Friday, February 22, 2013

Urban Exploring: Abandoned Chinese Theme Park

Friday, February 22, 2013
This past Monday was President's Day and since my detail-oriented wedding from the weekend was over, I had the day off! S did too so we took a day adventure together. We drove less than an hour (towards the tourist area of Orlando) and visited an abandoned Chinese theme park.
Now, I can't exactly explain how I came about being able to explore this abandoned park since it is gated off and no trespassing signs are posted, but that's half the fun, wondering about the mystery, isn't it?
We came in the back way where most of the structures were wooden and decrepit. Many of the Asian style gazebos were chipping, and the historical replicas were broken piece-by-piece, most likely souvenirs taken home as a keep sake. 
Whatever statues that couldn't be moved in the abandonment were left to be vandalized and over grown by foliage. The greenery adds to their beauty, and the graffiti made me feel less lonely as I walked around the empty spaces. I could hear my shoes crunch the acorns and echo across the park. The silence was eerie being that I am used to roaring crowds while exploring theme parks. 
It was so serene to explore the park with no other visitors shuffling in front of us or speeding up behind us. There were no lines for the stone gardens, no photo-bombs in our portraits. The only people we came across were another set of urban explorers, toting their cameras as well.
The graffiti made me sad because I couldn't do something like that to a park that had original stone work, hand carved replicas, and Chinese entertainment when it was up and running. 
There were models of the Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, and the Potala Palace. Most were falling apart at the seams like the one above, and others like the Great Wall were left standing, all except the tiny people figurines that used to stand on it.
It was a beautiful day to walk around, snap photos, put my hair up. It was peaceful and exhilarating at the same time.

It was nice to take this mini-trip to a close place that felt so different from home. I came home feeling refreshed and inspired, until of course the class work piled up again.
I think I spoke too soon in the post earlier this week about adoring my college. Within a day, I started feeling overwhelmed with my course load. Five classes has never phased me before, but being this is my last semester with numerous groups projects and our capstone project, planning our college's career fair, I am in over my head this week. That explains why I've been a bit quiet on my end of the blogging pond! I am looking forward to a weekend of catching up on projects and catching up on errands. 
Adieu, Yelle

20 comments :

  1. Oh my this is amazing. Reminds me of Spirited Away! Have you seen that movie? It's brilliant. If I'm ever in Orlando, I'm going to trespass and explore this place and pretend I'm Chihiro. :)

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  2. Are you serious?! This is amazing what an awesome find! I'd love to drive over there and take a peek myself! :)

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  3. That is waaaay cool, totally wishing I lived in Florida right now. These pics do give me a bit of a weird feeling though, like what was this place and what in the world happened? I think I may have to do some googling to ease my mind ;) great post!

    Have a great weekend!

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  4. That place looks amazing!, beautiful pictures

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  5. Wow, this is amazing!! So freaking cool! Although it's sad to see a remarkable place like this abandoned, it's cool that you got to explore it! Love all the statues!
    ~Sara

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  6. I love Urb-Ex photos, especially theme parks! Thank you so much for sharing these with us!
    I myself would be too scared to do this in the USA, especially as Americans seem very precious about trespassing, so it's always great to see some new urb-ex pics.

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  7. Very cool! I wonder why/when it closed? Great photos of your adventure day.

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  8. Ahhhh!! I'm having childhood flashbacks of a brochure for this place!! What was it called?! I can't remember! I never went but I remember seeing the brochures when we visited Orlando. HOW NEAT that you could just "walk in" (I'm sure climbing was involved?!) and that most of the stuff is still standing.

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  9. now that really makes me want to travel to florida! it's sad and amazing all at the same time. what an interesting theme park! what happened? how long has it been shut down? did they have rides? ahhh, i want to go there! what a great day trip so glad you shared it.

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  10. Woah, this is pretty incredible and oddly magical despite the fact that it's an abandoned theme park. I really love your blog and I'm so glad you commented on my post or else I might have never found you! I'm actually thinking about going into event coordinating so I'm definitely following you and hopefully keeping in touch!
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  11. Wow, these photos look really amazing. Wish I could stumble upon an abandoned theme park.

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  12. I love hidden urban mysteries like this. But this one makes me really sad! Why did it close? Who vandalized it? Why isn't it being converted into something useful and good for the neighborhood? So many questions! I'm sorry you're feeling overwhelmed with school, but the good news is this is the last time you'll have to go through it! Savor all that anxiety now, haha, if that makes any sense?

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  14. Love these pictures!

    margeaux
    margeauxknight.blogspot.com

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  15. Whoa - I think I remember this place and know exactly where it is! Was it called Splendid China? I didn't even realize it closed down - but a lot of those specialty theme parks in Orlando seemed to over the past decade. I remember there used to be a couple medieval themed places too.

    Though creepy, I love exploring old abandoned parks...it's kind of sad at the same time though. Your photos of it are quite lovely.

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  16. I am SO jealous! I love doing things like this. What a neat place to explore.

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  17. This is amazing!! Where exactly is this in Orlando? I'm in Winter Park. :)

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  18. This is so crazy/cool. I have never seen anything like it. Insane photos!

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    aloha,
    erica
    www.waytothesea.com

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