It looks like the red railings are all in place, and there are now light poles around the track. There is also a covered area at the top of the stairs attached to the spiral.
Work continues, slowly, on the Niagara Speedway go-kart track. The work seems to be focused on the multi-level spiral.
Still no word on when it will open…
Based on the traffic I’ve gotten for some of my Niagara Speedway posts, it seems that many people are anxious to get more details about the go-kart track. I’m sorry to say that I have no information. There are no signs up and no indication of when it will open. All I can say is that there is still work being done.
I previously posted about some railings along the track. They’ve now put posts up all around the spiral, and have also put up some sort of mesh fence along parts of the track.
Now that many of the new operations on Clifton Hill/Victoria Avenue are open, I guess the next big thing is going to be the Niagara Speedway go-kart track. There used to be banners up on the fencing that showed that it was a go-kart track, but now it is just blank. I’ve actually had a few people ask me if it was a water slide.
There has been no official word on when it will open, but there still seems to be a lot of work to be done. However, they are still working and making progress. Yesterday I noticed that new red railing was up along the track.
On Saturday I walked along Victoria Avenue and then into the new Clifton Hill Courtyard to show the work that has been done. As I mention in the video, it is hard to believe there used to be a hotel there!
Anyway, if you haven’t had a chance to come down to the Falls yet, then check out the video. You can see some of the work that is going on around the Niagara Speedway go-kart track, see the Kelsey’s patio, the new Zombie Attack attraction, the new games building and more.
On Friday many of the new operations on Clifton Hill opened for the first time. It looks like the only thing that is NOT open is the go-kart track.
Right behind Kelsey’s is the new Zombie Attack attraction. It is a motion simulator (similar to the one in the Great Canadian Midway) that also has a great interactive shooting feature. You shoot zombies. I’ve had a chance to go on it once, and it was a lot of fun. I was very impressed.
Beside Zombie Attack and right behind Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium are a couple of new food outlets. They have the look of carnival/fair food trucks. They sell pizza, hot dogs, French fries, milk shakes, pop, funnel cakes, ice cream cones, Dippin’ Dots and more. I’ve had a funnel cake, and it was delicious. I’ve also tried the pizza and it was decent.
Across from Zombie Attack, Funnel Cakes and Hot Dogs & Pizza is the new Speedway Game Zone. This is essentially an extension of the Great Canadian Midway. There are a bunch of games, a redemption counter along with some washrooms.
Here are some pictures of the new operations…
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!
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!
I’m not sure if they do one every month, but Niagara Falls Tourism has a Travel Trade newsletter that they put out. The March 2017 issue is available online (as is a PDF of the newsletter) and there are lots of interesting tidbits in it, including:
- NIAGARA FALLS CRAFT DISTILLERS
- COMING SOON TO CLIFTON HILL – NIAGARA SPEEDWAY
- EXCITING RENOVATIONS AT ELEMENTS ON THE FALLS RESTAURANT
- THERE’S A NEW SHOW IN TOWN AT GFT!
- NIAGARA FALLS FIREWORKS SCHEDULE CHANGE
- “ALL NEW” NIGHTLY ILLUMINATION OF THE FALLS
- NIAGARA FALLS MUSEUMS
- A NEW ANNUAL HOLIDAY TRADITION AT SHAW FESTIVAL
- FOUR BROTHERS CUCINA – TRULY AUTHENTIC ITALIAN
- BEHIND THE SCENES AT IMAX NIAGARA
- REVISIT THE RENOVATED BUCHANANS
- MARINELAND – NEW SHOW FOR 2017
- POPPING THE BUBBLES AT CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES
- WHAT’S NEW – NIAGARA SUNSET CRUISES
- LOOKING TO EXPLORE NIAGARA IN STYLE?
- A TRUE MUSICAL CANADIAN EXPERIENCE
- ROCKWAY VINEYARDS
I think it is safe to say that one of the most anticipated attractions in Niagara Falls for quite some time is the Niagara Speedway that will be opening at the corner of Clifton Hill and Victoria Avenue (behind Kelsey’s). The track is supposed to open this year, but no firm date has been announced.
It has been neat to see the progress as the old Comfort Inn was torn down, the lot was prepared, buildings started to pop-up, and now the spiral of the go-kart is up. It looks very cool!