Disney reports that it continues to support the struggling Hong Kong Disneyland. Well, now we may know one reason why it's struggling. Just as every Disney movie going back to "Steamboat Willie" probably has been pirated in China, China now has a state-owned amusement park that recently included a mouse character, a woman with black hair surrounded by seven... elves... and pirate music. Not pirated music (well, maybe it was), but pirate music.
However, the Shijingshan Amusement Park swears on a stack of Lost Boys that only a Dumbo would think it's ripping off Disney. The Associated Press reports the park's deputy general manager said, "The characters in our park just look a little bit similar to theirs (Disney's). But the faces, clothes, sizes and appearances are different."
This even as a banner hung over the park entrance earlier this month saying, "Disney is too far, so please come to Shijingshan."
Disney reps reportedly have called. The banner is now down, and the faux Mickey is missing.
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