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Disneyland Resort / Walt Disney Studio Park, Paris
Why you shouldn't: Now Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studio Park (which opened in 2002) are the biggest tourist attractions in Europe, drawing 15.3 million visitors last year with such rides as Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, starring Aerosmith, Space Mountain Mission 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean, many more modern than the versions at Disney parks in the U.S. There are seven places to stay (including Disney's New York and Cheyenne hotels), the Disney Village shopping and entertainment center, and an 18-hole golf course.
A couple of days at Disneyland Paris might be a much-appreciated reward for little ones being dragged through European museums and historical sites. Some Americans like it better than the Disneys in Florida and California because of its relative newness.
The pair of Disney parks is in Marne-la-Vallée just east of Paris, linked to the city by the RER suburban train. Air France and Eurostar (from London) offer all-inclusive packages, as do the hotels in the park. Look for low-season rates mid-April to mid-July, mid-September to early December, and mid-January to late March.
-- Susan Spano