If you were to guess where the first real world village of the lovable blue folk known as Smurfs would spring up, you probably would not say Abu Dhabi — or maybe you would, as they seem to be one of the few countries with money to burn on a project like a Smurf Village.
The cerulean-hued hamlet will be part of ‘Summer in Abu Dhabi,’ a display at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, sporting 12 districts and attractions like Papa Smurf’s Story Corner. Smurfette, the only female in the village, will be represented with “Smurfette’s Land of Beauty.”
“Part of Smurf legend is that outsiders cannot find their village except when shown the way by a smurf; thankfully Summer in Abu Dhabi has solved this problem,” said Faisal Al Sheikh, Events Manager, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which organises the festival. “The Smurf Village is only one component of what we believe is our most exciting ADNEC activation yet. There really is something for everyone – young or old.”
Visitors will be able to enter Smurf “mushroom houses” to enhance the Smurf-like elements of the display.
Other licensed characters on display over the summer in Abu Dhabi include SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora The Explorer, Thor, Wolverine, Captain America, and Dr. Doom.
The Smurf village is only one of a rainbow of Smurf events culminating in
the end of all time the debut of the Smurf movie on July 29th. This Saturday, June 25th, is Global Smurf Day, celebrating the birthday of creator, cartoonist Peyo.
On that day, people in 12 cities around the globe will attempt to set a record for the most people covered in blue and dressed as Smurfs. Click on the link to take part and become part of history.
The Smurfs movie stars Hank Azaria as Gargamel and the voice of Katy Perry as Smurfette. It is being presented in 3D. It will be horrible.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.