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A Look at the Wild Architecture of World Joyland Theme Park


Recently Thrillist took a close look at World Joyland, a Chinese amusement park inspired by the World of Warcraft and Starcraft video game series. When the 150-acre park opened in May 2011, it was billed as the first video game-themed amusement park in the world, and, for $31M, didn't exactly cost a song. According to a Shanghaiist piece that published shortly after the opening, "one of the most disturbing parts of the park was the general decay we witnessed, unnerving in a park open only a hair shy of two months. Cracks in paint and rust on handrails made the attendants' habit of screaming 'Goodbye!' as the roller coaster surged out of the gates even more terrifying."

Today, photos of the park—which is not licensed by World of Warcraft developer Blizzard Entertainment—reveal some fairly nutso architecture, from larger-than-life glass cloches to what Cindarella's castle would look like after tumble-dried by machine. Not that one would expect anything less from China, where theme park ideas are often stolen, and new architecture is more often than not insane. More from World Joyland, below.

· The world's first video game theme park [Thrillist via Laughing Squid]
· World Joyland: The Warcraft/Starcraft-themed amusement park [Shanghaiist]
· All China coverage [Curbed National]