The power struggle between the Puy du Fou and the State is finally ending, despite coronavirus… The Vendée theme park has announced on its website to reopen from June 11, 2020. “The re-opening of tourist sites and theme parks in France’s green zone is set to take place on 2 June” it reads, adding that they give them three weeks to put the complex measures to welcome people safely in place.
And the fight has been very long and exhausting… This past Tuesday April 12, Les Herbiers mayor Véronique Besse launched a petitionto ask the government to reopen Puy du Fou. It has been signed by over 23,000 people. As for Philippe de Villiers, he has been worried for days. Puy du Fou founders and close to Emmanuel Macron is said to have phoned to Edouard Philippe who was still refusing on Tuesday May 19 to “re-open Puy du Fou, unlike what the President said”. “They want to break us” he tweeted too.
In Le Parisien daily, his son, Nicolas de Villiers, now running the theme park, was worried about the future of the park and the possible bankruptcy if the park could not reopen: “This is the scheduled end of our parks in a few weeks, months”. He does not try to hide his lack of understanding: “We are professionals in managing the flow of visitors, we have trained staff, we know how to avoid gatherings of people at T-time, which a place like a beach or a street in Paris does not how to do it”.
For its reopening, the park has set up a very strict health measures: spacious parking places to limit contacts, 350 in-situ staff to organize visitor flow, permanent disinfection of all places accessible to visitors, over 250 disinfection spots points with hand sanitizer, wider entrances and exits to all the shows, audience size drastically reduced for social distancing matters… As many measures to make sure everyone stays safe and health!
For the record, Puy du Fou includes 2,500 jobs, 4,500 direct positions, €500 million of economic impact on the region and a breaking record of visitors in 2019 with 2.3 million visitors in one year. By the way, with its closure, the park was losing €1 million turnover per day. A closure that will be soon just a bad memory.
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 11 June 2020
Puy du fou
85590 Les Epesses
85590 Epesses (Les)
Gare TGV d'Angers (1h30 de Paris) + Navette
Billet 1 jour Enfant (réservation): 27 €
Billet 1 jour Enfant (sur place): 32 €
Billet 1 jour Adulte (réservation): 37 €
Billet 1 jour Adulte (sur place): 43 €