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by Barber E. Lane
Lake Forest, California
January 2, 2003
This Fisherman's Wharf version went through a $15 million upgrade re-opening again in Fall 1999 after the original building was knocked down and this new 19,000 square foot building was built.
Having visited it over 30 years ago, the newer version is similar, just more modern and of course with more updated wax statues of current people in the news.
There are currently over 275 wax statues in life-like proportions of personalities ranging from Jesus and his 12 apostles, 20 U.S. Presidents including George Bush, 40 Chamber of Horror characters (too intense for small children), military generals, and entertainment celebrities from movies such as Wizard of Oz and Titanic. The latest additions include: Britney Spears, Julia Roberts, Keanu Reeves, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, and Ricky Martin.
A section tells how the wax statues are made and the attention to detail that goes into these $20,000 plus likenesses. It's an ever-changing display since they attempt to stay current with who's in the news at present. There are four floors to the building so you can "run" through quickly in 20 minutes or take your time and read about each statue and take several hours to view all of them.
For a discount coupon worth $3 off admission go to this website. It is open 10 - 9 weekdays and 9 - 11 on weekends in summer. For winter hours call 800/439-4305.
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