The aerial park of the Little Prince opens July 1st 2014 in Alsace
The Little Prince will soon be back on Earth…
The Little Prince is the most (nonreligious) translated book in the world, in 275 languages.
The author, Antoine de St Exupéry, who died for France – 70 years ago next July 2014 – is both a legendary pilot, hero of the Aeropostale (patented in Alsace in 1921!) and a world-famous writer.
And a beautiful site, in Ungersheim, about twenty kilometers from Mulhouse and Colmar, at the foot of the Vosges balloons.
The location of the future park is where fell, in November 7th 1492, the first preserved and studied meteorite in the world called the meteorite of Ensisheim. 500 years later, the Little Prince Park will be installed on this same site, the amazing design of which reminds us of the impact of this meteorite and the planet B612 and its satellites.
A poetic, fun and educational project, the Little Prince Park is a unique “French” concept in the world.
It highlights two universes and three dimensions with more than thirty “experiences” :
ON THE GROUND, planet B612, four themes will be proposed:
The adventure of the Little Prince, a 3D movie where he travels from planet to planet; questions regarding astronomy, a big quiz for children and adults, developed with the scientific support of Jean-Baptiste Renard, director of research on global environment at the CNRS.
The Wings of Courage, the great story of the Aeropostale retracing the tale of Guillaumet in the Andes; Night Flight, a journey full of sensations simulating the epic conditions of the pilot without visibility, and Southern Mail, where the young aeronauts carry the mail to the right continent.
- Water in all of its forms
The Dew of the Desert to refresh young and old, the Labyrinth of the Fountain that will showcase the 53 minutes of the Little Prince or Travel under the Sea, a journey by sea scooter to discover the fauna of the depth of the Mediterranean.
- Animals and plants
The Butterfly Farm, first breeding farm of indigenous Lepidoptera open to the public, Draw mea Sheep and the Rose Garden.
Two unique and original shows Dancing with the Sheep and Encounter with the Foxes, in which actors are big fluffy balls with long ears or covered with wool.
IN THE AIR, visitors will be invited to travel to the other planets of the Little Prince, aboard three “planet balloons”:
- The planet of the King and the Lamplighters
Using the principle of the lighter than air, passengers will travel up to 150 meters above the groundand will discover a unique view of the most beautiful scenery of Europe: to the West the Vosges, to the East the Black Forest and in the north-south axis, the plain of Alsace.
- The planet of the Drinker
A little unusual, the planet of the Drinker, will combine conviviality, with a glass in hand, strong sensations, feet in the sky dangling up to 35 meters off the ground and emotions with the beauty of an exceptional 360° view.
In close proximity, the emblematic figure of the region, the Ecomusée and the former potash mine of Carreau Rodolphe, and nearby, Germany and Switzerland!
The Parc du Petit Prince will receive its first visitors in the summer of 2014, starting July 1st. It is located 15 km from the TGV from Mulhouse and 40 km from the airport Basel-Mulhouse.