Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park
|Slogan||Disney is too far to go, please come to Shijingshan! (去迪士尼太远，请来石景山游乐园！)|
|Location||Shijingshan District, Beijing, China|
|Owner||Shijingshan District Government|
|General Manager||Liu Jingwang (刘景旺 Liú Jǐngwàng)|
|Opened||September 28, 1986|
Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park (Chinese: 北京石景山游乐园; pinyin: Běijīng Shíjǐngshān Yóulèyuán) is a theme park located in the Shijingshan District of Beijing, China. The park, first opened on September 28, 1986, is currently owned and operated by the Shijingshan District government. The park is accessible via the Line 1 of the Beijing Subway. It has its own stop called Bajiao Amusement Park Station (八角游乐园).
Copyright infringement controversy
In May 2007, the park was exposed by international media for having made unauthorized use of Japanese and American cartoon characters. According to a report originally broadcast on Fuji TV's FNN News, the park features a castle that resembles Disney's trademark Cinderella's Castle and a structure that looks like Epcot's Spaceship Earth. The park also features a host of costumed characters that look remarkably similar to not only Disney's trademark characters, but also Shrek, Hello Kitty, Doraemon, Bugs Bunny and a number of other trademarked characters.
Park officials denied any wrongdoing. When asked by the FNN News reporter if the characters are related to Disney, the theme park's general manager Liu Jingwang said that their characters are based on Grimm's Fairy Tales.
According to a May 10, 2007, Associated Press report, the park deputy general manager Yin Zhiqiang said that the park's lawyers are in negotiation with The Walt Disney Company. Disney declined to comment directly on this matter.
Between 2010 and 2011, the park was expanded and refurbished. China Daily reports the Disney-themed characters may have been removed from the park.
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- Meigs, Doug (2011-11-30). "Disney goes to war". China Daily. Retrieved 2012-10-28.
- Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park website (English) (defunct), (Wayback Machine Link)
- Official website (English) (defunct)
- Beijing's Copycat Disneyland Controversy