View Full Version : Cool new amusement park

Rain Man
06-01-2007, 01:57 PM
At bottom of link, past the "Girls Gone Wild" restaurant.


Do roller coasters bore you? Well, a new theme park ride is giving thrill-seekers the ability to imitate desperate Mexicans trying to illegally cross the border to the U.S.
Visitors to the Parque EcoAlberto in the Mexican state of Hildalgo are put in the position of workers struggling to escape across the boundary between the two countries.

They must hike through dense brush, run down steep hills, swim across rivers, and slip under barbed-wire fences, according to the Ananova Web portal.

Also, they must stay out of the "crossfire" of watchful border guards during the four-hour nighttime ordeal.

Each visitor pays about $20 for the privilege at the theme park, which is actually about 700 miles from the U.S. border. More than 3,000 people have tried out the "ride" already.

Some groups have criticized the theme park for profiting the plight of those trying to escape to the U.S.

But Alfonso Martinez, who plays a people-smuggler in the game, was quoted as saying the mock-escapes "let people get a glimpse of the suffering that migrants endure."

We just hope CNN's Lou Dobbs doesn't get wind of this.