July 26, 2014

France Little Prince amusement park opens in Alsace

Thinking small

Tucked into a corner of eastern France where overseas tourists rarely venture, the Park of the Little Prince takes its name from one of French literature’s most beloved characters and takes its cues from a time when roller coasters didn’t set out to terrify and theme parks were scaled for the small. The park, which opened July 1, has 31 attractions based loosely on the theme of flight — the Little Prince is a space explorer and author Antoine de Saint-Exupery was a well-known pilot. Despite the smattering of high-tech, the park is more about slowing down and taking stock of the small things that delight. And remember, as the Little Prince said, “children should always show great forbearance toward grown-up people.”


Associated Press

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