From the Department of What Was Is No More, I give you SPLENDID CHINA.
When Mom and #4 Daughter and I went to Florida/Bahamas and paid for overnight accommodations by listening to a spiel about timeshares in a condo, SPLENDID CHINA theme park was recommended as an alternative to Disney World.
Splendid China was built by the Chinese government as a kind of reverse EuroDisney, a spin-off of a Splendid China-type park in China. The one there is extremely popular and profitable, and the one in Kissimee, Florida was expected to be the same. It wasn’t.
Splendid China was only open for ten years. Maintenance in the Florida sun was difficult, the tourists didn’t flock (except for the three of us; we flocked like anything), protesters protested Chinese aggression against Tibet, Chinese performers at the park sought political asylum in the United States, the man appointed to run the park was recalled to China and arrested for financial mismanagement. It was the Curse of the Mouse, for the park’s temerity to open practically just across the highway from Disney World.
At the end of the post, I’ll link to an article about the park while it was open and one about it after it closed. The second one has some very sad pictures of the park’s deterioration and vandalization. Then I’ll post a link to what’s in that space, now. No, not more Disney!
BTW, this is part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors link-up. Go look at Norm’s doors, click on the blue frog link at the end of his post, and visit other doors in other places.
Now, SPLENDID CHINA!
And now, where Splendid China used to was, JIMMY BUFFET’S MARGARITAVILLE RESORT! (May take a while to load — ha ha.)
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Send your character to an abandoned place remembered from better times.