China is always in hot water over international copyright violations, but a â€œWorld of Warcraftâ€ theme park may be taking too far.
The $48 million â€œWorld of Warcraftâ€ theme park opened recently in Changzhou, China. Officially, itâ€™s called â€œJoyland,â€ 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 cafÃ© in a castle.
However, the park was built without the permission of Blizzard Entertainmentâ€”a blatant violation of intellectual property.
Redditor FrancescaO_O posted the photos online after a visit to the theme park.
â€œA lot of the rides used 4-D and special effects which I hadnâ€™t experienced much of before,â€ she wrote. â€œThere 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 (â€˜splash of monster bloodâ€™) was pretty good too.â€
Just by the judging from the photos below, the park looks quite impressive. Now itâ€™s just a question of how long it will stay open before the bulldozers dismantle the business.
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