Libertadorland: Chavismo’s answer to Disney World

Mickey Mouse, temblad!

Since its beginning, the Chavernment has exploited Venezuelan historical figures for its own benefit. From action figures to cheap TV movies and even Chinese satellites named after them, Chavismo has always tried to push the narrative of a permanent struggle for independence into all walks of life.

So, what is left to do with the “Venezuelan heroes” theme? An amusement park, of course!

The Tourism Ministry announced that is working on the first stages of a new theme park to be located in Campo de Carabobo, place where the final battle of our fight against the Spanish is remembered. The park would be part of the so-called “Ruta de los Libertadores”.

At least, the idea sounds more viable than a Formula 1 circuit inside Caracas…

42 thoughts on “Libertadorland: Chavismo’s answer to Disney World

  1. I actually think that if executed sensibly with due respect for the historical record and without a propagandizing agenda, this could be an excellent idea: that field always has and always will receive tons of schools on field-trips, and I’m all for enriching the experience the kids have while they’re there. (In fairness, I also think if my grandmother had a handlebar she’d be a bicycle…)

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    • The idea could work in the way you describe it. But this is Chavismo. The words “sensible execution” don’t appear in their lexicon, in fact, they may consider them as “capitalist propaganda”.

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  2. I love the idea. Plus, they won¡t need any electrical power to create a genuine experience. Genius!

    It’s a small brain, after all
    It’s a small brain, after all

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  3. I don’t know. A lot of people died there and it sounds like a little creepy poltergeist to me.
    In the other hand, if carefully done, it could be turned into a successful museum, like Pere Lachaise in Paris.
    The problem is that the hairy hand of Farruco will get involved, and that’s not good.

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    • I agree with you Carolina.Also I think it is better to keep historical sites pretty much as they were.That way people can get a truer sense and feel of historical reality.

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  4. I agree. Sounds like a good idea. But in the hands of chavismo it has “bodrio” written all over. I can already picture the 6pm parade featuring the gigantic Chavez inflatable doll (where is it, by the way?) alongside El Ché, Fidel, Negra Matea, Zamora and Bolivar. Juana La Iguana would take the place of Mickey and El pájaro Guarandol would replace Donald Duck….a real beauty.

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    • Agree on the bodrio, if this yet-another-flash-in-the-pan ever gets off the ground. No need to wait for a 6pm parade. The mascots with bobbleheads of Chávez, el Ché, Fidel, etc. will mingle through the crowds, during all hours of operation and stoop for photo-opps with visiting children. Yecch.

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  5. The devil is in the details: to do any sort of a proper job on this proposal, they would be constrained to face historical fact, even if — as is to be expected — it is to be duly distorted. That task alone puts the whole idea in a universe parallel to that inhabited by the official burocracy and therefore inaccessible.

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    • Neddie,

      A good point….I doubt the Chavez government could go anywhere near an historical accuracy, if they cannot even be accurate about the present.LOL.

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  6. Gettysburg and Ypres are usual tourist destinations. And so is Carabobo (that’s why there’s a monument there since 1921)…

    Do they want to make a “Frontierland” out of it? (There’s nearby San Mateo, where glimpses of colonial life are recreated, as well as the Caraca’s Cuadra Bolivar…)… And, how could they talk about Carabobo and avoid hightlighting Paez role in it?

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  7. Who will go to this park? I bet that the government will have to give a free lunch and 50 Bolivars to get anyone to enter.

    Venezuelan children will be told to support Chavez and aspire to become their own giant balloon character.

    Any Che balloons will be prime targets for bullets. Keep your distance.

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  8. And if they end Torre Este, it will get an Espada del Libertador too:
    Añadió que la elaboración del proyecto del edificio número cinco se hizo con el objetivo de realzar las “características integrales, culturales y turísticas de Venezuela, inspirándose en Revolución Bolivariana”.
    Recordó que las torres de Parque Central son las más altas de Sudamérica, pues miden 223 metros, pero con la instalación de un elemento en el último piso del edificio, el cual simboliza la espada del Libertador Simón Bolívar, quedará midiendo 250 metros de alto.
    Explicó que la espada del Libertador va estar representada por los colores de la bandera las cuales iluminarán durante la noche.
    Nobody told them, the Chilean tower is already 300m ;) ? They need to put a bigger Espada there!

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  9. Yes, indeed… In fact, I think we should also make theme parks at the sites of the Battle of Gettysburg, and Normandy Beach. Hell, we could also make a dandy little theme park out of Auschwitz. Let’s pull out all the stops to make sure the kiddies have a grand old time, and completely misunderstand the seriousness of the events that took place in all these historical sites.

    Uh, seriously guys. This idea is completely tacky, tasteless, cursi, y falta de respeto.

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    • I went to the Musée du Débarquement (The Landing Museum) in Normandie France a couple of years ago and it was great. They had a large model, artifacts, and a very cool movie.

      If done correctly this is not a bad idea.

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      • I think we all are agreeing in that the idea is not that bad.
        The problem is “if done correctly”.

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      • These are museums, not “theme parks”. Big difference. Auschwitz is also maintained as a museum containing a collection of artifacts and documents that simply record what happened there. It is a solemn place, not one of merriment. It exists so people do not forget what took place there.

        I went there, not because I planned to or even wanted to, but because I was driving by it, saw the signs, and found I couldn’t not go.

        Sorry for the digression. My point is calling any such historical place a “theme park” demeans the historical significance and belittles the struggles, dreams, and aspirations of the people who fought and died there.

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    • Roy, I think the problem is the use of the phrase ‘theme park’, as you point out further below. It conjures up images of frivolity. Y esa no es la idea. Or shouldn’t be. Perhaps the plans should refer to a museum with periodic re-enactments. Then again, would the more serious labelling pull the crowds needed to make the park financially sustainable?

      You referred to the Battle of Gettysburg. Allow me to point out that it, indeed, has a theme park of sorts. It’s referred to as the annual re-enactment: http://www.gettysburgreenactment.com/.

      There are several colonial war re-enactment sites (with museums) throughout North America. During the school year, these sites receive many children on field trips. And though I’ve never seen one of these re-enactments, I’ve read that some (colonial) history buffs sign up to dress and play the part, taking the matter very seriously. I also understand that many colonial war re-enactment sites form part of a larger ‘gathering of the tribes’, so that one finds representations of a gamut of histories (i.e., Rennaissance fairs) and realities (camping out). Chacun à son goût.

      Perhaps the ‘revoltillo’ is due to the passage of time and more critically, due to the fact that the ‘theme park’ is not in the most respectful hands.

      But even in the most respectful hands, you’ll get visitors out of hand. Exhibit A:
      Like you, I’ve been to Auschwitz I and II. At II (Birkenau), I saw modern-day graffiti on the walls of one bunker. That was upsetting to see.

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      • thank you for the lesson, nice to know there’s a resident know-it-all to enlighten us all. We call them habla pajas and come mierdas but that’s another story

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  10. First time in the fray….On my first visit to Venezuela, I visited Campo Carabobo because I like to know the history of places I visit. My comment is this: There does not need to be a “theme” park there. The facility has terrific bones, but the experience could be greatly enhanced. A little electricity to power the presentation would have been nice. And if you are going to cater to tourists how about some signs in other languages?

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  11. A small comment in terms of web usability: if you are going to pepper your text with numerous inline page links, you should make those pages to open in a different tab/window. In that way, your reader can come back to your site once they’re done with the links (some people use the Back button, some don’t). More than once I’ve closed the pages that you link within your text and then realise I’ve closed your blog too. Annoying!

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