It seems forever that tourists have questioned why there’s so little to do here compared with all the action on the Canadian side.
The answer is quite simple: Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ont., offers countless attractions, running the gamut from the 175-foot-high Niagara Sky Wheel to the rebuilt Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Other crowd pleasers include “Movieland: Wax Museum of the Stars “ and the Dinosaur Adventure Golf, including a 50-foot high “active” steam-erupting volcano that lets golfers play directly through an eerie, cavernous setting on the way to the 18th hole. The Wizards Golf: Glow in the Dark Mini Putt, is a challenging course too. And, of course, we can’t ignore the fact that from the Ontario side, visitors have the better view of the natural wonder.
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.
This is a continuation of my “Best of Access Niagara” series. This series looks back on popular posts, highly commented posts, my favourite places, etc.
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.
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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.”
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Unveils Wax Figures of President-Elect Trump
The first life-size wax Trump is now on display at Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium; others are headed for Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks
Orlando, Fla. (November 11, 2016) – They’re huuuuuge, they’re big league and they’ve been hand- crafted by the F/X team at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
They are the very first wax figures of Donald Trump. One is now on display at Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium on I-Drive. It is in the lobby and can be seen and photographed for free – but only for a limited time. Just as in real life, the wax Trump is polling at about 50% – loved by some Ripley’s visitors, loathed by others.
Ripley’s created three wax figures of the President-elect. They will go on display at Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax in Grand Prairie, Texas, and Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks in San Antonio, Texas and Niagara Falls, Ontario. Ripley Entertainment owns and operates the three Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks.
Ripley’s F/X team started creating the first Trump figure about four months ago. Each is sculpted by hand by a team of artists, using photographs to create the likeness. Each figure takes about six weeks to complete.
Win or lose, the Trump figures were destined for Louis Tussaud’s; after Tuesday’s election results they’ll now stand with other presidential wax figures.
For images of Ripley’s wax Trump figures, visit this Dropbox.
About Ripley Entertainment
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 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.
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!