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    A Disneyland "Knock-Off"?

    Has anyone ever seen this before? It blew me away...

    Nara Dreamland

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    Re: A Disneyland "Knock-Off"?

    Omg! its like an exact replica of DL! That makes me mad! I hope it doesnt detract any visitors for DL. Im surprised that they got away with building this. I'm sure Disney has tried to fight it though.
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    Re: A Disneyland "Knock-Off"?

    This is BIZARRE! Almost too bizarre to be real. This is fake. Please?
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    Re: A Disneyland "Knock-Off"?

    Quote Originally Posted by sleepybear View Post
    This is BIZARRE! Almost too bizarre to be real. This is fake. Please?
    It was a real park, built in 1961 and Disneyland was the inspiration. It has since closed and shut down however.

    More recent photos here.

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    Re: A Disneyland "Knock-Off"?

    That is TRIPPY ! Thanks for sharing the evidence of an alternate universe!

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    Re: A Disneyland "Knock-Off"?

    I have never been there, but I remebr a friend showming this a before. I think copyright laws are different there...
    Sometimes we cannot help, but be a little over dramatic...

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    Re: A Disneyland "Knock-Off"?

    I'm so confused.

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    Re: A Disneyland "Knock-Off"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesser-pie View Post
    I have never been there, but I remebr a friend showming this a before. I think copyright laws are different there...
    There is no copyright (or trademark) in a park layout, nor in genric terms like "Adventureland," nor in basic ride concepts (I.e. a boat ride through a jungle). Japan is a strict country in enforcing copyright and trademark, and it still doesn't matter, since there are no violations. One could open this park in the U.S., and while Disney might win on a claim of trade dress (it would not win a trademark or copyright claim), it's still no guarantee.

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    Re: A Disneyland "Knock-Off"?

    Nara Dreamland in its heyday, 1969


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    Re: A Disneyland "Knock-Off"?

    Quote Originally Posted by MAH4546 View Post
    There is no copyright (or trademark) in a park layout, nor in genric terms like "Adventureland," nor in basic ride concepts (I.e. a boat ride through a jungle). Japan is a strict country in enforcing copyright and trademark, and it still doesn't matter, since there are no violations. One could open this park in the U.S., and while Disney might win on a claim of trade dress (it would not win a trademark or copyright claim), it's still no guarantee.
    That's interesting to know...

    However, I just don't think a company would do that in the US and get "away with it" so to speak... We are not talking mere similarities or painting the bottom of a shoe red... the copying is much more blatant also in the combinations of what is offered...

    Copyright was a poor word choice on my part. However, your post essentially proves my main point: you won't see this in the US because there is a strong case for Disney. There is no guarantee..are there any in life? (Other than Death and Taxes...lol) I would bet money that Disney would win...it is not a possibility, but a probability.

    ---------- Post added 07-04-2012 at 05:19 PM ----------

    Thanks for the video Victor. Interestingly, the park looks much better in black and white...
    Sometimes we cannot help, but be a little over dramatic...

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    Re: A Disneyland "Knock-Off"?

    Wow umm... creepy. It sure does illustrate though that just an idea isn't enough - it takes real ingenuity and talent to make something seem detailed, authentic and to make it come to life. Two different Main Streets, two different castles... but what a difference.
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    Re: A Disneyland "Knock-Off"?

    Quote Originally Posted by StormboundSiren View Post
    Omg! its like an exact replica of DL! That makes me mad! I hope it doesnt detract any visitors for DL. Im surprised that they got away with building this. I'm sure Disney has tried to fight it though.
    Nara Dreamland was built in 1961 and I don't know if Disney was aware of its existence back then. Even if they were, I'm sure that this was before Disney became the hyper-litigation machine of today. And by the time they built TDL they probably didn't care because in all likelihood that's what put the nail in Nara Dreamland's coffin.

    I imagine that before TDL Nara Dreamland was a quite a big deal to many in Japan who could only dream of going to DL -- no pun intended.

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    Re: A Disneyland "Knock-Off"?

    Quote Originally Posted by StormboundSiren View Post
    Omg! its like an exact replica of DL!
    I'm sorry but you are wrong,
    Disneyland is nice......
    This is not nice

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    Re: A Disneyland "Knock-Off"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Victor Brunswick View Post
    ....I'm sure that this was before Disney became the hyper-litigation machine of today....
    Sorry, but suing this park wouldn't make Disneyland a "hyper-litigation machine." They would have every right to try to go after it as much as possible; it is actually eating away at their bottom line.
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