Popeye Village at Anchor Bay

Wednesday, 3 July 2019 - 11:00 am (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General

© Frank Vincentz/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Frank Vincentz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Popeye Village, also known as Sweethaven Village, is a purpose-built film set village, now converted into a small attraction fun park, consisting of a collection of rustic and ramshackle wooden buildings. It is located at Anchor Bay, 3 kilometres (2 mi) from the village core of Mellieħa, Malta. It was built as a film set for the production of the 1980 live-action musical feature film Popeye, produced by Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions starring Robin Williams. Today it is open to the public as an open-air museum and sea-side resort.

Popeye Village is open to the public seven days a week and, apart from the film set itself, has a number of family attractions for the visitor to experience. There are shows, rides and museums, as well as play houses where children can climb and explore the village. Children may also get to meet the main characters from the show such as Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto and Wimpy. Some of the houses in Popeye Village have been equipped with various items related to the filming, including props used in the film’s production. Every fifteen minutes when the weather permits, visitors can enjoy a fifteen-minute boat trip around Anchor Bay where one can photograph the scenery and view Popeye Village from the sea.

© panoramio.com - Michelle Maria/cc-by-3.0 © Michael Bauer/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Frank Vincentz/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Edwinb © DXR/cc-by-sa-4.0 © G.Mannaerts/cc-by-sa-4.0
<
>
© panoramio.com - Michelle Maria/cc-by-3.0
Performers and animators provide regular entertainment for families while they are visiting the village, and many of these shows interact with the audience. They include:

  • Puppet Show: Featuring five Popeye characters and the Puppet Master, the story is fully interactive with the children in the audience.
  • Figaro: The barber of Sweethaven creates his miraculous and artistic hairstyles whilst singing happily to classical music.
  • Jerry Sprinjer Show: This performance investigates an old secret that has been lurking in Sweethaven. Two “bodyguards” are chosen, and the audience has a chance to ask questions to discover the story’s conclusion.
  • Popeye and his Friends: A play featuring some famous and not so famous singers, each dance has been choreographed with attention to detail. It is this show where all the Popeye characters gather on stage to sing the Popeye theme song.
  • Doctor Graves: Doctor Graves picks a member of the audience to try his experiment on. The audience member is sent to Hollywood.

Situated in the centre of Popeye Village’s Lower Complex, visitors can see a 15-minute history and information audio-visual show which includes clips from the actual film and the set’s construction. The cinema can accommodate approximately 40 people and has a show every hour. Popeye Village hosts a variety of functions and activities at certain times of the year, including casual barbecue lunches and dinners.

Read more on Popeye Village and Wikipedia Popeye Village (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




Recommended posts:

Share this post:

Reims, in the heart of Champagne

Reims, in the heart of Champagne

[caption id="attachment_160598" align="aligncenter" width="590"] City Hall © Fryderyk[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Reims, a city in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France, lies 129 km (80 mi) east-northeast of Paris. Founded by the Gauls, it became a major city during the period of the Roman Empire. Reims played a prominent ceremonial role in French monarchical history as the traditional site of the crowning of the kings of France. The Cathedral of Reims (damaged by the Germans during the First World War but restored since...

[ read more ]

San Bernardino in California

San Bernardino in California

[caption id="attachment_165693" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Wigwam Motel © flickr.com - Marcin Wichary/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]San Bernardino is a city located in the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area (called the "Inland Empire"). It serves as the county seat of San Bernardino County. As one of the Inland Empire's anchor cities, San Bernardino spans 81 square miles (210 km²) on the floor of the San Bernardino Valley, and has a population of 210,000. San Bernardino is the 17th-largest city in Californi...

[ read more ]

Toulon in southern France

Toulon in southern France

[caption id="attachment_160173" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Tall ships in the old port © SiefkinDR[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Toulon is a town in southern France and a large military harbor on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region, Toulon is the capital of the Var department in the former province of Provence. It is the fourth-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille, Nice and Montpellier. Toulon is an important centre for naval const...

[ read more ]

The World Trade Organization (WTO)

The World Trade Organization (WTO)

[caption id="attachment_169437" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Imalipusram[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an intergovernmental organization that regulates international trade. The WTO officially commenced on 1 January 1995 under the Marrakesh Agreement, signed by 123 nations on 15 April 1994, replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which commenced in 1948. It is the largest international economic organization in the world. The WTO deals with regulation of trade in goods,...

[ read more ]

Edifício Copan, with the largest floor area of any residential building in the world

Edifício Copan, with the largest floor area of any residential building in the world

[caption id="attachment_2979" align="aligncenter" width="519" caption="Oscar Niemeyer's Copan Building © Jürgen Partenheimer"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Edifício Copan (Copan Building) is a 140-metre, 38-story residential building in São Paulo, Brazil. Construction began in 1957 and, following some interruptions, was completed in 1966. It is one of the largest buildings in Brazil and has the largest floor area of any residential building in the world. The building was not named after the ancient Mayan city i...

[ read more ]

Sochi on the Russian Riviera

Sochi on the Russian Riviera

[caption id="attachment_7043" align="aligncenter" width="590"] View on Sochi from Black Sea © Ojj! 600[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sochi is a city in Krasnodar Krai, situated on the Black Sea coast near the border between Georgia and Russia. Greater Sochi sprawls for 145 kilometers (90 mi) along the shores of the Black Sea near the Caucasus Mountains. The city has a permanent population of 343,000; up from 329,000 recorded in the 2002, making it Russia's largest resort city. Sochi will host the XXII Olympic Winter Games a...

[ read more ]

Alkmaar in North Holland

Alkmaar in North Holland

[caption id="attachment_151347" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cheese Market © Yoshi[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Alkmaar is a municipality and a city in the province of North Holland. Alkmaar is well known for its traditional cheese market. For tourists, it is a popular cultural destination. The North Holland Canal, opened in 1824, was dug through Alkmaar. In 1865 and 1867 the railways between Alkmaar and Den Helder and between Alkmaar and Haarlem were built respectively. In the second half of the 20th century, Alkmaar ...

[ read more ]

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

[caption id="attachment_151161" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Tiberias © Pacman[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Sea of Galilee is the largest freshwater lake in Israel und Syria (Golan Heights), and it is approximately 53 km (33 mi) in circumference, about 21 km (13 mi) long, and 13 km (8.1 mi) wide. The lake has a total area of 166.7 km2 (64.4 sq mi) at its fullest, and a maximum depth of approximately 43 m (141 feet). At levels between 215 metres (705 ft) and 209 metres (686 ft) below sea level, it is the lowest freshwater l...

[ read more ]

Return to Top ▲Return to Top ▲
© Yat12t/cc-by-sa-3.0
The barquentine Peacemaker

Peacemaker is an American barquentine owned by the Twelve Tribes religious group. Her homeport is Brunswick in Georgia. Peacemaker is...

Sheikh Zayed Mosque seen from the courtyard © Wikiemirati/cc-by-sa-4.0
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The largest...

© Runner1928/cc-by-sa-3.0
San Francisco Cable Cars

The San Francisco cable car system is the world's last manually operated cable car system. An icon of San Francisco,...

Schließen