Vietnam’s faux-Disney World
Happyland (right) appears to be putting an Eastern spin on Cinderella's Castle (left), the famous centrepiece of Orlando's Magic Kingdom. (credit: The Walt Disney Company, Happyland)
In 2014, Vietnam plans to unveil a $2 billion amusement park just outside Ho Chi Minh City called Happyland.
With palatial buildings, roller coasters, themed attractions and a 1,000-room five-star hotel, the massive project -- which has attracted investment from Joe Jackson, father of the late Michael Jackson -- hopes to attract 14 million people annually. As we looked over the video of the theme park's plans and projected images, we noticed major similarities between Happyland and another happy place -- one that some have called "the happiest place on earth" since Walt Disney coined the phrase in 1955. In particular, we think Happyland looks a whole lot like Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom theme park in Orlando, Florida. Here's our slideshow of Happyland renderings alongside what we believe is their Magic Kingdom counterparts. Check it out and leave your thoughts on our Facebook page.