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Published on NewsOK Modified: July 14, 2014 at 8:50 am •  Published: July 14, 2014
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PARIS (AP) — Tucked into a corner of eastern France where overseas tourists rarely venture, the Park of the Little Prince takes its name from one of French literature's most beloved characters — and takes its cues from a time when roller coasters didn't set out to terrify, living rooms televisions didn't have multi-player 3-D video games and theme parks were scaled for the small.

The park, which opened July 1, is perfect for visitors looking for a way to entertain small children who might have had their fill of the French, German or Swiss countryside. It's located in Ungersheim, in the heart of the Alsace region, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Basel, Switzerland, and about 15 kilometers (10 miles) from the German border.

There are 31 attractions based loosely on the theme of flight — the Little Prince is a space explorer and author Antoine de Saint-Exupery was a well-known pilot. (He got his pilot's license in Strasbourg, the regional capital of Alsace.) Attractions include two tethered passenger balloons, a film about deep-sea mysteries watched from the perspective of a water scooter, and visits with real fox cubs or a flock of sheep with their sheepdog.

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