Edenlandia is an amusement park of Naples, in the neighbourhood ‘Fuorigrotta’. It’s the first Italian amusement park for children, which started to be built in 1937 (anticipating the worldwide-known Disneyland, opened in 1955) even if the construction was interrupted because of the war and prosecuted in the 60’s.
This amusement park is part of a project from the fascist period. In this regard, it is interesting to notice that it was Mussolini's signature that inspired the curved shape of the arches at the park entrance. Even today these arches are one the most identifying symbols of the park. The name Edenlandia was chosen thinking of a place suitable for everyone, adults and children.
The park was officially inaugurated on 19 June 1965, after the works had stopped during the war.
It draws clear inspiration from the Californian park 'Disneyland', built 10 years earlier; just think of the emblem: the castle, also reproduced in the center of the park (Lord Sheidon Castle).
Until the mid-70s it was the most famous amusement park in Italy, a tourist attraction nationally and internationally. It was later overcome by Gardaland, inaugurated in 1975, which has a much larger number of attractions.
After the bankruptcy and the closure of the structure in 2013, it will finally be reopened in 2018, after a radical restoration.