Your next vacation is to China’s World of Warcraft theme park

August 5 2011 |
Prepare yourself: memorize the map. Photos courtesy Shanghaiist.

Gamers, start saving now: China has opened a completely unauthorized Starcraft and World of Warcraft-ripping theme park. Intrepid reporters from Shanghaiist visited and came back with buku photos of the statues, signs, and rides.

The dwarves welcome you!

Now, the rides are located within a larger theme park: World Joyland. "Terrain of Magic" (WoW world) and "Universe of Starship" (Starcraft land) are filled with huger-than-huge statues which seem pretty carefully created. Let's voyeur!

This is a completely unlicensed park and it still cost $30 million to build. Were Blizzard to bring it to your country, would you plan a trip?

Read the entire trip report from Shanghaiist and start planning your getaway to magical Joyland.

  1. I would totally go to a sanctioned Blizzard theme park, but I wouldn't go one that was unauthorized like this one. I mean, why on earth didn't blizzard stop them in advance?

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  2. Even I recognise a lot of that stuff as clearly WoW themed and I don't even play (got as far as WC3 and lost interest). Even knowing what China is like when it comes to copyright I find it hard to believe they get away with things like this.

    I have to admit as much as I know I shouldn't if I was near by I'd want to go. I might not like WoW but Warcraft 2 is still my favourite RTS and I don't think I could resist the temptation.

    If it was liscenced then definately. Although I can't help thinking it'd cost an arm and a leg to get in.

  3. Just the other week my husband and I were talking about how cool it would be if there were a WoW resort sorta like Disneyland. I'd pay to spend a night in Ironforge and drink with 'dwarves'. But I'm not sure I'd pay for the unlicensed version.

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  4. my FH is asleep so i just sent him this link for the morning and a message saying, "ive never *really* wanted to go to china before but now…. please honey?! please please please??" i <3 <3 <3 starcraft!

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