Believe it or not, near the legit Shanghai Disneyland lies an under-developed “fake” version of it. This under-developed amusement park is located in the village of Chenzhuang, about 20 miles outside of Beijing.
The construction of this amusement park began in the 1990s, with the Thai property developer the Reignwood Group. The group had announced their plans to build the largest amusement park in Asia.
The total area assigned to the park had a range of more than 120 acres, but the work soon came to a grinding halt in 1998. According to the claim of some locals, the construction work got plagued owing to the financial problems of landowners and local officials.
Feng, who was the chief inspector of the investment supervision department at the Reignwood Group, had another story. He claimed that the construction halted as forestry land covered most of the site. Hence, the company’s policy to safeguard these forestry areas after major floods in 1998 forced them to review the plans.
There still are some abandoned structures left on the site such as a castle-like building, and even a medieval-themed outer building. In 2008, the company attempted to restart the construction, but without much success.
Now, most of the Wonderland Amusement Park has been demolished after 15 years of abandonment, and the authorities are planning to build a luxury product supermarket in its place. The farmers, who were made to abandon the land, have also returned to grow their crops.
We wonder how incredible the park would have been if the construction was completed. Do you think it would have surpassed the original Disney’s magical lands? Comment below!