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Before Disneyland: France’s Forgotten Pleasure Gardens, Antique Amusement Parks & Fairs

Contrary to popular belief, Amusement parks, theme parks, and fairs existed in France long before Disneyland Paris opened in 1992. This is the almost forgotten, long and winding history of how they evolved from European medieval merchant fairs, bougie aristocratic pleasure gardens and French Folly homes into one of France’s most popular forms of entertainment.

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Before Disneyland: France’s Forgotten Pleasure Gardens, Antique Amusement Parks & Fairs