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Parc Astérix

Parc Astérix
The Goudurix roller coaster.
Location Plailly, Oise, France
Owner Compagnie des Alpes
Opened 30 April 1989
Total 35
Roller coasters 6
Water rides 4

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 Resort 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 Romans, the ancient Greeks and recently the Egyptians, but always in the visual style of the stories.


  • History 1
  • Attractions 2
  • Incidents 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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.[1] Jack Lang, then Minister for Culture, inaugurated the park on 30 April 1989 after two years of work.[2] The opening of Disneyland Paris in 1992 impacted greatly on Parc Asterix - attendance fell by 30% and revenue fell by 19%.[3] In 1997, Parc Asterix recorded 1.9 million visitors.[4] In 1999, Parc Asterix recorded 2 million visitors.[5] In October 2005, Parc Asterix ran "La Fête des Druides" ("The Festival of the Druids"), as a way to 'thumbing their noses' at Halloween.[6] In 2007, Parc Asterix opened for the first time in its history during the Christmas holidays.[7] 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").[8][9]


L’Oxygénarium toboggan (river rafting ride)

There are many attractions and shows including :


  • In July 2004, an 11-year-old boy was hit by lightning at the foot of the Tonnerre de Zeus. The park had continued working despite weather warnings.
  • On the 5th of July 2006, a 6-year-old Belgian child drowned on the ride La Descente du Styx, sucked in by the water pumps used to create the flow in the bottom of the ride's canal.[11] The ride, then, got renamed to Romus & Rapidus in order to cast off the ride name's bad memory.

See also


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  3. ^ Roffat, Sébastien (2007). Disney et la France: Les vingt ans d'Euro Disneyland. Paris:  
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  10. ^ Roffat, Sébastien (2007). Disney et la France: Les vingt ans d'Euro Disneyland. Paris:  
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External links

  • Parc Astérix official website (some parts require Adobe Flash. In French, with some English translations)
  • Parc Astérix fan club website (Forum in French but with photos and videos)
  • Parc Astérix on
  • Parc Astérix in Czech language
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