NEW YORK -- The Transylvanian town Sighisoara will be the site of a
new theme park that Romanian officials hope will have some bite:
Dracula Land is slated to open in 2003 on 150 acres of land
about three miles from Sighisoara, a preserved medieval town that
also was the birthplace of Prince Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for
Bram Stoker's vampire count. It will cost about $40 million to
build the park and upgrade the surrounding infrastructure; the
price tag will be split between the Romanian government and private
European investors, according to the Romanian National Tourist
The park will be divided into three sections: one devoted to the
fictional vampire Count Dracula, one showcasing Romanian culture
and one for theme park rides.
Overall, the "Dracula Experience" is alive and well in Romania.
Dracula tours, Dracula wine to drink at the Prince Dracula Inn, the
Count Dracula Club and other Dracula-themed tours and knicknacks
brought in an estimated $35 million last year, the tourist office
According to the tourist office, 500,000 visitors are predicted
to flock to Dracula Land in its first year and then double to 1
million visitors in the second year. The park is expected to create
around 3,000 jobs.
Sighisoara beat out several other proposed sites, including Bran
and Bistrita, both of which are popular stops on Dracula-themed