April 8, 2005

Dickensworld.

I love the idea.
What the dickens would Charles Dickens have made of plans to build a $116.6 million theme park, Dickens World, around his life and works? The South East Development Agency, a body responsible for planning in the Chatham area, 35 miles from London in southeast England, has announced that construction will start in two months as part of a regeneration project in the town's former dockyard section. Dickens (1812-70) lived in Chatham from ages 5 to 12. Scheduled for completion in April 2007, the roofed attraction devoted to the author of "David Copperfield," "Oliver Twist" and other classics will include an Ebeneezer Scrooge ride, cobbled streets with a replica of the Old Curiosity Shop and themed restaurants, a marketing spokesman said. A re-creation of a Victorian theater will present evening dinner shows with "naughty delights" in the "free and easy" style of Victorian music hall, according to the development agency. Thelma Grove, joint secretary of the International Dickens Fellowship, who is advising on the project, said: "I think it's a marvelous thing. It's an entertainment but also instructional and educational and will put Dickens across to a new audience." Kevin Christie, chief executive of the project, said, "We have great expectations."
Let's have more author-based theme parks! Why is England getting the jump on us with this idea? Surely, we could do one about Mark Twain. Or maybe -- to do things bigger and better, the Amercian Way -- we could do one representing several authors, the way Disneyworld has Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Adventureland, etc. You could have Authorworld with Twainland, Whitmanland, Beatpoetland...

6 comments:

SAMPLES said...

I would love Rowlingworld complete with Hogwarts and Hogsmead!

Walt said...

Grishamland. Ride the Tilt-a-Deception and the famed Greedcoaster.

PMM said...

I think construction of Gonzoland is already underway. Anita Thompson is building a 153 foot cannon from which to shoot off HST's remains.

Alan said...

Stevenson World:

In Cornwall and Bristol, blind pirates, peg-legged cooks, a 17th Century waterfront w/sailing ships.

In the Highlands decaying castles, evil Uncles, swordfights on the moors.

Ivanhoe world in the Midlands, jousts, fair maidens to be rescued, evil Barons to be thwarted...

Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

Kerouacland: gallons of cheap red wine sold at kiosks -- grape juice for the kiddies

Faulknerland: make it bourbon

Hemingwayland: shotguns with blank shells at the House of Suicide

Capoteland: oh, forget it

Jim C. said...

Isn't this kind of redundant? The whole country already is a bit like a theme park, Englandland.