If we can, please, let's step aside from our narrow focus on theme parks to talk for a moment about the biggest story in travel and tourism around the world at the moment.
If you have not yet seen the awful news from France, the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris burned today. (Warning of potentially disturbing image below.)
One of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, the Cathedral features in countless productions well known to theme park fans, from Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame to Epcot's "Impressions de France." The French Gothic landmark was built between 1163 and 1260, but the recent discovery of cracks in the stone walls prompted the start of renovation work, which was underway when the fire started today.
Theme park fans might remember that it was a blaze sparked by construction work that destroyed the original King Kong attraction and other parts of the backlot at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2008. It's far too early to know what caused today's fire, but one hopes that at least some of the artifacts from the cathedral and its roof had been removed to safety before the renovation work began.
The comes at the beginning of Holy Week, leading up to Easter this Sunday.
I visited the Cathedral during my family's first visit to Europe, in the summer of 2012. While my focus on that trip to Paris was Disneyland, of course, we set aside time to see many other sites in and around Paris, as well.
All I can think to say right now is... if you have the means, go see things. Don't put off travel, because today teaches us that nothing lasts forever, not even cathedrals that have stood for nearly 800 years.
Take care, everyone.
Update: French performance theme park Puy du Fou is presenting a benefit evening with proceeds going toward the reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris. (Translation via Google Chrome
Le Puy du Fou, the center of the living memory of France, wishes to take part in this national effort by organizing, on Friday, June 7, at 10:30 pm, an exceptional performance of the show "La Cinéscénie", for the benefit of reconstruction of this symbol of the French Legendary.
All proceeds from this special evening will be donated to the national subscription requested by the President of the Republic.
Bookings for this special session of June 7, 2019 will be open tomorrow, Wednesday , April 17 , at 0 820 09 10 10 (0.12 € / min) and from Thursday, April 18 on www.puydufou.com
Update 2: The Walt Disney Company is now pledging US$5 million, too.Tweet
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