Forrest MacDonald
SLENDID CHINA
Splendid China, a $100 Million theme park opened in 1993 on 76 acres just west of the main entrance to Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.

The park brought to visitors the beauty and landmarks of China in miniature form. Accurate scale models of some of China's most interesting architectural and cultural sites, populated with motionless ceramic figures appear along the park's curving and well landscaped paths.

According to the Orlando Journal, after closing its gates, Splendid China suffered a rash of attacks from thieves and vandals. Hundreds of items were taken ranging from small miniatures to portions of life-size statues. The perpetrators, thought to be local youths, were never caught.
The property has passed through several owners and in July 2009 was up for sale at an asking price of $30 million.

On May 9, 2013, the new owners started to tear down the park.

In August 2015, Encore Homes reported: Margaritaville Resort would open on the former Splendid China site, with resort homes, condos and timeshares in Jimmy Buffett themed setting.

By March 2016, there was nothing left of the park as construction had begun for the resort.