The $48 million “World of Warcraft” theme park opened recently in Changzhou, China. Officially, it’s called “Joyland,” but many World of Warcraft fans can recognize the similarities to the MMO video game franchise.
According to IGN, the theme park has several massive statues, theme rides and a café in a castle.
However, the park was built without the permission of Blizzard Entertainment—a blatant violation of intellectual property.
Redditor FrancescaO_O posted the photos online after a visit to the theme park.
“A lot of the rides used 4-D and special effects which I hadn’t experienced much of before,” she wrote. “There was a good roller coaster with loops, where you are lying horizontally, face forward, like you are flying. That was my favourite ride. The water log ride (‘splash of monster blood’) was pretty good too.”
Just by the judging from the photos below, the park looks quite impressive. Now it’s just a question of how long it will stay open before the bulldozers dismantle the business.
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