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Dracula Theme Park Back on Schedule


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A planned Disneyland-style Dracula theme park is back on schedule, its organizers have confirmed. The park has changed only its location, from Transylvania to the Snagov Lake area, north of Bucharest, Rumania's capital.

The switch came after activists and UNESCO complained loudly and bitterly that the park's planned location near the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's literary legend, would ruin the town of Sighisoara, still a picture of its 13th Century self.

The park, planned for an area whose area approaches 250 acres, is part of an effort by the poor country to boost its economy.

Vlad himself was born in the 15th Century to a man named Vlad Dracul. The young Vlad was named Dracula, meaning "son of Dracul." Dracula also means "devil" in Romanian. This is ironic in that Vlad Tepes, who has come to be known as Vlad the Impaler, was a local hero who fought off invaders from the East and defended the religious values of the West. Vlad Tepes is thought to have been buried on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake, near where the park is now planned to be built.