I am speechless. This 2011-opened theme park just over two hours away from Shanghai (by a forbidding train/bus combination) beats the chicken feet out of my stomach.
It's just a dreadfully terrible copy of Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. You'll find a carbon copy of the entrance street leading to the centerpiece lake (only uglier), a Spiderman ride rip-off to the lake's left (just so much worse and with nauseating movements) and a nearly 1:1 copy of Universal's ‘Seuss Landing Land' to the right. The park owners even stole the park logo from their Universal Studios ‘inspiration'.
But as if that wasn't enough: since Woody Woodpecker wouldn't have sold that well, you'll find a huge ‘Disney Store' on the Main Street, complete with ugly fake Mickey, Minnie and Donald puppets. And to add insult to injury, these soft toys are emblazoned with fake ‘Original Disney' holograms. Obviously, there seems to be no (rule of) copyright law in place to protect the originals. But, much worse, the park's managers and designers display their total lack of personal respect towards the creative output and property of other people. The copies are so obvious, shameless and crude, that it requires a high degree of creativity in itself to imagine such a monumental lack of imagination. This really is the worst copy of all copies I have ever seen!
The only saving grace is the back side of the park with its cutting-edge water rides and roller coasters, purchased from international suppliers. They are solid and fun, particularly the belly-down flying coaster. World Joyland as a whole, though, is an expensive embarrassment for the amusement park industry in China, since it exposes either an immense lack of local, creative talent, or a lack of developer's trust in existing local talent's abilities.
Chinese high-speed train that brings you from Shanghai to Changzhou
Changzhou = World Joyland
The entrance very much resembles Universal's Islands of Adventure
Fake Minnie Mouse
Fake Disney Store logo
Fake Disney Store
Chinese Donald Ducks
Chinese Minnie Mouses
This Minnie looks poisonous
'Original Disney' hologram
Main Street leading to the centerpiece lake
More Orlando rip-offs behind this gate
'Seuss Landing Land' from Universal's Islands of Adventure
A little bit of Disney's Epcot over here
This one is a really bad Spiderman Ride rip-off
3-D movie screen inside the ride
Another 3-D movie screen (Windows crashed here)
Attractions surrounding the centerpiece lake
This ride is the highlight of the park
A flying roller coaster
Head down, surprise moves - these coasters are a lot of fun!
Flying coaster from above
World Joyland from above
World Joyland in the smog
Family-friendly roller coaster
SkyLoop roller coaster made in Germany (not yet opened)
Shoot-the-Chutes splash ride
World Joyland atmosphere
Photographing his girlfriend together with something that has no soul