A shocking Princess Diana crash-themed ride is getting a lot of backlash

This August will mark 22 years since Princess Diana died tragically in a car crash in Paris, with the twentieth anniversary prompting documentaries made in her memory, shops bringing back iconic fashion looks that she championed back in the day and a new memorial garden planted in her former home.

This week, Princess Diana’s death made news again, with a theme park facing backlash after creating a ride around her fatal car crash.

Yes, the National Enquirer has opened a Tennessee theme park called ‘National Enquirer Live!’, with one ride (costing £20 and open to adults and children!) based on Princess Diana’s Paris car crash.

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‘It’s projected, and you see the buildings and everything in a 3-D presentation. And it shows the pathway as she left the Ritz hotel, and the paparazzi chasing her, and the bang-flash that we think blinded the driver—and how it happened,’ amusements manager Robin Turner told The Daily Beast.

‘There’s no blood. There’s none of that,’ she continued. ‘You see the car crash through computer animation.’

Then at the end of the ride, people will be able to vote - yes vote - on a variety of open-ended factors, from whether the royal family was involved.

Unsurprisingly the theme park ride has received a lot of backlash, with members of the public calling it out for being in poor taste and encouraging people to sue.

‘A theme park based on Diana’s death - where you can pay to reenact the car crash is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever heard,’ tweeted one user, while another called it ‘downright disgusting’.

Jenny Proudfoot
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