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Health officials inhave issued a 60-day rabies alert for an area surrounding Disney World’s popular Epcot theme park, urging tourists and residents to avoid “stray dogs” and other wildlife.
The Florida Department of Health issued the rabies warning for a two-mile radius in the area surrounding Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive in southwest Orange County after a feral cat in the area tested positive for the disease.
Officials advised the public in a statement to avoid contact with “feral cats, stray dogs and all wildlife particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes.”
For the first time, attendance at amusement parks exceeded half a billion visits in 2018, a figure that represents nearly seven percent of the world population. That's according to the latest edition of the TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index, which paints a portrait in numbers of the theme park and museum industries every year. In 2018, attendance at the world's biggest theme park operators -- Disney, Merlin Entertainment, Universal etc. -- reached 501.2 million visits, representing a five percent growth over 2017. With 20.
According to the, rabies can be a fatal viral disease that humans can contract if they are scratched or bitten by an infected animal.
Symptoms of the disease may include general weakness or discomfort, fever or a headache. In some extreme cases where fatality is likely, the infected person can experience delirium, abnormal behavior, hallucinations, hydrophobia (fear of water) and insomnia.
Multiple resorts and two theme parks are located in the affected area, thereported.
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Three French sites are listed in the European ranking Travelers' Choice attractions 2016
The history of France and Mickey have the wind in their sails. For this 2016 edition of the Travelers' Choice dedicated to amusement parks and water parks, the TripAdvisor site lists those acclaimed by Internet users based on their opinions for a year.
Three French parks have found their place in the European ranking:, and Marne-la-Vallée, respectively 3rd, 4th and 8th.
The Vendée theme park founded in 1978 by Philippe de Villiers is also in pole position in the French ranking, followed by the two Disney and Futuroscope parks and fifteenth in the world ranking.
"We are very proud to be the favorite park in France and to be on the European podium," said Le Figaro David Nouaille, director of marketing and communication of Puy du Fou. "Several criteria have to be taken into account, such as the quality and originality of the experience, as well as the authenticity lived on site by the visitors."
This year,was able to prevail notably with its attraction titled , in a 7500m² whirling room for a 360-degree show inspired by 18th century heroes, from the American War to the French Revolution and whose motto is Charette, a French naval officer. In a setting both real and virtual, this show, which cost 19 million euros, finds its particularity "in the dramatic narrative whose touching and unexpected side seizes people."
"The Last Panache is entered as one of the favorite of visitors, which is rare for a show that begins (last April, ed), "says David Nouaille.
"A real gamble"
Last November, Les Amoureux de Verdun, who retraces this period of history through an epistolary exchange between a Hairy and his fiancée, was for its part the best attraction in the world at the Thea Awards 2016, the Oscar equivalents of the amusement park industry. "It's a real challenge, which is very successful," adds Nouaille.
In addition, Puy du Fou tops the UFC Que Choisir theme parks in its July-August 2016 issue, with 91% of visitors satisfied with its services.
The Vendée site, which will blow its forty candles next year, plans to open a fifth hotel, La Citadelle, in April 2017. "We will celebrate it with dignity," concludes the marketing and communication director.
Top 10 amusement parks in the world according to TripAdvisor:
- Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida
2 - Discovery Cove Orlando, Florida
3 - Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida
4 - Europa Park Rust, Germany
5 - Orlando Universal Studios Orlando, Florida
6 - Hollywood Studios Universal Studios Los Angeles, California
7 - Hollywood Studios Orlando, Florida
8 - Disneyland Park Anaheim, California
9 - Disney California Adventure Anaheim, California
- Beto Carrero World Penha, Brazil
15 - The Puy du Fou The Epesses, France
19 - Disneyland Park Marne-la-Vallee, France
The Top 10 Amusement Parks in France France according to TripAdvisor:
1 - Puy du Fou, Les Epesses
2 - Disneyland Park, Marne-la-Vallée
3 - Walt Disney Studios Park, Marne-la-Vallée
4 - Futuroscope, Chasseneuil-du -Poitou
5 - The PAL, Dompierre-sur-Besbre
6 - Fraispertuis City, Epinal
7 - Asterix Park, Plailly
8 - Nigloland, Dolancourt
9 - Coccinelle Park, Gujan-Mestras
10 - Terra Botanica, Angers
Top 10 amusement parks in Europe according to TripAdvisor:
1 - Europa Park - Rust, Germany
2 - Tivoli Gardens - Copenhagen, Denmark
3 - Puy du Fou - Les Epesses, France
4 - Disneyland Park - Marne-la-Vallée, France
5 - Port Aventura World - Salou, Spain
6 - Paultons Park - Home of Peppa Pig World, Romsey, United Kingdom
7 - Gardaland Park - Castelnuovo, Italy
8 - Park Walt Disney Studios - Marne- la-Vallée, France
9 - Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Blackpool, United Kingdom
10 - Zoomarine Algarve - Guia, Portugal
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