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    Disney Niagara never happened

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    The Man on the Lam blog has a blog post called If You Build it, They Will Come which has an infographic that is “a look at the biggest proposed construction projects in Canada that never happened”. It has an Expedia logo at the top of the infographic. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but there is an item mentioning “Disney Niagara”

    As far back as 1963 Walt Disney considered building a Disney attraction on the Niagara Falls site…

    You can click through to the site to read the rest of the blurb.

    Fazio out as Winter Festival of Lights GM

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After 10 years, the Winter Festival of Lights and its general manager Dino Fazio have parted ways.

    Fazio confirmed in an e-mail to the media Wednesday that he has left the long-running festival to pursue “personal projects.” He had been on a leave of absence “for awhile,” according to festival board co-chairman Brian Crow.

    He said Fazio was a “great” leader for the festival during an often turbulent decade. During his stint, the festival had to bow out of the annual New Year’s Eve concert in Queen Victoria Park, and last year ended its partnership with Disney after more than two decades.

    Lovato to headline New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    One-time Disney actor Demi Lovato will headline this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration at Queen Victoria Park.

    Lovato, who released her fourth album, Demi, earlier this year, will be joined by the Sam Roberts Band and Serena Ryder for the event, presented by Global Television for a fifth straight year.

    Most recently, Lovato has served as a mentor on Simon Cowell’s X Factor singing competition show as well as playing recurring role as Danielle on Glee.

    Disney reportedly considered Falls park


    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    Walt Disney considered putting his second theme park in Niagara Falls.

    The Niagara News reports that when Walt Disney was exploring locations for a second “Disneyland” after the success of his park in California, he considered Niagara Falls, Ontario.

    30th CAA Winter Festival of Lights

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    The 30th Annual CAA Winter festival of Lights is fast approaching in Niagara Falls. It begins November 3, 2012 at the Outdoor Stage in Queen Victoria Park. Look for an exciting showcase including performances from your favorite Disney characters and the Festival of Lights Choir.

    This year’s festival which is Canada’s foremost illumination festival will run November 3 to January 31, 2013.

    There will be over 125 animated lighting displays and 3 million tree and ground lights which will be seen within the Niagara Parks Winder Wonderland.

    There is no admission fee but there will be Festival Ambassadors at the exit of Dufferin Island accepting donations. (Suggested contribution $5-$10 per car; $1 per coach bus passenger) with proceeds used to continue this great lighting festival.

    For more information please check their webpage at www.wfol.com

    CAA Winter Festival of Lights in Winter 2011/2012

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    On December 30, my family headed down to Niagara Falls to view the lights in Queen Victoria Park. The CAA Winter Festival of Lights doesn’t seem to change much year to year, but it still a nice sight. Almost anything looks good lit up at night.

    I took some pictures as we walked around. Not all of them are of the CAA Winter Festival of Lights, but they were all taken on the same night so I’ve put them in the same gallery. You can see a few thumbnails below, or you can see the entire gallery (15 images) in the CAA Winter Festival of Lights in Winter 2011/2012 image gallery.

    There are now 3299 images in 258 categories in the Niagara Falls Image Gallery

    Pictures from Winter Festival of Lights (2010/2011) Opening Ceremonies


    Last Saturday I went to the opening of ceremonies for the CAA Winter Festival of Lights. It is the first time I’ve ever been. I spoke to my wife about it earlier in the week, and we thought our kids would enjoy seeing Mickey and Minnie Mouse, as well as Greg Frewin, so we made the trek down. The ceremony was about an hour long. It doesn’t sound that long, but for the kids, it was an eternity. They enjoyed some of the songs and dancers, but they certainly didn’t understand why there were people standing at the podium every few minutes speaking for a minute. Ultimately they really enjoyed themselves. My sons were thrilled by the fireworks, but my daughter didn’t look at them at all as she couldn’t stop looking at the Disney Princess display 🙂

    Anyway, I took some pictures while I was there. As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below. You can see the rest of the images, along with all of the full size images, in the Winter Festival of Lights in Winter 2010/2011 gallery.

    Note: As of the time of this posting, there are 3,262 images in 255 categories in the Niagara Falls Image Gallery.

    Mickey set to flip the switch

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The leaves have fallen, the pumpkins are gone and the Christmas decorations are out of storage.

    But around Niagara Falls, the season doesn’t formally start until Mickey Mouse says so.

    The Disney icon will once again flip the switch Saturday night at Queen Victoria Park to get the 28th CAA Winter Festival of Lights underway. In a flash, more than 125 displays and three million lights will dazzle the city, making it one of North America’s largest lights festivals.

    “It kind of officially turns the city into winter mode,” says festival general manager Dino Fazio. “It certainly drives a lot of overnight tourism (this weekend) … that’s when we start to see people showing up.

    “They’ll come on a regular basis. There are those that come now but also want to see (the lights) when the snow falls as well.”

    DISNEY ENTERING MAID OF THE MIST FRAY AS CONTRACT COMPETITION GROWS FIERCE: Thirteen companies seeking lucrative Canadian concession


    From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

    The list of 13 bidders now standing in line to take over the concession to operate sightseeing boats below Niagara Falls from public docks on the Ontario side of the river reads like a who’s who of international tourism superstars.

    And two independent sources with direct knowledge of the bidding process told the Niagara Falls Reporter last week that Disney Cruise Lines, a subsidiary of one of the richest and most renowned entertainment companies on earth, is the early favorite in a field containing any number of household names.

    Three different Disney press spokespeople told the Reporter that company policy forbids discussion of deals that have yet to be consummated, and the Ontario provincial government has refused to provide the names of any of the potential bidders to the public. But Disney representatives will be among those to conduct an inspection of the Canadian dock site next month, the independent sources confirmed.

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