Major works will be carried out until May 2018 to transform the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne into a theme park, with the ambition to become the second French leisure park, behind Disneyland Paris.
The Jardin d’Acclimatation, owned by the Paris City Hall and of which the LVMH group and the Compagnie des Alpes are concessionaires, will be under construction until May 2018 to “get on the podium of the first three French leisure parks”.
Open to the public for the duration of the works, the large leisure park in western Paris, inaugurated in 1860, wishes to welcome more than 3 million visitors in 2025 and become the second French leisure park, behind Disneyland Paris . “The garden of acclimatization must become both an amusement park and a natural park,” said Marc-Antoine Jamet, general secretary of the LVMH group and CEO of the Jardin d’Acclimatation since 2004.
“That is why 33 million euros will be sent for the beautification of landscapes and 27 million euros to renovate the rides and build new ones,” he continued, convinced that the Garden of Acclimation is “Hyde Park or Paris Central Park”.
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40 rides will be built
Some 17 new rides will be built, bringing their number to 40. “Before the park was no theme, from now on all the rides will belong to the retro-futuristic style of Steampunk, that is to say the universe of Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings “, explains Delphine Pons, of the Compagnie des Alpes, also dealer of the Musée Grévin in Paris or Futuroscope, near Poitiers.
The 18 hectares of nature will be repaysaged to “find the historical route” and “integrate the attractions in the landscape”. In addition, the small farm will be largely reorganized, “the children will be able to go in contact with the animals”, indicates Mr. Jamet.
“We want to dedense the village of the rides so that it is a quiet, fun, serene and wilderness experience for children and parents,” said Marc-Antoine Jamet. “Every ride will be leaning against a grove of trees”. “Before the park was a little too plastic, a little too loud, now the rides will be green,” he says. 2 million people visited the garden in 2015 and 2016, attendance has increased since the opening in 2014 of the nearby Louis Vuitton Foundation.