PARAMOUNT PARK, Murcia, Spain
What would be "an exceptionally promising major theme park venture," according to Zwanzger, who visited in November 2011, for now is just a dusty field. The $1.5 billion Paramount amusement park is slated to include rides based on the movies Mission Impossible and Titanic. That is, if the country doesn't run out of money first; Moody's just downgraded Spain's credit rating and the International Monetary Fund predicts the country's gross domestic product will contract 1.7 percent in 2012 and 0.3 percent in 2013, hardly a good environment in which to build an amusement park. For those who argue that the president hasn't paid enough attention to Europe, here's a U.S.-based company that's trying to inject a bit of life back into the continent.