Here are a Few Idea Generators
There are a great many stories that have never been told about the various companies within Ripley Entertainment Inc. From interactive miniature golf to world class aquariums to two headed cows – we offer up a diverse range of story opportunities.
The Ripley family consists of more than 90 attractions incorporating 11 different family-oriented brands in 10 countries, a publishing arm that still produces books and sells more than a million copies a year, and our original Ripley’s Believe It or Not! cartoon that still runs daily in nearly 200 newspapers in 42 countries. In 2009, Ripley Radio – An On-Demand Oddcast premiered, marking the first time the brand has had a permanent home on the radio. With our abundance of diverse content we can provide you with a wealth of unusual story leads that will amaze and enlighten not only your readers, but your editors as well.
Here are several general story generators about our company. If you want to go deeper into our quirky business for a specialized, unique angle, contact Tim O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org (615-646-7465) and he’ll brainstorm with you and help come up with an idea for an award winning story – and who couldn’t use one of those once in a while!
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is Set to Open: Ripley’s third world class aquarium is set to open in Toronto, Canada, at the bottom of the CN Tower in early Summer 2013. As the first major family attraction to be built in the city for 25 years and as one of the largest construction projects in years, there are myriad story potentials just waiting for the right jounalist. The 135,000 square foot attraction will feature more than 1.5 million gallons of marine and freshwater habitats that will house more than 13,500 exotic sea and freshwater creatures comprising more than 450 species. www.ripleysaquariumofcanada.com
Guinness World Records Attractions: Currently, there are five Guinness World Records Attractions. During 2012, Ripley Entertainment unveiled plans for a new Guinness World Attractions concept that will allow guests to attempt to break and set new world records in the attractions and to interact with others attempting those records in other parts of the world. Using state-of-the-art technology, the highly interactive attractions will start to appear in 2014 throughout the world. (For the record: The Jim Pattison Group which owns Ripley Entertainment, also owns the Guinness World Records company, including the book publishing). http://www.ripleys.com/corporate/brands/guinness-world-records-museums/
Our Flagship – Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums: We are the largest, fastest growing and most successful chain of amusement museum-type attractions in the world! There are now 32 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums. The attractions feature exhibits that one must see to believe – exhibits that are so bizarre, so odd, so strange, that even the most worldly and knowledgeable guests will be awestruck! Each attraction appeals to man’s basic curiosity and desire to know more about this world. They challenge and tease the guest to wonder if something so totally strange could really be true. Guests will only find authentic, original and unbelievable exhibits in each of the museums. While many other popular attractions are forced to display reproductions and simulations, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums show original, true items, many of which were collected by Robert Ripley himself during his worldwide travels in the 1920s and 1930s. www.ripleys.com/attractions
Ripley’s is more than 90 years old, Believe It or Not! On a cold December night in 1918, a young Robert Ripley pondered how to fill the space assigned to him as an illustrator for the New York Globe. Little could he know, the choice he was about to make would be the start of an amazing adventure that lives on today. He created a panel made up of nine dubious sports feats he had been collecting. The result was an instant hit and his creation soon had fans worldwide. He partnered with William Randolph Hearst in 1929 to syndicate the strip globally and by the mid 1930s it was being published in more than 350 newspapers with a daily readership of 80 million. Today, it is the longest continuously published cartoon panel on the planet. Believe it! http://www.ripleysnewsroom.com/ripley-history/
Founded in 1918, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is one of America’s oldest continuously operated brands! Take a look at the History and the Timeline links with the Ripley On-line Newsroom to get an idea of the immense amount of history this company has experienced.
Number One ranking for Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies: This beautiful aquarium, located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains was recognized by TripAdvisor.com’s travelers and editors as the most popular aquarium in the U.S. The Gatlinburg aquarium’s sister attraction, Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, ranked #4 on the same TripAdvisor.com’s list. www.ripleysaquariumofthesmokies.com
These are not your grandfather’s mirror mazes! The Marvelous Mirror Maze is a totally new concept in amusement design that provides a different experience every time you enter. Featuring nearly 2,000 square feet of mirrored paths, surprising corners, dead ends and continuous circles, the sound and lighting effects make the experience even more daunting. Unlike mazes of the past, this one offers multiple paths throughout and adventurers can begin at the end and work their way through backward if they wish. Made entirely of highly reflective mirrors, guests can take their time as they explore endless hallways and hundreds of mirrors as they journey through the adventure. Ripley’s Marvelous Mazes can be found in: Grand Prairie, Texas; Gatlinburg, Tenn.; Myrtle Beach, SC; London, England; Bangalore, India; Ocean City, Md.; El Paso, Texas; Baltimore, Md.; and San Francisco, Calif. http://www.ripleys.com/corporate/brands/ripleys-marvelous-mirror-mazes/
Playing INSIDE a video game: At Ripley’s new Impossible LaseRace, players step inside a laser-filled chamber and become part of the game as they jump, crawl, and straddle a gauntlet of laser lights. The player’s mission is to beat the clock and reach the end without breaking a single laser beam. Imagine you’re a player. You walk up, scan your pre-paid ticket and head to the entrance. You enter the mysterious room through a revolving door that allows no light in with you. As you enter, the dark chamber pops to life, filled with brilliant green lasers streaming from the walls. Game time! You begin your journey, expertly navigating through the web of lasers, going over and under and avoiding them as quickly as possible to reach the end. There appears to be no way to get through without breaking a beam. With so many choices ahead of you- it is never the same experience twice. Impossible LaseRace games are in Grand Prairie, Texas; New York City; Ocean City, Md.; and more to come. http://www.ripleys.com/corporate/brands/ripleys-impossible-laser-race/
License to Scare – Year-Round: Ripley’s high-tech Haunted Adventures takes haunting to a new level. Live actors in multi-million dollar environments are trained to scare the bejeebees out of everyone! Each facility has several highly themed rooms, an extensive storyline, props and themes. The first one opened in Gatlinburg in 1999 and Myrtle Beach opened its creaky doors in 2001. San Antonio premiered in 2002, across from the Alamo. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Pattaya, Thailand also features a Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. http://www.ripleys.com/corporate/brands/ripleys-haunted-adventures/
WOW architecture? No matter what you call it – eclectic, bizarre, vernacular, or just plain downright amusing – there’s a building in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! family that fits the bill. Whether it’s a sinking ship in Panama City Beach, Fla. with 4-story tall smoking smokestack, a toppled skyscraper (with gorilla and hovering helicopter) in Niagara Falls, a sinkhole eating the building in Orlando, a boardwalk building with a shark slicing through it or a building falling apart due to the largest earthquake on record in Branson, Mo., the quirkiness of Ripley shines through even BEFORE one enters the odditoriums. High resolution photos are available. www.ripleys.com/attractions