A huge new theme park dubbed the UK’s answer to Disneyland is coming – and now you can get a sneak peek of what to expect.
Set to open in 2024, The London Resort in Kent will be the size of 136 Wembley Stadiums,and is set to offer heaps of immersive and themed rides and attractions.
Now, chief executive PY Gerbeau has shared a ‘fly-through’ video showcasing some of the things guests can expect.
Speaking at the blooloop V-Expo, he showcased a ‘destination’ right outside the park gates – and it’s set to be as exciting as the rides.
In the video, he told blooloop that guests will be taken along a walkway covered with giant bird sculptures, and this area is where you’ll find the likes of an on-site hotel, music venue with live performances, an ‘English market’ and “the best sports bar in Europe”.
There are also plans for an esports attraction, where guests can explore three levels including one ‘for Marvel fans’ dubbed Innovation City, as well as a gaming section where players can compete live against each other.
Other highlights will include a preview centre offering views of the theme park, as well as an interactive exhibition.
At one point he seemed to let slip plans for a castle too. Talking about the interactive screens he said: “You press a window of where the castle is going to be – if there is a castle, not to confirm!”
The offering seems to be a similar concept to Universal Studios’ CityWalk and Downtown Disney in the Disney theme parks; the idea being that you can get a snapshot of what’s inside the parks, without having to pay for a ticket.
However, guests who explore the yet-unnamed destination will be able to buy tickets to one or two of the key rides inside the parks, without needing to buy a full park ticket (although he admitted that organisers are still trying to work out the logistics of how this could work).
Earlier this week we got a first look at the park thanks to a new image offering a glimpse of the six themed lands, rides and attractions – and it looks epic.
We counted approximately eight large rollercoasters, not to mention what looks like a pretty terrifying/fun log fume ride, while themed lands seemed to range from an Aztec-themed ancient citadel to a fairground complete with a carousel and helter skelter.
The park’s creators are still remaining tight-lipped about exactly what rides will be on offer, but last year the resort signed a deal with Paramount Pictures.
We’re hoping that it could feature tributes to the studios’ iconic franchises such as Mission Impossible or the Godfather trilogy.
You can watch PY Gerbeau’s full presentation on blooloop’s Youtube channel.
The area of land is currently an industrial site located near the areas of Gravesham, Dartford and Thurrock. The total land spans around 872 acres.
The resort’s planners recently held a public consultation to showcase how the area will be transformed. The London Resort is submitting its DCO application later this year.