World's Strangest Theme Parks
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Shijingshan Amusement Park, Beijing
this trademark-skirting park in western Beijing—where a banner over the
entrance proclaims: “Disneyland is too far”—there’s a replica of Sleeping
Beauty’s castle (with less sparkle and more Communist-brick realism); live
character doppelgangers of Shrek, Donald Duck, and Minnie Mouse; and even a
copy of Epcot’s dimpled globe. Opened in 1986, the park caught Disney’s
attention for its infringements only in 2007.
Best of the Strange: The copycatting is not limited to Disney icons; Hello Kitty
knockoffs often mingle with Loony Tunes’s Bugs Bunny.