[Photo Essay] Disney is Too Far, Please Come To Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park
Since 1986, with its' old slogan "Disney is too far please come to Shijingshan", Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park has brought dreams to the heart of Beijingers who cannot afford to make it out to Hong Kong Disneyland. In 2007, international media took up this park labeling it 'Fake Disney' for the state-owned park using familiar Japanese and US characters with attractions similar to that of Disney World. Copyright infringement controversies resulted in the park being tucked away at the west end of Beijing Subway Line 1. Currently under renovations and Disneyland Shanghai scheduled for its grand-open in 2014, Shijingshan amusement park faces a new question on which direction it should pursue. This photo essay is a close up look of some of the attractions this Shijingshan Amusement Park has to offer.
During renovations, Sunday afternoon at the park experienced small number of visitors. Entrance fee was 10 rmb, about $1.5USD.
Renovations welcomed us as we came through the gate.
Most of the characters that raised controversy for copyright infringement were all taken down. We could only see this rabbit character within the park.
The main attractions were kept the way they were. This one had similar resemblances to Thunder Mountain from Disney World
Most of the rides were out-of-order such as this roller coaster attraction.
Didn't see too many kids within the park, mostly teens.
Not Quite the Happiest Place on Earth
One of their most famous attraction called "Dragon Wind".
Nice to see guns where kids are supposed to experience a magical harmonious world.
Epcot Center? America Adventure in the back. Epcot center look-alike building was used as a cinema.
I could tell that the park already got rid of most of their Disney look-a like products but there were a handful of stuffed toys like this one being sold.
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