The attraction is going to be built in Sichuan province, a landlocked area situated 932 miles away from the nearest ocean. However, developers claim that the simulation technology would give visitors a tantalizing sense of the disaster that took place in 1912. Several hundred people at a time would be able to experience the doomed ship’s sinking firsthand by getting on board the replica worth $165 million.
The project is being funded by Seven Star Energy Investment Group. A representative of the company explained the replica ship would tumble and shake as it hits the iceberg. “Passengers” won’t experience actual water coming in but a simulation using light and sound effects.
Opponents of the project claim that it is insensitive to the Titanic victims as it is belittling the 1912 disaster. However, Bernard Hill, the actor who portrayed Captain Edward Smith in the 1997 movie, defended the project stating that the subject had been approached in a rather delicate manner. Hill visited China in order to show his support for the project. The theme park, which would also feature European castles and a Venetian church, is expected to open in 2016.