Dozens of new Exhibits Added to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium

Magnificent miniatures, world’s smallest production car, T-Rex foot, animal anomalies among the new unbelievable exhibits

ORLANDO, Fla. – (Dec. 7, 2010) – What do an 8-foot long fish, a 7-legged sheep and a mural made from 8,500 playing cards have in common?

They’re all new exhibits in a revamped Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium!

Visitors will find dozens of amazing new exhibits, including:

  • A Peel Trident car (the smallest production car in the world)
  • A portrait of singer Beyonce made entirely from candy
  • A “Wall-E” robot replica made from car parts
  • A 25-foot high mural of Jimi Hendrix made from more than 8,500 playing cards
  • A very rare fossil of a T-Rex foot and lower leg
  • Multiple miniatures that visitors can view through a magnifying glass
  • A stuffed Alligator Gar that measures more than 8 feet long
  • A balloon-powered chair that flew over the Rocky Mountains
  • A dog sculpture made entirely of clothes pins
  • New optical illusions, word puzzles and brain teasers
  • Several new wax figures that visitors can take photos with
  • A new shooting gallery for visitors to take aim and fire at different odd targets

In addition to all the new exhibits, there are new flat-panel TVs that broadcast video oddities and behind-the-scenes stories, and new display cards for all the exhibits. New lighting, paint and carpet give the Orlando attraction a whole new feel.

“Our guests will find exciting, new oddities and displays at every turn, as well as our long-time, favorite exhibits, like the rotating tunnel and pool table where balls roll uphill,” said Joe Kasinski, Director of Sales and Marketing for Ripley’s Orlando.

Renovations will continue with additional oddities added in the coming weeks.

For high-res images of the new-look Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium, please visit

http://www.ripleysnewsroom.com/.

For more on Ripley’s Orlando, including hours and pricing, please visit http://orlando.ripleys.com/.

Contacts:

Joe Kasinski

Director of Sales & Marketing

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando

407-345-0501

kasinski@ripleys.com

Tim O’Brien

VP Communications

Ripley Entertainment Inc.

Office – 615-646-7465

Cell – 615-496-5949

obrien@ripleys.com

About Ripley Entertainment

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando 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 85 attractions in 11 countries each year.  In addition to its 31 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.

Posted by Wellons Communications, an Orlando public relations firm.

Calgary Catholic School District Selects eSchool Solutions® to Manage Professional Learning for Teachers and Staff

Electronic Registrar Online offers the district’s 9,700 teachers professional development opportunities—all online

CALGARY, AB. (Dec. 06, 2010) – Calgary Catholic School District has selected Orlando-based eSchool Solutions® to provide a new way for the area’s 9,700 educators to maintain their certification through training and professional development—and it’s all done online.

Starting in January, Calgary Catholic School District will implement eSchool Solutions’ Electronic Registrar Online (ERO) software and services. ERO provides customized professional learning for teachers through a Web-based application. With ERO, busy teachers are given an opportunity to continue their education with convenience and simplicity. Users can log in anywhere to review course catalogs, register for classes and review transcripts.

In addition, employees are able to easily communicate with mentors, track their certification renewal process and update their customized development plan.

“Now more than ever, educators have less time available for in-service days, conferences and continuing education,” said Lisa Welton, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for eSchool Solutions. “By combining best practices with state-of-the-art technology, ERO helps teachers get the most out of continued learning in an efficient and cost-effective manner.”

ERO focuses on professional learning that is strategic and aligned with student achievement. This ensures that staff development is working toward achieving goals established in performance plans for individuals, schools and the whole district.

In addition to ERO, Calgary Catholic School District has updated its absentee management systems to eSchool Solutions’ SmartFindExpress, which automates the process of getting the most qualified substitute teachers into each and every classroom. The two products integrate seamlessly, allowing teachers to create absences in SmartFindExpress while registering for professional development courses in ERO.

To learn more about the company, visit http://www.eschoolsolutions.com/ or call 800-776-8774.

About eSchool Solutions®

eSchool Solutions® is the leading provider of integrated technology solutions for the preK-12 education market. In 1987, the Orlando-based company revolutionized substitute management for school systems, completely changing the way districts managed substitutes and employee absences. Now, as a total solutions provider, eSchool Solutions provides a full suite of products and services designed to improve administrative efficiency and help school districts work smarter. The company serves more than 500 school systems, encompassing 29,000 schools in North America.

Posted by Wellons Communications, an Orlando public relations firm.

New York Times, Today Show and TheHappyLitterBox.com – What a sweet smelling week

Logos for blogThis past week, Wellons Communications had interest from everyone from the Today Show, CNN Headlines News, the New York Times and down to TheHappyLitterBox.com.

Which one was most important to our clients – all of them!

In the age of Google, web searches, hyper-niche audience and social marketing, every media hit can have great value because you never know which one is going to reach your customer. Obviously, people like the New York Times and Today Show have the advantage of a few million more customers.

However, if your client sells a natural crystal that keeps pet odor under control around the cat box – a potential media mention in TheHappyLitterBox.com can have you coming up smelling like roses.