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In Germany, Rusty makes out with a girl, played by Claudia Neidig, who says her name is Claudia.
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Eric Idle and Chevy Chase became friends after filming wrapped up. Shortly after the release of European Vacation, Idle and Chase began work on a screenplay for a follow-up called "National Lampoon's Australian Vacation." Aside from a few shark-related gags, neither could come up with much, and the project was shelved.
Ellen calls Clark "Sparky" in all four Vacation movies. In the DVD commentary for this movie, Chevy Chase said that the nickname was Beverly D'Angelo's idea, and she still affectionately calls him Sparky.
Anthony Michael Hall was asked to reprise his role from the first movie. He made Weird Science (1985) instead.
Dana Hill had Type 1 diabetes, which made shooting Audrey's nightmare scene difficult. Hill had to be very careful and avoid swallowing any of the food she was supposed to be eating.
In this film, the family name is Griswald, with an "a". In the other Vacation films, their name is Griswold.
In the DVD commentary, Chevy Chase mentions that as of 2002 he still has several items from this movie, including the complete "Pig In A Poke" pig costume and the Walley World sweatshirt he wears throughout the movie.
The JVC SF-P3 video camera that Clark uses to film Ellen in the shower, and which gets stolen in France, was Chevy Chase's own video camera.
Because Anthony Michael Hall declined to reprise his role as Rusty, the producers decided to recast both children. Thus, Dana Barron was not asked to reprise her role as Audrey.
The first time Clark hits Eric Idle's character with his car, Idle shrugs it off as being "Just a flesh wound." A similar remark is also made by the Black Knight after sustaining a serious injury in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) also featuring Idle.
In an interview, Chevy Chase said that after this film was released, he got dozens of letters from people who had visited London and ended up trapped in a roundabout.
According to Chevy Chase, he and Amy Heckerling did not get along during filming.
Chevy Chase was unhappy with the final film.
The opening title sequence showing the character's passports was Chevy Chase's idea. He insisted that his name be shown first in case the movie did well.
According to his passport info page, Clark Griswald's middle name is Wilhelm, and he was born August 8, 1945.
The US poster art was done by Boris Vallejo, famous for his Heavy Metal covers.
In some scenes, Chevy Chase wears a black Chicago Bears ball cap. He wears the same Chicago Bears cap throughout all four Vacation movies.
The "Pig In A Poke" game show host, Kent Winkdale, is a parody of two real-life game show hosts: Wink Martindale, a game show host in the 1970s and 80s (most notably The New Tic Tac Dough (1978)), and Richard Dawson, who often kissed the female contestants on Family Feud (1976).
Clark can be seen wearing a t-shirt from "Walley World", the Griswolds' destination in the first film, National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), in the scene set in Chicago where he films Ellen in the shower. Later, while the family is in Paris, Rusty is wearing a "Walley World" sweatshirt in the restaurant scene.
The only original-generation Vacation film in which Cousin Eddie doesn't appear. He also did not appear in Vacation (2015).
The opening credits reveal the Griswalds' address: 8805 Skyline Drive, Chicago.
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Harold Ramis declined to return as director, as he was busy with Ghostbusters (1984).
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The closing credits include a picture of a dog with a gun held to its head. It's from the cover of a January 1973 issue of National Lampoon magazine.
Although he is credited as one of the writers of the film (as well as for the characters), John Hughes was not involved with this film. In fact, he had no idea they were coming out with a National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) sequel until he saw a preview of it on TV.
Ballard Berkeley's last theatrical feature.
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In Rome, Clark takes a selfie in a piazza front of a building. It's one of the first selfies to appear in a film.
In the closing credits montage, there is a painting of Clint Eastwood, which originally appeared on the movie poster (as well as VHS/DVD covers) from Pale Rider (1985), which was shown in theaters the same year as this movie.
Despite Audrey being 14/15 in the film, Dana Hill was in fact 21 when the film was made.
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Character trademark: Clark's sensitivity to cold water is demonstrated again (as in the National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) pool scene) when he steps in the Parisian fountain and lets out a brief scream.
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In Germany, Rusty meets a blonde woman, who, while making out with her, shows him her bare breasts. In reality, Jason Lively was 17 and Claudia Neidig was 24. Filming that scene in America may have been illegal.
Alice Sapritch's last appearance on the big screen.
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In Rome, the Griswalds pose in front of the Hotel Nazionale, built in 1733.
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Co-producer Stuart Cornfeld left production to work with director David Cronenberg on The Fly (1986).
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Rowan Atkinson was considered for the role of the hotel manager. The role went to his Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979) co-star Mel Smith.
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As Cousin Eddie didn't appear in this film, he and his family were not mentioned either.
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The car the Griswalds drive on the Continent is a Citroen DS that has been modified - aka the Family Truckster from National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) - with custom mirrors and add-on scoops over both the front and rear wheels.
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Christie Brinkley does not appear in this film as Clark's "dream girl" as she did in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) and Vegas Vacation (1997).
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The literal translation of the Italian billboard featuring Ellen's half-naked picture is "The Lady in the Shower".

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