The World’s Worst Theme Parks

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  07.08.10 | 11:27 AM ET

Foreign policy offers up an amusing list: six of the world’s worst theme parks.

Among those making the cut is China’s Shijingshan Amusement Park outside Beijing. It’s home to a knock-off Sleeping Beauty Castle and costumed Disney characters strolling the grounds. A banner that once hung outside the park declared, “Disney is too far, so please come to Shijingshan.”

As Foreign Policy’s title over that pick notes: “It’s only a small copyright violation after all.”

We’ve written about Shinjingshan before. Here’s a Japanese news report we published in 2007 with video taken in the park. Note the creepy looking stuffed cat characters, too.



1 Comment for The World’s Worst Theme Parks

Susi 07.09.10 | 11:06 AM ET

So I’m curious ... where are the “Disney police?” I thought they fiercely guarded their image and intellectual property.  Maybe they’re staying away because it’s China and they don’t want to open there?  The dwarves look like they got a bad face lift job, so bad.

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