Friday, April 27, 2007

London's Charles Dickens Theme Park about to Open

Dickens World, a twisted blend of Disneyland and Newgate Prison, is set to open on May 25, 2007 in Chatham, Kent, England. The Dickens theme park (can I use those words in the same sentence?) features attractions based on works like Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. According to the official website:

The experience will feature a Dickensian Shopping Mall, together with a multitude of attractions and rides, including a mix of themed restaurants, bars and a multiplex cinema. Dickens World will also have facilities for seasonal variations, particularly over the Christmas period in which the attraction will convert into a Dickensian winter wonderland, replete with snow and other characteristics of a bygone era, complemented by a magnificent water feature which over the festive season changes into a spectacular 'ice fantasia' dominated by 'The Spirit of Christmas', 'JackFrost', 'Scrooge' and a host of other delightful characters who magically come to life. This and other seasonal events throughout the year an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

A series of 'burlesque' evening dinner shows are being especially created to provide a nightly menu of 'naughty delights' in the 'Free and Easy' Victorian Music Hall.
A "Dickensian Shopping Mall"? "Naughty delights"? Now that's what I call madness--Manchegan Madness!

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