China's shonky Disneyland-a-like park closed

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27 Responses to “China's shonky Disneyland-a-like park closed”

  1. JorgeBurgos says:

    Kimba The Lion wasn’t public domain, but Disney ripped had no problem ripping it off: http://www.kimbawlion.com/rant2.htm

  2. Takashi Omoto says:

    In case any park fanatics stop by this thread, I’d love to figure out what was the park I mentioned previously. Here’s the best picture I managed to snap of the logo – it has a cartoon dragon and what you could say is a familiar castle in the background.

    • Takashi Omoto says:

      Ah, figured it out – it’s the fabled “largest theme park in Asia” that never was, Wonderland.

      • cservant says:

        Oi, I passed by that same place last year too. Was told by the local guide part of the reason it was closed down was due to the subprime crisis in the States. They ran out of backers to fund the place.

  3. babylost says:

    Couldn’t they just give that park to Oswald and let him use it with all the other forgotten toons?

    I would love to hang out on Mean Street and Ventureland.

  4. adamnvillani says:

    That article on Tivoli Gardens mostly talks about how it’s different from Disneyland, not like it. Elegant landscaping, a subtle sense of order, open-air shows, and parades aren’t exactly a unique concept.

  5. Avi Solomon says:

    Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen should sue Disney for infringement asap:)
    http://www.michaelbarrier.com/Essays/EuropeanJournal_Tivoli/europeanjournal_tivoli.htm

  6. VICTOR JIMENEZ says:

    “Intensely crappy”… Coming from china? Are you serious? /s

  7. mojo says:

    Considering that Disney just rips off public domain stories like Alladin, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast etc. it seems a bit rich coming from them.

    • VICTOR JIMENEZ says:

      Oh… Disney being filthy hypocrites? You serious? /s

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh come on, Mojo, it’s one thing to take public domain stories and add your own spin to them. It’s another to outright copy someone’s rendition of them. Look at the picture of Snow White in the linked Metro.co.uk article-looks identical to Disney. There’s nothing in the public domain source describing Snow White as wearing a dress that’s yellow below the waist and blue above with round pinkish dots on the sleeves-that’s purely ripoff of Disney.

      The Metro article says an ad showed kids “cavorting with Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto….” Those aren’t drawn from public domain sources.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Whatever ideas might have originated in Disneyland — and let’s face it, Cinderella Castle is a blatant rip-off of a Grimm brothers/ folk tale character, and Disney himself was inspired by other amusement parks of the time! — they should have passed into the public domain by now, if copyright laws had realistic end dates.

    OK, I’m back to suing Disney Corp. over Mickey Mouse’s likeliness to Felix the Cat.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I love the idea of a legal Disney park knockoff since a lot of Disney is built on public domain stories. Would this hold up in the US?

  10. Takashi Omoto says:

    I thought I sped tru the place in October and that it was already being dismantled. Turns out it’s a totally different castle-inspired park. I should look it up one of these days.

    On the other side, I guess Shijingshan’s not-Mickey and not-Minnie needed some extra yuan so I caught them posing near the Beijing Olympic’s “Bird’s Nest”.

  11. Mr. Winka says:

    I would like to see this location used for the ending of “Zombieland 2: The Shonkification”.

  12. PeaceNerd says:

    Man, I’ll take Shonky Weird Unique Chinese Knock-Off Park over Soulless Sterile Mass-Produced Disney Resort aaaanyday of the week. And twice on Sunday.

  13. Enormo says:

    “Shijingshan management claim that they aren’t copying Disney, merely taking their inspiration from the same sources.”

    Their source being Disney.

  14. Anonymous says:

    There’s still this one in Japan!

    http://www.brandknewme.com/?p=845

  15. Anonymous says:

    So it’s OK if Disney totally ripped off Tivoli in Copenhagen?!
    http://www.michaelbarrier.com/Essays/EuropeanJournal_Tivoli/europeanjournal_tivoli.htm

  16. redesigned says:

    Disney already rips off almost every single public domain fairy story tail and then goes after anyone using those same stories. I say this is fair play.

    On the bright side, at least the chinese can start buy some of the cheap shitty plastic disney toy crap that they already manufacture there. I have yet to see a disney brand toy of any quality.

  17. indigoskye says:

    Hey, wanted to let you know I updated the story on The Disney Blog. The order to destroy the ‘Disney-clone’ was four years ago, but the park is still operating today with many of the same buildings and clone-characters. Guess Disney needs to apply a little more pressure.

    That photo from #4 above is pretty damning.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Never been to a “theme park” of any kind.

    Am I alone in being more interested in the knockoff than I would be in the real deal?

    That said, I’m also a big fan of Chinese Lego knockoffs as well…

  19. CatherineCC says:

    Money buys everything in China!

  20. jphilby says:

    China copies so much shit so shittily (sp?) so long they even copied mimeographs.

    I bet they’re even making 3D copies of that ‘Makers’ book. “Oh, but the text is European, but ours is a Chinese.”

    China and Disney deserve each other.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Yeah – like Disney have a monopoly on anything looking vaguely like a mittel-European castle/chateau type building.

    Chinese rolling over and having tummies tickled by Disney just because Disney invests a bit locally, when most of rest of Chinese industry is busy infringing any copyright they can get value from either as products to sell back to us or to uplift their own industry (a.k.a industrial espionage) is just a tad ironic, no? Well it would have been if they hadn’t just been pretending to have tummies tickled. Another case of The Chinese nod means ‘no’.

    (PS: Lookalike. It’s a word.)

  22. Anonymous says:

    “Take our Cinderella for example…” You can’t make this stuff up! Just when you think a stereotype is dead, they serve it up on a gold platter.

  23. dalocust says:

    remix culture!

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