Squeezed in between the back of Funnel Cakes and the back of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, there is a new area with a sign that reads “Photo Studio”. There are a couple of photo booths under it where you can get your photo taken and put on a Niagara Falls related background.
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…
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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum (now call an Odditorium) has been in Niagara Falls for many, many years. When I first went, I really enjoyed it, but then it seemed to go a decade or more without almost any improvement. However, about a year and a half ago it closed for a full renovation, and reopened last May. What a difference! It is a tremendous attraction now. We visited last June after it had been open for a month or so, and were very impressed. Previously it had been much more like a museum, where you just stand and look/read. Now it is almost entirely interactive. There are things to stand beside, boxes to fit into, valves to turn, buttons to press, things to look through, and more.
Probably the most important thing is that my kids loved it. Every so often when they go past the attraction they ask when we should go again. If you’ve been before but haven’t been for a while, or if you’ve never been at all, I highly recommend it.
I won’t get into all of the details again, but you can read about our visit in the post I put up about our trip. It includes pictures.
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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 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium. I could have taken hundreds of photos, but then you wouldn’t need to go yourself! Here is a selection of photos from my visit. For more details, please read my 20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium posting.
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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 last stop was Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium.
Note: To view images from our trip, visit the 20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium – Image Gallery posting.
This was the attraction that we were most anxious to visit as it had just re-opened after many months of renovations. I had been to the old Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum several times over the years. Although the attraction was always interesting, it just had kind of an old/dated feel to it. We were really looking forward to seeing the new Odditorium. We were not disappointed!
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The odditorium has been divided into a variety of different rooms with similar themes. There are rooms that focus on strange animals, odd habits, art, and many other oddities. There are classic exhibits (shrunken heads, lint art, etc), and much more modern exhibits. It truly is filled with interactive displays, starting right in the lobby. My daughter loved the water pipe display. You can press buttons and turn knobs to make water flow, stop, change colour, and more. There was a place where you could try to fold yourself into a box, sit in Robert Wadlow’s giant chair, and stand next to the world’s shortest person.
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[peg-image src=”https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-qpvhgpGw1Bk/V21NVC26L3I/AAAAAAAAAYo/aMvYwFt9nd8zNRQoxKvZ5TCgqTcRXVcfQCHM/s144-o/20160620_194509.jpg” href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/109947520709267474738/6299776477408914065#6299776477700960114″ caption=”Vortex tunnel” type=”image” alt=”20160620_194509.jpg” image_size=”4032×3024″ peg_single_image_size=”w133″ peg_img_align=”right” peg_img_style=”float: right; margin-left: 5px;margin-bottom: 5px;margin-right:5px;margin-top:5px;”] I can’t recommend Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium enough! It was super fun and there was definitely something there for all members of my family. As has been mentioned in the other postings, the best deal is to get the 3 Attraction Flex Ticket. If you are interested in a single admission, at the time of this write-up on their website adult tickets are $17.99, senior tickets are $14.99 and child tickets are $10.99. Be sure to check out the Ripley’s web site for the latest information.
Note: To view images from our trip, visit the 20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium – Image Gallery posting.
A while ago I found this Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Souvenir Guidebook. The subtitle is “A password to the strange, the bizarre & the unbelievable”. I don’t think it is specifically for the Niagara Falls location, but in general it highlights a lot of the strange things that Ripley’s Odditoriums exhibit.
I don’t know if they still offer these guidebooks.
I know that the renovated Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium has been open for almost a week now, but I still wanted to share the press release:
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls is
NOW OPEN after top-to-bottom renovation
Experience the all new “Oddventure”
Niagara Falls, Ont. (May 20, 2016) – After experiencing perhaps the world’s strangest “extreme makeover,” Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls Odditorium is now open once again.
After an extensive, six-month renovation, a new Oddventure awaits visitors with dozens of new exhibits and interactives throughout the expanded 12,000 square foot Odditorium – 13 different themed galleries in all.Some of the must-see, unbelievable displays include:
- Niagara Water Wall – a very hands-on H2O experience. Guests control the flow of water through a series of pipes by turning wheels and cranks; as they do, the water changes its flow, its color and even its shape!
- A rickshaw painstakingly carved from jade
- An actual segment from the Berlin wall
- Kids Crawl – explore what lurks in several mysterious crates; guests must first figure out how to activate each exhibit
- Tightrope over the falls – balance on a graphic of a tightrope on the ground while you watch yourself walk over Niagara Falls on a projection screen
- Small vs. Tall – grab a partner and enter this quirky room that shrinks one person and turns the other into a giant
- An animatronic Robert Wadlow, the tallest person ever at 8′ 11″
“Ripley’s has been entertaining Niagara Falls visitors for more than 50 years,” said Tim Parker, Ripley’s Niagara Falls General Manager. “We’re now proud to offer our biggest and best experience yet, with an amazing collection of items and exhibits that will keep people laughing and learning at every turn.”
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls Odditorium is located at 4960 Clifton Hill, and is open Monday-Thursday from 10 am to 11 pm and Friday-Sunday from 9 am to midnight, 365 days a year.
General Manager, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls
About Ripley Entertainment
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment. More than 13 million people visit its 95-plus attractions in 10 countries each year. In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not!Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.
From Niagara This Week:
Oddball items and curiosities are back on display in Niagara Falls, Ont., now that one of the city’s mainstay attractions has reopened following a major modernization.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not opened the doors to its so-called “odditorium” Friday after six months of renovations aimed at replacing traditional exhibits with something more hands-on.
The revamped attraction features interactive exhibits, including one that allows visitors to simulate walking a tightrope over the iconic falls.
Another exhibit, the Niagara Water Wall, has visitors control the flow, colour and shape of the water using wheels and cranks.
The museum’s manager, Tim Parker, says it’s the most drastic change the space has undergone in years.