Is This the Best Theme Park in France?

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Is This the Best Theme Park in France?
The year is 50 B.C and Gaul is entirely occupied by Romans. Well not entirely! One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders… These famous opening lines belong, as any Francophile knows, to the French comic books series Astérix (or The Adventures of Astérix). Written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo, the stories tell the tales of the small, wily Gaul who defends his ancient village from Roman occupation thanks to his man-mountain friend Obelix and a secret magic potion that gives users superhuman strength. First published in 1959, the stories have been phenomenally successful, selling over 380 million copies and translated into 111 languages. Ride at Asterix Park © A.SOBCZYK 2016 The comic capers of Astérix are so entrenched in French culture that when René Goscinny died in 1977, it was, in the words of one French obituary, “as if the Eiffel Tower had fallen down.” Given the popularity of the books, it’s not surprising that there have been numerous spinoffs to the comic book series, including a theme park located on the outskirts of Paris. Astérix Park is located in Plailly, 40 minutes from central Paris. It first opened in 1989 and is today ranked as the 10th most visited theme park in Europe and the second most visited in France, after Disneyland Paris. Ride at Asterix Park © CUSSOT 2012 Astérix Park Astérix Park is a charming, authentically French theme park. There are some thrilling rides and some excellent shows, but at its heart, this homegrown park is a celebration of one of the country’s most famous literary characters. The park is home to 47 attractions spread out across six different worlds all based on the Roman Empire and all of which feature at some point in Astérix’s adventures. There’s Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Gaul and the Vikings, for example. Each world has its own collection of rides with something for all visitors to enjoy, from stomach-churning roller coasters and water flumes to gentle rides that younger children will love.
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Lead photo credit : Characters at Asterix Park © S.CAMBON 2019

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