“Willy Wonka” theme park to open in the Netherlands

WonkaKid

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A friend just sent me this article about a “Willy Wonka” theme park opening (it’s not) and I got excited for a moment. https://apple.news/A8WdbwX5QQ32D-ilSCV_KQA
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory remains one of my favorite movies so when I was sent the link above, I got excited. Turns out that it’s a gross overstatement to call it a “Willy Wonka” theme park. It will be a place where you can see chocolate made and they’ll have a roller coaster. That’s as far as it goes :-(. No Willy, no Wonka, no theme park. Had it been an actual (well-done) WW theme park, I’d have been there on opening day.

As an aside, I was in Munich several years ago (where WWATCF) was made and I found the “factory.” It’s actually the Munich Gasworks. Oddly, of the twenty or so Germans I asked, none of them even knew the movie. The one person who was able to direct me there was American. I made a video that compares how it was when I visited and how it was in the movie. I was really pleased to have found it. Had I left without seeing it, I would have felt that my mission to Munich had failed ;-).
 
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  • B3rlingirl

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    May 12, 2018
    A friend just sent me this article about a “Willy Wonka” theme park opening (it’s not) and I got excited for a moment. https://apple.news/A8WdbwX5QQ32D-ilSCV_KQA
    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory remains one of my favorite movies so when I was sent the link above, I got excited. Turns out that it’s a gross overstatement to call it a “Willy Wonka” theme park. It will be a place where you can see chocolate made and they’ll have a roller coaster. That’s as far as it goes :-(. No Willy, no Wonka, no theme park. Had it been an actual (well-done) WW theme park, I’d have been there on opening day.

    As an aside, I was in Munich several years ago (where WWATCF) was made and I found the “factory.” It’s actually the Munich Gasworks. Oddly, of the twenty or so Germans I asked, none of them even knew the movie. The one person who was able to direct me there was American. I made a video that compares how it was when I visited and how it was in the movie. I was really pleased to have found it. Had I left without seeing it, I would have felt that my mission to Munich had failed ;-).
    I don’t think Willi Wonka and the chocolate Factory was a big success here in Germany among adults...
    Might be because we have our own good chocolate here and know at least the basics of how it’s made...;)

    And knowing the actual site of a film is a whole different question... I could only direct you to a couple here in Berlin if you just told me the movie...even though we have quite a few iconic film sites... but most a regular sights anyways...
     

    Karin1984

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    Feb 5, 2012
    It will be a nice attraction as the city of Zaandam is already famous among international tourists voor De Zaanse Schans, but there is not really anything else to do there ;-) It will be nice for tourists to have something else to do there (nearby). It's going to be a sort of interactive museum with a rollercoaster voor Tony Chocoloney's

    However, with the crisis going on... I wonder if it will ever get build. In 2016 they thought they would be done in 2019....
     
  • DizMe

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    The name at the time was Powell's Sweet Shoppe, in Idaho. They have since changed their name, but I looked on the Powell's Sweet Shoppe website and there are still stores in California and 1 in Oregon.
    We had a Powell's in my town of Chico (CA). It changed hands and is still pretty much the same, and still plays the movie non-stop but they've added other bits, too. It's now called Sweet Chico Confections (sweetchico.com). Here's a picture of the movie screen on the back wall.


    sweet chico.jpg
     





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