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Parc Astérix, Paris, France

July 30th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Parc Astérix is a theme amusement park in France, based on the stories of Asterix (by Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny). Situated approximately 35 km (20 miles) north of Paris in Plailly in the département of Oise, it opened in 1989.

It is especially well known for its large variety of roller-coasters, and has begun incorporating rides and themes from historic cultures such as the Romans and the ancient Greeks.

The park management feared a loss of business to Disneyland Paris prior to the opening of the latter, but the popularity of both has increased as a result, exhibiting a synergistic effect seen in other places with multiple theme parks, such as Los Angeles, California and Orlando, Florida.

Unlike Disneyland Paris, the park opens only from April to October and has generally shorter opening hours. However, it is easily visited in a day. It has its own exit on the A1.

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