from The Niagara Reporter:
Niagara Falls is a tourist hotspot — there’s no denying it — and why wouldn’t it be? The falls are absolutely staggering in their beauty, despite some of the past controversy around them. People continue to flock to them and get the most out of the experience, whether that’s a cruise tour up to the foot of the Horseshoe Falls or viewing the Falls from a helicopter.
Even so, there’s a whole lot more to see and do in Niagara than just come for the views. That could be a walk along Clifton Hill, where you’ll find the Movieland Wax Museum and the Nightmares Fear Factory haunted house; a venture out further afield on a day trip to the beautiful wine region of Twenty Valley; or a day on the soft sands of one of Lake Eerie’s several fine beaches in Niagara’s South Coast.
However you choose to spend your days in Niagara, be it at the Falls themselves or exploring the region’s other attractions, you can wind down and enjoy a little excitement at the same time with a visit to the Casino Niagara.
Last holiday season I saw a laser light show along Victoria Ave near Clifton Hill. I see from the Nightmares Fear Factory web site that this year there will be another light show.
Last week I received this email newsletter from Niagara Falls Tourism:
From the UK Daily Mail (including pictures):
There’s something perversely hilarious about watching others have the pants scared off them, which is precisely what happens in the Nightmares Fear Factory.
The haunted house in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, uses actors, noises and spooky lighting – though it’s almost always pitch black – in the experience that takes between 10 and 15 minutes.
While it’s more subtle in its approach to inducing fear, with more of a what you don’t know could hurt you-style thriller scare than blood and gore, the reactions are still priceless.
You may have seen a few posts this week from Graham and myself about the photos showing up on the internet for Nightmares Fear Factory. Business Insider has an article about this.
It’s no wonder that the awe-inspiring photos of “Scared Bros at a Haunted House” went insanely viral first in 2011 and then again in 2012. Did it grab your attention? It sure did mine.
Last week Lisa posted about how Nightmares Fear Factory was getting some publicity again from their candid shots of people being scared at the attraction. As a follow-up to this, the pictures are spreading far and wide. The attraction is in Niagara Falls, the article Lisa linked to was in Houston Texas. I’ve seen the same sorts of things in both a newspaper in Seattle as well as in the London Daily Mail.
I’m not sure how this helps their business to have newspapers around the world talk about a single-location attraction, but I guess there is no such thing as bad publicity (I wonder if Marineland agrees with that).
Last year Graham posted about how some pictures taken at Nightmares Fear Factory had gone viral. Well, I just saw the picture online again. It’s interesting that they are still out there. You can see them on the Houston Chronicle website.
Last week I received the latest email newsletter from the Clifton Hill Resort.
You can subscribe to the Clifton Hill Resort Update newsletter by visiting the Clifton Hill Newsletter page.
From the Welland Tribune:
When Frank LaPenna received a text message saying the website for his business was seeing some unusually high numbers, he didn’t think too much of it. One of his employees wanted to let him know that the Nightmares Fear Factory website, which was typically getting 600 hits per day, had received 750 by mid-morning.
By the time LaPenna got into the office of the Victoria Ave. haunted house 15 minutes later, however, that number had skyrocketed. “We said, ‘I think something is going on here.’ And then the analytics just went crazy,” he said.
What LaPenna didn’t know at the time was that he and his director of sales and marketing, Vee Popat, had just hit the social media lottery.
I saw these sorts of articles from many sites around the world. Here is one from the UK:
- UK Daily Mail – The moment haunted house visitors encounter the scariest sight of all… their own faces (caught on hidden cameras)
I also saw links from other places including Texas and Arizona.
It even made it on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno!