Le Puy du Fou historical theme park in Western France is celebrating 35 years of massive historical re-enactments. It is the first French theme park to win the Thea international award.
Le Puy du Fou historical theme park in the Vendée department of western France will celebrate its 35th anniversary on June 9, 2012. Over the past 35 years Le Puy du Fou has become celebrated in France for its of amazing historical re-enactments, some involving a cast of thousands.
Viking re-enactment at Le Puy du Fou theme park in France
From the Roman Empire, through the invasion of the Vikings to the Wars in the Vendée fought around the time of the French Revolution, Le Puy du Fou has portrayed them all.
Before Le Puy du Fou’s 35th anniversary celebrations this coming June, Le Puy du Fou, one of France’s largest theme parks, received a special award in the United States.
The Thea Classic Award for 2012 was presented to Le Puy du Fou at a ceremony in Los Angeles on March 17, reports the French Newspaper, Le Parisien. The Thea Awards are presented by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and are considered to be the Oscars of the theme park world. The Themed Entertainment Association draws its membership from around 700 theme parks spread across 40 different countries. The Thea Award is made to theme parks which the TEA considers have distinguished themselves. Le Puy du Fou’s success was the first time that a French theme park has received this accolade.
Le Puy du Fou in Vendée is the fourth largest theme park in France with 1.5 million annual visitors. By far the largest is Disneyland® Paris with 15.7 million visitors in 2011. Parc Asterix near Paris and Futuroscope near Poitiers in central France are neck and neck with around 1.8 million annual visitors apiece.
With the 35th anniversary approaching, Le Puy du Fou has other developments in the offing. During 2012, Le Puy du Fou will be developing its unique Cinéscénie evening spectaculars, which involve thousands of actors and participants, and taking them into the world of 3-D.
Le Puy du Fou is also going international. Approaches have been received from other countries and enterprises that would like their own Puy du Fou in their own country. This has lead to the formation of Puy du Fou International to develop the Puy du Fou concept in other locations worldwide.