November 20, 2003

Bela Lugosi's Dead

...but the Dracula theme park in Romania isn't. As this article in the Telegraph (link requires registration, I'm afraid) explains, a plan to build the theme park at the medieval town of Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler fell through. Now it will be built on a property with connections to both the Vlad and a tyrant of more recent vintage:

Now, the tourism ministry has authorised construction of the park at the town of Snagov, 25 miles north of Bucharest, where Vlad Tepes is thought to have been buried.

"Work is to start in March with an initial investment of 50 million," said Sorin Marica, a tourism ministry official.

In fact, the 1,500-acre state-owned Ylasia farm at Snagov was once the pride of Ceausescu, who was deposed and shot 14 years ago.

"He was extremely careful about what he ate," said Nicolae Dima, from the Snagov municipality. "He would only touch food he was sure was 'pure'. So everything for his plate came from this farm."

While the previous attempt to breathe life into the Dracula park faced stiff opposition - including religious objections to the "sinful" project - authorities in Snagov have encountered no protests. "There are no problems with campaigners or the Church," said Mr Dima.

The park will feature Disney-style children's rides (with a Gothic theme, I'd imagine), a golf course, and other amenities.

Posted by Ideofact at November 20, 2003 10:38 PM

The bats have left the bell tower.

Posted by: tm at November 24, 2003 05:41 PM

Yeah, sorry, I've been fairly nostalgic for the songs of my youth lately.

Posted by: Bill at November 25, 2003 02:14 AM