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    ‘No issues of concern’ after Marineland inspection

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Facing 11 counts of animal cruelty from the OSPCA (Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Marineland is touting the results of a recent inspection by its own Animal Care Committee. Read More…

    Cochrane display joins Daredevil Alley in Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Daredevil Alley in Niagara Falls has a prominent new tenant.

    Jay Cochrane, the legendary wirewalker who made Niagara Falls his second home, has been memorialized with a large display at the Queen Street attraction. Read More…

    Another “Big Top Amazing Mirror & Laser Maze” construction update

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    The work is coming along nicely on the new Big Top Amazing Mirror & Laser Maze. I haven’t heard when they are hoping/planning on opening.

    I took these photos on Saturday morning.

    Designer for “Big Top Amazing Mirror & Laser Maze”?

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    I’m making an assumption here, but based on the fact that Oak Island Creative linked to my article about the new “Big Top Amazing Mirror & Laser Maze” attraction opening on Clifton Hill, I’m guessing that their Mirror Mazes International company is the designer or a partner in the development. Read More…

    Mirror maze attraction coming to Clifton Hill

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    Note: The Review is a little slow on this one. I posted about this back at the beginning of June. Of course, they were able to get more details than I posted.

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Construction has begun on a $3-million circus-themed mirror and laser-maze attraction on Clifton Hill.

    It will replace the former Brick City, which was a giant mini city of Legos.

    That attraction was demolished last fall after a fire in the attic of the Haunted House next door in August 2014 caused water and smoke damage.

    “It was a gift store that was built in 1960, and then it had a Cinema 180 movie theatre on top of it, which then became Brick City,” said Niagara Clifton Group president Charlie Burland…

    He said construction on the 2,500-square-foot Big Top Amazing Mirror and Laser Maze attraction began right after Labour Day, and the aim is to open between April and June.

    He said the Big Top Amazing Mirror and Laser Maze will cost around $3 million.

    Big Top Amazing Mirrors & Laser Maze leaflet

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    Back in June I posted about the new attraction that is going in where Brick City was located. As you may recall, that building was torn down and it is an empty lot right now. The lot is fenced off and there are signs up showing the name of the attraction and that it is opening soon. Well, here we are at the end of the summer, and nothing has been done yet.

    I was surprised to see that they’ve even had leaflets available talking about the new attraction. I would assume it will be open for next year, but only time will tell.

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    You can download a PDF of the Big Top leaflet as well.

    20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium

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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.

    20160620 Trip to Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks

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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 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.

    Ripley’s reopens after modern makeover

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Oddball items and curiosities are back on display in Niagara Falls, Ont., now that one of the city’s mainstay attractions has reopened following a major modernization.

    Ripley’s Believe It or Not opened the doors to its so-called “odditorium” Friday after six months of renovations aimed at replacing traditional exhibits with something more hands-on.

    The revamped attraction features interactive exhibits, including one that allows visitors to simulate walking a tightrope over the iconic falls.

    Another exhibit, the Niagara Water Wall, has visitors control the flow, colour and shape of the water using wheels and cranks.

    The museum’s manager, Tim Parker, says it’s the most drastic change the space has undergone in years.

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