Each month I take one of my kids out on a “date”, and since I work in Niagara Falls, they often like to come down to see one of the museums or play some games. Back in September my daughter wanted to come down, so we ended up going to Movieland Wax Museum of Stars on Clifton Hill. Read More…
From the Niagara Falls Review:
They’re huuuuuge. They’re big league. And one of them is coming to Niagara Falls.
They’re the first wax figures of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump, and they’ve been hand-crafted by the F/X team at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
One was put on display last week at Ripley’s Orlando, Fla., Odditorium for a limited time, and is expected to be shipped to Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks in Niagara Falls in the new year, said Ripley Entertainment’s social-media specialist Suzanne Smagala-Potts.
“We were going to have it for a very limited time in Orlando, but it’s been so popular there that they might keep it for a little bit longer,” she said.
“I don’t have an exact answer for you (as to when it will arrive in Niagara Falls), but my best estimate would be after the new year.”
I’ve posted a few pictures of the progress (here, here and here) on the repainting of the Ripley’s Moving Theater building. The other day I noticed that Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks across the street on Victoria Ave has been painted as well. I’m not sure that I’m a fan of the new colour scheme.
Here are a few videos I took on our evening when we visited the Ripley’s attractions in Niagara Falls. None of them are earth shattering, but they will give you an idea of some of what you will see.
This first video shows one of the rooms in Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks. On one side of the room is a Michael Jackson exhibit (you can hear the music). On the other side is a tightrope walk that is about 6 inches off the ground. There is also a photo opportunity that looks like you are going over the Falls in a barrel. With regards to the tightrope walk, one of my sons and I both made it across but the others didn’t.
This next video shows a very real looking Robert Wadlow figure in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium that stands up, then after a while it sits down. I recorded him getting up and waited for a while, but then stopped the recording. Of course as soon as I did that, he ended up sitting down.
This last video shows the vortex tunnel near the end of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium. As I put in the posting, it is very trippy. You’ll notice occasionally the video starts to drift clockwise, and then it goes upright again. That is because I couldn’t walk straight through the tunnel without feeling dizzy!
Here is a collection of photos that I took at Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks last week when we visited. It should give you a good idea of what the attraction looks like. For more details, please read my 20160620 Trip to Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks article.
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.
Note: To view images from our trip, visit the 20160620 Trip to Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks – Image Gallery posting.
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.
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. 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) 🙂
As mentioned above, there are several sets that are large rooms. There 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.