Newly released images have been published of the UK’s answer to Disneyland, the multi-million pound The London Resort theme park that is set to be open within the next five years.
The new concept theme park involves partnerships with the BBC, ITV Studios and Paramount Pictures which in terms of scales, is set to rival Disneyland due to its six themed islands full of rollercoasters. These partnerships mean the park will be allowed to have themed rides which are based on brands and franchises from the studios.
The 535-acre site will begin construction in 2021 and is being built on the Swanscombe Peninsula near Dartford. Constructers are hoping it will open in 2024.
Eventually, the plan is that it will contain two parks. The first to open in 2024, and the second expected to open in 2029.
Park bosses have revealed they want to make it the most sustainable and greenest theme park in the world, with management even teaming up with EDF Energy in order to ensure that the theme park produces as little carbon footprint as possible. The ultimate goal is zero carbon emissions.
This will be the first of its kind in Europe that will be being built from scratch since the opening of Disneyland Paris in 1992.
The first stage of the theme park is to split it into seven different ‘islands’, that will each have a dedicated theme. With 70 per cent of the attractions undercover.
The name of the islands has been released which include High Street, The Jungle, Starport, The Isles, The Kingdom, The Woods and The Studio.
The resort entrance will be through a grand plaza that will lead hotel guests through to a high street full of shops, restaurants, hotels, a convention centre and even a waterpark.
Visitors will be able to stair their adventures through The Studio, which is a modern-day warehouse district that will be showing the latest and biggest blockbusters.
North of The Studios is The Woods, which is described as ‘an enchanted realm where springtime reigns eternal and the boundary between reality and fantasy dissolves’.
Visitors will step through a world like a storybook, embarking on magical adventures that put a fresh twist on classic bedtime stories, fables and fairytales.
The journey then continues through to The Kingdom which is ‘an immersive realm of swords, sorcery, dragons and legend’.
This promises to show England as ‘a dark and ancient land, a place of threatening and imposing castles and mystical Arthurian legend’.
Further north of this shall lie The Isles, ‘a land of giant creatures, mythical beasts and adventures at the crossroads of imagination and reality’.
This then takes a turn into The Jungle, where the ‘pasts blends with the future’ as ‘ancient ruins of a long-lost Mesoamerican civilisation are seen pushing up through the treetops’.
The final land is dramatically different due to its sci-fi and futuristic inspirations, the land is focused on technology and alien encounters, and is called Starport – ‘a bustling 23rd-century landing zone’.
This will launch visitors into a thrilling science-fiction set of adventures that will leave anyone who enters spellbound at the things that should be impossible.
Chief executive of London Resort Company Holdings, PY Gerbeau, said: “We are creating a first-class theme park. A destination that maximises all the new, immersive and interactive technologies and experiences in the world.
“But we won’t just be creating a world-class leisure destination, it will also be one of the most sustainable theme parks on the planet.
“We have three guidelines we work to when it comes to developing attractions. Number one is innovation. We’re not here to copy what’s been done before even if it has been successful.
“Number two is relevance. We need to consider that the customers of today will not be the customers of 2024.
“And the third is flexibility. We need to create a park that can evolve and adapt easily.”
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that £70 million has already been spent on the park prior to any work being done.
Due to the sheer scale of the theme park, the extensive project is speculated to rival Disneyland Paris. Plenty of well-known hotel brands have already signed up to be at the theme park, including Raddison Blu which signed up in August.
However, Disneyland Paris has recently announced that it is set to have an Avengers-themed land.
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