Would you visit “Napoleonland”? French Planned Theme Park Celebrates Waterloo and Trafalgar

French plan ‘Napoleonland’ theme park which will stage daily re-enactments of Battles of Waterloo and Trafalgar

  • £180million park to be built on site of famous battle and create 3,000 jobs
  • Park is being billed as a rival to Disneyland and could open in 2017
  • Napoleon has no national museum despite being the second most famous Frenchman after Charles De Gaulle

By ROB COOPER

Last updated at 9:39 AM on 20th January 2012

Celebrated: Napoleon Bonaparte will be commemorated with a new theme park to be built at the site of the Battle of Montereau - if funding can be securedCelebrated: Napoleon Bonaparte will be commemorated with a new theme park to be built at the site of the Battle of Montereau – if funding can be secured.

After almost 200 years, the last thing you would think the French want is a daily reminder of the devastating military defeats at Waterloo and Trafalgar.

But now a theme park is being planned in honour of Napoleon Bonaparte – and will stage daily re-enactments of the victories for Wellington and Nelson.

Dubbed ‘Napoleonland’, the attraction is likely to be built on the site of one of the military leader’s most famous victories.

If funding is secured for the £180million park it is expected to create 3,000 jobs and could ultimately emerge as a rival to Disneyland.

There are plans to build it at the site where Napoleon defeated the Austrians in the Battle of Montereau in 1814 in Montereau-Fault-Yonne just south of Paris.

The six-day battle was the nation’s last military victory over the Austrians.

The Battle of Waterloo, which put an end to Napoleon’s rule in France, is expected to be recreated on a daily basis and visitors may even be able to take part in the reenactments.

They will also be able to take in a water show recreating the Battle of Trafalgar.

A museum, a hotel, shops, restaurants and a congress are all expected to be built at the park.

Planners are also hoping to recreate the killing of Louis XVI, France’s last King, who died after being guillotined during the Revolution.

And in another attraction visitors may be able to ski around the bodies of soldiers and horses frozen on the battlefield.

Napoleon is the second most famous French and much-celebrated leader after Charles De Gaulle – so it remains to be seen how much room his countrymen give over to Lord Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.

French politician Yves Jego, who is backing the project, hopes that construction work can get underway in 2014 and the park open its doors in 2017.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2089267/French-plan-Napoleonland-theme-park-stage-daily-reenactments-Battles-Waterloo-Trafalgar.html#ixzz1kESu6wSH

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4 Responses to Would you visit “Napoleonland”? French Planned Theme Park Celebrates Waterloo and Trafalgar

  1. I’m not sure – the idea of skiing around bodies frozen in the snow doesn’t really strike me as theme park material somehow; nor does the opportunity to see Louis being beheaded. A bit too dark for a day of fun and frolic!

    • When I read the notice of the plans for this theme park, I was appalled. If the French wish to celebrate the merits of Napoleon’s rule, there must be a more appropriate way of doing so. Of course, Europeans are not as “Puritanical” as are we in the States. It would not be a place I would put on my itinerary.

  2. Gerri Bowen says:

    I agree with Lauren. The re-enactments sound interesting, though.

    • I agree that I would be interested in the reenactments. I was trying to visualize how they would stage the Battle of Waterloo. Without the torrential rain, Wellington might have lost. The rain allowed the Prussians time to reach the battle and changed the outcome.

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