Ride onboard “The Balloon of the Lamplighter” on Parc du Petit Prince, France. The ride is inspired on the fifth planet visited by The Litlle Prince. About this planet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote “It was the smallest of all. There was just enough room on it for a street lamp and a lamplighter. The little prince was not able to reach any explanation of the use of a street lamp and a lamplighter, somewhere in the heavens, on a planet which had no people, and not one house. But he said to himself, nevertheless:
“It may well be that this man is absurd. But he is not so absurd as the king, the conceited man, the businessman, and the tippler. For at least his work has some meaning. When he lights his street lamp, it is as if he brought one more star to life, or one flower. When he puts out his lamp, he sends the flower, or the star, to sleep. That is a beautiful occupation. And since it is beautiful, it is truly useful.”
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”. Like in the quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince for more photos we publish is not possible to capture the essential magic of this new theme park. You need to came here and follow your heart!.
Apart from the balloon rides that we’ll cover in the next posts Le Parc du Petit Prince is an uplifting educational experience centered around a tender tale of loneliness, friendship, love and loss, in the form of a young prince fallen to Earth. The book by French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is both the most-read and most-translated book in the French language. Growing up in Western Europe this was a fantastic tale i read back in my teens.
It’s one of the new theme parks in Europe and opened its doors to the public just a few months ago on July 1, 2014. Le Parc du Petit Prince is located in France, in Alsace, Ungersheim and is inspired by the work of Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The owners of the park Aerophile SAS were previously specialized in operating various air balloons located in parks or tourist spots in France and elsewhere worldwide from Disneyland Paris to Futuroscope. That’s why the park’s slogan is “the first aero theme park in the world”. We’re thrilled to be were and present you our first impressions on the park all day long.
Le Petit Prince theme park opened yesterday in Ungersheim (Alsace) near the French, Swiss and German borders. The park covers an area of 24 hectares and has 31 attractions, such as 2 large tethered balloons (which may exceed 150 meters high), a 4D cinema, a aerobar (such as Futuroscope) and animals. Only 500 people visited Parc du Petit Prince is the first day but the beginning and has not been much publicity for the park. The site expects to receive 80,000 visitors this year and 150,000 next year.
Except for Disneyland Paris that is open all year round and Futuroscope (already opened on February 15), French amusement parks will open their doors for the new season next April. Only Vulcania will open earlier on March 19th with a new lava and fire exhibit. Le Puy du Fou will open this season on April 11 under the sign of the Renaissance with a new show, a new universe theme (the castle of the Renaissance) and even a new hotel. As we previously told you Parc Asterix will reopen April 12 the new childrens area called La Forêt d’Idefix. La Mer de Sable also will reopen on April 12 with a new show “Le camp des explorateurs”. Finally in Alsace, we’ll have to wait until July for the scheduled opening of the Le Petit Prince theme park with 30 attractions, replacing the Bioscope closed in 2012.
Based on the universe of heroes by Saint-Exupéry, the balloon manufacturer Aérophile has plans for the first air amusement park in the world for next summer, reports the french newspaper Le Figaro. The park will take the place of the former Bioscope theme park in the south of Alsace (in Ungersheim near germany and switzerland borders) that has been closed since last year. According to the same source forty million euros had been invested there and it will take another ten for this recovery.