Dracula theme park town bites back

Posted Wednesday, October 2, 2002 4:59 AM | Contributed by cryingwhiningcoasterbaby

Locals and environmentalists are protesting the proposed Dracula-themed park in a small Romanian town. In addition to concerns about the environmental impact and changes to the town, many residents question the subject matter of such a park.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 5:24 AM
john peck's avatar Yeah, the park idea is a bit far-fetched. Drac is not really a character I would base a family theme park on. If they can make it work, I say go for it, but there is a lot of thought that is going to have to go into this first.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 5:58 AM
Vater's avatar Bummer. This park sounded like a cool idea when I first read about it. Hopefully it will still happen.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 6:29 AM
Even in eastern Europe $30,000,000 isn't b going to build a very large park, and 3000 jobs sounds awfully high.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 6:37 AM
Some people have no sense of humor. I would love to see such a park get built.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 7:50 AM
Sawblade5's avatar Even though I like amusement parks and theme parks, I don't think I would like such a theme park in my area. It's kinda like CP naming their stand up coaster Banshee. The people there couldn't put up with that name. I bet if they change the theme of the park the locals will support it.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 9:46 AM

I certainly wouldnt want to take my child (if I had one, that is) to a park named after Drac. I think it would be a cool concept to have an "area" in the park after him but not the whole park itself.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 10:03 AM
Jeff's avatar

Well, in all honesty, why I think it's a pretty stupid idea, I'm speaking from an American perspective. I grew up going to school with a large number of Romanian students (which would explain my liking of Eastern European women), all of which had been in the states for only a year or two. It was weird because the whole concept of Dracula seemed to be a part of their culture, only instead of a scary vampire type he was mostly just a bad guy who liked to kill people.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 10:26 AM
An "American Perspective"? Come on Jeff, we have a themed park here in the States themed after Dolly Parton! Doesn't that scare you just a little bit? What do you think the Romanian kids thought of that? *LOL*

Seriously though.. I do tend to agree. If Dracula were really part of teh local culture then it might seem appropriate, but since the concept has only survived to appease tourists I can appreciate why some locals would be opposed to it. *** This post was edited by Phyter on 10/2/2002. ***

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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 1:44 PM

Myra the Alien, maybe YOU wouldn't have a sense of humor if you lived in this area.

Put yourself in THEIR shoes.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 2:43 PM

Phyter said:

"we have a themed park here in the States themed after Dolly Parton!"

No we don't. The only think that Dollywood got from Dolly Parton was her name and her money. Dollywood is far from being themed after Dolly Parton.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 3:02 PM
In all honesty, any amusement park is not worth risking a classic 15th century town. I'm all for the project (as long as the country agrees), but maybe it would be better in another part of the country (perhaps nearby).

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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 4:36 PM

The problem is that I see is that this park doesn't sound appealing to the locals, and I'm really questioning Romania as a destination for tourists.

I try and imagine "Alright kids, its Florida or Romania this summer." but somehow, I just can't. ;)

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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 4:45 PM
I think it really does sound ridiculous. If you're given the option between a beautiful, warm, inviting, happy theme park verse an ugly (opinion), cold, dark, and mean and rude park, why would you ever go to the cold and dark one? I think the Dracula Theme would be kind of cool but judging by that, well, VERY disturbing picture of the Vampire guy on the front, I'd rather not go to that park.

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