In France work has begun on a theme park, one believed to rival attendance at Disney Paris. When I first heard this, my immediate thought was, “People go to Disney Paris? I’d have thought I could have a barbecue in the back yard and rival attendance at Disney Paris.” I mean, they recently reported losses of nearly 2 billion euros. There have also been a number of strikes by employees there, but since this is France, that’s neither here nor there. I think at any given moment 50% of France is on strike against the other 50%.
I don’t know what Disney Paris is like – probably pretty Disney-ish. Which is too bad. I like to think it got “Frenched up” a bit and is more like a combination of Cirque du Soleil and a Tex Avery cartoon. I’m still not sure why they opted to put the park in France, except that maybe it would stand out more against a backdrop of wine, fine art and ennui. But Disney is Disney, and they have charged on unabated. One Disney boss even famously said that “Only Napoleon had the stature to take on Mickey Mouse” in France. Well, Mickey, get ready for a pounding because why?
Yes. Work has begun on a massive theme park, at the site of Napoleon’s last great victory. And Napoleon will rise, march again, and slay Mickey and his puny minions! Figuratively. I don’t think there are plans to actually, physically invade the Disney park. But, still, the idea makes the mind reel, doesn’t it? Forced marches in to a simulated frozen Russian tundra, an Elba-theme restaurant where you’re isolated and fed stale food.
But the possibilities are endless, aren’t they? For theme parks, I mean. We make them for fantasy things all the time, but why not more theme parks based on real people? “Teddy Roosevelt Land” would by AWESOME.
So what do you think? For your Weekly Question of the Week: What theme park would you most like to see?