Are you bored of Six Flags? Tired of Disney? Ready for a change from your ho-hum old theme parks? Perhaps next time you get the urge to press into a park with 5,000 strangers, you should give The Country of Ancestors a try. The Country of Ancestors is a new Tolkien theme park that will appear “soon” in Poland. This reporter has yet to determine whether this is a threat or a promise.
Did I mention that this is a LARPing theme park? It is a LARPing theme park. I’ll allow a minute for that to sink in.
Apparently, a visit to this place will include a massive LARPing experience. Vistiors will enter, pick a character, dress and arm themselves, and go on adventures throughout the day. “It doesn’t matter that on some day there will be a thousand of magicians and just one dwarf,” claims Poezdka, “it is even more interesting!” There will also be more structured LARPing days, for which guests will have to pre-register to frolic amidst the caves and hobbit holes.
The Country of Ancestors will be built in a region of Poland which is primarily agricultural and industrial, although there are a few historic towns and nature reserves that may also appeal to travelers.
Now whether this makes you gasp in horror or delight, you have to admit – this is a bold move. Would you consider a LARPing, Middle-earth vacation in Poland?