Iconic attractions such as Stonehenge, Angkor Wat and the Prado didn't make the cut and the Taj Mahal barely squeaked into last place on a list of the world's 50 most-visited attractions compiled by Forbes Traveler.
Released this week, the online magazine's first annual list of the most tourist-heavy destinations is based "on the most up-to-date, officially sanctioned tourism statistics available."
Excluded from the list were religious pilgrimage sites (Mecca and Varanasi, for example) and shopping malls (think the Mall of America in Minnesota, which receives a ridiculous 30 million visitors a year, and a half-dozen similar centres in China).
Amusement parks, however, were counted - which meant, of course, that the mouse was dominant.
As the folks at Forbes pointed out, the list proved at least two things: Americans love to travel, but prefer trips closer to home; and the majority of people in India and China are still too poor to be significant domestic travellers.
So which attractions made the top 10 in terms of visitor numbers? The envelope, please.
1. Times Square, New York City (35 million)
2. National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C. (25 million)
3. Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (16.6 million).
4. Trafalgar Square, London, England (15 million).
5. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, Calif. (14.7 million).
6. Niagara Falls, both the Canadian and U.S. sides (14 million).
7. Fisherman's Wharf and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, Calif. (13 million).
8. Tokyo Disneyland (12.9 million).
9. Notre Dame de Paris (12 million).
10. Disneyland Paris,
Marne-la-Valée, France (10.6 million.
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