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Although U.S. companies' international theme parks contain many of the elements that made them famous, they all have to adapt -- at least in some way -- to the local culture.
Consider Disney's learning experiences: When its Paris park opened, it banned alcohol but offered a variety of gourmet, sit-down restaurants. But Parisians wanted their Chardonnay -- and American fare.
"They wanted what Americans do: hot dogs," said Al Lutz, editor of the Disney fan website Miceage.com. "They want churros and popcorn and all that stuff. . . . [Companies] go into it a lot just learning, and they figure it out."