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Parc Astérix

Plailly, Oise, France

Parc Astérix is based around the Astérix stories, with lands incorporating themes set around the Gauls, the Romans and the Ancient Greeks.

Opened30 April 1989
SeasonApril to early November
OwnerCompagnie des Alpes
Websitewww.parcasterix.fr
NearbyDisneyland Park, Disneyland Paris (20 miles)
Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris (21 miles)
Bellewaerde (120 miles)
Plopsaland De Panne (135 miles)
Walibi Belgium (141 miles)
Astérix looks down on the park

Astérix looks down on the park

Parc Astérix is based around the famous Franco-Belgian comic book series Astérix created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo.

The park is the second biggest theme park in France, only beaten by Disneyland Paris which lies about 20 miles to the south.

Major themes found throughout Parc Astérix include both Asterix characters and other ancient cultures such as the Gauls, Ancient Greece and the Romans. The majority of the theme park's rides take cues from these themes.

Headline attractions include Tonnerre de Zeus, a highly rated wooden rollercoaster from Custom Coasters International; L'Oxygénarium, a beautifully landscaped spinning raft ride; and Trace du Hourra, a Bobsled Coaster which eschews the usual snowy theme in favour of a story based on a fictional caveman legend.

As you might expect from a major theme park having to compete with Disney just down the road, Parc Astérix is a high quality park with a great selection of rides and some detailed theming. It is a perfect counterbalance to the brash Americanness of Disneyland Paris: Parc Astérix instead relies on French/European storytelling tradition and feels much more cultural.

Attractions

Tonnerre de Zeus

Tonnerre de Zeus

A top class wooden rollercoaster, themed around the Zeus' thunderbolt from Greek mythology

Goudurix

Goudurix

A rather rough old style Vekoma coaster

La Trace du Hourra

La Trace du Hourra

A uniquely themed Mack Bobsled ... this is all about rocks and cavemen instead of the usual generic snowy bobsled

L'Oxygénarium

L'Oxygénarium

A gigantic water slide through nicely landscaped gardens and greenery