The new La Pérouse attraction opened at Le Puy du Fou theme park in April. The most impressive and widely cited fact about it is the tremendous cost of construction - a cool 10 million euros. This has mostly gone into recreating a state-of-the-art computer-controlled mock-up of La Boussole, tossing to destruction on the stormy seas of the South Pacific.
|Fork with Monti arms, Coll. La Pérouse|
Visitors are taken through the various phases of the voyage [see the press release for details]. The attraction occupies about 15-20 minutes. There are now several videos on Youtube, though the experience is quite hard to film due to the semi-darkness and the simulated rolling of the ship. I must admit I have been spoilt by Disneyland and was expecting a ride or even a little boat to go on: at Le Puy du Fou you have to walk. That said, the effects are impressive and the visit is enlivened by the fact there are live actors to take the parts of the crew.
This post probably ought to end with some suitably disparaging comments on the limits of re-enactment or the distortion of the past represented by history as mass entertainment. It is certainly a shame that so much money was lavished on this extravaganza when the little La Pérouse museum in Albi has such a financial struggle. However, I am not going to complain too much. At least La Pérouse is remembered and people are encouraged to imagine life on an 18th-century ship; Le Puy du Fou will turn a huge profit and everyone will have great fun!
Puy du Foi 2018 Press release in English
Making-of "Le Mystère de La Pérouse", Official video from Le Puy de Fou, 24.05.2018.
"Le Puy du Fou - Le Mystère de La Pérouse", Youtube video from Le Reporter sablais. Published 01.04.2018
Nicolas de Villiers, President of Le Puy du Fou and Laurent Albert, Director General of the Park, present the project in its final stages.
|Laurent Albert and Nicolas de Villiers inside the attraction|
Nice set of photos of the interiors:
"Nouveauté 2018 au PUY DU FOU " Le Mystère de La Pérouse" Le Coeur vendéen, post of 08.04.2018