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Date Visited:
December 08, 2011
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Happyland Photos

Construction Update December 08, 2011

The suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City emanate similar feelings and impressions as the Disney-infested eastern suburbs of Shanghai. Cheap dwellings, dirt roads, street shops and motor bikes meet billion dollar theme park construction site.

Happyland is reportedly costing a staggering 2 billion USD - an unprecedented investment in a theme park located in a country with such low per capita income. The artwork leans heavily on Disney inspirations and looks a bit simple and uninspired, yet it is too early to judge Happyland's ultimate quality. Nor would I want to judge the future of Vietnam and its citizen's average income in 2014, when the theme park opens. Asia is on the move, and so is Vietnam.

Welcome to Happyland!Happyland illustrationHappyland Main Street: Orthodox church replaces Neuschwanstein castleLog An district, south-west of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)Long An riverMy driver and local helperThis is where Happyland will take shapeHappyland in rural VietnamHappyland gateHappyland cartoon charactersLet's get a closer look!Entering the construction siteHappyland site, VietnamEarly works have startedCloser lookMy helper's shoesProposed dark rideHappyland loves Disneyland
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