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We Can't Believe These Theme Parks In Europe Are Real (PHOTOS)

Posted: 05/16/2012 7:00 am

No wonder there's a trace of lament in the Mona Lisa's smile. Counting more than 250 million visitors since it opened in 1992, Disneyland Paris, not the Louvre nor the Eiffel Tower, is Europe's most popular tourist destination by far.

We can't say we're surprised, given the competition. Earlier this year, plans for the French history-themed Napoleonland were announced, but even that might not register as the continent's strangest amusement park.

--Mark Smith, Condé Nast Traveler

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EuroDisney was famously forced to change its name to Disneyland Paris when it was discovered that the mention of Europe, though glamorous for Americans, makes actual Europeans snooze with its connotations of bureaucracy. No such concerns at Mini-Europe, where you can (and I quote) "Discover Europe's nicest places" via scaled-down recreations of iconic sites.

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