Parc Astérix

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Parc Astérix is a theme amusement park in France, based on the stories of Asterix (by Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny). Situated approximately 35 km (22 mi) north of Paris, 32 km (20 mi) from Disneyland Resort Paris and 20 km (12 mi) from the historic Château de Chantilly, in Plailly in the département of Oise, it opened in 1989. The park is operated by Compagnie des Alpes.

It is especially well known for its large variety of roller coasters, and has begun incorporating rides and themes from historic cultures such as the Romans and the ancient Greeks.

History[edit]

It was largely funded by the Barclays financial company, with 20 other investors including Compagnie Générale des Eaux, the Havas group, Union des assurances de Paris and the Picardy region. It cost 850 million French francs to build, and it created 1200 jobs. The location was chosen due to the transport network - a private interchange connects it with the A1 autoroute and a shuttle service connects it with a line of the Métro.[1] Jack Lang, then Minister for Culture, opened the park on 30 April 1989 after two years of work.[2] The opening of Disneyland Paris in 1992 impacted greatly on Parc Asterix - attendance fell by 30% and revenue fell by 19%.[3] In 1997, Parc Asterix recorded 1.9 million visitors.[4] In 1999, Parc Asterix recorded 2 million visitors.[5] In October 2005, Parc Asterix ran 'la Fête des druides' (the festival of the druids), as a 'thumbing of the nose' at Halloween.[6] In 2007, Parc Asterix opened for the first time in the Christmas holidays.[7] In 2009, for the 20th anniversary of the park, Parc Asterix opened during the weekends in September and October and ran a Halloween event called 'Peur sur le parc Astérix' ('Fear at Parc Asterix').[8][9]

Attractions[edit]

L’Oxygénarium toboggan (river rafting ride)

There are many attractions and shows including:

Incidents[edit]

In July 2004, an 11 year old boy was struck by lightning at the foot of the Tonnerre de Zeus. The park had continued working despite weather warnings. On the 5th of July 2006, a 6 year old Belgian child drowned on the ride La Descente du Styx, sucked in by the pumps at the deepest part of the ride.[11]

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Coordinates: 49°08′07″N 2°34′18″E / 49.13528°N 2.57167°E / 49.13528; 2.57167