European tourists love Disneyland Paris

Mickey Mouse has made himself at home in France.

Since opening its gates in 1992, the Disneyland Paris theme park east of the French capital has become a vital economic driver of its region, accounting for 56,000 jobs directly and indirectly last year in France, according to a study released Wednesday.

The park, which attracted 15.6 million visitors last year, “is the number one tourist destination in Europe,” said Daniel Canepa, the head of a French government organization that monitors Disneyland Paris and which commissioned the study. Disneyland Paris was created thought an agreement between the French government and the Walt Disney Co., and the government conducts periodic evaluations of the park. The last such study was in 2005.

The resort’s total economic contribution last year was $9.5 billion, representing an increase of almost 40 percent from the last study.

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