A recommended site for GiF families this summer: Parc Astérix
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 Paris and 20 km (12 mi) from the historic Château de Chantilly, in the city of Plailly, in the département of Oise. The park, opened in 1989, 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.
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.
Jack Lang, then Minister for Culture, inaugurated the park on 30 April 1989 after two years of work.
The opening of Disneyland Paris in 1992 impacted greatly on Parc Asterix – attendance fell by 30% and revenue fell by 19%. In 1997, Parc Asterix recorded 1.9 million visitors. In 1999, Parc Asterix recorded 2 million visitors.
In October 2005, Parc Asterix ran “La Fête des Druides” (“The Festival of the Druids”), as a way to ‘thumbing their noses’ at Halloween. In 2007, Parc Asterix opened for the first time in its history during the Christmas holidays.
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”).
For more info please visit www.parcasterix.fr.