Since 1977, Puy du Fou has had a development strategy reflecting its strengths and expertise. Puy du Fou has twice been voted “best theme park in the world”. In March 2012 it won the Thea Classic Award in Los Angeles, and in November 2014 it worn the Applause Award in Orlando. Today, it is France’s 2nd largest theme park and attracted 2,200,000 visitors in 2016.
A UNIQUE MODEL
Puy du Fou is a group of companies principally consisting of a non-profit organisation and a simplified limited company (Société par Actions Simplifiées - SAS), both under French law. The non-profit organisation organises the Cinéscénie and owns the SAS that manages the Grand Parc (60 evening and daytime shows, 4 period villages, 25 restaurants and 5 themed hotels). This model is one of the Puy du Fou’s main strengths, thanks to the combined activity of 3,650 volunteers (at Cinéscénie) and over 2,000 permanent and seasonal employees at the Grand Parc. Both entities ensure their future by funding the Puy du Fou Académie - a primary school specialising the the arts, which was founded in 2015. They also fund the Académie Junior. This a centre for arts training was founded in 1998 and now trains more than 600 young people in performing arts and theatre technology disciplines each year. Finally, since 2010, Puy du Fou has exported its artistic expertise worldwide, helping to create theme parks and shows inspired by its French model. Today, Puy du Fou International has projects in progress all over the world and two shows have already been produced in Great Britain and the Netherlands.
Since its creation in 1977, Puy du Fou has had no shareholders and has not received a penny of public funding. This adventure remains, as it has always been, a private undertaking that is 100% self-financing. One of the reasons for Puy du Fou®’s success is undoubtedly its continuous investment strategy. Each year, 100% of the profits are reinvested in the park. With more than 2.2 million visitors, Puy du Fou is the 2nd largest theme park in France (behind Disneyland Paris).
AN ECONOMIC LIFELINE
Puy du Fou has invested 320 million euros in its development over the last 40 years. Ninety-five per cent of this work has been undertaken by French companies, the majority of which are local. More generally, Puy du Fou has facilitated impressive economic growth in the region's tourist industry.
According to a study by the firm ProTourisme undertaken in January 2014, the economic impact of Puy du Fou’s activities on the region is estimated at 193 million euros per year and 4,000 jobs have been created. It is a real economic powerhouse!
Puy du Fou’s success - and its unique model - are based on passion, experience and a belief in passing on its expertise. That is why Puy du Fou created its own technical and artistic training schools in 1998. The Junior Academy now covers 29 disciplines including drama, dance, drawing, illumination, scenery and prop design, riding, equestrian vaulting, photography, videography, theatre technology, animal husbandry and flamenco, among others. More than 600 young people receive training each year. They form a fantastic talent pool, from which Puy du Fou's artists and technicians of the future are gradually drawn.