Triotech Announces Carnival Chaos Hyper Ride for Niagara Falls

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    From Coaster101:

    Triotech and Clifton Hill announced today a major new attraction to be installed in Niagara Falls, ON, Canada. Set for opening next summer season, the brand-new attraction will be called “Carnival Chaos Hyper Ride”. The experience will showcase Triotech’s Hyper Ride, an award-winning innovative interactive media-based dark ride that features a world’s first in motion technology.

    WARMINGTON: Border-town officials want easier access for American tourists?

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    From the Toronto Sun:

    You can’t miss President Joe Biden at the top of Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, but some Americans do.

    Something about a bureaucratic ArriveCan app, to be filled out ahead of time, asking for vaccine status, has slowed tourism down.

    “The tourism industry accounts for $105 billion in Canada, and 40,000 jobs are directly related to tourism here in Niagara,” Niagara Mayor Jim Diodati said Wednesday from Ottawa when he and other border-town mayors went to Parliament Hill to try to talk some sense in to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    Ripley’s now a selfie heaven: Attraction on Clifton Hill embraces kitsch and social media clicks

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The newest attraction on Clifton Hill is a selfie paradise.

    Ripley’s Selfie Studios, which opened at noon Thursday, offers 23 themed installations visitors can interact with. From a disco to a retro diner to a Niagara Falls tightrope, it’s meant to embrace the kitsch and get social media clicks.

    “We wanted something new, different and fresh,” said Peter Doyle, regional manager of Ripley Entertainment for Canada.

    “This really captures something very creative. It targets teenagers and young adults and they’ve been very successful elsewhere. You’re only restricted by your own creativity here.”

    Completion of Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre delayed

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Completion of Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre has been delayed again.

    But Mayor Jim Diodati, who toured the 5,000-seat facility Wednesday, said he’s confident the public will be “thrilled” with the venue once it opens.

    Work on the $130-million theatre at Stanley Avenue and Murray Street began in fall 2017.

    At the time, officials said the 18,000-square-metre building, which will be connected to Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort by an enclosed pedestrian walkway, was expected to open in June 2019.

    Niagara Falls, Peace Bridge to shine purple to raise domestic violence awareness

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    From Niagara This Week:

    While many people visiting the Niagara Parkway over Christmas will enjoy the coloured lights that mark holiday cheer, two local attractions will use their lights to bring awareness to a more serious issue: domestic violence.

    The Peace Bridge will glow purple Monday from dusk until 1 a.m. to mark the launch of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international awareness campaign that begins with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

    Winter Festival of Lights returns for 37th season

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights marked the start of its 37th season with a day of interactive festivities at Queen Victoria Park Saturday.

    There was live entertainment, food trucks and a variety of interactive displays including illuminated teeter totters.

    NEW EXHIBIT TO PET STINGRAYS + SHARKS IN NIAGARA FALLS

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    From WYRK.com:

    How awesome is this going to be?

    At the Aquarium of Niagara they have been putting in new exhibits to attract new visitors out in Niagara Falls and now, one of the coolest is underway.

    It will cost about $1.85 million Shark and Ray Bay shallow tropical pool that will be right as you walk inside the venue and should be done by May 2020.

    Cuomo announces $10M for revitalization of Niagara Falls’ Bridge District

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The effort to revive Niagara Falls’ Main Street received a $10 million boost from the state Wednesday.

    In an appearance in the Conference Center Niagara Falls, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the Falls is this year’s recipient of funds from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in Western New York.

    “The state has never done more for upstate New York than it has during my administration,” Cuomo said. “It’s not even close.”

    Rooftop roller coaster latest addition to Clifton Hill

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Clifton Hill has long been described as ‘carnival-like.’ Cotton candy. Ferris wheel. Go-karts. Pretty soon, you can add roller coaster.

    Owner Ian Paul calls it the world’s first rooftop coaster, located above the House of Frankenstein haunted house. With installation nearly complete, it now needs approval from the province’s Technical Standards and Safety Authority, which could be a lengthy process.

    While he’s hoping to have it operating by Thanksgiving, Paul says next March is more likely.

    Diverse, ‘fresh’ attractions helping to drive strong visitation to Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    It has been a “tremendous” summer so far as the peak tourism season hits its stride in the Honeymoon Capital, says the president of Niagara Falls Tourism.

    “I’d say right now businesses are tracking even with where they were last year and knowing that last year was really a record year – the last two years were real banner years – that’s a good achievement,” said Janice Thomson.

    She said the combination of a low Canadian dollar and the number of diverse attractions continues to drive strong visitation numbers. Niagara Falls attracts about 14-million visitors a year.

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