From the Niagara Falls Review:
A Toronto sword swallower will be in Niagara later this month to celebrate the fifth annual World Sword Swallower’s Day.
Vanessa Neil will offer a free show outside Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum on on Feb. 26 at precisely 2:26 p.m.
That’s the same time 21 other sword swallowers will be “dropping swords” at Ripley Believe It or Not! Odditoriums worldwide in recognition of the annual event.
I’ll be there again this year to take pictures/videos…
Someone with a Blogger blog has posted about a recent trip to Niagara Falls (including some pictures):
Well we arrived in Niagara Falls on the 25th of July. We took the first day to relax and enjoy all the activities of the campground. We are at another KOA and they always have lots to do.
Today we caught the bus down to all the attractions. We went on the Maid of the Mist first. It is well worth the money. AWESOME!!! It is really beyond words. After the boat ride, we walked up Clifton Hill. That is where all the roadside attractions are. It is a little Las Vegasey. There was the Guiness Museum of World Records, Haunted Houses, MGM studios, WWF Pile Drive ride, the large ferris wheel (SkyWheel), Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and countless other carnival like places. We went to Wendy’s and had lunch and then caught the bus to Table Rock where you can go the the Journey Behind the Falls and see the 4D show called The Fury.
This has got to be one of my favourite displays on Clifton Hill. As mentioned previously, the lobby/entrance to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum was recently renovated. One of the displays ia of a group of misfit musicians. There is just something about it that I find quite clever, and funny. I’ve posted a video to TwitVid that shows the 3-legged man and the caged man (he’s very small) playing SexyBack by Justin Timberlake. They’ve now added a woman with a stretched neck (she plays it like a güiro). I’ve heard a few other popular songs as well, and it is synced up very well. You can’t help but stand there and watch (or at least I can’t, anyway!). Best of all… it’s free. You don’t have to put in a quarter, or a dollar, or any other amount to watch them. Nice!
The work in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum entrance seems to be almost done, and it looks good. This is a picture of a new display they have. Obviously you can’t tell from the picture, but both figures move. There is a man who appears to have 3 legs. In the cage is a very little person. Both of them are playing an instrument.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Plans to build an aquarium in Niagara Falls appear to be a casualty of tougher American travel regulations, now that Ripley Entertainment is gearing up to build one at the base of Toronto’s CN Tower.
Canada Lands Company, which owns the CN Tower, picked Ripley last year as its partner to develop three acres of unused property near the base of Canada’s tallest building.
Ripley had plans for years to build an aquarium near Great Wolf Lodge, a resort also owned by Florida-based Ripley Entertainment, the company famous for its Believe it Or Not attractions. But in 2007, the company shelved those plans.
That’s when tourism operators got nervous about the effect the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative would have on the number of Americans visiting Canada. That rule requiring American citizens and foreigners to show a passport or other secure document when entering the U.S., came into effect in 2009.
“The one at Great Wolf Lodge has been put on hold for right now. It’s still on hold. It’s still on hold for exactly the same reasons,” said Ripley spokesman Tim O’Brien.
How’s this for a trip down memory lane?!
Feel free to leave a comment with some of your memories…
Note: you can click on any of the pictures to view a larger image.