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Dracula Theme Park Gets New Lifeblood

April 02, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A Dracula theme park in Transylvania has attracted enough investment for the project to go ahead, the Romanian government said.

Investors have bought $2.9 million worth of stock, more than 60% of what is needed by law for the project to proceed, Tourism Minister Dan Matei Agathon said.

The park is to be built in Sighisoara, hometown of 15th century Prince Vlad the Impaler, who inspired Bram Stoker's "Dracula." It will have rides, a golf course, a Gothic castle and shops.

The park plans have sparked concerns that a nearby medieval citadel might be damaged by tourists. Religious leaders fear that the park could draw Satanists.

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