This week, Vice visited the site for Erich von Däniken’s Mystery Park, his ancient astronaut theme park that went bust and reconstituted itself as Jungfrau Park, an amusement park operated by new owners, at which von Däniken maintains an office. Vice explored the park and talked to von Däniken, who, as is typical, is a bit phlegmatic about the changes that the new owners imposed on his vision.
In the interview, von Däniken claimed that the owners of the park removed an exhibit claiming that the Jewish prophet Ezekiel saw an alien spacecraft because “religious critics” were insulted at the challenge to Biblical truth. These same critics didn’t care if non-Judeo-Christian religious material was attributed to space aliens, so long as the Bible was exempt. The exhibit was replaced with a Segway rental station.
“I was of course very disappointed but I’m happy that the park at least is still open in some way,” von Däniken told Vice.
But that is just an amusing aside to the most disturbing part of the article:
Recent Tripadvisor reviews of the park paint a bleak picture, with visitors complaining that the attraction is overpriced, rundown, and devoid of guests. Though von Däniken fans seem to be happy with it.
Reichart went on to explain that Mystery Park wasn’t “fun” and that the new venture would prioritize “fun” over education. He compared the new park’s themes to superheroes and Hollywood movies—not typically the comparisons one would make for a “history” book.
After all these years the Chariots of the Gods theme park is finally being built, but it is telling that it is not the “educational” resort destination von Däniken first envisioned for Mystery Park but rather a sci-fi entertainment venue that treats ancient history as amusement fodder and von Däniken’s borderline racist view of the past as little more than a subject of amusement. I couldn’t help but be depressed that the people of Blackpool raised no objections to an ancient astronaut propaganda outpost being built in their backyard, a fact which surprised even Reichart, who told Vice that he had anticipate opposition, but none materialized.
5/17/2019 09:05:45 am
You cannot get rid of this sort of stuff. Kenneth Johnson takes all the stuff about the Pleiadians seriously. Kenneth Johnson holds a BA in comparative religions from California State University, Fullerton. He obtained his MA in Eastern Studies from St John's College, Santa Fe.
5/17/2019 10:00:30 am
A "Chariots of the Gods theme park". I would hope that included in the park exhibits are one showing EVD stealing from his employer to finance his "research". Stealing ideas from others without acknowledgement and another of the time he was in jail in Switzerland.
5/17/2019 03:34:35 pm
When you lose sleep due to the haunting fear that someone somewhere is enjoying an amusement park you have well and truly gone to the demnition bow-wows.
5/17/2019 04:43:37 pm
Blackpool is the Coney Island of the UK. I am not remotely surprised that no-one objected. In fairness, very few in the UK have even heard of Von Daniken or even the ancient astronaut idea.
5/19/2019 10:48:08 am
Erich von Daniken is not well known in the UK, but some recall his original book in the 1960s, and will not be aware of his many later publications. I do not know of Coney Island, but the Blackpool exhibition will not be on the top of many "to visit" lists; I look forward to hearing about its opening.
5/19/2019 07:03:30 pm
I would have said that Erich von Däniken is as well known in the UK as he is anywhere else. He certainly was well known when Chariots of the Gods was serialised in the Sunday Mirror (as “Was God an Astronaut?”), complete with TV advertising. It may be that the general run of people (who do not actively follow such stuff) would be surprised to learn that he is still active.
5/20/2019 06:36:29 am
I live twenty miles from Blackpool, and I can say, with some certainty, that the people of Blackpool, (known locally as 'Donkey Lashers) will be unaffected by the addition of yet another tacky 'theme park'. The town is full of them.
5/20/2019 02:03:26 pm
Many people do not read books, bestsellers or otherwise. Even friends of mine (I am well over 30) who do read aren't aware of him. I think you over estimate the number of folk who give a monkey's either way.
5/17/2019 07:28:34 pm
Rights of Man
5/17/2019 10:11:15 pm
I suppose freedom of belief is paramount in any democratic society. Nobody should hold a monopoly on belief, we had that rubbish for nearly 1,800 years.
5/18/2019 08:36:23 am
Well that's reassuring - glad that someone there queried it.
EvD borderline racist view
5/18/2019 12:08:17 am
EvD is in good company when it comes to White Supremacy - witness the popularity of Band Aid and all those charites in White countries helping the Africans and Central Americans (right wing). There's more than enough to chew on in mainstream life without having to think about fringe.
5/18/2019 08:22:37 am
Band Aid was in 1984. What is wrong with you, Asspie? Are you perhaps abuddist?
5/18/2019 09:33:37 am
Yeah, and the White Supremacist of the Americas began a long time ago, well before 1984.
5/19/2019 01:44:15 pm
If they have a UFO ride to Mars, I’m in. If not, forget it.
5/20/2019 12:57:43 pm
Reminds me of the new Ark Encounter in Kentucky. People are going to the Ark Encounter, though I don't know if it will be enough to cover costs. The ark itself is pretty neat, but the pseudo-science taught on the inside is pretty bad.
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