A short drive from the gates of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom lay the gates of another era, another culture, the gates to Splendid China. Alas, the wonderously detailed attraction was never able to pull in enough tourist dollars to make a go at it in the competitve Orlando arena, and was forced to close its doors in December 2003. (The website lives on, however)
Now the park is being auctioned off down to every last park bench and koi fish. It’s a sad sad story. On the other hand there are going to be some great backyard decorations out there as a result of this. You could own your own Great Wall of China.