Amusement park themed after Dahl’s ‘Chocolate Factory’ set to open

by mcastellon on June 30, 2006

Roald Dahl enthusiasts have reason to celebrate. Officials in Amsterdam have announced plans to open an amusement park themed after the classic book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ The park will likely open to the delight of children, and to the groans of diabetics. Via Yahoo News:

Amsterdam will get a theme park dedicated to chocolate and inspired by Roald Dahl’s children’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” city officials and entrepreneurs said Thursday.

Just like Dahl’s fictional “Chocolate Factory” owned by Willy Wonka, the main part of the “sweets park” will be located underground, in a disused railway tunnel which was handed over by the city of Amsterdam in a ceremony Thursday.

The attraction, which is expected to open to the public in two to three years, will feature a glass elevator and a chocolate fountain, similar to the book. It will also produce small amounts of chocolate.

“Ten years ago I made a radio play of the ‘Chocolate Factory’ and ever since I’ve been fascinated by it,” said audio books publisher Maurits Rubinstein who started the project.

The city of Amsterdam and Dutch construction company BAM are supporting the plan, which will cost 20 million euros, partly raised with bonds that parents and grandparents can buy for their children and grandchildren.

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