Theme Park, Amusement Park and Attractions Industry News

New at Niagara Falls

It might be admired for the majestic beauty of its cataracts, but the Canadian side of Niagara Falls is also home to a complex of additional attractions designed to part the tourists from their dollars. A handful of new additions have opened recently on Clifton Hill.

Located just steps away from the Niagara SkyWheel, Dinosaur Adventure Golf (pictured below) comprises two 18-hole courses designed by Adventure Golf Services named Raptor and T-Rex. Both the wheel are golf courses are operated by HOCO Entertainment. Featured are three decorative ponds with fast-moving rapids and bubblers and a 50ft-high active steam-erupting volcano before the 18th hole. Looking over the proceedings are 50 life-sized dinosaurs. Jungle and other sound effects transport players back hundreds of millions of years.

“This is definitely not your run-of-the-mill miniature golf course,” notes HOCO project manager Bill Holowitz. “Dinosaur Adventure Golf is one of Canada’s largest mini golf courses. It’s pure family entertainment.”

Inside the Great Canadian Midway entertainment complex adjacent to Dinosaur Adventure Golf, an XD Ride Theater has opened courtesy of Triotech. The first installation of its kind to feature a curved screen, it combines fully immersive stereoscopic imaging, realistic motion with up to 2Gs of acceleration, special seats that bear 400 movements per second, plus intense wind effects and light effects.

Due to open this month on Clifton Hill is the Upside-Down House (pictured above). This two-bedroom, 1,200 square feet house has been built upside-down by owners Marek Cyran and Adam Nielbvowicz. What were they thinking of?

But wait a minute; it is actually constructed on a concrete base and has steel beams hidden throughout. Unstable as it might look, it is completely furnished from toys in the kids’ room to a television in the living room.

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