Le Domaine Brazier - French Amusement Park - Season 2007

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Le Domaine Brazier - French Amusement Park - Season 2007
« on: September 19, 2022, 11:36 AM »
Last weekend, for the start of the 2007 season, I went to the Domaine Brazier, the second most visited amusement park in the south of France!


Don't you know the Domaine Brazier? Well, I can't really blame you since for a long time the park didn't really shine and was just a family park. But for a short while now, the park has undergone a partial change of ownership and has a new investment strategy that could make it a very interesting place to visit in the years to come.

A little background story to start with...
The "Domaine Brazier" is first and foremost the "Chateau Brazier" (Brazier Castle). A 17th century residence, modernised over the next three centuries, which belonged to the Brazier family. A bourgeois family that had made its wealth from the resources of the Rhone-Alpes region.


But in the middle of the 20th century, the family found itself ruined. Heavily affected by the Second World War, which had caused them to lose their sources of income, the Brazier heirs found themselves with a gigantic estate that they could not maintain. Most of the outbuildings fell into disrepair and faced with this, Aude Brazier, wife of Etienne Brazier, had an idea.
Inspired by her youth spent in America she urged her husband to create an amusement area to finance the estate. A bit like the funfairs she used to go to when she was younger.


In 1962, the "Domaine Brazier" was created. At first it wasn't much. There were carnival games, food services, shooting games. Then with the growing success the domain became fifteen years later a real amusement park focused on the medieval world with "La Cité Médiévale" (The Medieval City). Finally, in 1987 the park expanded further and began to look like the one we know today and that I am about to introduce to you.


It's a new day at Domaine Brazier

The current entrance only exists since 1998! It was built following a change of approach with the desire to have a more conventional and generic central "hub". It houses the monorail station which has been in the park since 1992 (its station was not initially here).


The monorail station is clearly visible from far away, but the turnstiles are actually located under a building a little further.

On the right are the classic information points, which also allow you to pick up your ticket if you have not already bought it at the point of sale. If you look closely, from here you can also see one of the historic areas of the park below.

Once you have passed under the monorail station you will find yourself on the "Place Aude" (Aude Plaza). The park management had not forgotten what it owes to Aude, who passed away about ten years ago, so when the park created this new entrance area in 1998 it was decided to pay tribute to her.
Here we find above all a carousel ( which has been in the park since its opening as an amusement park)...


What kind of theme park are you if you don't have a caroussel?

But that's not it! The plaza, which mixes European and American inspiration, is surrounded by " Le Monorail " and also hosts the souvenir shop of a park and two food outlets " Le Café " and "Casse-croute" (Snacks).

The square is a pleasant place to spend time at the end of the day, and is large enough to accommodate people without being stuffy. Occasionally there are curiosities to discover, such as vintage cars, as is the case at the beginning of this season.


On the left there are false fronts but also the park shop.

At the far end of the plaza there is also a secondary entrance and exit towards the castle, which can be admired from the other side of the Saône (the river that runs through the park).

In the shop the classic goodies. The previous management did not see the need for merchandising but it has become a priority for the new management.

Coffee while the kids have rides?

And here is a full view of the plaza.

We saw a good part of this entrance area. What should we discover next? From here you can discover the three historical zones of the park... Tell me which one you would like to see next.

Should we see...


Mek Bazar ? Accessible directly from the square.

Or... "La Cité Médiévale" accessible from the right. Or "Lac Crétacé" the are we could see from the entrance ?

And... That's it for the first look at "Domaine Brazier". Tell me what you think of what you have seen from the park so far. There are much more to see !





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Re: Le Domaine Brazier - French Amusement Park - Season 2007
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2022, 12:46 PM »
It's nice to see a new park! :)  Chateau Brazier looks like an authentic French chateau/castle. As for which area to see first, any of them would be fine. We'll be seeing all of them eventually, yes? It looks like you've already completed the park(?) So tell the story in the order that pleases you best. I'll be following the progress. :)

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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2022, 01:47 PM »
Great looking park. Not many people movers out there in builds and I love the way they look in game.

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Re: Le Domaine Brazier - French Amusement Park - Season 2007
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2022, 04:30 AM »
Love the People Mover train on the Monorail track, reminds me of a Mack Mini Monorail

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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2022, 05:48 AM »
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Well, since you don't seem to have a preference... Let's start with the children's area: Lac Crétacé (Cretaceous Lake). This area dates back to 2002, it was opened in the area below the rest of the park around a body of water and has a dinosaur theme.

Originally this area belonged to the municipality of the town where the park was located. It included slides and swings that were popular with families. However, due to its growing success, the park decided to reclaim this area and create a real kids zone.



To get to the Cretaceous lake, simply walk down the dirt slope. At the end you come face to face with the "lake" (on which there is a small snack shop which offers mainly greasy food that the children love but which I cannot really recommend).

There is also a promenade around the lake which is particularly popular with those who are not keen on thrills. It is mostly shaded.

I have heard, but have never been able to verify, that the park has been trying since the opening of the area to get permission to build an attraction on the lake but that it has not yet been possible to do so because they have not been able to come up with an environmentally viable project.

All attractions are located on the park side of the lake. With three attractions on each side of the dirt road.

On the right hand side (as you head towards the lake) you will find a Zamperla "Balloon Race" called "Pterodactile" which opened with the area in 2002. It is quite popular during the day.



Behind it is a powered ride ("La Ballade des Dinosaures") that takes you into the forest to discover dinosaurs. To be honest the ride is quite old fashioned and the only thing it has going for it is that it towers above the rest of the area and gives a pretty interesting view of the lake.

Finally on this side there is the real star of the area: the show stage. Every year the park offers a show that is performed twice a day in high season. The show was changed last year and is now called "Les Explorateur-ocus". It's a show about the discovery of a living dinosaur by archaeologists thanks to an ancient legend. The show lasts about forty minutes and is quite funny and successful.
The park's communication insists on this and some families only come for this. The current director has regularly discussed the possibility of giving a real big arena that would allow more impressive shows with more pyrotechnic effects.






What about the other side?
There are more classic things. A mini Zamperla Ferris Wheel installed in 2005. And a kiddie coaster (built by the French manufacturer Soquet): Descentorus.
At the end of this corner you will also find two climbing blocks which can be climbed in high season under the supervision of the park staff.






Well that' s it for the Cretaceous Lake. I don't know what you think (tell me). Personally I think it's a nice area but lacks a real major attraction. I would love to see the park invest in a dinosaur themed water attraction, or a dark ride in the area would also be a great addition.

At the moment, if you don't have small children, there's not much reason to go down here (except maybe for a trip around the lake, and even then, I personally prefer to walk along the banks of the river by the castle).

Next time, we will visit the historical area of the park: la Cité Médiévale (the medieval city).


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Re: Le Domaine Brazier - French Amusement Park - Season 2007
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2022, 03:30 PM »
A nice little area for the kids, and young at heart. I like your use of bright kid-friendly colors. Definitely need some sort of water ride. And yes, more dinosaurs!

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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2022, 04:54 PM »
looks great

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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2022, 02:10 PM »
Looks like a fun park! Will follow this for sure, lovely kids area  :love: