Parc Astérix

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Parc Astérix
Goudurix papillon.jpg
Goudurix roller coaster
LocationPlailly, France
Coordinates49°08′04″N 02°34′13″E / 49.13444°N 2.57028°E / 49.13444; 2.57028Coordinates: 49°08′04″N 02°34′13″E / 49.13444°N 2.57028°E / 49.13444; 2.57028
OwnerCompagnie des Alpes
Opened30 April 1989
Attractions
Total41
Roller coasters7
Water rides7
Websitewww.parcasterix.fr

Parc Astérix is a theme amusement park in France, based on the comic book series Asterix by Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny. With more than two million visitors yearly, Parc Astérix is the country's second biggest theme park after Disneyland Paris and its 14 million annual visitors.[1]

It is especially well known in France for its large variety of roller coasters; it has begun incorporating rides and themes from historic cultures such as the Gauls, the Romans, Ancient Greece and recently Ancient Egypt, but always in the visual style of the stories. It is situated approximately 35 km (22 mi) north of Paris, 32 km (20 mi) from Disneyland Paris and 20 km (12 mi) from the historic Château de Chantilly, in the commune of Plailly, in the department of Oise. Opened in 1989, the park is operated by Compagnie des Alpes.

History[edit]

Conception and inauguration[edit]

Romus et Rapidus, river rafting ride

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, the park cost 850 million French francs to build at the time of its creation, which generated 1,200 jobs. The location was chosen due to the transport network: a private interchange connects it with the nearby A1 autoroute and a bus shuttle service connects it with Paris Métro Line 7.[2] Jack Lang, then Minister of Culture, inaugurated the park on 30 April 1989 after two years of work.[3]

The opening of Disneyland Paris in 1992 greatly impacted Parc Astérix, as attendance fell by 30% and revenue by 19%.[4] However, attendance soon stabilised around 2 million visitors per year.[5][6]

Recent developments[edit]

In October 2005, Parc Astérix ran La Fête des Druides ("The Festival of the Druids"), as a way of "thumbing their noses" at Halloween.[7] In 2007, Parc Astérix opened for the first time in its history during the Christmas holidays.[8] In 2009, for the 20th anniversary of the park, it opened during the weekends in September and October and ran a Halloween event called Peur sur le parc Astérix ("Fear at Parc Astérix").[9][10] In November 2018, it was announced that the park would be building a new multilaunch roller coaster manufactured by Intamin, to be opened in 2023.[11] In January 2021, the park announced it was closing its dolphin and sea lion aquarium in order to focus on rides and other shows.[12]

Attractions[edit]

L'Oxygénarium, river rafting ride

There are many attractions and shows including:

Incidents[edit]

  • In July 2004, an 11-year-old boy was hit by lightning at the foot of the Tonnerre de Zeus (Zeus' Thunder). The park had continued operating despite weather warnings.
  • On 5 July 2006, a 6-year-old Belgian child drowned on the ride La Descente du Styx, sucked in by the water pumps used to create the flow in the bottom of the ride's canal.[14] The ride underwent various security measures; it was renamed to Romus et Rapidus in order to cast off the bad memory and unfortunate implications.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Parc Asterix facts". Paris Digest. 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-10. Retrieved 2014-03-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-03. Retrieved 2013-08-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Roffat, Sébastien (2007). Disney et la France: Les vingt ans d'Euro Disneyland. Paris: Editions L'Harmattan. p. 124. ISBN 978-2-296-02989-7.
  5. ^ "ASTERIX A LA COTE - Le Soir". Archives.lesoir.be. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Astérix fait un pied de nez à Halloween".
  8. ^ "Le parc Astérix ouvert avant et après Noël". Lefigaro.fr. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  9. ^ Lombardo, Propos recueillis par Anne. ""Le Parc Astérix est ouvert chaque jour pendant les vacances de la Toussaint"". Tourmagazine.fr. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Astérix fête Halloween".
  11. ^ "New for 2021 Parc Asterix, Intamin Quadruple-Launch Coaster + POV". Amusement Insider | Theme Park News and Rumors. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  12. ^ "France's Asterix park shuts down dolphin show as debate on animal rights starts". RFI. 26 January 2021. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  13. ^ Roffat, Sébastien (2007). Disney et la France: Les vingt ans d'Euro Disneyland. Paris: Editions L'Harmattan. p. 122. ISBN 978-2-296-02989-7.
  14. ^ "Un garçon de 6 ans se noie au Parc Astérix".

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