When I entered Happy Valley Beijing the first time, my attention immediately drifted towards the obvious borrowings from Disney parks. DisneySea, Disney's California Adventure and Disneyland itself have all left heavy traces here. According to my review standards, the theme park lost one star straight away.
However, everything which came after was surprisingly impressive. The state-of-the-art roller coasters, flume rides and park structure made for a great day. The highlight of the park is a wonderful flying roller coaster (you ride facing downwards giving you a Superman experience) taking you through an incredibly huge and well designed 'Atlantis' mountain castle.
Despite the lack of a soul in this park, where themes crowd in on each other and therefore look a bit lost and mish-mash, it is very well worth the visit and beats theme park standards in many other countries.
Happy Valley Beijing
Atlantis castle, landmark of the park
Happy Valley Beijing in wintertime
Bridge to Atlantis
Massive Atlantis flying roller coaster
Belly and head down, getting ready to fly
Flying roller coaster launch
Atlantis flying coaster at Happy Valley Beijing
Flying coasters are so much more fun than normal roller coasters
Flying locals close-up
Mammoth Atlantis castle
This ride is called Giant Frisbee
Giants competing for attention
Merciless people accelerator
Classic mine train roller coaster
Inverted roller coaster at Happy Valley Beijing
Huge Trojan Horse
Not as charming as the DreamWorks characters, though!
Happy Valley Beijing theming
There is something about this wall...
...that looks like the park designers enjoyed a visit to Japan (Disney Sea)
Happy Valley Beijing tree house
Looks like Disney's Tarzan was here!
Shoot-the-Chutes splash ride
Splash explosion behind glass walls
Happy Valley Beijing in summertime (I came back for this photo)