I had the pleasure of going to Splendid China recently. For those of you who are not aware, Splendid China is an amusement park in Central Florida that closed in 2003. If you want to read up on Splendid China and it's history I suggest you read http://www.lostparks.com/china.html or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splendid_China so you can learn about it's history and what contributed to it's closure!
So I was able to visit last week as a treat for my friend JP who just moved back to Indiana. I want people to know that we had gotten an okay to be there, so know that we were not trespassing, and I would never suggest, or imply that trespassing is ok.
Now on to SPLENDID CHINA!
Making out way into Splendid China
Heading over to Guest Parking
Why can I not get tickets?
The main plaza
A mess of wires
A Beautiful theatre!
You could tell it was once a great place!
Employee costumes left
I don't think it is going to open anytime soon!
A lot of care went into the displays!
The overgrowth was beautiful!
Yes I am this charming in real life!
JP on the great wall!
This didn't feel like Florida!
Walking the wall with care!
We wanted to explore everything!
OFTEric vs. The Hidden City
Really great care went into these displays!
Taking a walk!
It was really beautiful!
I am really glad I was able to visit Splendid China! I wish it was still running! The buildings are all in great shape, and you can tell that they built the park to last through the ages! It is amazing how some of the plants that they brought over from China are still alive and well without additional care!
I would like to go back with a better camera and more time! All in all it was surreal to be in a place built to bring people joy, and have it be empty and abandoned.