masks” of all sorts of famous people. These are replicas of molds that were done of the faces of these people. It was fun to try to guess who was who.

Overall the attraction is very interactive. You can touch and stand beside almost all of the figures. This makes for great photo opportunities. My daughter was excited to have her picture taken with Taylor Swift. My son is a huge Back to the Future fan, so was thrilled to have his photo take in a DeLorean. My other son wanted his photo taken with the super-realistic horse standing beside Queen Elizabeth II. You can also have your photo taken going over the Falls in a barrel and you can practice a highwire/tightrope walk (you are only a few inches off the ground).

I highly recommend Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks. At the time of this write-up on their website adult tickets are $14.99, senior tickets are $10.99 and child tickets are $7.99. There are also some “flex ticket” options where you can get admission to another attraction, or to all three at reduced rates. Be sure to check out the Ripley’s web site for the latest information.

Note: To view images from our visit, visit the 20160620 Trip to Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks – Image Gallery posting.

Graham on June 28th, 2016

The other day I tweeted that the outside of Ripley’s was being painted. As I was looking for some logos for the Ripley’s visit postings, I came across the website for a graphic designer in Orlando who has done a few mock-ups of what it would look like. I don’t know which one they are going to use (if any), but they look good. None of them look like the colour that it is being painted.

Here is an animated gif of the concepts. Please click through to the Melody Matheny website to see static larger images.

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