As you are probably aware, the two May holiday weekends (Victoria Day weekend in Canada, Memorial Day weekend in the US) marks the unofficial start of the summer tourists season here in Niagara Falls. I haven’t heard or read anything specific about what sort of business levels people are expecting this year, but I would definitely assume that people will continue to flock to Niagara Falls.
- The zipline will have a full summer in operation
- The Big Top attraction on Clifton Hill will open
- The new developments by Kelsey’s will open (Niagara Speedway, Funnel Cakes, etc)
- The Canadian dollar is weaker, so more Americans should be coming
Here’s hoping it is a great year for everyone!
They have been making great progress on the new “Big Top Amazing Mirror & Laser Maze” attraction on Clifton Hill. Yesterday the scaffolding was still up and the building was covered. Today, it is now uncovered and looks great!
Have you been down to Clifton Hill lately in Niagara Falls? If not, then you are missing out on seeing a lot of the developments really taking shape. The most notable one is the go-kart track being made on the Clifton Hill/Victoria Ave property owned by HOCO Entertainment & Resort. The spiral of the track and the ramp look fantastic!
From the Daily Commercial News:
The architectural drawings look stunning but groundbreaking for the $500-million, 1.3-million-square-foot River Road Niagara Falls Luxury Resort project remains a couple of years away at least as the project partners continue to piece together a development plan.
The project will see a pair of luxury highrise hotels, 61 and 60 storeys tall, along with such other amenities as high-end retail and restaurants, a 25,000-square-foot spa, conference support facilities, entertainment, observation decks and even a chapel, built near downtown in the River Road, Hiram Street and Blondin Avenue district.
This project was announced 5 years ago (see here and here), and there has still been 0 progress on it.
You can read my other posts about Big Top Amazing Mirror & Laser Maze here, here, here and here.
From Niagara This Week:
Note: The article includes a nice rendering of the position of the theatre and how it would obstruct the view from the Hilton.
City politicians do not want to see a new theatre built at Fallsview Casino, where a staff report showed the building’s height would obscure views of the Horseshoe Falls from various hotels overlooking the cataract.
On Tuesday, council backed the report from staff, asking it not to support a request from one of four proponents vying to win the bid to build a 5,000-seat theatre in Niagara Falls. The proponent, a Quebec-based consortium, has proposed to build the theatre at Fallsview Casino Resort, which is on land owned by the provincial government.
The proponent is looking to build the theatre over top of the bus area at the rear of Fallsview
The work continues on the Niagara Speedway go-kart track on Clifton Hill/Victoria Avenue
Although I’m trying (and succeeding) to post more often, over the next couple of weeks things will be slower. I’m not going to be in Niagara Falls at all as I take some vacation time. I’ll still post some newsletters and links to articles, but I won’t have any update on developments until I get back to the Falls.
I don’t have any details for you, but here are some photos from the Niagara Speedway construction area. It looks like the buildings/structures are mostly done, and they are starting to work on the concrete at the track.