Big fun: Brits cut loose at new Charles Dickens theme park

Can you handle the adventure?

Workers slaved round-the-clock this week so a £62 million theme park about the life of Charles Dickens was ready for its grand opening on Friday…

Dickens World will include the largest themed dark boat ride in Europe and the first 4D animatronics show in Britain…

The theme park had been due to open to the public last month but was called off just days before the ‘grand opening’ when life-sized robotic models of the author’s characters, including the Ghost of Christmas Future, had not been shipped in from the US…

Its attractions are set in Victorian Britain – the best and worst of times of the British Empire, when this country ruled much of the globe but many of its population lived in extreme poverty.

Its dark water ride, called Great Expectations, takes people on a 12-minute long ride across the rooftops of Victorian London before plummeting down in the only knuckle-ride of the park into the Thames estuary then on down to Chatham.

Some of the staff will be dressed as rat catchers. The Beeb has photos.

Update: Meanwhile, in Roswell, New Mexico…

Businesses here have been cashing in on the UFO craze for years — paintings and replicas of UFOs and space aliens adorn downtown buildings, and even the McDonald’s and Wal-Mart are UFO- and space-themed.

Now city officials want to take it to another level with a UFO-themed amusement park, complete with an indoor roller coaster that would take passengers on a simulated alien abduction.