Parc Asterix is located in Roissy near Paris in France and is themed around the comic books characters created by Goscinny and Uderzo. The park follows Asterix and Obelix quest as they led a village of indomitable Gauls as they resist Roman occupation.
In the park you are transported back in time by 2,000 years, when all roads led to Rome, when the only man defying the might of the great empire was a brave, resourceful and mustachioed Gaul. As an alternative to Disneyland, this theme park opened in 1989 and has 35 rides (6 roller coasters) and six shows that attract thundering herds of families each year to see the Gallo-Roman village, costumed druids, performing dolphins, splash-happy waterslides, and a giant roller coaster.
The park is arranged according to historical zones in 6 worlds: Egypt, The Roman Empire, Gaul, Vikings, Ancient Greece and Travel trough time. The first is dedicated to the Romans, home of the huge Roman amphitheater that dominates the skyline as you take your first steps in the world as it stood in 50BC. Beyond this lies Ancient Greece, home of the dolphinarium, the lake and two of the biggest crowd-pullers. Tonnerre de Zeus (“Thunder of Zeus”) is one of the biggest roller-coasters in Europe. It is built of wood, which fits in with the woodland setting. The other big ride is Goudurix (the name of a character who has to confront his fears), which has seven inverted loops. In April 2012 the park opened the $26-million inverted roller coaster Oziris as part of a new Egyptian-themed land at France’s Parc Asterix (see video).
There are plenty of attractions for younger children: carousels and other gentle rides, bumper cars and a large play area constructed of wood. There are also plenty photo opportunities and chances for cuddles with the characters.
The food is also good and at reasonably prices, including “Le Cirque” a restaurant set in a Victorian-era Big Top. The park accessibility is a plus: they have buses from Charles de Gaulle airport and you can buy bus+theme park tickets at the airport’s shop. Also Parc Asterix is conveniently located in the auto route between France and Belgium and is a very good place to rest stop on a journey to central Europe (the park has a Hotel – The Hôtel des Trois Hiboux and several good restaurants .
We went for the first time during Easter time 2011 in TGV from London to Paris. We stayed at a cheap airport hotel and then catch the airport bus to the park. The weather was very hot (not so common for that time of year) but the lines weren’t dramatic.
We loved the dolphin show, to have met the characters and thrill rides, namely the 2 major coasters (Tonnerre de Zeus and Goudurix) that we thought to be top-notch and extremely trilling. Also we loved the aura from the books and everyone’s simpaty.
Our second visit was in the Spring of 2017 and the main focus was on the new rides. The park constructed Oziris and Disc Obleix and are finishing the family coaster Pagasus Express. A lot evolved since our last visit. The park has invested a lot in the last few years to recover the second spot in France’s theme park visitor rankings.
Highly recommended ☺️
By Ana Alegria, Carlos Canaes, Raquel Caixado, Ana Mendes, Rosa Ferriera and Sandra Nunes. Updated 30/04/2017
Location: 60128 Plailly, France
Tickets: 46 € Adults 37 € KidsTop Rides
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