September 30th, 2009 by Karen
Recently, I was spellbound by details about the upcoming Harry Potter theme park and I salivated over the concept of a real-life Willy Wonka chocolate factory (sadly, not actually in the works). I was also reminded of a dream book-based theme park that I’ve always longed for: a replica of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll.
My idea is that actors would be stationed all around the park, which would feel like an enchanted forest. Groups of visitors would be let in at regular intervals throughout the day, and they’d walk on a specific path and experience all the same things that Alice does in the book.
Visitors would chase after the White Rabbit, wander through a hallway that’s too big and a house that’s too small, paint roses in the royal garden, and meet Tweedledum and Tweedledee. And for lunch — why, a tea party at the Mad Hatter’s place, of course!
Obviously, there are some problems with my plan. Mosts notably, it requires all the groups to go at the same pace so they don’t bump into each other. I guess this could be solved by turning the entire thing into one giant ride, but I feel like that would ruin the whole thing. The point is to make the visitor feel like Alice, wandering through a mysterious new world and interacting with all its crazy inhabitants. Maybe some of the slower-moving guests could get scooters…
Anyway, I know I could work out all these details if only someone would give me the means to create an Alice in Wonderland theme park. So, if you know anyone with bags of cash just sitting around, send them my way!
No, seriously: firstname.lastname@example.org
(I also take checks.)
PS – I’m curious: if you could create a theme park based on any book, what would you choose? And what would the attractions be like?