First-Look Images Of 'UK Disneyland' Are Here And Our Minds Are Blown
First-look images of The London Resort, set to open in 5 years, have now revealed the layout, which looks mind-blowing.
That's no surprise given that the brains behind the project, dubbed 'the UK Disneyworld' are none other than BBC, ITV Studios and Paramount Pictures.
What do we know about the mega theme park?
Well, the site will be made up of six islands, spread across a 535 acre site built on the Swanscombe Peninsula near Dartford, Kent.
Construction on the theme park is set to kick off in 2021.
The site marks a major development in the UK's theme park scene. Until now, Britain has been in the lower leagues when it comes to theme parks, with little to rival the sprawling megabudget lands of Disney World and Universal Parks overseas.
50 rides will be arranged around the 'islands' or 'zones' with names that sounds like something out of a comic strip. There's even a 2,000 seat theatre.
Visitors will enter the site through a grand plaza with a Las Vegas vibe, leading through to a high street containing shops, restaurants, hotels, convention centre and waterpark.
In The Studios - a collection of industrial warehouses - visitors can watch and get insight into their favourite big-screen blockbusters.
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While over in the The Woods, guests will step into an enchanted realm filled with the characters and landscapes of classic bedtime stories, fables and fairy tales.
Sorcery and legend combine in The Kingdom, with its swords and dragons. Here, England will be portrayed as 'a dark and ancient land, a place of threatening and imposing castles and mystical Arthurian legends'.
Venture north to find The Isles, a land of giant creatures and mythical beasts, before exploring The Jungle, with its ancient ruins and long-lost Mesoamerican civilisation peeping through leafy tree tops.
Starport, the final land, looks to outerspace for inspiration, with alien creatures and futuristic rides, taking guests into a '23rd century landing zone'. One for the sci-fi fans out there.
The site will have a big commitment to green energy, aiming to produce the lowest carbon footprint of any theme park in the world.
The long-term plan is for the resort to eventually contain two parks, the first opening in 2024 and the second coming in 2029.
PY Gerbeau, chief executive of London Resort Company Holdings, 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."
2024 can't come soon enough.
Featured Image Credit: The London Resort
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