1. Disneyland Paris
Disney's Imagineers were well aware of the irony at play when they were designing the centrepiece of Europe's first Disney amusement park. After all, the ornate châteaux of the Loire Valley, which had inspired every other Disney castle, were just down the autoroute from Disneyland Paris. Even so, the 19-square-kilometre park opened in 1992 with a European-style Sleeping Beauty Castle (pictured), fuelling French critics' accusations of cultural imperialism. One even went so far as to call the place a "cultural Chernobyl" — pretty far from the happiest place on earth. But after a slow start, partly attributed to the global recession of the early '90s, the park took off with Europeans. Today it receives more visitors each year than the Louvre and Eiffel Tower combined. Now that's irony.
National Geographic 2014 Emerging Explorer Nizar Ibrahim is part paleontologist, part conjurer, helping us reimagine dinosaurs through his groundbreaki... More National Geographic 2014 Emerging Explorer Nizar Ibrahim is part paleontologist, part conjurer, helping us reimagine dinosaurs through his groundbreaking research. He has discovered several new dinosaur species and sees these ancient reptiles as a gateway to inspiring children's passion for science. Learn more about Nizar Ibrahim and his work: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/09/140912-emerging-explorer-nizar-ibrahim-paleontology-sahara-dinosaur-fossil/ The Explorers Project chronicles the work of National Geographic's Emerging Explorers—tomorrow's visionaries who are making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people to care about the planet. Learn more at http://nationalgeographic.com/emerging.
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