Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Buena Park Closes Doors Following 19 Years of Unbelievable Exhibits

BUENA PARK, Calif. (April 15, 2009) – Ripley Entertainment Inc. and its franchisee, United Equities, Inc. have closed the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Buena Park museum location, upon expiration of the franchise agreement, after 19 successful years.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Hollywood to Remain Open with Special Exhibit

The Buena Park location opened on May 25, 1990 as a franchised location and has been a successful family attraction, registering more than 2.5 million visitors during those 19 years.

Ripley Entertainment officials say they love the Los Angeles market and have noted that if other opportunities present themselves, they are interested in possibly opening another Ripley’s family attraction in Buena Park or another market in Southern California.

All the exhibits that visitors have loved through the years, including the famous Buck Helm car and the only known Chinese shrunken head (a missionary in Ecuador) will be stored temporarily or moved to another Believe It or Not! museum.

Meanwhile, the company’s second Los Angeles area business, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Hollywood  (www.ripleys.com) is still going strong and remains open at 6780 Hollywood Blvd., at the corner of Hyland Ave. In their only Southern California appearance, the world famous Ripley’s Fertility Statues (www.Ripleys.com/fertility) will be on exhibit at the Hollywood location, May 2 through June 12. Call 323-466-6498 for more information.

 About Ripley Entertainment

Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com), keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 13 million annually at its 74 attractions in 13 countries.  In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not! museums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions, 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.

 Contact:

Tim O’Brien
VP Communications                                                                                     
Ripley Entertainment Inc.                                                                                                            
615-646-7465 – office                                                                                                                
 615-496-5949 – cell                                                                                               
obrien@ripleys.com

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