Back in June I posted about an old copy of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Souvenir Guidebook that I had. I only posted a couple of scans of the pages.
I’ve gone ahead and scanned the entire guidebook. If you are interested in seeing it, you can view a PDF copy of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Souvenir Guidebook.
Last week I received the latest Clifton Hill Update email newsletter.
To get your own copy of the newsletter, fill out the Clifton Hill Newsletter form at the bottom of every page of the Clifton Hill web site.
I’ve posted a few pictures of the progress (here, here and here) on the repainting of the Ripley’s Moving Theater building. The other day I noticed that Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks across the street on Victoria Ave has been painted as well. I’m not sure that I’m a fan of the new colour scheme.
Here is a collection of photos that I took at Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks last week when we visited. It should give you a good idea of what the attraction looks like. For more details, please read my 20160620 Trip to Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks article.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
As recently reported in the Review, a massive redevelopment is underway on the south side of Clifton Hill between Queen Victoria Park and Victoria Avenue.
The property, a very popular entertainment and dining area on the Street of Fun, is owned by HOCO Ltd. As the company’s president Harry Oakes explained, part of the change will include an update of the building that houses both Ripley’s and Kelsey’s Restaurant. There will also be various new attractions and increased parking.
The site of all this activity has a long history involving a number of prominent families from this city’s past, beginning with Philip George Bender, one of the very first settlers in what is now Niagara Falls, Ont.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
A massive redevelopment project on Clifton Hill that includes what’s described as “go-carts on steroids” is well underway.
“Right now we’re working on the Ripley’s and Kelsey’s building, which is right on the frontage of Clifton Hill, so that’s about 25,000 square feet,” said Harry Oakes, president of HOCO Limited.
HOCO owns and operates attractions, restaurants and shops on the south side of the street.
The building is being completely stripped down, and the attraction and restaurant will be “totally updated,” he said.
Oakes said Ripley’s, which is owned by the Jim Pattison Group and is a tenant of HOCO’s, is updating to an interactive walk-through attraction.
A few years ago, it seemed that almost every store/attraction/restaurant in the Clifton Hill/Victoria Avenue area had Christmas-themed window paintings. I’m not sure what has happened, but this year and last year I think it was only the Ripley’s properties that did the paintings.
Yesterday I posted a press release about escape artist Steve Santini appearing at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls. I was able to go down and see it. I got there just after 11 am (it was supposed to start at 11 am), and he had already done it! I was disappointed, but then he did it again. I was able to take a few pictures and a video.
Here are the pictures:
I also took a video of his escape. There were lots of people moving around with cameras, so it was hard to get a good shot. You can watch the video on YouTube, or view it below:
I know this isn’t directly Niagara Falls-related, but there is a connection…
You probably will remember that over the last few years the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Niagara Falls has hosted a sword swallower on International Sword Swallowers Day. I’ve seen Riley Schillaci and Vanessa Neil (click their names to see pictures and videos of their performances).
Well, apparently now Ripley’s has released an app releated to sword swallowing:
Sword swallowing. Yeah, there’s an app for that – thanks to Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Ripley’s allows users to sharpen their sword swallowing skills with new app for iPhone, iPod Touch
Ripley’s first-ever app is called iSword, and was created for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It allows players to test the speed of their reactions in a sword swallowing game that unlocks iSword, a cutting-edge experience that utilizes the device’s camera for a truly unique, virtual-reality sword swallowing simulation.