Friday, February 18, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day: Evening in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

Although it appears as if this photo was taken in China or Japan, it was actually snapped at dusk in May 2005 at Tivoli Gardens, the famous amusement park located in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark. The pagoda is a popular Chinese restaurant and in the evenings, along with the rest of the buildings in the park, it is illuminated with thousands of colored lights. The park is especially beautiful at night when the buildings and rides are lit up, glowing Chinese lanterns hang from the trees, rainbow-colored floodlights showcase the fountains, gardens and ponds and a nightly show of glowing gigantic puppets on stilts parades around the grounds. Tivoli Garden alone boasts 120,000 twinkling lights around the trees, bushes and flower beds.

The park was opened in 1943 and is the second oldest operating park in the world and the most popular park in Scandinavia. The park should seem familiar; it was the model for Disneyworld and Disneyland. After Walt Disney and his wife visited the park several times in the 1950s, Disney was so enamored and inspired by the park's atmosphere of happiness and joy that he reportedly told his wife, "Now this is what an amusement place should be!"

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