Planet Theme Park: “Disneyland on the Ganges”

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  04.29.05 | 10:45 PM ET

Bye-bye Mickey, Minnie and Donald. Welcome Ram, Hanuman and Krishna! The latter trio will be the central attractions at Gangadham, the world’s first Hindu theme park. The BBC reports that the 25-acre theme park will open in 2007 on the banks of the Ganges, in the north Indian pilgrimage town of Haridwar. “If the project takes off, it will move on to an international level,” writes Kathleen McCaul. “The plan is to open parks in Trinidad, Bali, Fiji and Thailand - and perhaps even Orlando, Los Angeles and London.”

2 Comments for Planet Theme Park: “Disneyland on the Ganges”

Gavin 08.02.05 | 4:00 PM ET

I think such a project like this is a bold step in the right direction. Not only will this projecct reconnect the younger “out of touch” generations with Hinduism, but it will also propel the the popularity, lustre and lure of the religion worldwide. 
Of course, one must keep in mind the sometimes dangerous mixing of marketing with religion. Clearly, there will be a profit attained from this religous theme park, but this won’t be a bad thing IF at least a portion of the profits generated is reinvested in social, education and welfare programs at the local and national levels.  As long as this construction is carried through keeping in mind the respect of the religion- I think it will be a good idea.  Who said religion should not be fun?  Creating a theme park based on one of the most artistic, and creative relgions the world has ever seen is for sure one way to make religion fun and more tangible while adding a deep educational component to the mix for people of all ages.

praveena 06.26.06 | 1:50 PM ET

My self, being a student of architecture, am very happy to go through this project. this generation strictly needs the awareness of our great historical importance. the park would be the best solution to know it interestingly. i prefer this as my thesis topic. please let know some information regarding it, whcich would be helpful for my acadamics. thank you.

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