Summer is here! Most kids are out of school or will be soon. That means many families will be heading off to Disney World or other theme parks for a fun time.
If you’re heading off to Disney World, you should know selfie sticks are banned there. (I’m with them on that one!) Did you also know that Disney bid on the rights to Harry Potter, but refused to give creative control to J.K. Rowling? So that’s how Universal ended up with Harry Potter World.
In the U.S., we’re used to theme parks like Disney World, Six Flags and Dollywood. Parks with rides and funny characters. But theme parks in other countries can be very different.
At the Window of the World theme park in China they have a cremation simulator. Visitors climb into coffins & are carried on a conveyor belt with heat & light projections simulating the effects of a real funeral-home incinerator. It hopes to enlighten people on death & help them make better life choices. Can you imagine?!?!
And there’s a theme park in Japan where kids can experience adult life (working, banking, etc). Now, I can see the practicality of that, but I can’t imagine kids being excited to go there. Can you?
A theme park in Lithuania recreates life as a USSR citizen. Visitors have their belongings confiscated, wear gas masks, experience interrogation, and must learn the Soviet anthem. Their reward is a shot of vodka. (I don’t imagine it’s for children, at least I hope not!)
It gets even weirder in South Korea where there is a sex theme park called Love Land and features 140 sculptures representing humans in various sexual positions. I hope it’s for 18 and over! Hmmm?
So, when you head off to one of America’s theme parks this summer, be thankful you’ll not be experiencing cremation or interrogation!
Will you be going to a theme park this summer? Which one? What’s your favorite ride? And if you’re not going to theme park, what are you doing? Camping? The beach? Italy? Can I say the last one sound really nice? As for what I’m doing? No theme parks. Hubby and I are thinking of visiting Canada?
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