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Saturday, April 21, 2007

London's New Attraction: Dickens World

I doubt the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come would have predicted this: a theme park based on the life and works of Charles Dickens. From the Boston Globe:

The indoor attraction includes a central square of cobbled streets and crooked buildings, where staff dressed as pickpockets and wenches will mingle with the crowds. Visitors who pay the $25 admission charge -- $15 for children -- will have the chance to see the Ghost of Christmas Past in Ebeneezer Scrooge's haunted house, be hectored by a schoolmaster at Dotheboys Hall -- the dismal school from "Nicholas Nickleby" -- and peer into the fetid cells of Newgate Prison.

Tourists can also have a meal in the cafeteria, which has resisted the temptation to offer "Please, sir can I have some more?" 2-for-1 specials. The little ones can play in Fagin's Den, an area for preschoolers named after the gangmaster of the band of thieves in "Oliver Twist."

Excuse me for saying so, but I believe the management has Great Expectations for the new theme park...

(Hat tip to Boing Boing.)

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posted by Nick Senger at 5:27 AM

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