Dickens World is opening in England near the author’s former home in Chatham, Kent. Visitors will be “immersed in the urban streets, sounds and smells of the 19th century.” Not the smells, I hope.
With a host of captivating attractions, Dickens World features one of Europeâ€™s largest dark boat rides, the Haunted house of Ebenezer Scrooge, a state-of-the art animatronic show, Victorian School Room, 4D high definition show and Faginâ€™s Den.
Dickens was wildly popular with a mass audience in his day. His books were pop culture, not high literature.
Betsy thinks the idea is great and hopes it spreads.
Homer and Virgil provide thrill rides all by themselves. Ride the Charybdis Tilt-a-whirl! Or you could explore the Underworld roller coaster with Aeneas! Or for American literature, sail down the Mississippi as you encounter the animatronic figures from Huckleberry Finn.
. . . Soon kids will be inspired to read books because they enjoyed the ride and animatronic show.
Or, at least, read the comic book.