New Plans Unveiled For 'UK's Disneyland'
Fresh plans have emerged for The London Resort, which is being dubbed 'UK Disneyland'.
The theme park has been in the works for eight years already, but it has now put an 'evolved masterplan' on the table for public consultation, with a view of opening in 2024.
The plans show the resort, based in Swanscombe, Kent, is set to include four hotels (3,500 rooms in total), a water park, two theme parks and conference venues, as well as copious retail and dining facilities "for every taste".
Much like Disney, it is set to be made up of six different 'lands,' which will be inspired by its partnerships with ITV Studios, the BBC and Paramount Pictures.
(Crosses fingers for a Peaky Blinders ride and a Love Island experience...)
Plus, the clever park designers have promised that 70 per cent of their attractions will be undercover, to allow for the British weather. Result!
As you can imagine, the resort is a pretty mammoth effort, so it won't all be opening in one go.
If the plans get the go-ahead, the first theme park will open in four years, while the next is expected to follow in 2029.
And when it's all built, it's set to be three times larger than any other UK park, at roughly 535 acres - the equivalent of 136 Wembley Stadiums.
Indeed, in new concept images of the magical premises, you can see the sheer scale of the resort - which is just a 17 minute train ride from London St Pancras.
A map in the new 'masterplan' gives us a taste of what's to come.
Then, park attendees can begin at The Studios - a warehouse district set to house car chases, blockbuster feature films and so much more -before heading to The Woods, a magical land set to take on traditional bedtime stories, and give them a modern twist.
Next up is The Kingdom, where you can go to find your knight in shining armour, fight off mystical dragons and set out on missions based on tales from King Arthur's England.
Then you can visit The Isles, a land full of mythical beasts, and The Jungle - perfect for explorers who want to uncover the remains of the long-lost Mesoamerican civilisation.
The Starport is the final stop, and it promises to take visitors into the future, with an abundance of sci-fi rides, alien invasions and lots, lots more 23rd century fun.
The impressive premises is set to be the first development in Europe to be built from scratch since Disneyland Paris, all the way back in 1992 - hence the comparisons between the two parks.
In its first year, the park's developer claims that The London Resort will create a whopping 9,000 direct and 20,000 indirect jobs, which is expected to rise to 17,000 and over 35,000 respectively in the next 15 years.
Teasing what was to come, they said earlier this year: "Brands from across literature, television, music, film and entertainment, are being hand-picked to create unique experiences never previously imagined."
The London Resort's chief executive, PY Gerbeau, added: "The London Resort represents a unique opportunity to bring a thrilling and exciting global entertainment destination to the UK with a breadth of facilities.
"It will generate multi-billion-pound investment, thousands of jobs, and will transform a largely brownfield site into one of the most exciting entertainment destinations in the world.
"As well as maximising new, immersive and interactive technologies, our aim is also to be one of the most sustainable major theme parks in the world, pursuing an operational net zero emissions goal.
"It is the first project of its kind to be designated a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project so while it's incredibly important for local communities to continue contributing, it is also important for the nation to have its say."
The public now have until September 21st to have their say on the park, and are being encouraged to voice any comments in a public consultation, or attend the various Q&A sessions and webinars being held by the developers.
Our only input is build is QUICKER! We. Can't. Wait.
Featured Image Credit: The London Resort