Parc Astérix in Plailly

1 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris

© Loïc Corbasson/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Loïc Corbasson/cc-by-sa-3.0

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.   read more…

Built as Fast Breeder nuclear reactor, operated as an amusement park: The Wunderland Kalkar

28 September 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Cooling tower used as climbing wall © Koetjuh

Cooling tower used as climbing wall © Koetjuh

Wunderland Kalkar is an amusement park in North Rhine-Westphalia, just north of Düsseldorf. It is built on the former site of SNR-300, a nuclear power plant that never went online because of construction problems and protests. The park was constructed by Dutch entrepreneuer Hennie van der Most, who purchased the site. Wunderland Kalkar receives around 600,000 visitors each year.   read more…

Coney Island in Brooklyn

10 April 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City

© Bran

© Bran

Coney Island is a peninsula and beach on the Atlantic Ocean in southern Brooklyn. The site was formerly an outer barrier island of Long Island, but became partially connected to the mainland by land fill. Coney Island is possibly best known as the site of amusement parks and a major resort. The attractions reached their peak during the first half of the 20th century, declining in popularity after World War II and years of neglect. In recent years, the area has seen the opening of MCU Park and has become home to the minor league baseball team the Brooklyn Cyclones.   read more…

Time for some amusement? Theme parks around the world

21 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Europapark Rust © Jonas Lange

Europapark Rust © Jonas Lange

Amusement parks evolved in Europe from fairs and pleasure gardens which were created for people’s recreation. The oldest amusement park in the world (opened 1583) is Bakken, at Klampenborg, north of Copenhagen, Denmark. In the United States, world’s fairs and expositions were another influence on development of the amusement park industry.   read more…

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