The first few pictures of the Blizzard-inspired amusement park in China "World Joyland" have surfaced on the Shanghaiist blog. We first learned about Joyland back in February. But Joyland didn't get any rights from Blizzard, so even though the park clearly is themed around Warcraft and StarCraft, the names of the areas are instead Terrain of Magic for the Warcraft area and Universe of Starship for the StarCraft area. Hilarious. According to the article in the Shanghaiist, the park cost nearly $31 million to build and covers around 600,000 square meters.
As a Blizzard fan and lover of roller coasters, all I have to say is that the Protoss ride looks really awesome. Unfortunately, according to the rest of the write up Shanghaiist did on the park, it doesn't seem all that spectacular.
"They've also built enormous gaming and technology R&D facilities on the park premises, including the National E-Sports Competition Center(!!!), International Anime-and-Game Expo Pavilion, Anime-and-Game Technology and Derivatives R&D Park, and a Digital Technology High-end Professionals Training Center," said the Shanghaiist.
Yet the paint's already chipping, the park is aimed towards children, and overall it doesn't seem as grand as the original blueprints intended. Regardless, I want to go there so bad!
Head over to Shanghaiist to see their full impressions on the park and check out a ton of pictures.
Top picture from the Shanghaiist