Parc Astérix Opens Its Doors on Monday, With Sickle Distancing

A year ago, I went with the family to Parc Astérix, just outside Paris for the launch of the name of the best selling comic of 2019, Asterix and The Chieftain's Daughter. It was aces. But naturally, it has been closed for a while and those with tickets have been wondering what is what. That changed today, as Parc Astérix announced it would be opening doors on Monday, but with new rules and only accessible to those with a dated ticket for the attendance day, and no tickets sold at the doors. They want to know who, and how many, are coming.

For those who have a dated ticket initially valid for a visit between April 4 and June 14, 2020 or previously purchased undated ticket, you must exchange your ticket on the Parc Astérix website and choose your date of visit.

Parc Astérix is a theme amusement park in France, based on the comic book series Asterix by Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny. With more than two million visitors yearly, Parc Astérix is the country's second biggest theme park after Disneyland Paris and its 14 million annual visitors.

It is especially well known in France for its large variety of roller coasters (including a bobsled one); it has begun incorporating rides and themes from historic cultures such as the Gauls, the Romans, Ancient Greece and recently Ancient Egypt, but always in the visual style of the stories. It is situated approximately 35 km (22 mi) north of Paris, 32 km (20 mi) from Disneyland Paris and 20 km (12 mi) from the historic Château de Chantilly, in the commune of Plailly, in the department of Oise. Opened in 1989, the park is operated by Compagnie des Alpes. There are many attractions and shows including:

Tonnerre de Zeus, a large wooden roller coaster, built by Custom Coasters International (1997);
Goudurix, a large steel multi-looping coaster, built by Vekoma (1989);
Trace du Hourra, a 900 metre bobsled roller coaster, with cars that reach 80 km/h (2001);
Romus et Rapidus, a river rafting ride (1989);
OzIris, an inverted roller coaster, built by Bolliger & Mabillard (2012);
Attention Menhir, a 4D cinema show (2019);[1]
L'Oxygénarium, spinning rapids: large, twisting water slide with round inflatable dinghies (1999);
La Galère, a swinging ship (1989);
Menhir Express, a Menhir-themed log flume ride with a 13 metre high final drop (1995);
Grand Splatch, Shoot the Chute (1989);
Le Défi de César, a mad house (2008);
Le Delphinarium, one of the largest dolphin enclosures in Europe;[12]
Pégase Express, a steel roller coaster that reverses the ride direction after a pause halfway through the ride, built by Gerstlauer (2017).

Parc Astérix Opens Its Doors on Monday, With Sickle Distancing.
Parc Astérix Opens Its Doors on Monday, With Sickle Distancing.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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