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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:

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    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
    905-356-2238
    parker@ripleys.com

    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.

    Clifton Hill redevelopment taking shape

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Consumer demands are changing, and Clifton Hill has to change with them, says Tim Parker, general manager of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Niagara Falls.

    “The consumers are demanding more types of entertainment, rather than the stagnant entertainment that we’ve had for years. So we’ve answered the call,” said Parker.

    Ripley’s was scheduled to re-open as a revamped interactive attraction along the popular tourist strip Thursday evening, or Friday.

    Since November, the attraction has undergone a complete update of its “odditorium.”

    “We sort of were status quo for many years, and I think consumers now don’t want status quo — they don’t want to look at the same things they’ve looked at,” said Parker.

    I’m not sure when the official re-opening was, but I did notice they are open today.

    World’s smallest sculptures now on display at Ripley’s Niagara Falls

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    Here is the press release I received regarding the new micro sculptures at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Niagara Falls:

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    World’s Smallest Micro-Sculptures on Display for a
    Limited Time at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls

    Lifelike creations are so tiny they can easily fit on the head of a pin – you have to see it to believe it!

    Niagara Falls, Ont. – (July 9, 2015) – Tiny creations are making for BIG fun for visitors to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls Odditorium.

    9 camels inside the eye of a needle

    9 camels inside the eye of a needle

    A collection of very rare micro-sculptures is now on display – most are so tiny that they sit on the head of a pin or in the eye of a needle.

    The micro-sculptures were created by renowned artist Willard Wigan. His work has been described by some as “the eighth wonder of the world.” Wigan uses homemade carving tools, including diamond shards, filed-down acupuncture needles, and his own eyelashes or hairs plucked from a fly to sculpt and paint his creations. To produce these tiny sculptures, he enters a meditative state and times his movements between heartbeats-even dust and static electricity can affect his work!

    Visitors peer through microscopes to see the unbelievably tiny micro-sculptures

    Visitors peer through microscopes to see the unbelievably tiny micro-sculptures

    Ripley’s Niagara Falls has this new, special exhibition featuring the miniature marvels and interactive stations, on display now for a limited time.

    “The sculptures have to be seen to be believed,” said Tim Parker, Ripley’s Niagara Falls GM. “You can’t imagine how he creates such amazing detail in something that can’t be seen with the naked eye.”

    Ripley’s Believe It or Not! owns the largest collection of Willard Wigan sculptures in the world. The collection is currently on display at Ripley’s Niagara Falls Odditorium for a limited time only.

    To view some of the micro-sculptures in the Ripley’s collection, please visit this Dropbox.

    Ripley’s Niagara Falls Odditorium, located at 4960 Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, is open 365 days a year. For hours and ticket info, please call 905-356-2238 or visit www.ripleys.com/niagarafalls.

    Media Contacts

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

    Frank WolffWellons Communications
    407-637-6000
    frank@wellonscommunications.com

    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.

    Tourism ‘flat’ in Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It could be better. It could be worse.

    But with the peak season of tourism upon us, the general consensus among operators is business has been “mediocre” and “flat,” says Niagara Falls Tourism chairman Wayne Thomson.

    “Some of the properties are behind a little bit, or slightly ahead,” he said. “You certainly can’t get away from the U.S. visitors not coming. Everyone knows we have a problem in the U.S. with the economy and problems with respect to employment.”

    Thomson said Americans once made up about 65% of the visitors to Niagara Falls. He said it would be optimistic to think that figure is at 25% now.

    There are also a couple of good quotes from Tim Parker and Harry Oakes.

    I’m not privy to anyone’s sales numbers or guest counts, but based on the number of people I see around, I would have thought this year was up over last year.

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