Two New (Non-Disney) Theme Parks

19 Apr

Today’s morning paper makes me want to hit the road. Two new (non-Disney) theme parks on the horizon are piquing my interest.

Opening May 25 is Dickens World. According to today’s Boston Globe:

The indoor attraction includes a central square of cobbled streets and crooked buildings, where staff dressed as pickpockets and wenches will mingle with the crowds. Visitors who pay the $25 admission charge — $15 for children — will have the chance to see the Ghost of Christmas Past in Ebeneezer Scrooge’s haunted house, be hectored by a schoolmaster at Dotheboys Hall — the dismal school from “Nicholas Nickleby” — and peer into the fetid cells of Newgate Prison.

Tourists can also have a meal in the cafeteria, which has resisted the temptation to offer “Please, sir can I have some more?” 2-for-1 specials. The little ones can play in Fagin’s Den, an area for preschoolers named after the gangmaster of the band of thieves in “Oliver Twist.”

A bit closer to home, ground has been broken for a new rock-and-roll theme park in Myrtle Beach, SC. PRN Newswire has this story:

Opening Spring 2008, Hard Rock Park will be an approximately 140-acre theme park boasting more than 40 attractions for rockers of all ages, including roller coasters, shows, children’s play areas, restaurants, cafes and retail stores, a multi-purpose live music amphitheatre and ultra-modern sound system specifically developed for the project, creating a totally immersive full day experience.

We’ve already got a family trip planned to Dollywood this summer . . . maybe next year Myrtle Beach?

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