Parc Astérix

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Parc Astérix
Goudurix.JPG
The Goudurix roller coaster. It took 2 years to build
LocationPlailly, Oise, 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
Total38
Roller coasters7
Water rides6
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 two million visitors yearly, Parc Asterix is the second biggest theme park near Paris after Disneyland and its 11 million visitors yearly. [1] 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 département of Oise. Opened in 1989, the park is operated by Compagnie des Alpes.

It is especially well known in France for its large variety of roller coasters (including a bobsled one), and has begun incorporating rides and themes from historic cultures such as the Gauls, the Romans, the ancient Greeks and recently the Egyptians, but always in the visual style of the stories.

History[edit]

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 1200 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 a line of the Métro.[2] Jack Lang, then Minister for Culture, inaugurated the park on 30 April 1989 after two years of work.[3] The opening of Disneyland Paris in 1992 impacted greatly on Parc Asterix - attendance fell by 30% and revenue fell by 19%.[4] In 1997, Parc Asterix recorded 1.9 million visitors.[5] In 1999, Parc Asterix recorded 2 million visitors.[6] In October 2005, Parc Asterix ran "La Fête des Druides" ("The Festival of the Druids"), as a way to 'thumbing their noses' at Halloween.[7] In 2007, Parc Asterix opened for the first time in its history during the Christmas holidays.[8] 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").[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 2022.[11]

Attractions[edit]

Romus et Rapidus, river rafting ride
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.[13] The ride underwent various security measures, and was renamed to Romus & 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. ^ [2]
  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. ^ [3]
  11. ^ "New for 2021 Parc Asterix, Intamin Quadruple-Launch Coaster + POV". Amusement Insider | Theme Park News and Rumors. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ [4]

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