December Clifton Hill Resorts Update

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Tonight I received the December issue of the Clifton Hill Resorts Update newsletter:

It is a very repetitive newsletter, often containing much of what the previous one had in it, but with some dates changed. It is still a nice newsletter, but it would be good if they could provide more information about what’s going on in the area.

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Disney’s Aladdin Jr coming to Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls is getting a broadway-type musical! The Greg Frewin Theatre (home of the magician, Greg Frewin) is going to house the production. They are working to refit the stage so that it will be appropriate. Apparently it is a full production, not just a short version of it. It will play mostly as matinees during the summer months

Disney's Aladdin Jr poster
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Silver Mist Productions Presents
Aladdin Jr.

Coming to Niagara Falls, Canada Spring 2006

Disney’s Aladdin will be opening at the Greg Frewin Theatre in Niagara falls on May 16th 2006. For those who don’t have small children and haven’t been subjected to multiple viewings of the film, the story takes place in Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail. All the favorite Disney characters are here in this stage adaption of Disney’s hit, including Aladdin, Jasmine and of course, the genie. Filled with magic, mayhem and flying carpet rides, audiences’ spirits will soar with excitement. Most of all, the tuneful, Academy award-winning score with songs including “A Whole New World” and “A Friend Like Me”

“…A spectacular, Academy Award winning musical performance!”

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book adapted and additional lyrics by Jim Luigs
Music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle
Based on the screenplay by Ron Clements and John Musker, Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio

Disney's Aladdin Jr poster
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Silver Mist Productsion Presents
Aladdin Jr

“…A spectacular, Academy Award winning musical Performance!”
“…Razzle-Dazzle energy and warm hearted appear!” – Minneapolis Star Tribune
“…A magic carpet ride of music, dance and fun!” – St. Paul Minnesota Press

May 16th – September 5th, 2006
Held at the Greg Frewin Theatre 5781 Ellen Avenue, Niagara Falls

Give the gift of Disney this holiday season
Gift certificates now available

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book adapted and additional lyrics by Jim Luigs
Music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle
Based on the screenplay by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio

Tickets go on sale Monday, December 5th, 2005 Call 905 356 0777 Tickets Limited Don’t Delay!

The Links of Niagara 2nd Annual Christmas Dinner & Dance

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The Links of Niagara 2nd Annual Christmas Dinner & Dance is coming up soon. Unfortunately, the poster they sent around doesn’t provide the date!

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I visited the Links of Niagara web site, but couldn’t find anything about the event.

DECEMBER 6 UPDATE: The dance is on Saturday, December 10, 2005. Unfortunately, their site still doesn’t have any other information on it.

Niagara Fallsview December Spotlight

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Today I received the Niagara Fallsview December Spotlight:

From dining and concert offers to accommodation and special event incentives, Spotlight Updates give you convenient access to the latest promotions and information from one of Canada’s premiere entertainment destinations.

To subscribe, click on the Spotlight Updates link on the right side of the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort main page.

Off-season pricing

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Frank had left a comment on a different post asking if this was a good time of year from a price point of view to head to Niagara Falls. It’s hard to say. Generally speaking, I don’t think that the face-value of an attraction ever changes. I don’t think there is anyplace that has specific off-season pricing. But there are a lot of hotels that own attractions, and their package plan pricing during the winter is incredible. You can get rooms for under a hundred dollars that often will have dinners included with them. Sometimes you get even more. Overall, I’d say that the hotels are very aggressive with their pricing during the winter, while the attractions remain the same. However you may be able to get good deals on attractions through the hotel you are staying at.

Jimmy the hotelier: Believe it or not!

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From the National Post (via

Vancouver billionaire Jimmy Pattison made a rare public appearance yesterday, coming to this border town to promote a new $200-million resort, express concerns about border restrictions and get himself licked by a large white wolf.

Mr. Pattison was promoting his new Great Wolf Lodge — a 406-room water park themed resort that boasts it has more water than the Falls itself. But the resort, scheduled to open in the spring, could face some early setbacks if the U.S. government goes ahead with plans to require Canadian visitors to show passports to enter the United States. The move will probably lead to passport controls on both sides of the border.

Other articles:
The Globe and Mail

Ring in the New Year in Style… again

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Yesterday I received the latest newsletter from the Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview. This is now the third one I’ve received that has been the same. It’s exactly the same as the last one and the one before that. They are obviously promoting their New Year’s Eve specials. Perhaps they are promoting the specials a bit too much…

You can subscribe by clicking on the Special Email Offers link on the side of the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa main page.

Niagara Border Crossing Adds New Lane to Reduce Congestion


From PR Newswire:

Border efficiency and support for the world’s largest trading relationship are getting a significant boost with completion of a major construction project at the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge. The Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission celebrated the completion of the $45-million, fifth-lane Queenston-Lewiston Bridge expansion project today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the center of the bridge.

Believe it or Not: Ripley’s expanding empire of the bizarre

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The first thing you’ll probably notice is the shark. At more than five metres long, it’s the biggest ever caught on rod and reel. What’s left of its two terrifying tonnes now hangs preserved above a dull warehouse floor.

There are also medieval torture devices, human skull drinking glasses, a Coke bottle-shaped coffin and curious mix of embalmed livestock born with too many heads or limbs. These items and many more are stored in a central Florida warehouse – all without an audience.

But their owner, Ripley Entertainment Inc., is doing its best change that. The Orlando-based company of “Believe it or Not!” fame has announced rapid expansion plans over the next year and a half, including at least four new locations from Spain to New York City – where those lonely curiosities might soon find homes.

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