The Victorian answer to Mickey Mouse is born – a theme park dedicated to one of the world’s best-loved novelists, Dickens World is nearing completion. Located in Kent, south of London, where Charles Dickens spent much of his childhood, the 90-million euro project is due to open at the end of May.
Managing Director Kevin Christie:
“It’s not called ‘Dickens Books’, it’s called ‘Dickens World’ and and it’s the world within which he lived. We have taken the world in which he lived and we have taken the characters and themes of his books to recreate that.”
The park promises an authentic taste of the 19th century author’s world. Thelma Grove, a Dickens specialist, was hired as an advisor:
“I think he would have loved it because he loved to see people enjoying themselves and he had a very sharp eye for the latest fad, the latest craze,” she said.
The highlight has to be the Great Expectations boat trip through the sewers, among the dark, smoky and smelly streets of a Victorian-era London.
Organisers hope it will attract up to 300,000 visitors a year.