On Monday, it was announced that the One Piece manga and anime series has inspired plans for a massive theme park in the city of Dafeng in China’s Jiangsu Province.
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The park is planned to use 329 acres of land and will cost about $79M U.S. dollars to complete.
This is part of a plan to increase Dafeng’s tourism and bring attention to the Dafeng Harbor, which took ten years to complete.
Dafeng is not the first city to create a One Piece-inspired park; various Japenese resorts and parks have featured One Piece attractions. For example, the Huise Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture had a Thousand Sunny pirate ship replica for short cruises last year.
Also, Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan amusement park held a “One Piece Premier Summer” event in 2011, complete with One Piece decor and games and Sanji-style dining. It even contained the life-sized graves of Portgas D. Ace and Whitebeard that would bring a tear to any fans eyes.
My dream: that one day we get to see an awesome One Piece attraction come to the United States!