A TRIP to a theme park normally involves hair-raising rides, over-priced merchandise, and long queues for headline attractions. But #PuyduFou, a park in central #France, is a departure from the norm.
The concept is simple: performances and visual attractions that tell the story of French history, from the Middle Ages, through the Renaissance, 17th century and Belle Époque era to the 20th century, culminating with the First and Second World Wars against a backdrop of spectacular staging, props, and special effects. From burning Viking ships to knights emerging from the water, the stage scenery is movie-set standard.
Each show mobilizes 1,480 actors, 130 horse-riders, 80 technicians, and 500 people who welcome the audience and ensure their safety. All of them are either first-, second- or even third-generation Puyfolais. The production also needs 24,000 costumes, 150 waterjets, 3D mapping, and more than 3,000 projectors.
In 2015, Puy du Fou in the heart of the Pays-de-la-Loire region, became France’s second most popular theme park, with more than two million visitors.
The park has accommodation options including half-timbered huts with thatched roofs, tent apartments, and duplex suites.
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