A new picture has been released of a huge £3.5billion theme park dubbed ‘Britain’s Disneyland’ which is set to open in Kent in 2024.
A stunning aerial rendering of the park, The London Resort, which will be based between Gravesend and Dartford on the Swanscombe Peninsula, shows how it will have eight huge rollercoasters, and Crystal Maze-style zones including medieval castles and an Aztec pyramid.
The image of the park appears to confirm previous suggestions that it will have themed zones from different films which could include The Godfather, The Italian Job and Mission: Impossible.
The firm behind the project, London Resort Company Holdings, previously announced partnerships with the BBC, ITV Studios and, most recently, Paramount Pictures.
A new picture has been released of a huge £3.5billion theme park dubbed ‘Britain’s Disneyland’ which is set to open in Kent in 2024
A stunning aerial rendering of the park, The London Resort, which will be based between Gravesend and Dartford on the Swanscombe Peninsula, shows how it will have eight huge rollercoasters, medieval castles and an Aztec pyramid
The new image of the much-anticipated resort appears to show at least eight rollercoasters, a flume water ride, a pyramid and what seems like a fortress.
A large blue building also features, prompting the possibility that an aquarium may also feature.
The area on which the resort is being built is currently an industrial site and spans across 872 acres.
The park will feature a 2,000-seat theatre, more than 50 rides and attractions and a huge nightclub.
A public consultation was recently held to get residents’ views on the development and it reportedly reached 120,000 members of the public.
It showed that 73 per cent of people supports promises from the resort’s backers to enhance local wildlife habitats and support those which exist already.
The firm behind the project, London Resort Company Holdings, previously announced partnerships with the BBC, ITV Studios and, most recently, Paramount Pictures. Pictured: One of the resort’s expected rollercoasters
It appears from the rendering that the theme park will also feature an Aztec pyramid
A large blue building also features, prompting the possibility that an aquarium may also feature
And of those who took part, 65 per cent agreed the resort will benefit the local area in the long term.
PY Gerbeau, the London Resort’s CEO told The Mirror: ‘Getting to this point has not been easy. But the public has responded overwhelmingly in favour and for that we are deeply grateful. We will go through all of the feedback and use it to help inform our approach and further develop our proposals.
‘But there is no doubting, that our aim of creating one of the most exciting entertainment destinations in the world, here in the UK, has taken another big step towards becoming a reality. We now look forward to submitting our DCO application later this year.’
The future of the attraction was thrown into doubt in 2017 when Paramount and the resort’s developers were unable to agree terms on the rights to some of the major film.
The resort was set to be called the London Paramount before the disagreement.
But since then London Resort Company Holdings signed a deal with ITV to bring Thunderbirds attractions to the venue, and there is already a long-standing deal in place with the BBC.
Billed as one of the most ambitious theme park projects ever in Europe, the London Resort will be the first European development of its kind to be built from scratch since the opening of Disneyland Paris in 1992. Pictured: A previous promotional image released by the resort’s backers, London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH)
This rendering shows a castle in the resort’s Kingdom area, ‘a place of threatening and imposing castles and mystical Arthurian legends’
And Paramount – as well as other partners – will now give rights for their content to become the theme of many of the rides.
A previous map and statement released by LRCH showed the different themes that the park will be split into it.
Visitors can start their journey in The Studios, a ‘gritty, modern-day warehouse district that practically roars with the exhilarating thrills of big blockbuster features’, according to a statement LRCH.
It adds that guests can expect ‘a winning combination of explosive action, high-octane car chases and high-stakes espionage’.
Just to the north lies The Woods, ‘an enchanted realm where springtime reigns eternal and the boundary between reality and fantasy dissolves’.
Here, ‘the young and young-at-heart will be invited to step through the pages of a storybook and embark on adventures that put a fresh spin on beloved bedtime stories, fables and fairy tales’.
From the Woods, the journey continues through the ages into The Kingdom, ‘an immersive realm of swords, sorcery, dragons and legend’.
This is England as a dark and ancient land, apparently, ‘a place of threatening and imposing castles and mystical Arthurian legends’.
This image was previously released and gives a close-up view of part of the resort shown in the new aerial rendering
The London Resort will be based on Swanscombe Peninsula, between Gravesend and Dartford, and will become home to attractions from films including The Godfather, The Italian Job and Mission: Impossible. Pictured: A previous mock-up of how the theme park could look
To the north lies The Isles, ‘a land of giant creatures, mythical beasts and adventures at the crossroads of imagination and reality’.
It’s here that ‘fantastic jaw-dropping architecture will combine with magnificent rides and 21st-century technology’.
Meanwhile, ‘the past begins to blend with the future in The Jungle’.
The statement says: ‘Ancient ruins of a mysterious long-lost Mesoamerican civilisation are seen pushing up through treetops.
‘Here, an overgrown environment, brimming with ancient secrets, surprising discoveries and strange mystical artefacts will be transported to the present by inquisitive explorers – young and old.’
The final land is The Starport, which is ‘dedicated to futuristic experiences, alien encounters and big thrill rides’.
It’s a ‘bustling 23rd-century landing zone’, we’re told.
Here visitors will be launched ‘into thrilling science-fiction adventures that are out of this world’ and will be ‘mesmerised at things that should be impossible but are not’.
Visitors can start their journey in The Studios, a ‘gritty, modern-day warehouse district that practically roars with the exhilarating thrills of big blockbuster features’, according to a statement from the resort’s developers