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    Press release regarding Ripley’s Believe It or Not! reopening

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    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.

    Media contact:

    Tim Parker
    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.

    Ripley’s reopens after modern makeover

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    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.

    Zavitz: Wirewalker Hardy amazed 19th century crowds in Niagara

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    James Hardy has a special place in the history of Niagara Falls.

    He was the final official participant in a 19th century phenomenon often referred to as the great age of Niagara tightrope artists — something that captured much of the world’s attention.

    That “age” began in 1859 when the innovative showman Jean Francois Gravelet, who used the stage name Blondin, demonstrated unbelievable skill and daring on a rope during a series of performances high over the Niagara River Gorge.

    Widely acclaimed, he set a precedent. Consequently, during the years following Blondin a number of other high-wire artists came here to present similar shows.

    Thirty-seven years after Blondin, it was Hardy’s turn.

    Local developers,officials take measured steps to lure Wallenda back to Falls

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Nik Wallenda might not be the only daredevil around here, although he takes the risks and walks those crazy high wires while crowds watch in awe.

    As he returns to the region this summer for a 10-week stint at Darien Lake, local developers and officials are doing their own type of tightrope walk as efforts continue to find the aerialist a permanent place to perform in the city.

    Nik Wallenda Wants To Put Up An Entertainment Center

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    From the Associated Press (via WHAM 1180 in Rochester):

    Wire walker Nik Wallenda says he’s looking at the U.S. side of Niagara Falls to put a semi-permanent entertainment center.

    Wallenda made history in June when he became the first person to walk on a tightrope directly over the precipice of the falls.

    He tells local media that the “circus-style” Wallenda family center could open as early as next summer.

    Also covered by:

    • WIVB CHannel 4 in Buffalo – Wallenda returns, wants to open museum
    • Buffalo News – Wallenda favors Falls attraction on American side

    Niagara Falls’ two weeks with Marilyn

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Some 60 years before Nik Wallenda walked a tightrope and focused attention from across the world on Niagara Falls; nearly two decades before the Christopher Reeve’s Superman made his famous flight over the mighty cataract to save a young boy’s life in 1979, Marilyn Monroe brought the bright lights of Hollywood north of the border to Niagara Falls.

    Daredevil Walks From Skylon Tower to Hilton Hotel

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (includes video):

    Nik Wallenda isn’t the only daredevil wowing crowds with a combination of balance and nerves of steel.

    Jay Cochrane, 68, held the first of a series of tightrope walks from the Skylon Tower to the Hilton in downtown Niagara Falls, Ontario.

    Cochrane’s walk started at a height of 520 feet, and by the end of his performance he was at an elevation of 581 feet.

    Cochrane Launches Skywalk 2012

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    From WBEN AM:

    He’s been walking tightropes for 50 years, and Jay Cochrane will be spending his summer walking over a part of Niagara Falls, Ontario. He’ll be walking each night for 12 weeks from Niagara Fallsview Hilton Hotel’s north tower to the top of the Skylon Tower, 600 feet in the air.

    Cochrane says the goal is to help raise money for a pair of children’s charities, the Boys and Girls Club and Tender Wishes, which helps terminally ill children have their wishes granted. “I always have a goal, and I try to surpass it. Instead of setting a limit, I’d rather be able to say I raised more than I expected,” explains Cochrane in not mentioning how much he’d like to raise. The walks are free, as are posters, and spectators can give donations. They can also buy DVDs of his performances, the proceeds of which will go to charities.

    Sudbury native to walk between buildings in Niagara Falls daily for 12 weeks

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    From the Sudbury Star:

    It’s the summer of skywalks.

    Hot off the heels of Nik Wallenda’s historic wirewalk across the Horseshoe Falls, Jay Cochrane is getting ready to perform the greatest building-to-building skywalk in North American history – every day for 12 weeks.

    “It will be a continuation of a blockbuster summer of what this particular region was famous for ever since 100 years ago,” said Cochrane. “This is what put Niagara Falls on the map. You go anywhere else in the world, they all talk about the wirewalkers walking over Niagara Falls.”

    The 68-year-old Sudbury native believes Wallenda’s tightrope performance from Goat Island, N.Y. to Table Rock last Friday will lead to more interest in his once-a-day wirewalk between the top of the Hilton Hotel to the top of the Skylon Tower.

    How Nik Wallenda’s sister saw his Niagara Falls high-wire walk

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    From the Las Vegas Weekly:

    At this time last week, Lijana Wallenda-Hernandez was feeling a little stressed. There was the water, the height, the mist. There were the cameras, the reporters, the 125,000 Canadians waiting in the dark, the two years of negotiating and changing laws, all leading to this one day: the day her little brother would tightrope walk across Niagara Falls.

    “It was awesome. It was breathtaking to watch,” says Lijana, who took in the stunt at the falls with the rest of the Flying Wallenda tightrope-walking clan. “It was also very nerve-wracking. I would rather have been the one up there than watching him do it.”

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