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    Trump wax figure headed to Falls

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    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.”

    $5 admission to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! during Gimme Five Food Drive, Nov. 4-8

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    The other day I received this press release via email:

     

     

    Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Holds 2nd Annual Gimme Five Food Drive to Fight Hunger in
    the Niagara Falls Area 

    Donate 5 cans of food and get a ticket to Ripley’s Niagara Falls  Odditorium for only $5 from November 4-8

    Niagara Falls, Ont. (Oct. 12, 2012) Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is bringing back its Gimme Five Food Drive campaign to combat hunger in all the cities where it has Believe It or Not! Odditoriums.

    This year’s event will take place from Sunday, November 4 through Thursday, November 8.

     

    Here’s how it works: guests who bring a donation of five non-perishable food items can get a ticket to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls Odditorium for just $5 (regular adult ticket price is $13.99). All the food collected will go to Project S.H.A.R.E. and be distributed to families throughout the Niagara Region.

    “This is a win-win situation,” said Jim Pattison Jr., President of Ripley Entertainment Inc. “We’re able to help needy families put food on the table and also offer a great discount when families visit our Odditoriums.”

    Last year’s Gimme Five Food Drive netted more than 15,000 donations and helped feed tens of thousands of people across the country.

    Facts on hunger in Ontario:

    • More than 3,600 people receive emergency food from Project S.H.A.R.E. each month.
    • Over 39% of people receiving food donations are under 16 years of age.
    • Project S.H.A.R.E provides an average of 60,000 pounds of emergency food each month.

    Suggested donations include juice, soup, beans, tuna, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, tomato sauce and baby food.

    Ripley’s Niagara Falls Odditorium is located at 4960 Clifton Hill. Hours are from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and 10:00 am to midnight Friday and Saturday.

    Ripley’s “Gimme Five” promotion may not be combined with any other offers. One discount ticket available for every 5 non-perishable food items donated.

    Media contacts:

    Madalena Phillips                                                                                                                                                   Marketing & Public Relations, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls
    905-356-2238 office                                                                                                                                       647-231-3321 cell

    mphillips@ripleys.com

    Tim O’Brien
    VP Communications
    Ripley Entertainment
    615-646-7465 – office
    615-496-5949 – cell

    Obrien@ripleys.com

    About Ripley Entertainment

    Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com), keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 12 million annually at its 80-plus attractions in 10 countries. In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions, 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.

    Get into Ripley’s for $5

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Admission to a Niagara Falls attraction on Clifton Hill for just five bucks? Believe it — or not!

    There’s a catch, however, but that OK. It’s all for a good cause.

    Ripley’s Believe it of Not! Odditorium on Clifton Hill is staging what the museum calls its Gimmie Five Food Drive to fight hunger. For a donation of five nonperishable food items, admission to the Odditorium will be reduced to $5 from the standard $13.99 entry fee. All the food collected will go to Project SHARE and be distributed to families throughout the Niagara Region.
    The special admission runs from Nov. 6 to 10.

    “We’re in the business of ‘unbelievable’, and the number of families needing help putting food on the table is truly unbelievable,” said Jim Pattison Jr., President of Ripley Entertainment Inc. “That’s why we started this national effort to help food banks across the country.”

    Ripley’s attractions within a half tank of gas of more than 50% of the U.S. population

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    A couple of weeks ago I received the following press release from Ripley’s Entertainment…

    Driving to a Ripley’s Attraction is Within a Half Tank of Gas of 53% of the U.S. Population

    Company has Diverse Offering of Aquariums, Odditoriums, Miniature Golf, Wax Museums, Fun Zones, Haunted Adventures, Mirror Mazes, Motion-Based Theaters and MORE!

    ORLANDO, Fla. (April 25, 2011) – Summer travelers looking for some fun without having to go too far take note: 53% of the U.S. population is within a half tank of gas of one of the 45-plus Ripley family attractions in the United States

    Whether it’s oddities at the Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Orlando (Fla.) or Jackson Hole (Wyo.), a 12 foot shark at Ripley’s world-class aquariums in Gatlinburg (Tenn.) and Myrtle Beach (S.C.) or an action-packed movie at the 4D Moving Theater in San Antonio (Texas) or Williamsburg (Va.), there’s a Ripley family attraction for everyone – and you can get to one without having to break the bank or even stopping for gas along the way!

    The Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Branson, Mo., is shown above. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg is shown below.

    “We’re convenient, fun for the whole family and proud of the value that we offer our guests,” said Jim Pattison Jr., President of Ripley Entertainment. “The geographical diversity of our attractions puts us within an easy drive of more than half of America’s population.”

    Domestically, Ripley Entertainment Inc. offers 45-plus attractions in 13 states, as well as in Niagara Falls, Canada. Most of the attractions offer discounts and value added deals for online ticket purchase.

    Highlights for Summer 2011 include daily mermaid shows at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach; the Weeki Wachee Mermaids at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Aug. 5-7; new Vampire room and exhibit at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Wisconsin Dells; a full size Hummer made out of 39,000 non-winning lottery tickets in the lobby of the newly renovated Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in San Francisco; state of the art technology at Ripley’s 4D Theaters in San Antonio and Gatlinburg; world famous Lizardman unveils a wax likeness of himself on June 24 at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square in New York City; the world’s largest ping pong paddle at the Guinness World Records Museum in San Antonio; and the annual Face-Off competition for the funniest (ugliest) face at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Atlantic City.

    Ripley’s owner still believes in the Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    So what does the billionaire owner of Ripley Entertainment Inc. do when he’s in Niagara Falls?

    Believe it or not, Jim Pattison Jr. is just a regular tourist. He’ll visit Marineland, hit a winery, maybe check out the museums (he owns three of them, after all).

    But most of all, he takes in the falls themselves. It’s the one thing none of the other tourist destinations can offer.

    “Las Vegas is man-made, Orlando is man-made,” he says. “Niagara Falls is God-made. That’s what makes it different.”

    Oh Baby! Ripley’s in Niagara Falls to Host Fertility Statues Exhibit

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    I received the following via email, but also found it on the web:


    Oh Baby!
    Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
    in Niagara Falls to Host Fertility Statue Exhibit
    World-famous statues are linked
    to more than 2,000 pregnancies – so proceed with caution!

    Niagara Falls, ON. – (August 4, 2010)Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Niagara Falls will host the return of the world-famous Ripley’s Fertility Statues for public viewing from September 4 to September 26.

    Please Don’t Touch – Unless You Want a Baby!

    More than 2,000 women have reported that they became pregnant shortly after touching the wooden statues. Many of them had been told by doctors they would never be able to conceive. Some are very serious about touching the statues, believing in their powers to help them conceive. Others want to avoid touching the statues – for the very same reason! The five-foot tall wooden statues were acquired from the Ivory Coast of West Africa in 1993 and were placed in the lobby of Ripley Entertainment’s corporate headquarters in Orlando. Within months, 13 women, including staffers and office visitors, were pregnant.

    The Real American Idols

    Following a December 1995 story in the Wall Street Journal chronicling the phenomenon, the demand to touch them became international news. In the ensuing years, the edifices made three trips around the world.
    They were retired to the Ripley warehouse in 2001, but due to great demand, they were put on display at the Ripley headquarters in Orlando, where women routinely made special visits just to see and touch the statues.
    “For years, we were inundated with requests to make these statues available once again, so we’ve brought them out of retirement and they are proving to be very popular during this world tour,” said Edward Meyer, VP of Archives & Exhibits for Ripley Entertainment.
    The statues are back in the U.S. after wrapping up the European leg of their three-year world tour. They have been seen by thousands of people during crowd-pleasing stops at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums in New York’s Times Square, Grand Prairie, Texas, Williamsburg, Virginia, Orlando, Florida, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, San Francisco, California, London, Blackpool, England, St. Augustine, Florida, Newport, Oregon, San Antonio, Texas, Branson, Missouri, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Ocean City, Maryland and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

    How to Reach Out and Touch the Statues in Niagara Falls

    The statues will be on display in the lobby of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Niagara Falls from September 4 through September 26. Would-be parents are invited to come in and touch them for FREE during regular business hours. Museum hours and location:
    Daily 9 a.m. – midnight
    4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, Ontario
    L2G 3N4 Canada
    (905) 356-2238
    After Niagara Falls, the statues’ final stop will be in Panama City, Florida from October 4 – October 25.
    To set up an interview with a mother who touched the statues and became pregnant, contact Tim O’Brien at obrien@ripleys.com.
    For more information, including high resolution images and video, please visit www.ripleysnewsroom.com.

    About Ripley Entertainment Inc.

    Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com), keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 13 million annually at its 80 attractions in 11 countries. In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not!Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions, 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.

    Contacts:

    Tim Parker
    General Manager
    Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls
    Office – 905-356-2238
    parker@ripleys.com

    Tim O’Brien
    VP Communications
    Ripley Entertainment Inc.
    Office – 615-646-7465
    Cell – 615-496-5949
    obrien@ripleys.com

    Niagara Falls aquarium plan sunk?

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Plans to build an aquarium in Niagara Falls appear to be a casualty of tougher American travel regulations, now that Ripley Entertainment is gearing up to build one at the base of Toronto’s CN Tower.

    Canada Lands Company, which owns the CN Tower, picked Ripley last year as its partner to develop three acres of unused property near the base of Canada’s tallest building.

    Ripley had plans for years to build an aquarium near Great Wolf Lodge, a resort also owned by Florida-based Ripley Entertainment, the company famous for its Believe it Or Not attractions. But in 2007, the company shelved those plans.

    That’s when tourism operators got nervous about the effect the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative would have on the number of Americans visiting Canada. That rule requiring American citizens and foreigners to show a passport or other secure document when entering the U.S., came into effect in 2009.

    “The one at Great Wolf Lodge has been put on hold for right now. It’s still on hold. It’s still on hold for exactly the same reasons,” said Ripley spokesman Tim O’Brien.

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